City prepared with continuity plans to keep essential services operating

The spread of the Omicron variant is escalating in our community and it will take everyone’s commitment to following Alberta Health Services Guidelines to keep from overwhelming our front line services.

As of January 14, Fort Saskatchewan has 435 active cases of COVID-19 which is substantially higher than our peak of 175 cases in early October. The City reminds residents that several public health measure are in place and that all public spaces are required to follow the rules.

The current mandatory AHS public health restrictions as of December 21 include:

  • Masking and 2 metres physical distancing are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, workplaces, and places of worship.
  • For fully vaccinated people who have just completed the 5-day isolation and no longer have symptoms, masks must be worn at all times outside of home for an additional 5 days.
  • Employees must mask in all indoor work settings, except while alone in work stations.
  • Masks are still required in places that implement the Restrictions Exemption Program.
  • Masks should fit well and be of high quality. People at risk of severe outcomes should wear medical masks when in settings with people outside of their household.

In addition, residents are encouraged to wash your hands thoroughly and often. Wherever possible, use hand sanitizer after touching any surface in a public place.

As the City of Fort Saskatchewan experiences an increase in staff missing work due to the Omicron variant, work is underway to manage the impacts on our programs and services. In the case of essential services such emergency response, the City does have business continuity plans in place and community safety will not be compromised.

“The City is currently experiencing some absenteeism due to COVID but our plans ensure our critical services can be maintained if staff shortages become prevalent,” states City Manager Troy Fleming.

“We know the Omicron variant is highly contagious, and we are seeing our numbers at their highest right now. I urge all residents to take every possible step to protect themselves, our community and our staff who provide essential emergency and infrastructure services,” says Mayor Gale Katchur.

Those seeking assistance with mental health are encouraged to visit the City’s Mental Health and Well-being page for available resources.

For general COVID-19 information, please visit our COVID information page or visit Alberta Health Services.

Fort Saskatchewan, home to more than 30,000 people, is a vibrant economic and cultural hub located in Treaty 6 Territory and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4, just 15 minutes northeast of Edmonton. The City of Fort Saskatchewan proudly manages recreation, culture and historic amenities including a performing arts theatre and a fitness centre within the Dow Centennial Centre and the historic 1875 – 1885 NWMP Fort Representation in the heart of downtown. Located on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, Fort Saskatchewan boasts more than 80 km of paved trails along with many natural areas for residents to explore. As a City, we believe in diversity and inclusion and are working toward creating a city where all residents are respected and have a sense of belonging.