COVID-19 Update – Provincial Restrictions Call for Two-week Pause

New mandatory restriction are in place for Fort Saskatchewan and the Edmonton area in response to rapidly rising cases of COVID-19. With 59 active cases, Fort Saskatchewan is in the watch area with the Edmonton region. 

“We are asking our residents to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. I know we are all experiencing COVID fatigue, but as the Premier stated, we are at a critical juncture and we need everyone to step up and do their part so we can win this battle,” urged Mayor Gale Katchur.

Effective November 13 to 27 mandatory measures for Fort Saskatchewan

There will be a two-week ban on group fitness classes, team sport activities and group performance activities in Edmonton and surrounding areas. This will be in place from November 13-27.  All measures will be reviewed after the two week period. 

 •  All Recreational Programming: Suspended

 •  All Arenas (DCC, JRC and Sportsplex): Temporarily Closed

 •  Nutrien Soccer field: Temporarily Closed

 •  ATCO Gymnasium: Temporarily Closed

 •  Aux Sable Flex Hall: Temporarily Closed

 •  ATB Wellness Studio: Temporarily Closed

 •  Harbour Pool: Open for lane swim only. Lane swims will be available at Harbour Pool from 6:00 am to 1:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Capacity limits will be observed to maintain physical distancing.

Individual fitness activities are encouraged and can continue indoors as well as all outdoors.

The Fort Heritage Precinct will remain open. 

Options for refunds:

 •  Facility Bookings: All facility bookings involving suspended activities will be refunded if rescheduling is not possible.

 •  Recreational Programs: Rescheduling of the existing program will occur when it is safe to do so. A pro-rated refund will be made available. 

 •  Swimming: Aqua Fit monthly and annual passes and will be refunded accordingly and swim lesson payments will be held on credit.

“The Province is also encouraging voluntary compliance to limit or cease all social gatherings for the next two weeks to try and slow down the rapid spread of COVID-19,” added Brad Ward, Director of Emergency Management for Fort Saskatchewan.

“Voluntary measures will only work if everyone makes every effort to follow them. If we want to avoid more mandatory restrictions, these 14 days are our best chance to do that,” Ward concluded.

Other mandatory measures in place:

Restaurants, bars, lounges and pubs will be required to stop liquor sales by 10 pm and close by 11 pm This will be in place from Nov. 13-27.

 •  50-person limit on wedding ceremonies and funeral services.

 •  It is strongly recommended that no social gatherings occur in private homes.

 •  All existing guidance, measures and legal orders remain in place in all areas.

 •  If these measures are not successful, it will be necessary to implement more restrictive measures. 

Other voluntary measures are in place:

 •  It is strongly recommended that Albertans living in areas under enhanced precautions avoid any social gatherings in their homes and avoid attending social gatherings outside their community.

 •  All faith-based organizations should limit attendance at services to one-third of capacity.

 •  Employers should reduce the number of staff in office buildings at any one time wherever possible. 

 

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 information on the new restrictions at COVID-19 Info for Albertans.

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, Thursday and Friday - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; Tuesday and Wednesday - 8:00 am to 8:00 pm; and Saturday -10:00 am to 2:00 pm.