High River Moves to Enhanced Measures Status on the Provincial Status Map
Residents urged to unite in a collective, local effort to keep numbers low
HIGH RIVER, AB – On November 18 the Town of High River moved into the Province’s Enhanced Measures Status. The number of local, active cases has increased to 12 over the past week. As a result, our community has crossed the threshold set by the Province and is required to follow additional, mandatory measures. Mandatory, voluntary and additional measures in High River are listed below and are effective immediately.
Town Hall and other Town facilities remain open to the public with protocols in place for visitors and staff. Additional measures to help prevent the spread are in place at the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Centre. We urge everyone to unite in a collective, local effort to keep numbers low in our community.
The following mandatory measures are in place in High River:
> Restaurants, bars, lounges and pubs must stop liquor sales by 10pm and close by 11pm – applies to Class A, B or C licenses (Nov 13-27).
> 15-person limit on social and family gatherings – indoors and outdoors – where people are mixing and mingling.
> 50-person limit on indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and funeral services.
Voluntary measures to help keep numbers low in our community include:
> No social gatherings inside your home or outside of our community. Instead, socialize outdoors or in structured settings, like restaurants or other business that are subject to legal limits and take steps to prevent transmission.
> Limit of 3 cohorts: your core household, your school, and one other sport or social cohort. Young children who attend childcare can be part of 4 cohorts.
> Wear a mask in all indoor work settings, except when alone in a workspace or an appropriate barrier is in place.
> Employers in office settings should implement measures to reduce the number of employees in the workplace at one time.
> Faith-based gatherings limited to 1/3 capacity at one time.
Bob Snodgrass Recreation Centre (BSRC):
The Enhanced Status measures in place do not currently restrict indoor group fitness classes, team sports, or group performances in High River. However, the Town is dedicated to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Therefore, until further notice, the following new measures are in place:
> Bookings with existing users and cohort groups will continue to be honoured
> New bookings by any user group that currently does not have a booking with the Town are NOT being accepted. This applies to both local user groups, and to user groups from outside of High River, especially as Alberta Health Services discourages non-essential travel.
> Existing programming (such as Aquasize and Zumba) will continue
> If you have questions about recreation programming, please call: 403-652-4042
Additional information is available on the Alberta.ca/covid19 website:
> View the Alberta Regional Classification Map (Enhanced Measures area is “purple”)
> Information about the Enhanced Measures status can be found here
> Guidance on guidance on gatherings and cohorts
> Information about masking best practices
> Information about cohort groups
Please note that the Province may amend these measures with very little notice as case numbers in High River are monitored. If there is a change in status, we will inform everyone as quickly as possible of any changes. Please follow the Town on social media and visit the Town website for up-to-date information.
We understand these changes can cause frustration and uncertainty. Our staff remain available and continue to provide services to residents and businesses. Customer Service staff are happy to answer your questions and provide more information. We welcome your understanding and patience in return.
The Town appreciates your support as we follow Provincial direction. Working together let’s do all we can to prevent the spread and keep numbers affected by COVID-19 low in High River.
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