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COVID-19

The County of Minburn Administration office is open to the public as of Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

The ASB and Public Works offices are open by appointment only.  To book an appointment call the ASB office at 780.632.4033 or the Public Works office at 780.632.3715.  Public Works continue to maintain roads, steam culverts and gravel roads. 

Precautionary measures are in place as follows:

  • Hand sanitization station
  • Plexi-glass barriers
  • Sign-in sheets for all visitors
  • Shared surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected frequently
  • Waiting rooms ensure 2 meter distancing

For your information:

  • Applications, Permits can be accessed via the County's website or Mobile App.
  • Payments can be made via online banking, at your banking institution, the County's website, Mobile App, by mail, or drop off box located at the entrance of the County Administration building.

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms which include cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, are to refrain from entering and visiting our buildings.

It is up to all of us to continue acting responsibly by following public health and physical distancing measures, and using good hygiene and disinfecting practices.

Waste Transfer Stations

  • The County's Waste Transfer Stations are open but we are foregoing the sign-in process and ask all visitors to refrain from entering offices, and maintain distance from attendants and other patrons. Attendants will meet vehicles upon entry to direct people where to offload.  

Parks, Playgrounds, Recreational Facilities:

The Wapasu Conservancy Park

The walking trails are open to the public.

Visitors will be able to access the beach area.

The playground, picnic shelters, washrooms and baseball field will remain closed until the province advises it is safe to re-open.

Limit the number of people attending to a small group, not to exceed 15 people.

Be prepared as your park experience will be different due to Covid-19.

And remember while restrictions on outdoor activities are being relaxed, please plan your activities by taking precautions to protect yourself and those around you by taking social distancing measures seriously.

Lavoy Playground

Remains closed to the public.  


COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

People may be sick with the virus for 1-14 days before developing symptoms.  The most common symptoms are cough, fever, tiredness and difficulty breathing.  Experiencing symptoms call 811 for trusted health advice.



SOCIAL DISTANCING

The County of Minburn No. 27 is working hard to manage the COVID-19 effects in our community.  This means following the Premier and Alberta Health's direction on social distancing.

  • A distance of two metres between people.
  • No gatherings of any kind with more than 15 people indoors and 50 people outdoors., 
  • Visitor restrictions to Continuing Care Facilities
  • More Information on gathering restrictions is available here.

 

Alberta's Relaunch – Stage 1

Stage 1 allows some businesses to resume operations starting May 14 with enhanced infection prevention and controls in place.

  • Retail businesses like clothing, furniture and book stores.
  • All farmers' market vendors.
  • Hairstyling and barber shops.
  • Cafés, restaurants, pubs and bars can reopen for table service at 50% capacity.
  • Some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries to resume gradually.
  • Museums and art galleries.
  • Daycares and out-of-school care, with occupancy limits.
  • Day camps, including summer school, with occupancy limits.
  • Post-secondary institutions will continue course delivery, with flexibility for in-person delivery once the existing public health order prohibiting in-person classes is lifted.
  • Information on places of worship and funeral services available here
  • Dog parks and playgrounds, unless restricted by municipal authorities.  Playgrounds located at Wapasu Conservancy Park and the Hamlet of Lavoy remain closed.
  • Some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries.
  • Dental and other regulated health-care workers such as physiotherapists, speech language pathologists, respiratory therapists, audiologists, social workers, occupational therapists, dieticians and more can resume services as long as they follow approved guidelines set by their professional colleges.
  • Golf courses, with restrictions.
  • Boat launch access in select provincial parks.
  • Vehicle access to parking lots and staging areas on public lands and parks.
  • Alberta Parks' online campground reservation system opens May 14 for bookings at select campgrounds starting June 1 
  • Gatherings of more than 15 people indoors or more than 50 people outdoors is not permitted, unless otherwise identified in public health orders or guidance, such as workplaces, places of worship or in restaurants.
  • Gatherings under these limits must follow physical distancing and other guidance.
  • Public attendance at businesses, facilities and events that have close physical contact is not permitted, including: arts and culture festivals, major sporting events and concerts.
  • Movie theatres, pools, recreation centres, arenas, spas, nightclubs and gyms will remain closed.
  • Visiting patients in health care facilities will remain limited.
  • In-school classes for kindergarten to Grade 12 students will remain prohibited.
  • Travel outside the province is not recommended.

For more on Alberta's relaunch strategy, click here.


 FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Provincial Benefits - Government of Alberta:

The Government of Alberta provided a one-time financial relief payment of $1,146 to 79,596 eligible Albertans totaling approximately 91.7 million.  The program is now closed.  

    90-Day Utility Payment Deferral Plan

    Student Loan Repayment Deferral Plan

    Deferrals on loans, lines of credit and mortgages for up to 6 months

    Workers Compensation Board Premium Payment Deferral

    Government to pay 50 percent of WCB premiums for small and medium businesses

    Job Protection for Albertans told to self-isolate or caring for child or dependent adult

    Delaying tourism levy to August 31 for hotels and lodging providers

 




 

Federal Benefits – Government of Canada

The Government of Canada is providing eligible Canadians $500 weekly for up to 16 weeks through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

Apply here.

     Increase to the Child Tax Benefit

    One-time GST Special Payment

    Waived one-week waiting period for EI 

    Support for Seniors by reducing the required minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds by 25% for 2020

    Extension of Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines

  Support for Farmers by providing Farm Credit Canada an additional $5 billion to lend farmers, producers and agribusinesses. More information is available here.  

    Temporary Wage Subsidies for Small Businesses

    Expanded Employment Insurance (EI) Work Sharing Program

    Support for Indigenous, Homeless, Women's Shelters and Sexual Assault centres



 




Informational Links:

  1. COVID-19 Info for Albertans
  2. Alberta Health Services COVID-19 information
  3. Government of Canada COVID-19 Update
  4. Alberta COVID-19 Statistics
  5. Tracking every case of COVID-19 in Canada

 

 

 

Community Services Links:


The County of Minburn is continually monitoring the COVID-19 development and will provide further updates.