COVID-19 Information for Chestermere

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About Coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pneumonia outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus a pandemic with sustained risk of further global spread. If you have symptoms, stay at home and use this self-assessment tool to help determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19. 

Current Cases:

February 25: AHS indicates that Chestermere has 24 active cases and a total of 743 reported cases.

You can view the statistics on the AHS statistics page, under ’geospatial’ and then use the map to find Chestermere.


Vaccination Information

Alberta seniors aged 75 years and over are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. 

Alberta Health Services will offer the vaccine directly to all residents in retirement centres, lodges, supportive living and other congregate living facilities with residents who are 75 or older.

Starting Feb. 24, any Albertan living in the community who was born in 1946 or earlier will be eligible to book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. Appointment availability will be based on vaccine supply. Details on how to book – by phone or online – will be released on Feb. 24

Learn more: https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx 

Current Regulations

Local: 

  • Mandatory Mask Bylaw: On November 17, Chestermere City Council passed a temporary mandatory mask bylaw that will require residents and visitors to wear a face covering at all times while in an indoor public space, public workplace, or public vehicle where other people are present. Learn more here.

Provincial:

As announced on January 29, the easing of province-wide health measures will occur in steps based on hospitalization benchmarks. Changes to restrictions will be considered once a benchmark is reached.

Step 1: Hospitalization benchmark – 600, beginning on Feb 8

Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes can open for in-person service

  • Maximum of 6 people per table; individuals must be from same household or the 2 close contacts for people living alone
  • Contact information must be collected from one person of the dining party
  • Liquor service ends at 10 pm
  • In-person dining must close by 11 pm
  • No entertainment allowed (e.g., no VLTs, pool tables, live music, etc.)

Children’s sport and performance activities are permitted if related to school activities, such as physical education classes. Children and youth will be allowed to participate in limited school and team sport activities.

K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions are allowed to use off-site facilities to support curriculum-related educational activities.

Step 2: Hospitalization benchmark – 450, beginning on March 1 some restrictions have been relaxed for:

Indoor Fitness: Revised March 1 watch the video, or click here and select the 'Indoor Fitness' tab

  • Team sports are not permitted. No sports games, competitions, team practice or league play of any kind is allowed.
  • Individual and group fitness activities are permitted, with restrictions. All indoor fitness must be must be scheduled or by appointment – no drop-ins allowed.
  • Low intensity individual and group exercises are now allowed without a trainer. Low intensity fitness includes activities not focused specifically on cardio, that have a low depth and rate of respiration. Examples include: barre, Pilates, stretching, tai-chi, low intensity yoga (e.g. hatha, yin), light weightlifting, indoor rock climbing.
  • High intensity activities are permitted for one-on-one or one-on-one household training only, with a trainer. High intensity fitness is often focused on cardiovascular activities that have a high depth and rate of respiration. Examples include: bodybuilding/heavy weightlifting, aerobics, rowing, Zumba, bootcamp, circuit training, cross fit, dance fitness, high intensity interval training, kickboxing, spin, power yoga, swimming etc.

Libraries:

  • Libraries may open. Capacity is limited to 15% of fire code occupancy, not including staff.

- Further easing of restrictions for retail, community halls, hotels, banquet halls and conference centres, children’s sport and performance has been delayed.

Step 3: Hospitalization benchmark – 300

- Places of worship

- Adult team sports

- Museums, art galleries, zoos and interpretive centres

- Indoor seated events, including movie theatres and auditoriums

- Casinos, racing centres and bingo halls

- Libraries

- Indoor social gatherings with restrictions

Step 4: Hospitalization benchmark – 150

- Indoor entertainment centres and play centres

- Tradeshows, conferences and exhibiting events

- Performance activities (e.g. singing, dancing, wind instruments)

- Outdoor sporting events (e.g. rodeo)

- Wedding ceremonies and receptions

- Funeral receptions

- Workplaces – lifting work from home measures

- Amusement parks

- Indoor concerts and sporting events

- Festivals, including arts and cultural festivals (indoor and outdoor)

- Day camps and overnight camps

Learn more: alberta.ca/PathForward

 

  • Masks:
    • Masks are mandatory in all indoor public places, places of worship, indoor workplaces and facilities outside the home.
    • This workplace requirement applies to all employees, customers, visitors, delivery personnel and contractors; includes any location where employees are present in-person; includes all workplace locations where masks won’t pose a safety risk; does not change current student mask requirements in schools. 
    • For posters and documents to support awareness and actions that can be taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta, visit https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-information-posters.aspx
  • Guidance for Outdoor Winter Recreation.
    COVID-19 Guidance for Winter Recreation (alberta.ca)

Federal:

  • Quarantine & International Travel: To limit the spread of COVID-19, travellers entering Canada must follow the rules set out by the emergency orders under the Quarantine Act

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?

Call 403-207-7050 to connect with the City about COVID-19 concerns. All City buildings remain closed to the public at this time. 

Additional Information

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