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On November 24th, a State of Public Health Emergency was declared in Alberta and new restrictions have been put in place in the province. Some restrictions are province-wide, and some are for areas included in the ‘enhanced’ status zones. As of November 12th, Drayton Valley has been included in the enhanced zones.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME AND MY FAMILY?
- No indoor social gatherings are permitted in any setting (private homes, public spaces, or workplaces).
- Outdoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people and must not have an indoor component.
- Festivals and events are prohibited
- Maximum of 10 people for wedding ceremonies or funeral services
- Maximum of 1/3 normal attendance for places of worship with mask use and physical distancing
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR BUSINESSES?
- Businesses that are closed for in-person service include banquet halls, conference centres, trade shows, auditoria and concert venues, non-approved/licensed markets, community centres, children’s play places or indoor playgrounds
- All levels of sport (professional, semi-professional, junior, collegiate/universities and amateur) are restricted. Exemptions may be considered.
- Restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges will be open with restrictions if they follow all public health guidance in place including a maximum of 6 people from the same household at a table, no movement between tables, only seated eating and drinking is permitted, no other services or entertainment will be allowed including billiards, games or darts. Liquor can be sold until 10 om and food-serving establishments must close to in person dining at 11 pm.
- Most retail businesses may remain open with capacity limited to 25% of the occupancy set under the Alberta Fire Code including: liquor and cannabis, grocery stores, pharmacies, clothing stores, computer and technology stores, hardware, automotive, approved farmers markets, unlicensed outdoor seasonal markets
- Some entertainment and event services may remain open with capacity limited to 25% of the occupancy set under the Alberta Fire Code including movie theatres, museums and galleries, libraries, casinos for slots only, indoor entertainment centres,
- Indoor fitness, recreation and sport with restrictions
- Some businesses can remain open by appointment only including hair salons, barbers and personal health and wellness
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR MY WORKPLACE?
- Working from home should be considered where possible.
- Masks are recommended in workplaces except when in individual offices or cubicles
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR SCHOOLS?
- Grades 7 to 12 will move to at-home learning November 30 to Jan 8th, except during winter break. In-person classes will resume January 11
- Grades K-6 will continue in-person learning to December 18th and more to at-home learning Dec 18th to January 8th except during winter break. In-person classes will resume January 11.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR TOWN FACILITIES/PROGRAMS/OPERATIONS?
Under this classification many Town facilities and programs can continue to operate, but we will be reviewing these guidelines and updating the public tomorrow on any changes going forward.
As of the end of the day November 23rd, there are 38 active cases of COVID-19 in the Drayton Valley Brazeau County area. Full details on the province’s new restrictions can be found at https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
Watch the full update here: https://youtu.be/OZWGxfT8TM8?list=PLvrD8tiHIX1L5LKwB0kl-4aJjkK4OuE-l
If you have any questions, contact the Town at 780-514-2200.
The Town of Drayton Valley is taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously and are following the advice and safety measures from Alberta Health Services and will be following the mandates from the Government of Alberta
as well as the Government of Canada in order to mitigate the spread of the virus.
The health and wellness of our residents and visitors remains of the utmost importance, and the Town is taking every precaution to promote prevention. Additionally, we are closely monitoring all information from Alberta Health Services and the Provincial authorities and will be heeding all actions to mitigate the impact of the virus in our community.
We want to assure the public that the Town has plans in place to ensure that essential services continue without interruption.