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Unannounced inspections resume at Red Deer businesses

Results of joint inspections released
Red Deer’s Public Safety Compliance Team conducted audits of 10 local businesses last week. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Inspections at 10 local bars and restaurants by Red Deer’s Public Safety Compliance Team on Oct. 14 resulted in only minor violations being identified.

No federal or provincial charges were identified by the team that looks at health codes and food storage, building fire codes, fire exits and occupant loads, safety and security of patrons and staff, and liquor sales relating to legal age and consumption levels.

“We were really pleased with the results of the joint inspections,” said fire marshal Tim Kivell with Red Deer Emergency Services.

The Public Safety Compliance Team (PSCT), formed in 2013 to provide both preventive and complaints-based enforcement, is made up of Red Deer RCMP, Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission, Alberta Health Services, the City of Red Deer’s Inspections & Licensing department, and Red Deer Emergency Services.

“PSCT works together to ensure local hospitality and entertainment establishments provide a safe environment for both patrons and staff,” Kivell said.

He said a coordinated approach ensures that the hospitality industry is maintaining standards as outlined in federal and provincial statutes, as well as municipal bylaws.

Unannounced safety inspections of entertainment and hospitality establishments will continue to be conducted in the future, including inspections at local cannabis retail stores.

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