Last updated: September 16, 2021
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Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency. New temporary measures to reduce transmission and protect our health care system come into effect September 16.
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Mandatory restriction – effective Sept. 4 at 8 am
- Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces and workplaces.
- Employees must mask in all indoor work settings, except in work stations.
- Schools are not required to implement masking, but school boards will continue to set COVID-19 management policies as they deem appropriate.
Information for Albertans
New temporary measures come into effect Sept. 16 to reduce transmission and protect the health care system.
Providing paid COVID-19 vaccination leave
Providing paid COVID-19 vaccination leave
- All working Albertans can access up to 3 hours of paid leave to get each dose of the COVID-19 vaccine without fear of penalty, loss of pay or reprisal.
- Employers may provide additional time beyond 3 hours per appointment, if necessary, but are not required to.
- The leave applies to all full and part-time employees regardless of how long they have been employed.
Measures in effect
- Isolation is still legally required for people who have COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive.
- Quarantine is no longer legally required for close contacts positive cases, unless directed to do so by local public health officials.
- International travellers must still follow federal travel requirements.
- Isolation hotels and quarantine supports are no longer available.
Changes currently scheduled for September 27
- The 10-day isolation period following a positive test result will no longer be mandatory, but will be strongly recommended.
Local Business Information
Business Support Information
The Heart of the Peace Economic Development committee provides a website with exclusive business resources and supports sources. The COVID-19 outbreak has increased stressors on our already stretched local businesses. Visit the site for a wealth of information on the supports that the Federal, Provincial and Local governments are providing during this time, including Albert's Relaunch Strategy information.
New business restrictions
Some businesses are required to temporarily close, reduce capacity or limit in-person access.
Effective January 18, personal and wellness services can open by appointment only. All other restrictions remain in effect.
Business restrictions available here
If your business is open, you must continue following all current general and sector-specific public health guidance.
How will I know if the bylaw provisions are activated?
Town of Fairview employees will be checking the active case count at the Alberta government notification page. If you wish to check this count yourself click here, then scroll down to the map and click on the "Municipal District of Fairview No. 136" area. The number of active cases will be shown in a popup message. If the current case count hits 25 or higher, the mandatory mask provisions of the bylaw will be activated. However at this time the Provincial government mandate requires masks in all public areas.
If this happens, we will let the community know in several ways:
- This page will be updated with information to indicate activation, including when they were activated.
- Social media for the town will have updates to indicate that they have been activated.
- Town employees will visit businesses to give them signs indicating that it is mandatory to wear a mask.
- Businesses will have signs on their front doors, indicating that it is mandatory to wear a mask.
If the trigger is reached, how long do we have to wear masks?
If the number of active cases goes over 25, then the bylaw provisions become active and wearing masks when inside indoor public areas becomes mandatory. If the number of active cases drops below 25 for 14 consecutive days, then the bylaw provisions will again become inactive.
I do not think I can wear a mask, due to a personal reason. What can I do?
We encourage you to make use of the alternative provisions available to you by many businesses here in Fairview. Some are offering free local delivery, sidewalk pickup or other alternative options. Please get in touch with your favourite business to ask them what other options they have in place for you. As well, you could also ask a friend if they would be able to run those errands for you. The bylaw also specifies several exemptions to mask wearing that may cover your situation as well. However, due to the possibility of you, or others, getting ill we strongly encourage you to look at the other options mentioned above that may be available to you as well.
Support for Canadian Businesses
The federal government has announced an Emergency Community Support Fund which will allocate $350 million to charities. The funds will be available to both independent organizations and national organizations like the United Way.
The federal government is also launching a calculator on the CRA website to help businesses eligible for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) determine the amount that they can claim. Companies can apply for the CEWS beginning Monday, April 27.
The Prime Minister has announced that Canada is enacting and enforcing the Quarantine Act
All travellers entering Canada, regardless of citizenship, must follow testing and quarantine requirements to keep Canadians safe, particularly given the COVID-19 variants in Canada and around the world.
Exemption for eligible fully vaccinated travellers
This exemption is only available to travellers who are already eligible to enter Canada and who arrived after 12:01 am ET on July 5. Foreign nationals aren’t eligible to enter Canada to visit, or for tourism at this time.
- The Public Health Agency of Canada is continuing to advise travellers to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada.
Effective immediately, Alberta RCMP detachments will be modifying service delivery at front counters and restricting access to public spaces within RCMP facilities. Signage will be displayed at all exterior public entrances reflecting the following:
- In order to prioritize essential policing services and to reduce unnecessary contact with personnel, detachments will suspend all non-critical front counter services. Fingerprinting for Criminal Record Checks will only be done in exceptional circumstances. Non-urgent fingerprinting and Criminal Record Checks will resume at a later date.
- Before proceeding to a detachment, please consult our provincial directory and phone the listed telephone number (http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/detach/en/find/AB#wb-cont). If assistance can be provided to you over the phone, an employee or officer will do so. If your request requires personal contact with an officer, that decision will be made over the phone.
- The decision to limit public contact in non-urgent situations was made to ensure the health of the public and our employees so that we are able to sustain essential services across Alberta.
- Please dial 911 only in an emergency.
- Our Operational Communication Centres are open and fully functional for all emergency calls.
A number of changes have been put in place to protect the health of our employees and the public. These decisions were made to ensure that there were no impacts to essential services, keeping our communities safe. As Alberta's provincial police service, we have sound business continuity plans in place to ensure Albertans can continue to count on us every day, including during times of public health emergencies.Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, Commanding Officer of the Alberta RCMP
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