COVID-19 Community Preparedness
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.
Further updates will be provided via web and Facebook, with the next planned CivicSend scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020.
The nature of services offered in some Town facilities result in an inability to enforce recommended social distancing practices. Additionally, there are limited staffing numbers, making service maintenance challenging if illness were to spread. As such, the following buildings will be closed to the public, effective 12:01am of March 14, 2020. An update will be provided prior to Monday, March 30, 2020.
- Infrastructure Services Building (330 Fleming Drive)
- Emergency Services Building (Fire Hall/Bylaw) (184 Eaton Road)
- The RCMP Office (111 Civic Centre Road) will be closed to the public. Members of the public may call 780-865-5544 to speak with the detachment. Always call 911 in an emergency.
- Recreation Centre (805 Switzer Drive)
- This closure includes the Hinton Municipal Library, Parent Link, and Youth Centre.
- This closure does not apply to Hinton Children's Learning Centre
- Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) department (out of the West Fraser Guild) (821 Switzer Drive) with the following exceptions:
- Freedom Express Services are continuing, limited to critical services with increased safety measures;
- Home Support Services will continue with increased safety measures;
- Public Transit will continue with increased safety measures; and
- Hinton Kids for Success will continue to provide services with increased safety measures. If schools close due to COVID-19 Hinton Kids for Success will close immediately.
Government Centre (131 Civic Centre Road) will remain open to the public with increased safety measures in place.
An update to closures will be provided prior to Monday, March 30, 2020.
Town of Hinton Corporate Services would like to encourage residents to use online payment methods wherever possible; find online forms for Business Licenses
and Animal Licenses
at the links provided. Please also use online utility or tax payments through your banking services provider.
For recreation user groups, alternative arrangements for invoicing will be shared in the coming week.
Level One Activation Of Emergency Operations Centre
As a precaution, the Town of Hinton is implementing a low-level level one activation of the Emergency Operations Centre. This will include Director of Emergency Management, Public Information Officer, Liaison Officer, Risk Management Officer, and Finance Section Chief. The EOC operation period at this time will be limited to standard office hours, i.e weekdays from 8am-4pm.
Further updates will be provided as they become available.
To help protect you and your family against all respiratory illnesses, including flu and COVID-19, you should:Wearing Medical Masks
Masks can be very important in certain situations. When sick, wearing a mask helps prevent us from passing illnesses on to other people. This is why we ask people who have a cough or respiratory symptoms to wear a mask and wash their hands when visiting an emergency department or clinic.
Find out more on AHS's COVID-19 website, Government of Alberta, and Town of Hinton Newsflash.