Stage One of Reopening Now in Place
Following observed compliance from residents and decision made at the Provincial level yesterday, the Emergency Operations Centre has made the decision to speed up stage one of our local SOLE recovery plan.
Group Restriction Removed
The group restriction of 5 in place locally as part of our State of Local Emergency has been removed. The Provincial limit of 15 with social distancing in place remains in effect, and will be enforced.
Parking Lots Reopening
The Provincial Operations Centre has determined that reopening the Municipal Park parking is an acceptable level of risk. Users looking to access green spaces are now welcome to park in the parking lots, with a recommendation to leave one parking space distance between vehicles. Group limitations, and physical distancing, will remain in affect. This change is intended to enable residents to exercise in green spaces - it is not intended to in any way encourage large group gatherings in green spaces.
This change does not open:
- any connecting structures or facilities to these parks,
- playground structures,
- any other closures not explicitly listed below
Disc Golf and Mountain Bike Park Reopening
The Town of Hinton Emergency Operations Centre has been in communication with the Disc Golf Society to coordinate a reopening based on their previously provided plan.
The Mountain Bike Skills Park closure has also been removed for our State of Local Emergency. These outdoor spaces are all considered "use at your own risk". No cleaning parameters are being maintained by the Town of Hinton. Please observe physical distancing, and keep all pets on leash.Safe Use of Public Paths and Spaces
When using public paths and trails residents are urged to pass off path, prioritizing travel of those who need more stable footing wherever necessary while maintaining social distancing.Why is the SOLE Remaining?
Protecting our citizens’ and employees’ health during the COVID-19 pandemic is our priority. As such we have been following the advice of both the Federal and Provincial Medical Health Officers. We have taken effective measures based on Alberta Health Services direction and the response of similar neighbouring communities to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Hinton and we are playing our part within the Yellowhead County Region. Keeping the SOLE in place enables us to quickly respond and react to emerging scenarios that may occur as restrictions are removed. Reminder: Dogs On-leash
At this time, all sidewalks and trails within Town limits are considered on-leash for animals and signage indicating where pets may be off-leash have been removed. The use of a leash is an effective way to maintain appropriate physical distancing, as the interaction between pets and people is prevented. Should you have complaints or concerns regarding animals off-leash, please contact Bylaw at 780-865-6009.
Learn more on the SOLE webpage here
, or announcement CivicSend here
Thank you to all Hinton residents for their compliance. Your continued compliance helps make the impact to not just local health infrastructure, but provincial and national resources, as manageable as possible.
As a reminder, the Town of Hinton is not able to lessen, or remove, any restrictions imposed as part of the Province's state of Public Health Emergency. View the restrictions from the province via the links to the province available below.