Town of High River COVID-19 Information
“Council is in full agreement on a zero percent tax rate. Our priorities are the health and wellbeing of our residents, and to do all we can to support the community throughout the COVID-19 crisis. We will continue to explore ways to encourage residents and businesses for as long as it takes.“
“We are fortunate to live in a community where people look out for each other. The Town would like to assure you that our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our community. Our Emergency Team is meeting daily to review the most current information and best practices. The steps we take are with High River’s best interests in mind.”
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“As Gandhi famously said, the true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members. In High River we look after each other. We know how to stand strong. Let’s continue to work together to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.” Mayor Craig Snodgrass
Town of High River
“Our collective actions are to help reduce the spread of this virus. This will help our health care system to cope. It is not about what the health care system can do for us, but what we can do to help the health care system – which benefits everyone.”
Town of High River
“We need to ensure that we do all we can to help slow the infection rate of COVID-19 in our community. Even if you feel safe, your actions can impact those who are more vulnerable – the young, the elderly, and people with pre-disposing conditions. Let’s do our part as a community to help flatten the curve. We can reduce the risk and reduce the burden on our health care system.”
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“This is a time when we must all be at our best and stand together. The Town is making decisions based on the best science from public health experts in Alberta and across Canada. And to be frank, these are not tough decisions. When the wellbeing of not just our community, but of all Canadians is at stake, we do the right thing at the right time.”
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Long Weekend Information in This Week’s Community Update
Continue to scroll down to read additional COVID-19 Information
Mayor Craig Snodgrass Facebook Live Update, April 9 at 11 am (YouTube link)
- News! Greater Foothills Family Resource Network Receives Provincial Funding (formerly Parent Link Centre)
- Service closures and garbage pick-up information
- George Lane Park – no parking permitted / campground closed. Vehicles found parked in George Lane Park will be ticketed.
- Enforcement stepped up to ensure compliance with public health orders
- Tips to enjoy the long weekend at home and avoid gatherings. Read the restrictions on gatherings here.
- Tips to stay safe and prevent the spread while grocery shopping. Read about preventing the spread here.
- Recycle Centre Information
- Town Work Continues – Operations Curb Stop Maintenance
- Handy Links, Email addresses and Phone Numbers
- Easter Colouring and Decorating Contest Entries are due April 13!
The Town of High River’s Council and Staff Wish you a Safe and Happy Long Weekend.
Town of High River Response to COVID-19 Situation
Visit this page often for updated local information, which will also be shared via the Town’s social media channels.
What you will find below:
> Community Updates
> YouTube links to Mayor’s Facebook Live Updates and Council Special Meetings
> Link to Wellness Corner
> List of trusted links for accurate information
> Alberta Health Services links, including the self assessment tool
> Updated Event Cancellation and Facility Closures
Read Community Updates Here:
Community Update #5 – March 25, 2020 – Early edition of this week’s Town Crier (PDF)
High River Town Council Updates
Facebook Live! Every Thursday at 11:00 am Video Updates from Mayor Craig Snodgrass
Council Special Meetings
All regular Council Meetings are cancelled until the end of May. High River’s Town Council will continue to hold Special Meetings live online as needed to address ongoing matters of high priority to the community.
To view Special Meeting notices, agendas and minutes, please visit the Council Meetings webpage.
Because Wellness Matters for Everyone.
> Weekly Wellness Calendars with tips and tricks to get through the week
> Resources in our community
> Resources outside of our community that are available in person, or by telephone and online
Visit Trusted Links for Accurate and Up-to-Date Information
Help Prevent the Spread
Alberta Government COVID-19 Updates (alberta.ca/covid19)
Alberta Government Poster: CLICK HERE
Please print and post at your workplace or business
Use the AHS Self Assessment Tool, then call 8-1-1 Health Link if you are sick: CLICK HERE
Check your symptoms: AHS Self Assessment Tool https://myhealth.alberta.ca/journey/covid-19/Pages/COVID-Self-Assessment.aspx
Please do not call 9-1-1 unless it is an emergency, as this is a dedicated emergency line.
If you accidentally call 9-1-1 please stay on the line to let the dispatcher know you called by accident and do not have an emergency
Town of High River Event Cancellations and Facility Closure Updates
(newest notices added at the end)
|Date||Event / Facility||Comments|
|Effective March 13||Council Meetings and Committee of the Whole Meetings scheduled for: March 23, April 14, April 27, May 11 and May 25||Cancelled|
|Effective March 13||High River Fire Station and Water Treatment Plant||Temporarily Closed to the Public|
|Effective March 16||Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex||Closed|
|Effective March 16||Recreation Programming at the Recreation Complex||Cancelled. Memberships will be ‘frozen’ for the coming 6 week period, and this may be extended when reviewed in April.|
|March 13 to end of April||Recertification for recreation roles and activities (e.g. Standard First Aid)||Cancelled. The Town is exploring a grace period for important certifications, and rescheduling|
|Effective March 16||All Swimming Lessons||Cancelled. Refunds will be available|
|Effective March 16||Parent Link Centre, Parent Link Centre outreach programs and March 28 family social event||The Parent Link Centre is closed and all programs and the social event are cancelled. Families can call the PLC for parenting support, information and referral” 403-652-8633|
|Effective March 16||Town’s Culture Centre||Closed. No future bookings are being taken at this time.|
|Effective March 16||Foothills Counselling Walk-in Wednesday drop-ins||Cancelled|
|Effective March 16||Town Public Library, Museum of the Highwood and Highwood Centre||Closed. Please visit their websites and social media channels for more information.|
|April 21||Stars of High River Volunteer Celebration||Cancelled|
|March 20||Town Operations Administrative Services Building||Restricted to Public Access Customer Service Enquiries: Please call 403-652-4657 Small Parcel Delivery: Please leave packages in the entry way between the double doors Large Parcel Delivery: Please call 403-652-4657 and someone will arrange to meet you in the yard.|
|March 20||2nd Wednesday Community Café at the Culture Centre||Cancelled until further notice|
|Until further notice||All Town Boards and Committees, including recruitment for Boards and Committees||Cancelled|
|Until further notice||Staff Recruitment||Cancelled until further notice|
|Effective March 23||Town Hall restricted to Public Access||Customer Service Remains a Priority. Please call 403-652-2110 or email email@example.com Payments may still be made online, by email or by using the drop-box at the Town Hall Building.|
|Effective March 24 until further notice||Use of Town playgrounds and fitness equipment prohibited to prevent transmission of COVID-19||Town of High River parks remain open Residents are encouraged to enjoy time outdoors. To avoid the risk of transmission, follow all health precautions. • Stay home if you are sick. • If an area is busy, please move to a different area. • Step off a pathway or trail when others approach. • DO NOT use parks or public spaces in groups. • Maintain at least 2 metres (6 feet) social distance between users. • Do not touch any surfaces. • Use proper hand hygiene at all times. • Wash and sanitize your hands frequently • Do not touch your face|
|March 25||All Assessment Open Houses||Cancelled. Please go to this page for more details – https://bit.ly/2WKOKwG|
|Effective March 30||FCSS Office closed to public access||Services to residents are available by phone or email. Please call 403-652-8620 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or to request a telephone appointment.|
|Effective April 2||George Lane Campground Closed||Groups and gatherings or use of the campground for self isolation is prohibited|
|Effective April 2||Tennis courts, sports fields (soccer and baseball) closed for the season||Signs are being posted. Please do not use.|
|Ongoing||Dog Parks and dog walking reminders||Maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet (2 metres). Do not let dogs interact or jump on others. When NOT in a dog park ensure dogs are kept under control and do not jump on others sharing the trails, pathways or sidewalks.|
|Effective April 9||Annual Green Sweep Program||Cancelled|
Waiving of tipping fees will still continue on the usual dates. Stay tuned for more information which will be shared via our web page and social media.