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Monday, November 9, 2020 / Categories: Press Releases

Press Release - COVID-19 Update for Whitecourt November 9, 2020

As of November 9, 2020 the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) has listed Whitecourt on the Province’s COVID-19 watch list.  Read CMOH Order 35-2020.  Communities are put in this category when they have at least 10 active cases and more than 50 active cases per 100,000.  

Mandatory Measures

With this, new health protocols and guidelines, as mandated by the Province, apply to all residents and visitors of Whitecourt and the following gathering limits are mandatory: 

  • 15 person limit on social and family gatherings - indoors and outdoors - where people are mixing and mingling.  
    • Applies to all social gatherings, including but not limited to:
      • banquets and award ceremonies,
      • wedding or funeral receptions,
      • luncheons or potlucks,
      • parties: birthday, baby showers, retirement, dinners, backyard BBQs,
      • other private social gatherings and functions.
    • Does not apply to structured events, including but not limited to:
      • seated-audience conferences, sports and shows,
      • dining in restaurants,
      • fitness centres,
      • funeral services,
      • wedding ceremonies,
      • worship services.

Voluntary Measures

All residents and visitors of communities on the watch list are recommended to:

  • Limit your cohorts to no more than three: your core household, your school, and one other sport or social cohort. Young children who attend child care could be part of 4 cohorts, given that child care settings have not been a high risk for spread.
  • Wear a mask in all indoor work settings, except when alone in a workspace like an office or cubicle where you are safely distanced from others, or an appropriate barrier is in place.

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