Press Release - Stage 1 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy starts May 14
The Town of Whitecourt is preparing for the reopening of local businesses as part of Alberta’s phased in Relaunch Strategy. As of May 14, businesses included in stage 1 of the strategy will be able to open with enhanced infection prevention and controls in place. Included in stage 1 are clothing and furniture stores, farmer’s markets, cafés, restaurants, and some personal services including hair salons and barber shops.
“This is great news for our local business owners and entrepreneurs, as well as our community,” stated Whitecourt Mayor Maryann Chichak. “For the last several weeks, Whitecourt staff have been working with our partners and the business community to navigate the public health orders and relief funding programs and initiatives. It’s exciting that we can move on to a step that involves supporting them on their reopening.”
“While this is an exciting step in the relaunch phases, there are health and safety protocols that will be required of local businesses for their reopening,” added Whitecourt Economic Development Officer, Rhonda Hough. “In partnership with the Whitecourt & District Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures Yellowhead East and other support organizations, we have and will continue to communicate and promote these guidelines to the local business community.”
Businesses should reference the websites below for information and guidelines for the reopening. Both websites are also linked on Whitecourt’s website at www.whitecourt.ca/Business/EconomicSupportandRecovery.
Sector specific information and operating planning guidelines are available for businesses included in stage 1 on the Alberta website. www.alberta.ca/biz-connect.aspx
The timing of phases where the Town of Whitecourt could consider reopening facilities will be determined based on the success of stage 1 and preceding stages. Whitecourt will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and is preparing a plan to reopen facilities and relaunch programming based on the recommendations by the Government of Alberta. Further information on the opening of outdoor recreational facilities, such as the Whitecourt River Slides and Rotary Park Splash Park, will be announced later this week once guidance has been received from the Province.
“The timing of other reopenings will hinge on how stage 1 goes,” added Mayor Maryann Chichak. “As a community, we have been extremely vigilant in following public health measures, and we will have to continue to follow these guidelines through this gradual opening of services to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Mass gathering restrictions continue to be in place, and physical distancing practices continue to be recommended by the Alberta Chief Medical Officer.”
COVID-19 information and updates are publicly available on the Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services websites: