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:
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.
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