Innisfail barbershop owners say they are no longer facing charges for cutting hair in defiance of public health orders.
Bladez 2 Fadez got an official warning from Alberta Health after reopening to customers on Jan. 12. Owner Natalie Klein, niece of former premier Ralph Klein, was joined by supporters as she took a stand.
Alberta Health Services conducted an inspection of the barbershop that day and ordered the facility closed after seeing hair being cut.
The following day, an inspector observed that the business continued to operate despite being ordered to close and the RCMP, an enforcement partner, issued two tickets under the Public Health Act.
Additional charges under the Public Health Act were being considered pursuant to section 73: “a person who contravenes the act is liable to a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $5,000 for each day or part of day during which the contravention occurs or continues.”
The amount of the fine would have been up to a judge if prosecution was successful.
On Monday, Klein announced the charges had been withdrawn on her Facebook page.