As much of the community may have heard by now the Government of Alberta has once again declared a state of public health emergency and as such,
effective today, additional measures have been put in place to ease the strain that this fourth wave of COVID-19 has caused.
The following measures are now in effect:
- Mandatory work-from-home measures are in place unless the employer has determined a physical presence is required for operational effectiveness.
Private social gatherings:
- Indoor private gatherings for vaccine-eligible, fully vaccinated individuals are limited to a single household plus one other household to a maximum of 10 people.
No restrictions on children under the age of 12.
- Attendance at any indoor private social gathering is not permitted for vaccine-eligible individuals who are unvaccinated.
- Outdoor private social gatherings are permitted to a maximum of 200 people, with 2-metre physical distancing maintained at all times.
Places of worship:
- Places of worship must limit attendance to 1/3 fire code capacity.
- Face masks will be mandatory and there must be 2-metre physical distancing between households or 2 close contacts for those living alone.
Outdoor events and facilities with no indoor portion (excluding washrooms):
- No attendance restrictions, however, 2-metre physical distancing must be in place.
- Mandatory masking for students in grades 4 and up, plus staff and teachers in all grades. Schools that can implement an alternate COVID safety plan can be exempted from mandatory masking.
- Elementary schools are to implement class cohorting.
- For physical activities in schools:
o Youth aged 18 and under are not required to mask or maintain 2-metre distance when engaged in physical activity.
o There are no restrictions on outdoor activities.
o Indoor sports/performance/recreation/special interests are permitted with requirements for 2-metre physical distancing, where possible.
Children’s sport/performance/recreation (extracurricular sports, performance, recreation, and special interest):
- Indoor activities are permitted, with requirements for 2-metre physical distancing and masking where possible, and symptom screening for participants.
- Youth aged 18 and under are not required to mask or maintain physical distancing during a physical activity, such as a team sport.
- Spectator attendance is limited to 1/3 fire code capacity. Attendees must be masked and ensure physical distancing between different households or an individual who lives alone and their 2 close contacts.
- There are no restrictions on outdoor activities.
- Children’s day camps must have 2-metre physical distancing between participants and masking indoors.
- Children’s overnight camps must follow cohort models.
This has not been and continues to not be an easy situation and we at the Town are thankful for everyone’s efforts despite this.
We encourage everyone to continue abiding by provincial regulations and do what they can to ensure the safety of themselves and others around them.
More information will be provided to the public as new announcements from the province are made.
Chief Administrative Officer