COVID19 February 9th Update
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information – Tuesday February 9th, 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 the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We would like to ensure clear and concise information is available.
Alberta has begun to ease restrictions in place under the State of Public Health Emergency.
Effective Monday February 8th (all of the following have additional restrictions which must be followed):
- Restaurants and bars may open with restrictions on the number of guests and hours of service, in addition they will be collecting names from at least one person in each dining party in case contact tracing is required, a max of 6 persons from the same home are allowed at a table or, for persons who live alone two close contacts may dine together
- One on one fitness, dance and ice skating classes can resume as long as they are by appointment – strict guidelines for these activities must be followed
- Children and youth can participate in some school and team sport activities – again, strict guidelines for these activities must be followed
- A 24 day quarantine period is required for persons (and their household) who test positive for one of the new Covid variants
These restrictions continue to be in effect:
- 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 restricted
- 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
- 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 isolation guidelines include:
- Mandatory 14-day self-isolation for returning international travellers or close contacts of people with confirmed COVID-19. Plus 10 days or until symptoms clear if you become ill with Covid symptoms during your 14 day quarantine.
- 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 symptoms you 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