By Tawnya Plain Eagle
Piikani Nation RCMP are still protecting the community during this COVID-19 pandemic.
“Although it is business as normal with our department since COVID 19, I would like to still inform the community we are still working hard to ensure the safety of the community and to dispel any rumours,” said Stg. Stephanie Ward.
Since the pandemic started eight weeks ago, the province of Alberta and the Piikani Nation took extreme measure to ensure the safety of the community.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of heath has limited mass gatherings to a maximum of 15 people, while the nation implanted a mandatory curfew.
According to Ward, if a crowd over 15 is gathered, the police will disburse the group but only hand out tickets if needed.
She said their main focus is educated the public on this virus and why social distancing is important when trying to prevent the spread.
If there is situation where the Piikani RCMP need to issue a ticket, Ward said the ticket could be up to $1200.
Ward wants to remind everyone to follow the orders given by Dr. Hinshaw, to stay inside.
“Our biggest responsibility is to keep the community safe,” she said.
As the pandemic continues to effect the public, Ward wishes to ensure the public that the RCMP are continuing to work closely with Aakom-Kiyii Health Services, and Piikani Public Works to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Piikani.