Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information – Friday December 11, 2020 – to be updated as warranted
The M.D. of Smoky River, towns of Falher & McLennan, Villages of Donnelly & Girouxville in coordination with the Smoky Region Emergency Services are closely following the lead from the Province on the issue of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We would like to ensure clear and concise information is available.
Alberta announced a State of Public Health Emergency and set in place new Public Health Orders November 24th throughout the province. On December 8th the province announced further restrictions which will remain in place until at least January 12th, 2021.
- Indoor and outdoor private social gatherings are prohibited
- Masks are mandatory in all indoor public places, places of worship and indoor workplaces
- Working from home is mandatory unless the employer requires a physical presence for operational effectiveness
Effective Sunday December 13th at 12:01 am
- Restaurants and bars are closed for dine-in, only take out or delivery are allowed
- Faith services (i.e. mass in a church) are limited to 15% of fire code occupancy, however wedding and funerals remain at a maximum of 10 persons
- Many businesses, including personal care services, entertainment and recreation entities must be closed
- Businesses must limit the number of people within their establishments to a maximum of 15% of fire code occupancy to allow for proper physical distancing Please respect staff’s direction and requests, these restrictions are in place to protect everyone.
The full list of restrictions and exemptions currently in place can be linked here. A farming or ranching operation is exempt unless the person is interacting with a member of the public. For restrictions regarding schools, please contact your child’s school or visit the school or school district website.
All residents need to continue to take precautions including maintaining physical distancing, wearing face masks in public places (outside the home), washing and sanitizing hands and surfaces that are frequently touched, avoiding crowds and situations where physical distances can not be maintained.
Individuals who have cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat symptoms are to isolate for at least 10 days, complete the self-assessment and get tested for COVID-19 if advised to do so.
If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat, you are legally required to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer.
Current restrictions under the Stage 2 re-opening in Alberta include:
- Mandatory 14-day self-isolation for returning international travellers or close contacts of people with confirmed COVID-19.
- Mandatory 10-day self-isolation for people with symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat.
- If you, or a person you are responsible for experiences COVID-19 symptomsyou must self-isolate for at least 10 days.
To protect yourself and to help prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, as well as the flu and common cold:
- Wash your hands often and well, use sanitizer whenever possible
- Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid any contact with people who are sick
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
- Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
- Cover your cough and sneezes and then wash your hands
- If you must go out in public, keep your distance – stay 2 metres from other people
To view up-to-date information and statistics on COVID-19 in Alberta please visit the Government of Alberta Website: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
To view information and apply for the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant (if revenue loss of at least 50% due to the Covid Pandemic occurred) visit www.alberta.ca/bizconnect
Stage 2 re-opening information: https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-documents.aspx
Covid-19 Self-Assessment: https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Journey/COVID-19/Pages/COVID-Self-Assessment.aspx
COVID-19 self-assessment for healthcare and shelter workers, enforcement personnel and first responders: https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Journey/COVID-19/Pages/HWAssessLanding.aspx
Mass gatherings and business restrictions https://www.alberta.ca/restrictions-on-gatherings-and-businesses.aspx