Province Declares State of Public Health Emergency – New Mandatory Measures in Place

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Province Declares State of Public Health Emergency
New Mandatory Measures in Place

HIGH RIVER, AB:  The Province has declared a Public Health Emergency with new and expanded restrictions designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. Under Public Health Order 38-2020, the Province has mandated that face masks are now required for all public spaces in the Calgary area. This includes all public buildings and workplaces in the Town of High River, including all Town facilities. Impacts to Town services are listed below.
We ask everyone to visit the Alberta Covid-19 website to learn and follow these mandatory orders. *A definition of public spaces in the Alberta Public Health Act is provided below.
In the spirit of the coming holiday season and during these challenging times, remember that small acts of kindness and compassion are ways we can care for our family, neighbours, friends and the High River community. Please follow Public Health Orders in place, recommended by health professionals to help prevent the spread during this Global Pandemic.

Impacts to Town services are listed below:

Face masks are now mandatory in all public buildings and workplaces. As mandated by Public Health Order 38-2020, this includes all indoor workplaces, retail businesses, places of assembly and facilities. At Town Hall, this rule applies to employees, visitors, delivery personnel and contractors.
> Town Hall will remain open to the public. Face masks are required in all Town facilities. We thank everyone for following the signs and protocols in Town Hall and ask that you continue to observe them if coming to the facility. As always, options to phone or email are in place for those who do not need to visit in person. Call 403-652-2110 or email corporateservices@highriver.ca
> All Town services such as garbage pickup and recycling will continue as usual. However, the Town’s Operations building is now closed to public access.
> The Bob Snodgrass Recreation Centre will remain open but only for people using the walking track. Face masks are required when using the walking track. Reservations must be made in advance as strict limits on numbers of users are currently in place. Please call BSRC Reception for information or to register: 403-652-4042.
> Community Programs continue to be offered but will move to a virtual platform. No in-person classes will take place until further notice. Follow the Town’s Parks and Recreation on Facebook for ongoing updates.
> The Greater Foothills Family Centre will continue to provide supports and services to families over the phone and online including information and referrals. The Family Centre will be offering a variety of virtual programming options for families with children 0-12 years and will continue to offer in person supports by appointment only. Please call 403-652-8633 or toll free at 1-877-652-8633 for more information.
> Family and Community Support Services will continue to serve clients by appointment only. Face masks are required when attending all in-person appointments.
Emergency services within the town are not affected.
The Province will evaluate the effectiveness of the new measures by December 15. This may lead to further changes affecting Town facilities. Please check the Town website, follow us on social media, and visit Alberta.ca/covid19 regularly for up-to-date information and public health orders related to COVID-19.
For more information please contact:
Town of High River for general and customer service inquiries
403-652-2110
Town Parks and Recreation / Bob Snodgrass Recreation Centre
403-652-4042
Greater Foothills Family Resource Network and Family Centre
403-652-8633 or toll free at 1-877-652-8633
*Additional Information:
Under Alberta’s Public Health Act public place is defined on page 9:
PUBLIC HEALTH ACT
(ii) “public place” includes any place in which the public has an interest arising out of the need to safeguard the public health and includes, without limitation, 
> public conveyances and stations and terminals used in connection with them, 
> places of business and places where business activity is carried on, 
> learning institutions, 
> institutions, 
> places of entertainment or amusement, 
> places of assembly, 
> dining facilities and licensed premises, 
> accommodation facilities, including all rental accommodation, 
> recreation facilities, 
> medical, health, personal and social care facilities, and 
> any other building, structure or place visited by or accessible to the public
Read Order 38-2020 HERE
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