Press Release - COVID-19 Update for Whitecourt January 15, 2021
As announced by the Government of Alberta on January 14, 2021, changes to public health restrictions will come into effect next week for personal services, and capacity limits on outdoor social gatherings and funerals.
Changes to Public Health Restrictions
Effective Monday, January 18, some province-wide restrictions will be eased:
- Outdoor social gatherings are allowed up to 10 people. Indoor gatherings remain prohibited.
- Personal and wellness services are allowed to open by appointment only (this includes hair salons, barbershops, esthetics and manicure/pedicure businesses, reflexology, piercing and tattoo shops).
- Funeral ceremony attendance has been increased to 20 people, with mandatory masking and 2-metre physical distancing. Funeral receptions are not allowed.
All other mandatory restrictions will remain in place until further notice, including:
- All indoor social gatherings – public and private – are prohibited.
- Province-wide mandatory indoor public masking requirement.
- Retail restrictions (on occupancy limits) and continued business closures (ex. restaurants, fitness centres).
- Mandatory work from home measures.
All Albertans, businesses, organizations and service providers must continue to follow existing health measures: www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx
As a result of this announcement, the Allan & Jean Millar Centre, Forest Interpretive Centre, Scott Safety Centre and Whitecourt Public Library will remain closed to the public.
Help prevent the spread
COVID-19 cases in Whitecourt have varied over the last several weeks and are still high at this time. As of January 14, 2021, Whitecourt has 30 active cases with 82 recovered and 1 death.
As we head into the weekend, residents are reminded that changes to outdoor gatherings do not come into effect until Monday, January 18. If you are utilizing outdoor facilities, proper distancing must be maintained between people of different households. Signs have been posted at popular outdoor locations, including Rotary Park, neighbourhood rinks and Toboggan Hill, to remind people of these guidelines.
COVID-19 information and updates are publicly available on the Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services websites: