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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - Facility Closures extended to May 15, 2020

posted on Mar 23 2020

Blackfalds, Alberta (March 23, 2020) – The Town of Blackfalds would like to reiterate that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is still low in Alberta.

PUBLIC FACILITY CLOSURES

The Town’s top priority is the health, safety and well-being of the public and our employees. It is therefore imperative that we continue to do everything we can to mitigate the spread of the virus and encourage all residents to practice social distancing and personal hygiene. In this same vein, the Town has decided to extend the public facility closure to May 15, 2020.

This includes the Abbey Centre (Field House, Fitness Studios, Program Room, Child Minding, Border Paving Fitness Centre, Red Deer Kinsmen Indoor Play Space, Running Track, etc.), Blackfalds Public Library, the Civic Cultural Centre, Multi-Plex Arena (Ag Room, Banquet Room, Dry Floor/Ice), Operations Centre, the Wadey Centre, and the Community Centre (Main Hall and Multi-Purpose Room).

At this time, we are keeping parks and playgrounds open. We would like to remind any visitors to please observe warning signage placed at entrance of park, use playground equipment at your own risk, and wash your children’s hands and clothes after playing in order to minimize the potential spread of the virus.

PUBLIC SERVICES

We will continue to maintain most essential services that our residents rely on. Please note the following updates to services:

  • Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, the solid waste management contractor for the Town of Blackfalds will temporarily pick up waste and recycling bins in one pass to pick up totes and will not be separating the materials. This means that you may dispose of your recycling into your waste bin, but please do not use your blue bin for waste to avoid contamination once normal pick up resumes. You may also choose to collect your recycling until pick up service returns to normal.

  • The Transfer Station will remain open and operate as usual.

  • The Bark Park remains open. Currently there is no evidence that companion animals transmit the virus to humans. Please observe warning signage placed at entrance of park.

  • Addition of online Business Resource Centre – a one-stop location to assist businesses.

EVENT/MEETING CHANGES/CANCELLATIONS

EVENT/MEETING

LOCATION

DATE

TIME

STATUS UPDATE

Regular Council Meeting

Civic Centre

March 24

7:00 pm

Closed to the public.
Live Stream available

Parent Link Farewell

Community Centre

March 25

9:30 am

Cancelled

Spring Market

Abbey Centre

March 28

10:00 am

Re-scheduled to May 24

Family Easter Event

Abbey Centre

April 4

 

Cancelled

Ground-breaking/Raise the Rink

Multi-Plex Arena

April 4

4:30 pm /

5:30 pm

Postponed

Volunteer Appreciation

Community Centre

April 24

6:00 pm

Postponed

Youth Week

Various

May 1 – 7

Various

Activities cancelled.
Online activities TBA.

Intergenerational Strawberry Tea

Community Centre

May 5

10:00 am

Cancelled

Youth Recognition

Community Centre

May 7

6:00 pm

Postponed

Operations Centre Public Open House

Operations Centre

May 14

1:00 pm

 Cancelled

PROGRAMS CHANGES/CANCELLATIONS

All fitness, FCSS, and Arts & Culture programs are cancelled.

  • Our Abbey Centre Fitness Programmer, Julia, is providing daily workouts to do at home while the Abbey Centre is closed. Please check the Fitness Centre page for daily updates.
  • All remaining C’amped Day Camps are cancelled.
  • The Wadey Visitor Information Centre’s drop-in programs are cancelled.
  • Community Gardens Registrations are postponed. Please visit the Community Gardens web page for updates.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION

For any information on the virus, how to protect yourself, and helpful links, see the blackfalds.com/COVID-19 webpage.

Please continue to follow the guidelines as laid out by Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Province of Alberta. Keep yourself informed by keeping up to date from other credible sources, such as Health Canada and the World Health Organization.

Effective March 21, the United States and Canada are temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across its borders for 30 days. For more info, visit the Canada Border Services Agency website.

 If you are feeling unwell, start experiencing a fever or cough, even if it is mild, please:

  • 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.

For more information:

Ken Morrison
Emergency Management & Protective Services Manager
403.885.6351
kmorrison@blackfalds.com
Myron Thompson
Chief Administrative Officer
403.885.6255
mthompson@blackfalds.com