'You are a danger': CEMA Chief calls out people defying social distancing orders as city-run playgrounds close

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After a week of sweeping closures to stop further spread of COVID-19, with everything from schools to libraries to bars now shut down, Calgary Emergency Management Agency Chief Tom Sampson issued a stern message Monday.

“To those of you who defy the advice that every level of government has given, and every news channel in the world, frankly, has covered: you are a danger. I mean that. You’re a danger,” he said.

“Your actions right now can impact the health of others. I know no one means intentional harm, but someone’s loved ones might become critically ill or even not survive as a result of you being careless.”

Alberta Health Services had to step in to make sure 36 Calgary businesses were complying with government orders over the weekend.

“My understanding is a lot of that was simply a misunderstanding around compliance,” Sampson said.

Some cities now have fines on the books for businesses or individuals who aren’t following orders to close or maintain social distancing measures.

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