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PCREMO update on new public health measures

Friday, 27 March 2020.

Pincher Creek Regional Emergency Management Organization continues monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic.

For current numbers in Alberta, visit the COVID-19 page for geospatial numbers at https://bit.ly/33WkoJb

Today the Government of Alberta announced the following changes:

No gatherings with more than 15 people are allowed, including conferences, workshops, worship gatherings, family events such as weddings and funerals, and social gatherings outdoors.

Cancel gatheringss with fewer than 15 people if the event:
  • includes any attendees travelling from outside of Canada
  • has, as its focus, attendees who are members of critical infrastructure or critical service roles (e.g. healthcare workers, first responders, electric/power workers, telecommunications workers)
  • includes attendees from demographic groups at greater risk of severe disease, such as people 60 years of age or older and individuals with chronic medical conditions
  • has attendees participating in activities that promote disease transmission (e.g. singing, cheering, close contact, sharing food or beverages, buffet-style meals)
  • is in a space that does not allow for recommended social distancing (at least six feet betwen attendees)
If you violate this public health order and proceed to hold an event with more than 15 attendees, you may be subject to a fine.

All dine-in services are prohibited. Take-out, delivery and drive-through service is still permitted.

Albertans are prohibited from accessing retail, clothing and gaming stores, including book stores, hobby stores and antique stores. These businesses may choose to offer online shopping and curbside pickup.

Albertans are prohibited from attending all public recreation facilities and private entertainment facilities.

Albertans are prohited from accessing close contact personal services, including personal services facilities, cosmetic enhancement services, wellness studios and clinics, non-emergency and non-critical health services.

Vehicle access to all federal parks, provincial parks and publics land is now restricted.

A complete update for businesses on restrictions and changes: https://bit.ly/2QQgL1L

Family and Community Support Services is providing social services support for COVID-19. Please visit https://bit.ly/3bxvaYN for funding forms and criteria or call FCSS directly at 403-627-3156, or email fcss@pinchercreek.ca

You are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days if you returned from travel outside of Canada after March 12 or are a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 (provides care, lives with or has close physical contact, or comes into direct contact with infectious body fluids).

For further travel-related advice or information on self-isolation, please refer to the Alberta Health website https://bit.ly/2WKFk4d

The COVID-19 call-in line for the Pincher Creek area is toll free 1-855-627-5365.

You can submit a complaint to AHS and a public health inspector will look into it https://bit.ly/3aaOavL

Shootin' the Breeze is committed to providing local news and to supporting the communities of Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass throughout the COVID-19 situation.

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If you have any questions at all, please call Shannon at 403-904-2227 or 403-627-8829. You can also email publisher@shootinthebreeze.ca.

Be well, and thank you for supporting your local newspaper!