COVID-19 Update – Province Announces State of Public Health Emergency

Posted On Wednesday November 25, 2020

The Province declared a state of Public Health Emergency on Tuesday, November 24 in response to the rapidly rising cases of COVID-19 in Alberta and particularly in the Edmonton and Calgary regions.

The announcement impacts residents and businesses for the next three weeks:

  •   Masks are mandatory for all indoor workplaces

  •   Social gatherings in any indoor setting are prohibited

  •   Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people

  •   Wedding and funeral services are limited to 10 people, and no receptions are permitted

  •   Places of worship are restricted to 1/3 of normal capacity and masking is mandatory

  •   Festivals and events are prohibited, including concerts

The impacts of the Provincial announcement for City programs and services are the following:

The Lights Up! activities at the Fort Heritage Precinct planned for Friday, November 27 are cancelled. The virtual light up ceremony will continue at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 27 through the City’s Facebook account.

The Shell Theatre is closed for three weeks.

The Fort Heritage Precinct will continue to book tours by appointment only.

The Apple Fitness Centre remains open for individual fitness up to 50 people capacity.

Harbour Pool remains open for Lane swims only and all aqua fit classes are cancelled until December 27. All private lessons, group swim lessons, and swim team activities are cancelled until 2021.

The JRC and Sportsplex arenas are closed for three weeks.

City meeting room spaces are only available for meetings of 10 people or less with masking and physical distancing in place.

The Provincial Health Emergency Orders can be found on the Government of Alberta's Enhanced Public Health Measures page.

COVID-19 is transmitted though tiny droplets of liquid produced by people who have the virus.

These droplets spread by:

  •  coughing, sneezing, talking, laughing or even singing
  •  touching objects or surfaces the virus has landed on and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth (bath towels, kitchen utensils, door knobs, etc.)

People who have COVID-19 can spread it to others before they start to feel sick. Please continue to stay home when you are sick, maintain physical distance from others, continue to wash your hands, wear a face covering and practice cough and sneeze protocols.

You can find COVID-19 information on our website at

If any resident has questions or needs some support during this time, the Family and Community Support Services COVID-19 helpline is available at 780-992-6281 during the following hours until further notice: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday - 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.