Male Charged with Breach of Health 0rders: Medicine Hat Police

Medicine Hat, Alberta – A Medicine Hat male has been charged with a breach of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH), public health order, the first charge laid by Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) since the CMOH orders went into effect.

On December 13, 2020 members of the MHPS were called to a residence in the 300 block of 4th Street SE, to assist EMS with a report of a medical concern. At the scene it was determined that the male accused had a female from Calgary, AB staying with him in the residence. The accused was initially informed of the current CMOH Health orders but became argumentative and refused to comply with the directions of officers at scene.

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On December 18, 2020 after a review of the investigation, aggravating factors and the subsequent legislation the male was charged with one count of section 73(1) for contravening an order of the CMOH under the Public Health Act. The CMOH orders indicate a person who resides in a private residence must not permit a person who does not normally reside in that residence to enter or remain in that residence. The fine amount carries a voluntary payment options for $1,200.

Enforcement measures are in place to protect the safety of all residents of the community. Since the introduction of the CMOH orders, the MHPS has made a concerted effort to focus on gaining compliance through education rather than enforcement, however in this circumstance the accused continued to refuse to comply with orders by allowing the female to remain in his residence despite several warnings. This combined with the circumstances surrounding the two persons involved has lead MHPS to proceed with a charge.

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