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Thursday, April 30, 2020 / Categories: Press Releases

Press Release - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Whitecourt April 30, 2020

The Town of Whitecourt reminds residents that the best way to protect yourself and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to practice good hygiene and physical distancing.

Help Prevent The Spread

To protect yourself and others:

  • wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow,
  • avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat, self-isolate and complete the online assessment at  The self-assessment will help to determine whether you need to be tested for COVID-19.  

Practice Physical Distancing

Everyone should practice physical distancing to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of getting sick. Physical distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with.  This is not the same as isolation - you do not need to remain indoors, but you do need to avoid being in close contact with people.  To protect yourself and others:

  • keep at least 6 feet from others when going out for groceries, medical trips, or other essential needs,
  • limit the number of times you leave your home for errands, try to limit grocery store visits to once a week,
  • try to have only one person in the household do the shopping,
  • try to shop at less busy times,
  • go for a walk in your neighbourhood or park while maintaining distance from others,
  • follow Alberta’s mandatory restrictions on gatherings.

Playground Structures Remain Closed in Whitecourt

As announced on March 25, 2020, all playground structures located in public parks in Whitecourt are closed until further notice.  Open spaces, trails and pathways remain open so that individuals and families can remain active; however, residents are reminded to follow physical distancing practices recommended by the Government of Alberta.  For information on facility closures and operational changes that have been made during the COVID-19 pandemic  please visit