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 Jan. 18, 2020
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.
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
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 touchingyour eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
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.