Coronavirus COVID-19 Information

The Town’s top priority is the health, safety and well-being of the public and our employees, especially those who are most vulnerable. The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

UPDATE Feb. 5, 2021: Roadmap for easing of restrictions

The Government of Alberta will begin the easing of restrictions on February 8 based on hospitalization rates.

Specific hospitalization numbers will be the benchmarks by which restrictions will be eased. Moving between steps will happen at least three (3) weeks apart to assess the impact on cases.

The following changes to public health restrictions came into effect Monday, Jan. 18: 

  • Outdoor social gatherings are allowed up to 10 people. Indoor gatherings remain prohibited.
  • Personal and wellness services can open by appointment only (hair and nail salons, etc).
  • Funeral ceremony attendance has increased to 20 people, with mandatory masking and 2 metre physical distancing between households. Funeral receptions are not allowed.

All other restrictions remain in place:

  • No indoor social gatherings
  • Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes open for take-out or delivery only.
  • Retail services and shopping malls must reduce customer capacity to 15%.
  • Health services, like physio and massage, open by appointment only.
  • Entertainment and indoor recreation facilities remain closed.
  • Places of worship limited to 15% capacity for in-person attendance.
  • Working from home is mandatory unless a physical presence is required for operational effectiveness.

Albertans must continue following all public health measures to reduce case numbers: wash your hands, wear a mask in public, keep 2 metres apart, and stay home and get tested when sick.

Municipal Facilities Closure

In response to the Province of Alberta COVID-19 Update 154 on Dec. 8, 5:00 p.m., all municipal facilities including the Abbey Centre, Town municipal office and public library at the Civic Cultural Centre are closed to the public until further notice. See the Dec. 10 Media Release for all municipal closure information.

MANDATORY FACE COVERINGS BYLAW IN EFFECT: As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our region, Town of Blackfalds Council passed a temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw at Tuesday’s Nov. 24 Council meeting.

Starting November 30, 2020, all peoples must use masks and other face covers in indoor public spaces, including businesses and municipal buildings, as well as public transportation within Town limits, until further notice. Anyone not wearing a face covering may be subject to a $100 fine or more.

This bylaw will be reviewed at the Jan. 12, 2021 Council meeting.

Read the Nov. 25, 2020 Media Release.

View the Temporary Face Coverings Bylaw No.1253.20.

Download and print the Mandatory Face Covering Sign Poster.

Questions? Check out the FAQ's regarding the Face Covering Bylaw.

A state of public health emergency is being declared by the Province of Alberta.

New mandatory public health measures are in place in communities across Alberta to protect the health system and slow the spread of COVID-19.  New mandatory measures to bend the curve of cases are in effect. Learn more.

Take steps to protect yourself and others

Cover up

  • Wear a face covering or mask that covers the nose, mouth and chin.

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

See the Centre for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) "How to Protect Yourself & Others"

COVID-19 Community and Social Support Services

Providing safe and timely access to supports and services is at the heart of what we do. The Province of Alberta is committed to addressing family violence and, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue supporting vulnerable Albertans.

Social Connectedness

Isolation is a risk factor for family violence, so during this time of physical social distancing, we encourage everyone to stay socially connected. Consider staying connected with family, friends, colleagues and community however you can: through phone, text, video chat or social media.

Family Violence Info Line

We are encouraging Albertans experiencing family violence to call the Family Violence Info Line. The trained staff on the line can provide advice and support, and information on supports and services available in the caller’s area. Read and share the Family Violence during COVID-19 Info Sheet.

  • Call 310-1818 | 24/7 | 170+ languages
  • Chat online alberta.ca/SafetyChat | 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily | English

Please note: The Family Violence Info Line will continue to help Albertans get connected to the right information and supports. They are doing their best to meet the increased demand. However, Albertans may experience higher than normal wait times to reach someone.

Helpful Resources

Local Assistance

Our Family and Community Social Services are here to support you!

Staff are still available to respond to public questions and concerns. Contact FCSS 403.600.9066 or email fcss@blackfalds.com.

To Donate

ATBcares.com - To support our local food bank. For the month of April, all eligible donations made through ATB Cares in will be matched by 50%, up to a maximum of $100,000. 

Support the Alberta Bits and Pieces Program

Local Assistance

Blackfalds IGA curbside pickup Services
Mon - Fri 10AM - 6PM
Call 403.885.5223
Email iga9515blackfalds@sobeys.com

Lacombe Ford Free Errand Services
Call 403.782.6811

Helpful Links

Report non-compliance with mandatory public Health Orders to alberta.ca/covid19

Report non-compliance with mandatory public Health Orders to alberta.ca/covid19

Blackfalds Economic Development Business Resource Centre

Government of Alberta

Province of Alberta website

Help prevent the spread of COVID-19 with the ABTraceTogether mobile app.

Mental Health Link "Text4Hope"

Alberta Health Services

Health Canada

Government of Canada Economic Response Plan to COVID-19

Service Canada - Ready to Help

Canada Revenue Agency - Help to Canadians

Flexibility regarding filing Taxes

Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

 

Fact Sheets for Children and Young Adults

CDC has produced a series of fact sheets for young adults, ages 15-21. The factsheets cover a variety of topics, including what test results mean, how to stay safe at the pool or beach, how to wear a face covering and other preventive measures.

"My Name is Coronavirus"- Children's Activity Book for ages 7 and under - by Manuela Molina.

 
 
 

Have you recently returned from outside Canada or show symptoms?

If you recently returned from travel outside Canada or have symptoms - cough, fever, fatigue or difficulty breathing:

  • Conduct a self-assessment provided by Alberta Health Services.
  • Self-isolate yourself immediately and call 8-1-1.
  • Do not go to emergency, medical clinic or your doctor’s office.
  • Health Link officials at 8-1-1 will arrange testing.

Self Isolation Information Sheet

Province of Alberta Coronovirus (COVID-19) Q & A

Updates from the Province of Alberta Chief Medical Officer

Who is at Higher Risk?

Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time. (An outbreak is when a large number of people suddenly get sick.) Depending on how severe the outbreak is, public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease.

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19

If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should:

  • Stock up on supplies.
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
  • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.