Provincial Public Health Measures- Current Restrictions and a Path Forward
Alberta's Open for Summer Plan is now in Stage 2. The Government of Alberta website should be consulted for complete details: https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx
Lethbridge County BYLAW 20-024- Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings
Lethbridge County has implemented a Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw.
The Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw was implemented to protect citizens and help slow the spread of COVID-19. Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has recommended the use of masks in public places and situations where physical distancing of two metres is not possible. Other communities have enacted similar bylaws to protect their citizens and keep local health care systems from becoming overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases.
Face coverings are required in all indoor public places and public vehicles.
Fines for not complying with the bylaw are $100. Lethbridge County is focusing on education and asking for the public’s cooperation in wearing face coverings to protect the community.
The County recognizes that opinions on masking may vary, however is encouraging everyone to be kind and courteous to one another during these difficult times. Have patience with businesses, workers, and fellow shoppers. We are in this together!
Please click the links for additional information:
Bylaw 20-024- Temporary Mandatory Facial Coverings- read the full bylaw
Resources for Businesses:
Let your customers know about the bylaw
- Downloadable and printable posters
- Social media graphics
PREVENT THE SPREAD:
The Government of Alberta recommends the following steps you can take to protect yourself and others:
- practice physical distancing and wear a mask in public
- practice good hygiene: wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching face
- monitor for symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
- self-isolate for the legally-required 10 days if you have any symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or medical condition
- take the COVID-19 self-assessment to access testing
For more information on what you can do to prevent the spread, click the link: https://www.alberta.ca/prevent-the-spread.aspx
Click the link to pay your utility bills and accounts receivables online: Online Payments
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Picture Butte office remains closed to the public. The Lethbridge office is open and has several guidelines in place for visitors:
- Masks are mandatory
- Only one person per household should visit the office to reduce the number of people in the building
- Practice physical distancing of 2 metres
- Tele-conference or video-conference tools are encouraged for meetings with staff. In-person meetings will be held by appointment only which can be scheduled by calling the employee directly or phoning the main office line at 403-328-5525. Visitors arriving for a meeting will be required to sign in at reception to allow for enhanced contact tracing in the event of a positive COVID-19 test result. The sign in portal will be sanitized after each use.
* Please note that the Province has implemented a Mask Bylaw, therefore face coverings are required in the County's Lethbridge office. Do not visit the office if you have travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days or have symptoms of COVID-19.
Alberta's vaccination program is currently underway and led by the provincial government.
To book an immunization appointment, or to find out if you are currently eligible to book an appointment, click the link: COVID-19 vaccine
- If you are an isolated senior or have mobility issues and need assistance getting to your appointment, 211 may be able to help. Dial 2-1-1 or click the link: 211 transportation assistance
To sign up to receive a notification when it's your turn to receive the vaccine, click the link: Sign up to receive notifications
All working Albertans can access 3 hours of paid, job-protected leave to get each dose of the vaccine. Click the link for more information: Job-Protected Leave for Vaccination
For full details on the COVID-19 vaccine, click the link: COVID-19 vaccine
Service Canada has resources available for Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click the links for more information:
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
The Government of Canada provided the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for working Canadians who stopped working because of COVID-19. The CERB has ended, however Canadians can access support through Employment Insurance (EI). Click the link for more information: Transitioning from CERB to EI
Government of Alberta Assistance
Click the link for more information on all supports available from the Government of Alberta.
Government of Canada Assistance
Click the link for more information on all supports available from the Government of Canada.
* For supports for businesses, non-profit organizations, and charities, please select the "Information for Businesses" tab below.
Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) - For Lethbridge County Citizens
COVID-19 information for disability service providers
COVID-19 information for disability service providers is available on the Government of Alberta website.
Help During Tough Times - Alberta Health Services
This is a stressful time for many. Alberta Health Services has numerous resources if you need help.
Assistance For Low German Speaking Citizens
Click the link for a full list of resources: Resources in Low German
Click the link for information on how to find assistance: Help in Low German
Alberta Health Services has some great resources on staying healthy as we all practice social distancing.
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.
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.
Important Phone Numbers
Covid-19 And Seasonal Agricultural Workers
Click the link for more information: COVID-19 and Seasonal Agricultural Workers in Alberta
Working With Animals During Covid-19
Click the links for more information:
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
Funding for Businesses Impacted By COVID-19
- Alberta Jobs Now: The Alberta Jobs Now program will provide up to $370 million to help private and non-profit businesses support much-needed jobs for unemployed and underemployed Albertans across the province and help Alberta’s economy recover. Employers will be able to apply for a grant that covers 25 per cent of an employee’s salary for a 52-week period up to a maximum of $25,000 per employee. The grant can be used to cover salary or training costs. Employers who hire persons with disabilities will receive a grant 1.5 times higher than the amount they receive for other new employees. Employers will be able to apply as of 9 a.m. on May 20. They can apply for funding for up to 20 new employees. Employers have until Aug. 31 to apply. A second intake will open on Sept. 15 and close on Dec. 31. For more information or to apply, visit alberta.ca/jobsnow
- Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant: The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 30%, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses, cooperatives and non-profits can use these funds as they see fit to help offset a portion of the impact of new public health measures or their relaunch costs, such as implementing measures to minimize the risk of virus transmission, which could include physical barriers, purchasing personal protective equipment and disinfecting supplies, paying rent and employee wages, replacing inventory and more. To support businesses affected by the public health measures the Spring application deadline is May 31, 2021. For more information, including updated eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit https://www.alberta.ca/sme-relaunch-grant.aspx.
- Changes to the Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG): The Alberta government is temporarily expanding eligibility to the Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) to help businesses access the training they need. The expansion is effective until February 28, 2022. Expanded eligibility includes funding mandatory training, allowing employers to train employed family members, and allowing some business owners to receive funding to train themselves. In addition, other changes will make the application process more efficient. Learn more about the program and apply online at alberta.ca/CAJG.
- Additional Government of Alberta Support: 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
- Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS): The Government of Canada is providing the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) for Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021. Click the link for more information: Government of Canada assistance for businesses, non-profits, and charities impacted by COVID-19
- Community Futures Small Business Loans: Small businesses in the Lethbridge Region impacted by the 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
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.
- 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
- Alberta BizConnect has resources for businesses who are preparing to reopen as part of the province's relaunch strategy.
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
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 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