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Monday, March 16, 2020 / Categories: Press Releases

Press Release - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Whitecourt - March 16, 2020

This morning the Federal Government announced a number of new measures to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus in Canada.

1.     Canada will be closing its borders to people who are not Canadian citizens, or permanent residents of Canada.
a)  Exceptions will be made for air crews, diplomats, immediate family members and U.S. citizens.
b)  An economic aid package is being made available to help Canadians amid the outbreak.
2.     Airlines will ban anyone who is showing symptoms of the virus from getting on a plane.
a)  Anyone who has symptoms will not be able enter Canada.
3.     Only four airports will receive international flights.
a)  Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Montreal Trudeau Airport and Calgary International Airport.
4.     Domestic flights and flights from the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean will not be affected.
5.     These measures do not apply to trade or businesses.
6.     Recommended that Canadians abroad return home via commercial means while they remain available.
a)  If you have just arrived, you must self-isolate for 14 days.

With the latest information from the Province, and as a precaution to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the Town of Whitecourt is taking measures to encourage social distancing while maintaining a level of service to our community.   

March 16, 2020 Policies and Priorities Committee Meeting
Council has cancelled the Policies and Priorities Committee meeting scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16.  

Facility Services Closures
The following facilities are closed to the public until further notice:

  • Allan & Jean Millar Centre, 
  • Forest Interpretive Centre,
  • Scott Safety Centre, and
  • Whitecourt Public Library.

The Allan & Jean Millar Centre will be providing account credits to those affected by registered program postponements.  Prorated credits will be given to individuals registered in programs that were already underway. Annual and continuous monthly memberships will be placed on hold during this time (scheduled EFT payments will be suspended until further notice).  

COVID-19 information and updates are publicly available on the Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services websites: 

  • www.alberta.ca/covid19, and 
  • www.ahs.ca/covid.

Residents are encouraged to read through the Province’s tips on precautions to take, how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and how households can prepare.

As this situation continues to evolve, further updates will be provided to the community.  Residents are advised that the Town of Whitecourt has an emergency continuity plan in place to ensure essential services continue uninterrupted.  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.

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