PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
May 29, 2020
Playgrounds in Lethbridge County to reopen May 29
LETHBRIDGE COUNTY- All municipal playgrounds in Lethbridge County will be open as of Friday, May 29 after full closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the Province is relaxing some restrictions and allowing for more activities, the County has decided to allow for municipal playgrounds to be reopened.
Citizens are reminded that using play equipment is at their own risk and that COVID-19 public health orders remain in place and must be followed. To help keep yourself and all playground visitors safe, the following recommendations are in place for all County playgrounds:
- Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms must not use the equipment
- Practice proper hand hygiene by washing your hands frequently, not touching your face, and having sanitizer on hand that contains at least 60 percent alcohol to use immediately prior to and following use of equipment
- Encourage children to avoid sharing toys or sports equipment and limit contact with individuals outside of your household or cohort family
- Maintain 2 metre physical distancing
- Adhere to public health orders regarding gatherings
- Visit playgrounds that are close to your home
Lethbridge County thanks citizens for their cooperation.
Click the link to view: PSA- Playgrounds in Lethbridge County to reopen May 29
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- RELEASE- Property tax penalty deferral announced due to COVID-19 pandemic (May 13, 2020)
- RELEASE- Lethbridge County advocating for producers during COVID-19 pandemic (May 7, 2020)
- PSA- Lethbridge County implements procedure for Public Hearings during COVID-19 pandemic (April 23, 2020)
- PSA- Lethbridge County announces 90-day utility penalty deferrals for citizens financially impacted by COVID-19 (April 2, 2020)
Click the link to pay your utility bills and accounts receivables online: Online Payments
Lethbridge County has announced a 90-day utility penalty deferral for citizens financially impacted by COVID-19. For more information click the link: 90-day utility penalty deferral
CONTACT LETHBRIDGE COUNTY
The Lethbridge County offices are currently closed to the public and operating at reduced staffing levels. Staff are still available for assistance, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. For assistance, call (403) 328-5525 or click the link to view Lethbridge County administration contacts: Contact Lethbridge County
PROVINCIAL & FEDERAL ASSISTANCE
CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT (CERB)
The Government of Canada is providing the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for working Canadians who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits.
Click the link for more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html
GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA ASSISTANCE
Click the link for more information on all supports available from the Government of Alberta: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-supports-for-albertans.aspx
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA ASSISTANCE
Click the link for more information on all supports available from the Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html
SUPPORT SERVICES FOR CITIZENS
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES (FCSS)- FOR LETHBRIDGE COUNTY CITIZENS
Click the link to go to the FCSS website: FCSS Website
SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
A reference guide on COVID-19 for people with disabilities has been developed by the Government of Alberta.
Click the link for more information: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-information-for-disability-service-providers.aspx
HELP DURING TOUGH TIMES- ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES
This is a stressful time for many. Alberta Health Services has numerous resources if you need help.
Click on the link for more information: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/amh/page16759.aspx
ASSISTANCE FOR LOW GERMAN SPEAKING CITIZENS
Click the link for information: Help in Low German
Alberta Health Services has some great resources on staying healthy as we all practice social distancing.
Click the link for more information: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/Page15439.aspx
WELLNESS TOGETHER CANADA
Wellness Together Canada offers mental health and substance use support. It provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed.
Click the link for more information: https://ca.portal.gs/
BIG WHITE WALL
Big White Wall is an anonymous online community where members can support each other 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are trained professionals available 24/7, self-assessments and recommended resources, creative tools to help express how you’re feeling, and a wide range of self-guided courses to do at your own pace.
Click the link for more information: https://www.bigwhitewall.com/
ASSISTANCE WITH PETS
The Alberta SPCA has a program available to assist people with their pets during COVID-19. This includes pet food for those who may be experiencing financial difficulties due to the pandemic.
Click the link for more information: https://www.albertaspca.org/helpforanimals/
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
- Addiction Helpline – 1-866-332-2322
- Community Resources – 211 Alberta
- Family Violence – Find Supports – 310-1818
- Income Supports – 1-866-644-5135
- Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868
- Mental Health Helpline – 1-877-303-2642
INFORMATION FOR PRODUCERS
WORKING WITH ANIMALS DURING COVID-19
Click the links for more information:
Canadian Cattlemen's Association: https://www.cattle.ca/assets/5e5b4243e8/Branding-Time-Information_COVID-19-Tips-for-Canadian-Beef-Operations_Final.pdf
Poultry Industry Council: https://www.poultryindustrycouncil.ca/covid-19-ag-impact-info/
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA ASSISTANCE FOR FARMERS
The Government of Canada has announced support for farmers and agri-food businesses through Farm Credit Canada.
Click the link for more information: Government of Canada Assistance for Farmers
INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES
Alberta BizConnect has resources for businesses who are preparing to reopen as part of the province's relaunch strategy.
Click the link for more information: https://www.alberta.ca/biz-connect.aspx
RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19
To help small businesses coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, Business Link Alberta is offering a one-stop shop for resources and supports including free advice and coaching. Services are available by phone, email or live chat.
Click on the link for more information: https://businesslink.ca/covid-19/
Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) has a list of resources that businesses may find helpful as they navigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click the link for more information: Economic Developers Alberta Resources List
GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19
The Government of Alberta is providing emergency funding and support for businesses, such as corporate income tax changes, WCB premium payment deferral, rent assistance, etc.
Click the link for more information: Government of Alberta assistance for businesses impacted by COVID-19
GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA SOCIAL SERVICES SUPPORT FUNDING
The Government of Alberta is providing funding to charities and non-profit organizations to provide help to individuals, seniors, families and other vulnerable Albertans who are isolated or impacted by measures to contain COVID- 19. Through grants from their local Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) funding will be distributed to civil society organizations. These organizations will support a range of services needed from at-home help for seniors, crisis and helplines, food security issues, emotional and mental health counselling or any other identified community issues.
Click the links for more information:
- Guidelines for Social Services Support Funding
- Application Form for Social Services Support Funding
- Additional Information: Government of Alberta Website
COMMUNITY FUTURES FINANCIAL RELIEF FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES
Small businesses in the Lethbridge Region impacted by COVID-19 pandemic can now access additional financial relief and recovery support. Community Futures Lethbridge will begin offering tailored small business loans as part of the Government of Canada’s Regional Relief and Recovery Fund. These partially forgivable loans ensure that rural businesses, that do not qualify for other federal business support programs, receive help and support as a result of this crisis.
Click the link for more information: Community Futures Financial Relief for Local Businesses
ALBERTA NETWORK OF ON-HIGHWAY FACILITIES & SERVICES FOR TRUCKERS
An interactive map is available on 511Alberta for truck drivers to find open restaurants, restrooms and showers on Alberta highways. Click the link to view the map: Map of Facilities and Services for Truckers
Download the TraceTogether app, a mobile contact tracing app that helps to let you know if you've been exposed to COVID-19 – or if you've exposed others. Click the link for more information: https://www.alberta.ca/ab-trace-together.aspx
MORE INFORMATION ON COVID-19
Click the link to view Alberta Health Services information: AHS COVID-19 information
Click the link to view information on wearing masks: Guidance for wearing of non-medical face masks for the general public