December 8, 2020
Premier Kenney announces new expanded mandatory provincewide measures come into effect Dec. 8 for social gatherings and mandatory masking. All others come into effect at 12:01 a.m., Dec. 13. These restrictions will be in place for a minimum of four weeks.
Social gatherings – immediate
* All indoor and outdoor social gatherings – public and private – are prohibited.
* Close contacts are limited to household members only.
* Individuals who live alone will be allowed up to two close contacts for in-person visiting, with those two people remaining the same for the duration of the restriction period.
* Festivals, parades, events, concerts, exhibitions, competitions, sport and performance remain prohibited.
Masking – immediate
* The mandatory indoor public masking requirement will be extended provincewide.
* Public spaces include locations where a business or entity operates and is applicable to employees, visitors and the general public.
* Applies to all indoor workplaces and facilities outside the home.
* Farm operations are excluded.
* Rental accommodations used solely for the purposes of a private residence are excluded.
Places of worship – starting at 12:01 a.m., Dec. 13
* All places of worship will be limited to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance.
Retail – starting at 12:01 a.m., Dec. 13
* Retail services must reduce customer capacity to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy, with a minimum of five customers permitted.
* Curbside pickup, delivery and online services are encouraged.
* Shopping malls will be limited to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy.
Closures – starting at 12:01 a.m., Dec. 13
* Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes will be closed to in-person service.
* Only takeout, curbside pickup and delivery services are permitted.
* Casinos, bingo halls, gaming entertainment centres, racing entertainment centres, horse tracks, raceways, bowling alleys, pool halls, legions, and private clubs will be closed.
* Recreational facilities – fitness centres, recreation centres, pools, spas, gyms, studios, day and overnight camps, indoor rinks and arenas – will be closed.
* Outdoor recreation is permitted, but facilities with indoor spaces except for washrooms will be closed.
* Entertainment businesses and entities – libraries, science centres, interpretive centres, museums, galleries, amusement parks and water parks – will be closed.
* Hotels may remain open but must follow restrictions – no spas, pools or in-person dining. Room services only.
* Personal and wellness services, including hair salons, nail salons, massage, tattoos, and piercing, will be closed.
Health services, including physiotherapy or acupuncture, social or protective services, shelters for vulnerable persons, emergency services, child care, and not-for-profit community kitchens or charitable kitchens will remain open for in-person attendance.
Work from home – starting at 12:01 a.m., Dec. 13
* Mandatory work from home measures will be implemented unless the employer determines that work requires a physical presence for operational effectiveness.
Closures – ongoing from Nov. 27
* Entertainment businesses and entities – community halls and centres, indoor children's play centres and indoor playgrounds, theatres, auditoriums, concert halls, and community theatres, nightclubs, banquet halls and conference centres, indoor and outdoor festivals, concerts with the exception of drive-in events, tradeshows, and sporting events or competitions, remain closed.
November 4, 2020 Update
- Everyone, especially seniors and those at risk, are encouraged to get immunized against influenza.
- A runny nose and sore throat are no longer considered core symptoms requiring mandatory isolation for under age 18. It is recommended that a child experiencing the non-core symptoms stay home and be monitored for 24 hours. Testing is not needed if symptoms improve.
- An Alberta-Canada joint pilot program launched November 2, 2020 at the Calgary airport, a first of its kind at a Canadian airport, provides an alternative to the 14-day requirement for travellers. Eligible arriving international passengers will be able to voluntarily get a free COVID-19 test upon arrival in Canada at YYC Calgary International Airport. This will allow them to quarantine for less time provided they test negative for COVID-19. You must be arriving on a flight from outside Canada to be eligible for the testing. Guests arriving domestically are not eligible. Travellers departing on essential or emergency international travel are offered COVID-19 testing through DynaLife for a fee and will be responsible for determining the testing requirements for their destination country and ensuring the test will meet that country/jurisdiction’s requirement.
- Mandatory health measures in Calgary and Edmonton with a 15-person limit in effect for all social gatherings. Outside communities to continue with voluntary public health measures.
- Legally all Albertans must physically distance and isolate when sick or with symptoms.
Alberta's School Re-Entry Plan announced July 21, 2021
Students will be back in class for the 2020-21 year with added health measures in place.
Schools will implement a number of public health measures, including frequent cleaning of surfaces, placing hand sanitizers at school entrances and classrooms, grouping students in cohorts, and planning the school day to allow for physical distancing, which could include staggering start times for classes, recesses and lunches. Additional public health measures may be established prior to September on the advice of the chief medical officer of health in consultation with the education system.
Personal Protective Equipment:
Students and staff may wear a mask if they choose to. However, practices such as physical distancing, cohorting, frequent handwashing, staying home when sick and increased cleaning of surfaces will continue to be the priority public health measures.
COVID-19 Cases at School:
If a student or staff tests positive for COVID-19, a public health team will investigate to determine when symptoms developed and support the school to minimize transmission.
While each case will be addressed based on its unique circumstances, it is anticipated that in most cases only the group of students and staff who came in close contact will likely be required to stay home for 14 days, and not the entire school population.
Parents will be notified if a case of COVID-19 is confirmed at school and public health officials will contact those who were in close contact with that person.
More information to help you prepare is available here.
July 15, 2020 Covid-19 Update
With a new confirmed case of COVID in our region we want to remind everyone to follow the physical distancing and personal hygiene guidelines.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
Maintain a distance of 6 feet (2 metres) apart between yourself and people who don't live in your household.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, after using the restroom, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or caring for someone who is sick, touching animals or pets. Always wash before eating or preparing food. Avoid touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
Monitor your health daily. Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
A comparison on COVID-19 symptoms to the flu and the common cold can be accessed at https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/…/if-ppih-covid-19-flu…
Access more information at https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
The County of Minburn Administration office opened to the public 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.
Wapasu and Lavoy Playgrounds
Playgrounds at Wapasu and Lavoy opened May 29, 2020.
Using playgrounds does have risks. Children may find it difficult to avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. This can lead to the spread of the virus to playground equipment, other children, and other families.
- If you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 you must not use playgrounds.
- Playground users must comply with gathering restrictions and maintain physical distancing of 2 metres between individuals not from the same household.
- Practice proper hand hygiene.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Refrain from touching your face with unclean hands.
- Carry and use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol content immediately before and after using playground equipment. ·
- Encourage children to avoid sharing toys or sports equipment and limit contact with others outside of their household family.
- Clean and disinfect toys and sports equipment prior to and after use.
- Consider limiting children and other members of your household to only visiting playgrounds that are close to your home. This will help limit the number of people your family may come into contact with.
- Maintain physical distancing and limit congregating with other people when entering and leaving the playground and supervising children playing (e.g. paths, benches, picnic areas).
- Individuals should maintain physical distancing when returning to vehicles or homes.
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.
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.
STAGE TWO RELAUNCH
Begins June 12, a week sooner than expected.
APPROVED TO OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS:
* K-12 schools, for requested diploma exams and summer school, following guidance
* More surgeries
* Wellness services such as massage, acupuncture and reflexology
* Personal services (esthetics, cosmetic skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatment, artificial tanning)
* Indoor recreation, fitness, and sports, including gyms and arenas
* Movie theatres and theatres
* Community halls
* Team sports
* Pools for leisure swimming
* VLTs in restaurants and bars
* Casinos and bingo halls (but not table games)
* Instrumental concerts
The 50 per cent capacity limit for provincial campgrounds is also being lifted. Over the coming days, the online reservation system will be updated and sites will come online in phases. By July 1, all camping sites will be open for reservations. First-come, first-served sites may open sooner.
Events and gatherings can be larger in stage two
Maximum 50 people:
* Indoor social gatherings – including wedding and funeral receptions, and birthday parties
Maximum 100 people:
* Outdoor events and indoor seated/audience events – including wedding and funeral ceremonies
No cap on the number of people (with public health measures and physical distancing in place):
* Worship gatherings
* Restaurants, cafés, lounges and bars
* Bingo halls
There is more flexibility for ‘cohort’ groups – small groups of people whose members do not always keep two metres apart:
* A household can increase its close interactions with other households to a maximum of 15 people
* Performers can have a cohort of up to 50 people (cast members or performers)
* Sports teams can play in region-only cohorts of up to 50 players (mini leagues)
* People could be part of a sports/performing and household cohort
NOT APPROVED IN STAGE TWO:
* Social gatherings that exceed above listed maximums
* Regular in-school classes for kindergarten to Grade 12. Classes will resume September 2020
* Vocal concerts (as singing carries a higher risk of transmission)
* Major festivals and concerts, large conferences, trade shows and events (as these are non-seated social events and/or vocal concerts)
* Amusement parks
* Hookah lounges (permitted for food and drink only)
* Major sporting events and tournaments
* Non-essential travel outside the province is not recommended. This recommendation will not be lifted until stage three of the relaunch strategy.
Alberta's Relaunch – Stage 1 allowed some businesses to resume operations on 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.
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).
● 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
- COVID-19 Info for Albertans
- Alberta Health Services COVID-19 information
- Government of Canada COVID-19 Update
- Alberta COVID-19 Statistics
- Tracking every case of COVID-19 in Canada
Community Services Links:
- Vegreville and District Family & Community Support Services
- Vegreville & District Chamber of Commerce
- Vegreville Food Bank
- Vegreville Crisis Association
- Mannville-Minburn-Innisfree Family & Community Support Services
- Mannville & District Chamber of Commerce
The County of Minburn is continually monitoring the COVID-19 development and will provide further updates.