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Posted on: March 25, 2020

UPDATE 9: COVID-19 Community Preparedness

UPDATE 9: COVID-19 Community Preparedness

March 25, 2020

The Town of Hinton is acting in the interest of public safety, proactively responding to an evolving worldwide scenario involving COVID-19. Community health and safety is our priority. We are taking immediate steps to help reduce the risk to our residents, visitors and employees.

Expansion of Enforcement Ability

During the afternoon update on March 25, 2020, Premier Jason Kenney made an announcement that included the following:

Law enforcement agencies in Alberta have been granted full authority to enforce public health orders and issue fines. Public health orders subject to fines for violation include:

  • Anyone who has travelled outside of Canada must go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from their return, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms should they occur, whichever is longer.
  • Anyone who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the start of their symptoms, or until the symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. Symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or a sore throat.
  • Anyone who has been identified as a close contact of a person or persons with COVID-19 must go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from the date of last having been exposed to COVID-19, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms should they occur, whichever is longer.
  • Mass gatherings must be limited to no more than 50 attendees.
  • Access to public recreational facilities, private entertainment facilities, bars and nightclubs is prohibited.

Fines for violating an order have increased from up to $100 per day to a prescribed fine of $1,000 per occurrence.

Also announced was that visitation to long-term care and other continuing care facilities is limited to essential visitors only.

View more on the province’s website, available here. 

Transit Capacity

At this time, the Town of Hinton has made the decision to continue transit service so as to ensure that all residents have access to essential goods and services. However, it is imperative to protect the health of both the residents and our staff - therefore the decision has been made that all transit vehicles will be mandating a six foot separation before between all transit users. 

Accessory Buildings Also Closed

In our last update, the Emergency Operations Centre shared that the Town of Hinton Senior Leadership Team have informed the Emergency Operations Centre that effective immediately, all community playgrounds / structures are closed. In addition all accessory buildings, such as outhouses, are now closed. 

This action closes all of the playgrounds and structures - not the parks themselves.

Individuals using parks are instructed to continue to use physical distancing to inhibit potential spread. Law enforcement have the capacity to enforce physical distancing.

2020 Private Sector Employer Premium Deferral

The Government of Alberta has also shared the following regarding WCB Employer Premiums:

All private sector employer WCB premiums are being deferred until the end of 2020 and will be collected/paid based on actual insurable earnings for 2020. 

The Government of Alberta will pay 50 per cent of small and medium-size employer WCB premiums for 2020.

Read more here.

Further updates will be provided via web and Facebook, with the next planned CivicSend update scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2020

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