Press Release - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Whitecourt March 13, 2020
CORONAVIRUS (COVID- 19) UPDATE FOR WHITECOURT
With the latest information from the Province, the Town of Whitecourt advises residents that facilities remain open at this time; however, events that meet the new thresholds will be cancelled.
To slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer has asked that:
- All gatherings of more than 250 people be cancelled. This includes large sporting events, conferences and community events. It does not extend to places of worship, grocery stores, airports or shopping centres.
- Any event that has more than 50 attendees and expects to have international participants, or involves critical infrastructure staff, seniors, or other high-risk populations should also be cancelled.
- Events that do not meet these criteria can proceed, but risk mitigation must be in place, such as sanitizer stations and distancing between attendees.
- All Albertans who are currently outside the country are to self-isolate for 14 days after they return from being outside Canada, and monitor their condition. If they experience symptoms of fever or cough, they should call Health Link at 8-1-1 for assessment and testing. The Government of Alberta also advised all Albertans against travelling outside Canada.
At this time, schools and daycares can remain open but steps should be taken to ensure that no more than 250 individuals are in the same room at any given time.
COVID-19 information and updates are publicly available on the Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services websites:
Residents are advised that the Town of Whitecourt has an emergency continuity plan in place to ensure essential services continue uninterrupted.