Press Release - COVID-19 Update for Whitecourt April 30, 2021
The Government of Alberta recently announced targeted public health restrictions to address growing COVID-19 cases in hot spot communities across the province. Effective April 30, targeted restrictions will apply to hot spot municipalities or regions where there are at least 350 cases per 100,000 people and 250 currently active cases. For those communities that meet those thresholds, additional restrictions apply for schools, indoor fitness, and indoor sport and recreation.
Whitecourt, based on the criteria mentioned above, is not considered a hot spot and additional public health restrictions do not apply in our community at this time. Case numbers for Whitecourt (as of April 29, 2021) are as follows:
- Active case rate per 100,000 population: 449.1
- Active Cases: 64
This is the highest active case number Whitecourt has experienced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and the community is asked to remain vigilant in following public health restrictions and preventative practices. Simple steps can slow the spread of COVID-19. Wash your hands, physically distance, wear a mask and, if you’re even slightly showing symptoms, stay home and get tested.
Current provincial public health restrictions currently in place in Whitecourt include:
- Masks or face covers are mandatory in indoor public places, workspaces, places of worship, and when 2-metre physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- All indoor social gatherings are prohibited – public and private.
- Outdoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people maximum and must not have an indoor component.
- Out-of-town visitors cannot stay in other people’s homes while gathering restrictions are in place.
- Faith services are limited to 15% of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance.
- Retail and shopping malls must limit customer capacity to 15% of fire code occupancy (not including staff) or a minimum of 5 customers. Curbside pickup, delivery and online services are encouraged.
- Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges, cafes and food courts can open for outdoor patio dining, takeout, curbside pickup and delivery only.
- Libraries, entertainment businesses and entities must remain closed.
- Facilities used for indoor recreation may open only for individual or household one-on-one fitness training and youth group physical activities.
- Banquet halls, community halls and conference centres can open for wedding ceremonies (up to 10 people) and funeral services (up to 20 people).
- All personal and wellness services can open by appointment only.
- Working from home is mandatory unless the employer requires the employee’s physical presence to operate effectively.
Details on public health restrictions can be found at www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx#provincewide.
COVID-19 information and updates are publicly available on the Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services websites: