Press Release - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Whitecourt - March 15, 2020
With the latest information from the Province, and as a precaution to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the Town of Whitecourt will be closing indoor recreational facilities effective 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 16. This includes the Allan & Jean Millar Centre and the Scott Safety Centre. The facilities will remain closed until further notice.
In compliance with recommendations by the Government of Alberta, the Whitecourt RCMP Detachment has reduced its office hours and will be open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Detachment will not be performing Criminal Record Checks or fingerprinting for volunteering or pardons with the exception of those volunteering in health facilities (a letter from the health authority must accompany this request).
To slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus, the Government of Alberta has recommended that:
- All schools and all licensed child care, out-of-school care programs and preschool programs in Alberta be closed. Approved day homes are exempt because they care for fewer than seven children at a time. These programs are encouraged to use enhanced sanitation practices.
- All gatherings of more than 250 people be cancelled. This includes large sporting events, conferences, community events and places of worship. It does not extend to 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 complete the online COVID-19 self assessment. The Government of Alberta also advised all Albertans against travelling outside Canada.
The Town of Whitecourt encourages residents to remain active during this time, and take advantage of the outdoor recreational opportunities available in our community, including the local trail system.
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.