The Town of Sundre and Sundre Emergency Management continue to work with Alberta Emergency Management, Alberta Health and local stakeholders to address the impacts of COVID-19. Hear audio with Mayor Terry Leslie from Tuesday, March 17th.
Town of Sundre COVID-19 Update
Update March 17, 2020
At 1330 hrs, on March 17th Premier Jason Kenney announced the declaration of a State of Public Health Emergency.
Effective immediately and until further notice, the Alberta government is implementing additional measures, including cancelling events that have more than 50 people.
The additional measures include:
- Mass gatherings are now limited to no more than 50 attendees. This includes worship gatherings and family events such as weddings. Grocery stores, shopping centres, health-care facilities, airports, the legislature and other essential services are not included.
- To limit the amount of time Albertans are spending in large crowds and crowded spaces, all Albertans are prohibited from attending public recreational facilities and private entertainment facilities, including gyms, swimming pools, arenas, science centres, museums, art galleries, community centres, children’s play centres, casinos, racing entertainment centres, and bingo halls.
- Sit-down restaurants, cafés, coffee shops, food courts and other food-serving facilities, including those with a minors-allowed liquor license, are limited to 50 per cent capacity to a maximum of 50 people. Take-out, delivery or drive-through service is permitted. Licensed facilities will also be permitted to deliver liquor.
- At this time, not-for-profit community kitchens, soup kitchens and religious kitchens are exempt, but sanitization practices are expected to be in place and support will be in place for this practice.
- Until further notice, all Albertans are restricted from attending bars and nightclubs, where minors are prohibited by law.
Albertans are encouraged to visit alberta.ca/COVID19 for the latest information, guidance and resources.
96.5 CKFM spoke with Sundre Mayor Terry Leslie at 10am on Tuesday, March 17th.
At that time, he says the town had not declared a local state of emergency.
Mayor Leslie says Sundre's hospital and clinics are open for business - with some protocols to protect staff and patients.
Mayor Leslie says the Sundre Fire Department has emergency measures in place. He also notes the town office and Greenwood Neighbourhood Place are still open to the public.
He wanted to share his appreciation for the province's physicians, front line health care workers and first responders.
Mayor Leslie wants to ensure the public that the town continues to operate all essential services without interruption.
He was asked how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted future council meetings.
The government agencies are working very hard to keep everyone safe and limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to Mayor Leslie.
His thoughts and prayers are with all of the front line medical professionals, emergency services personnel, police and fire fighters, plus emergency response personnel and the town of Sundre staff.
Mayor Leslie encourages residents to keep up to date on the COVID-19 pandemic by visiting the sundre.com website or following the town's social media channels.
March 16, 2020
The Town of Sundre and Sundre Emergency Management continue to work with Alberta Emergency Management, Alberta Health and local stakeholders to address the impacts of COVID-19.
It is important to understand that the following information is being shared and steps are being taken to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and not because there is any need to panic.
We are aware that the town provides essential services to our community and we are taking steps to ensure the safety of our staff and to maintain essential services to the public. Our Risk Management Strategies and Business Continuity Plans have been implemented and have been in place since early last week.
To assist in protecting our staff we have implemented some minor changes in how we do business. Non-essential meetings may be cancelled, postponed or may be conducted in another manner such as teleconferences or online.
We ask that anyone needing to do business at the Town office who may be displaying symptoms to please contact the Town office and arrangements will be made so we can assist you in another way.
Effective at 0930am March 16, we are closing the Arena & Community Centre. The Curling Rink & Aquaplex have also closed.
As most of you already know schools are also closed. Parents and guardians will be hearing directly from their child’s school about next steps.
If you are concerned you may have come in contact with the virus, you can use the online Self Assessment Tool.
All Albertans are encouraged to take personal steps to help prevent the spread.
To protect yourself and others:
- Stay home and away from others if sick or in isolation
- Wash hands often
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Avoid touching face with unwashed hands
- Avoid travel outside Canada
- Self-isolate for 14 days if returning from travel outside Canada or were exposed to COVID-19
Updates will be posted as new information is available.
For reliable and up to date information please refer the Alberta.ca web page or Health Canada.