COVID-19 Updates & Information
UPDATE: November 25, 2020 - The Province has released new public health measures to try to limit the spread of COVID-19.
New public health measures include:
- No indoor social gatherings in any setting
- Outdoor gatherings max of 10
- Wedding and funeral services max of 10, no receptions permitted
- No festivals or events
- Grades 7-12 at-home learning Nov 30-Jan 11
- Early Childhood Services-Grade 6 at-home learning after break until Jan 11
- Working from home should be considered, where possible
As Cypress County is still under "Enhanced” status (https://www.alberta.ca/maps/covid-19-status-map.htm), we are included in measures that restrict access to some businesses starting November 27. This includes but is not limited to:
- Some businesses closed for in-person service - including all levels of sport (professional, semi-professional, junior, collegiate/universities and amateur).
- Restaurants, bars, pubs and lounges will be open with new restrictions.
- Most retail businesses may remain open with capacity limited to 25% of occupancy set under the Alberta Fire Code.
- Some entertainment and event services may remain open with capacity limited to 25% of the occupancy set under the Alberta Fire Code.
Workplace Guidance for Business Owners
The government has developed a document
to support all business and sectors (including health care settings) in reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among worker, volunteer and patrons. The document outlines the criteria that should be addressed in individual, written workplace policies and procedures established to address the COVID-19 pandemic response. All workplaces are expected to develop and implement these policies and procedures prior to reopening or continuing operation after May 1, 2020. Industries or businesses with specialized operations or aspects may be subject to additional guidance. Any additional guidance made available is intended to augment the document.
Public Attendance at Council Meetings
Currently public attendance at Council Meetings is temporarily suspended, however the meetings are streamed live to our YouTube channel.
"Groceries on the Go" Program
In the spirit of "flattening the curve” during the COVID – 19 Pandemic, preventative strategies such as self isolating and social distancing by minimizing personal contact with individuals are being recommended by Canada’s Chief Medical Officer to assist in preventing and reducing the spread of the virus.
Cypress County recognizes that there may be County residents who may not have the support of other family members or neighbours to pick up groceries on their behalf.
Therefore, Cypress County is prepared to provide assistance, while the COVID – 19 Pandemic threat exists, by picking up and delivering groceries (ordered online and paid for by the resident) to County residents through the "Go For Groceries” Program
Our top priority is of the health, safety, and well-being of the public and our employees. We are focusing on maintaining essential services that County residents rely on. In our operations, we have developed strategies on how to best mitigate the risk of the virus to our workforce. As further operational decisions are made, we will be making announcements to the public.
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