Town of High River COVID-19 Information
“In addition to completing the SW Dike and 12th Street repairs, Town work will continue on other priority infrastructure projects starting soon, as construction season is around the corner. We are pleased to be able to proceed with this work, which has the additional benefit of stimulating the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“In addition to being members of Council, we are also members of this community. Residents are our neighbours, friends, family and fellow business owners. We care about getting this right. That includes reinforcing the rules regarding physical distancing and hygiene, as we do our part to stop the spread. We know this community will stand strong.”
“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
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“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.”
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“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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Town of High River Releases Local Relaunch Strategy
A Message from Mayor Snodgrass
Timelines: June to September 2020
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
Community Update #13 June 4, 2020 – Town Releases Local Relaunch Strategy (PDF)
COVID-19 Community Update #12 May 22, 2020 (Link) – Town Crier Digital Edition
Facebook Live Updates from Mayor Craig Snodgrass
The Mayor’s Facebook Live Updates are discontinued for now. Please continue to tune into live – streamed Council meetings and watch our website and social media for new information. Thank you for tuning in and for all of the comments and support.
Visit the Town’s YouTube Channel to view all Mayor Live Updates.
Council Special Meetings – Visit highriver.ca/council-meetings
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.
Watch Live-streaming of Council Meetings on highriver.ca/council-meetings when meetings are scheduled and to see agendas and minutes.
Next Council Meeting: June 8, 2020
Special Meeting of Council May 11, 2020 (YouTube)
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
For current information:
Alberta Government COVID-19 Updates (alberta.ca/covid19)
Town of High River Local Relaunch Strategy Key Dates
Watch for more updates June – September, 2020. Note the Provincial Stage 2 & 3 dates will be shared by the Province. The dates below reflect the Town’s local relaunch plans. Details will be shared as plans are in place.
|Date||Event / Facility||Comments|
|June 2020||Council Meetings||Continue to take place online, and live-streamed. Visit highriver.ca/council-meetings to view meetings live when scheduled, and to see the agenda and minutes.|
|June 2020||Town Hall, Fire Hall, Water Treatment Plant, Culture Centre, Town Operations and other town facilities||Remain Closed to the Public. Contact Customer Service by phone or email 403-652-2110 firstname.lastname@example.org Payments may still be made online, by email or by using the drop-box at the Town Hall Building.|
|June 2020||Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex||Remains Closed|
|June 2020||Recreation Programming at the Recreation Complex||Continues online. Visit the Town’s Parks and Recreation Facebook Page|
|June 2020||Greater Foothills Family Centre||Visit highriver.ca/greater-foothills-family-centre for information about the new, provincially funded Greater Foothills Family Resource Network. For more information: Email: email@example.com Phone: 403-652-8633|
|June 2020||Town Public Library, Museum of the Highwood and Highwood Centre||Please visit their websites and social media channels for information about re-opening dates|
|June 2020||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|
|June 2020||Recycle Centre||Remains open. Please practice proper physical distancing and hand sanitization|
|June 1, 2020||Town playgrounds, sport fields, fitness equipment, tennis courts, pickleball courts, skate park and horseshoe pits re-opened||Please use responsibly to avoid the risk of transmission. Use at your own risk and bring hand sanitizer as surfaces are not sanitized. 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|
|June 2020||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 June 15||George Lane Campground Re-opens on June 15||Registrations are opening for camping in the George Lane Park campground. The Town has been working with the Lions Club and campground hosts to ensure that all AHS protocols are in place. The campground will open on June 15 for registered guests only. Campers will be asked to use the washroom facilities in their recreational vehicle whenever possible to reduce traffic at shared use facilities. There will be no group camping. For further information, call 403-652-2529 or email email@example.com|
|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.|
|June 1, 2020||Yard and Garage Sales Permitted||Hosts and attendees jointly responsible to manage physical distancing and proper sanitization Virtual sales are preferred; Open air driveway spaces are recommended|
|June 1, 2020||Mobile Vendors and Food Trucks – Local Vendors may set up within the Town||Local vendors will be able to set up starting June 1 Vendors are responsible to manage physical distancing and sanitizing protocols|
|June 15, 2020||Mobile Vendors and Food Trucks – Out of Town Vendors||Out of Town vendors will be able to set up starting June 1 Vendors are responsible to manage physical distancing and sanitizing protocols|
|June 15, 2020||High River Farmer’s Market||Town staff are working with the Farmer’s Market on an opening date.|
|July 1 – August 31||Watch for Updates||During the summer months the Town will see staff that have been working remotely gradually return to the workplace. Preparations will begin for Stage 3 of the Provincial Relaunch Strategy, and the re-opening of all facilities. This will include office re-design for health and safety and protocols for public interaction.|
|September 2020||Watch for Updates||Municipal Facilities Re-open as we anticipate a full re-opening with no restrictions in Stage 3 of the Provincial Relaunch Strategy. Re-open Town facilities to public access with new protocols and re-designed public spaces in place such as plexi-glass barriers, distancing floor and wall decals in reception, signs to remind everyone to practice physical distancing and hand sanitizing stations.|