Public Notice: City of Cold Lake continues to monitor COVID numbers, restrictions

Public Notice: City of Cold Lake continues to monitor COVID numbers, restrictions

The City of Cold Lake continues to liaise with provincial health authorities and monitor restrictions that may apply should the City of Cold Lake enter the “watch” category in regards to the COVID pandemic.

Additional measures introduced today will not apply to Cold Lake unless the local numbers cross the watch/enhanced threshold such that the city has at least 10 active cases and more than 50 active cases per 100,000 population.

The new restrictions announced today include:

  • In all metropolitan areas (this does not include Cold Lake, but applies to Calgary and Edmonton and the surrounding areas around those municipalities as well as the cities of Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge and Red Deer): A two-week mandatory ban on indoor group fitness, group performance, and group sports activities where people come into close contact. This measure will be effective from November 13 to November 27.

In addition to this, the following will apply in all areas once they are on the watch/enhanced list:

  • Businesses licensed to sell alcohol will be required to stop serving alcoholic beverages at 10pm and close at 11pm. This measure will be in place from November 13 to November 27.
  • Wedding and funeral ceremonies will be limited to 50. Wedding and funeral receptions are already limited to 15 in these areas. This measure will be in place until announced otherwise.
  • Health authorities are strongly recommending that faith groups in these areas limit attendance at faith-based functions to one-third of their facility’s capacity. This measure will be in place until announced otherwise.
  • No social gatherings inside your home or outside of your community.
  • Office work environments take steps to limit the number of people in the office environment at a given time. This measure will be in place until announced otherwise.

The Government of Alberta noted that 40 per cent of COVID-19 transmission is linked to private social functions at people’s homes and called on people to follow the restrictions for social gatherings in their community.

While the City of Cold Lake is not on the watch/enhanced list at this time, it remains in close communication with provincial health authorities in regards to the number of active cases reported, the restrictions required to be in place, and best practices regardless of the community’s status. Everyone is reminded to continue to practice good hygiene, physically distance, wear a mask in situations where physical distancing is not possible, and to continue to monitor the Government of Alberta’s regulations and guidelines.

The City of Cold Lake reminds residents that if the current measures do not limit the spread of COVID-19, additional and more restrictive measures will likely be introduced by public health officials and the Government of Alberta.

Complete information in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Government of Alberta’s response can be found at www.alberta.ca.

 

Thursday, November 12, 2020