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.
Due to a surge 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 returned to Stage 1 restrictions under the State of Public Health Emergency.
Changes to the restrictions have been made effective 11:59 pm April 6th (all of the following have additional restrictions which must be followed):
- Retail service customer limits have been reduced to 15% of fire code occupancy
- Libraries must close
- No sports, games, competitions, practices or league play of any kind is allowed
- Restaurants and bars are CLOSED to in-person service. Outside/patio dining, take-out and delivery is allowed – this is effective noon on Friday April 9th
- Performance activities or rehearsals for adults are banned
These restrictions continue to be in effect:
- 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
- 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
- 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 (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.
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:
- 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 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 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
Guidance documents for workplaces and businesses: 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