The town of Olds is continually monitoring the situation with the provincial and federal governments, according to a press release issued on Friday, March 13th. Hear audio with Mayor Michael Muzychka from Monday, March 16th.
March 16th, 2020
Monday, March 16th - Update
In order to keep the COVID-19 risk low for Albertans, the Town of Olds has closed all of its facilities to the public.
Town staff continue to work, however, facilities are closed to all public access.
The Town of Olds number-one priority continues to be the safety of our citizens, staff and visitors.
We are continually monitoring the situation with the Provincial and Federal Governments.
The most up to date information about COVID-19 is available at the following websites: Government of Canada and Alberta Health.
Newly announced closures include: Town of Olds Administration Building, Fire Services Building, Operations Centre, Nu2U Thrift Store, Olds Municipal Library and the Olds Curling Club.
These closures are in addition to the closure of the Sportsplex and the Aquatic Centre which were closed Friday, March 13th.
The town of Olds announced on Friday, March 13th the regularly scheduled council meetings slated for March 23rd and April 6th have been cancelled.
According to the town, two members of council - Mayor Michael Muzychka and councillor Heather Ryan - have been out of the country and will self-isolate upon their return for the suggested 14-day period. Mayor Muzychka recently returned from Mexico.
He says town of Olds business will continue as usual and administration has the ability to teleconference with council at any time.
Mayor Muzychka explains what it means for town staff and public facilities.
He encourages everyone to come together as a community to look at how you can help others.
On Friday, Sportsnet and the Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling announced they are cancelling the remaining events of the 2019-2020 season. Still left were the Princess Auto Players' Championship in Toronto and the Humpty's Champions Cup in Olds.
The decision was made in the interest of the safety and well-being of the players, volunteers, fans and employees.
The Grand Slam of Curling does note that The Players' Championship will return to Toronto in April of 2021 and they are working with local organizers to bring the Grand Slam series to the Olds community in 2021.
Mayor Muzychka says it was tough to hear that a such a big event won't be coming to town this spring.
Sportsnet and the Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling say the next steps will be determined and ticket refund details will be revealed in the coming days, following consultation with their partners.
The town of Olds will continue to monitor the situation with the provincial and federal government's and information will be updated on the olds.ca website, as well as the town of Olds Facebook and twitter channels.