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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Blackfalds Residents

posted on Mar 13 2020

Blackfalds, Alberta (March 13, 2020) – On behalf of Council and staff, the Town of Blackfalds would like to assure residents that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is still low in Alberta, including Blackfalds.

The Town’s top priority is the health, safety and well-being of the public and our employees. We therefore will continue to maintain the essential services that our residents rely on.

Please 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.

As of March 12, 3:30 p.m., Canadian public health officials are urging everyone to postpone or cancel non-essential travel outside of Canada. If you have just returned to Canada, you must self-isolate immediately for 14 days.

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.

AHS has recommended that any public gatherings exceeding 250 should be cancelled. In light of that, we are following the same precautions as other municipalities in postponing most public engagement opportunities:

Define the Brand Open House After the Grind March 14 1:00 pm Postponed
Jim Hurley Free Skate Multi-Plex Arena March 15 6:15 pm Cancelled
Standing Council Meeting Civic Centre March 16 7:00 pm Closed to the public.
Live Stream available
Define the Brand Open House After the Grind March 19 6:30 pm Postponed
PD Day Drop-In Skate Multi-Plex Arena March 20 1:30 pm Cancelled
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 (Blackfalds Market) Abbey Centre March 28 10:00 am TBD on  March 20
Family Easter Event Abbey Centre April 4 12:00 pm Postponed
Ground-breaking/Raise the Rink Multi-Plex Arena April 4 4:30/5:30 pm Postponed

All Parent Link programs are cancelled.
Any event / program not listed above will imply that at this time, they are still taking place.
Please check the events calendar or programs calendar for the latest changes or cancellations.

In addition, as we are winding down the season, the Arena’s ice operations will be closed until further notice. All other Town facilities will remain open. For regular updates please follow the Town of Blackfalds Facebook, Twitter or blackfalds.com/news.

UPDATE March 14, 2020: We have a dedicated Corona Virus Information page for residents where we will provide advisories, helpful links, and other messages.

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