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Coronavirus(COVID-19) Information Update – May 5th, 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information – Wednesday May 5th, 2021 – 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 Covid-19.  We would like to ensure clear and concise information is available.    

Due to a continued increase in new Covid-19 cases, and especially an increase in Covid variant cases which are more easily spread and may cause more serious health issues, Alberta has implemented further restrictions under the State of Public Health Emergency.   There are expanded restrictions in areas with high case numbers.  Although our area is currently not classed as a high case region, there are also additional province wide restrictions being imposed:

Changes to the restrictions have been made as follows (all have additional restrictions which must be followed):

  • Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools will transition to online learning, effective May 7 and will return to in-class learning on May 25.
  • Effective May 9 at 11:59 pm: All in-person dining, including on patios, is prohibited.
  • Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges, cafes and food courts can open for takeout, curbside pickup and delivery only.
  • No indoor sports, games, competitions, practices or league play of any kind is allowed out of a school setting

The following restrictions have not changed, they continue to be in effect:

  • Retail service customer limits remain at 15% of fire code occupancy
  • Libraries are closed, curb-side pickup is available
  • Performance activities or rehearsals for adults are banned
  • Children and youth can practice for some school and team sport activities – strict guidelines for these activities must be followed – schools should be contacted directly for details
  • Youth may participate in indoor group performance activities and youth development activities (such as Scouts, Girl Guides and 4H) – strict guidelines for these activities must be followed
  • Indoor social gatherings for people outside your own household are still prohibited, outdoor gatherings for groups of 10 or less are allowed if the 2 metre distance is maintained
  • Masks are mandatory in all indoor public places, places of worship and indoor workplaces
  • Entertainment like VLT’s, pool tables and live music are still prohibited
  • Working from home is mandatory unless the employer requires a physical presence for operational effectiveness
  • Faith services (i.e. mass in a church) are limited to 15% of fire code occupancy, however weddings remain at a maximum of 10 persons and funerals have a 20 person maximum (services only, no receptions) – services are also allowed in banquet & community halls and conference centres

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.

Alberta continues to offer vaccinations for Covid to more and more people.  Effective May 6th all residents 30 or older can book, effective May 10th everyone 12 or older is eligible to receive a vaccine.

COVID-19 self-assessment for Albertans, or the

COVID-19 self-assessment for healthcare and shelter workers, enforcement personnel and first responders.

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 in Alberta continue to include:

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 the current map of the outbreak situation region by region.

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

Links:

Guidance documents for workplaces and businesses:   https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-documents.aspx

Symptoms: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16997.aspx#sign

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

Self-Isolation: https://www.alberta.ca/self-isolation.aspx

Mass gatherings and business restrictions https://www.alberta.ca/restrictions-on-gatherings-and-businesses.aspx

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