Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy

Posted On Thursday May 14, 2020

Stage 1 and what it means in Fort Saskatchewan

The City of Fort Saskatchewan has approved control measures that can be put in place to reopen some City amenities allowed in Stage 1 effective May 14, as announced by the Government of Alberta.

“What this means is, activities with groups over 15 people continues to be prohibited by the province. Social distancing of 2m must still be maintained and cleaning and sanitizing protocols must be strictly followed as outlined by Alberta Health Services,” explained Director of Emergency Management Brad Ward.

At this time, services for the following have been appropriately adapted to meet the Stage 1 guidelines:

Tennis and Pickleball courts

May 16 under these Provincial guidelines:

·  Activities in public spaces require physical distancing of at least 2 metres; consider physical barriers if a distance of 2 metres may not be maintained.

·  Activities in public spaces should not include the sharing of common equipment, unless the individuals are from the same household.

·  Clean and disinfect equipment prior to and after use.

·  Individual or group instruction must only be conducted with appropriate physical distancing of at least 2 metres, unless the individuals are from the same household.

·  Those who are sick or symptomatic must not participate.

Basketball courts

To avoid sharing equipment and to maintain the 2m physical distance basketball courts will be open for one or two people to shoot baskets only. No group play is allowed unless with family members from the same household.

The complete guidelines for outdoor recreation are available online and signs will be posted at the sites.

Other outdoor play spaces remain closed

Playgrounds, the skatepark and the spray park will not open at this time but will continue to be considered as Stage 1 progresses and we prepare for Stage 2 in June.

Golf Course and Campground

The Fort Saskatchewan Golf Club and the Lions Campground in Turner Park are open.

Fort Saskatchewan Businesses

What Stage 1 of the relaunch means is some retail businesses like clothing, furniture and book stores and farmers' market vendors can reopen. Some personal services, like hairstyling and barber shops, can open and more surgeries and dental procedures will be scheduled. Cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars can reopen for public seating at 50% capacity. Museums and art galleries can open as well as some additional outdoor and summer camps can run with occupancy limits (this could include summer school).

“What can we all do? We can shop with physical distancing. We can follow the lines on the floors. We can appreciate that the plexi-glass at the customer service counter is a health and security measure we hadn’t thought about before, but makes perfect sense. We can promote the local businesses we shop at on social media using #FSShopLocal or #SupportTheFort.

“I hope you will join me in shopping local as much as possible, every dollar spent in our community helps strengthen our local economy,” says Mayor Gale Katchur.

We must continue to be vigilant to keep our community safe:

  • Practice physical distancing (two metres apar
  • If you cannot maintain physical distancing, wear a non-medical mask
  • Avoid touching commonly touched surfaces, such as rails
  • Stay home if you are sick or displaying any symptoms of COVID-19
  • Gatherings of 15 or less are allowed indoors as long as public health guidelines are followed
  • Gatherings of 50 or less are allowed outdoors as long as public health guidelines are followed

The City’s website is updated regularly with COVID-19 related information including links to Provincial and Federal support programs. For our local business community, we have created a COVID-19 Resources for Businesses page and will continually update it as more information is available.

If individuals have questions on how to access resources or find themselves navigating supports that are unfamiliar to them, please call the FCSS support line at 780-992-6281 for assistance.