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COVID-19 Information

Enhanced Provincial Public Health Measures in Place

Due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the province, the Provincial government has implemented restrictions to help slow the spread of the virus.  The list below is not exhaustive and additional restrictions are in place that are not listed below.  For full details on all restrictions, visit https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx

SOCIAL GATHERINGS
⚠️ All indoor social gatherings are prohibited. Outdoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people maximum and must not have an indoor component.  Backyard gatherings that require movement in/out of homes are not permitted. Attendees should remain distanced at all times and follow all public health measures.
⚠️ Close contacts are limited to household members only. Individuals who live alone may have the same two non-household close contacts for the duration of this restriction.
MANDATORY MASKING
⚠️ The mandatory indoor public masking requirement is extended province-wide.
⚠️ Applies to indoor public places, places of worship, indoor workplaces and facilities outside the home. Applies to employees, visitors and the general public. Farm operations are excluded.
PLACES OF WORSHIP
⚠️ All places of worship will be limited to 15% of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance, with physical distancing and masking. In-person faith group meetings and other religious gatherings are not permitted in private homes while these measures are in effect
⚠️ Virtual or online services are strongly encouraged
⚠️ Drive-in services where individuals do not leave their vehicles and adhere to guidance will be permissible and are not subject to capacity restrictions.
RETAIL SERVICES
⚠️ Retail services must reduce customer capacity to 15% of fire code occupancy, or a minimum of 5 customers. Shop alone if possible or only with the people you live with,
⚠️ Curbside pick up, delivery and online services are encouraged.
⚠️ Shopping malls are limited to 15% of fire code occupancy.
CLOSURES
⚠️ Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes will be closed to in-person service. Only take out, curbside pickup and delivery services are permitted.
⚠️ Casinos, bingo halls, gaming entertainment centres, racing entertainment centres, horse tracks, raceways, bowling alleys, pool halls, legions, and private clubs are closed.
⚠️ Recreational facilities – fitness centres, recreation centres, pools, spas, gyms, studios, day and overnight camps, indoor rinks and arenas – are closed. Outdoor recreation is permitted, but facilities with indoor spaces except for washrooms are closed.
⚠️ Entertainments businesses and entities – libraries, science centres, interpretive centres, museums, galleries, amusement parks and water parks – are closed.
⚠️ Hotels may remain open but must follow restrictions – no spas, pools or in-person dining. Room services only.
⚠️ Personal and wellness services, including hair salons, nail salons, massage, tattoos, and piercing

can open by appointment only. Walk-in services are not permitted. Appointments should be limited to one-on-one services. Businesses must follow all current public health guidance. Home-based businesses must follow the restrictions for the type of service they provide.

⚠️ Health services, including physiotherapy or acupuncture, massage therapy, social or protective services, shelters for vulnerable persons, emergency services, childcare, and not-for-profit community kitchens, or charitable kitchens will remain open for in-person attendance by appointment only as long as public health orders and sector guidance is followed. Appointments should be limited to one-on-one services.

WORK FROM HOME
⚠️ Mandatory work from home measures will be implemented unless the employer determines that work requires a physical presence for operational effectiveness.


BYLAW 20-024- Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings

Lethbridge County has implemented a Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw.

Due to the increasing number of cases in the County and surrounding areas, 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 overloaded with COVID-19 cases.

Face coverings are now 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 and workers as they adjust to the bylaw.  We are in this together!

Please click the links for additional information:

Bylaw 20-024- Temporary Mandatory Facial Coverings- read the full bylaw

Bylaw 20-024- Temporary Mandatory Facial Coverings- FAQ’s

RELEASE- Lethbridge County Implements Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw

Resources for Businesses:

Let your customers know about the bylaw

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.


Service Canada

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

FCSS Website

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 

Healthy Alberta

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: 

Canadian Cattlemen's Association

Alberta Pork

Poultry Industry Council

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

  • 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.  The program offers 2 payments to eligible applicants, with up to $20,000 in available funding per eligible application.  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.  Applications for the first and second payment are open. The application intake will remain open until March 31, 2021.  Alberta businesses affected by the public health orders in effect from November 6, 2020 and later are also be eligible to apply for a second payment through the program.  More information, including updated eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit https://www.alberta.ca/sme-relaunch-grant.aspx.
  • 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:

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

TraceTogether App

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