Covid-19 Update June 17
Ward 4 – Distributing Face Masks
All Councillor Offices received 4,000 face masks each to distribute to our community associations and seniors groups that need them. My office has been driving around and handing them out. So far 200 to Huntington Hills; 150 to Huntington Manor; 100 to Cambrian heights; 150 to Edgemont Seniors; 100 to Highland Park; 150 to JE Harris House; 100 to Highland Park; 150 to TGCA; 100 to North Haven; 150 to Triwood; 150 to Brentwood; 150 to Brentwood Seniors Carroll Place; and 100 Dalhousie. This is just the first round. More face masks will be delivered to other groups, but if you know an organization that could use some masks email me at firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you to everyone who has been social distancing, and supporting our local businesses. We are not out of the woods yet, so keep wearing a mask, wash your hands, and keep your distance. #ward4 #yyc #yyccc
Canadians benefitting from the CERB will now be able to receive payments for an additional eight weeks. In making the announcement, Trudeau acknowledged that some sectors of the economy will be re-opening faster than others, leaving some Canadians still out of work and in need of support. The federal government will continue to look at international best practices and monitor both the economy and the progress of the virus to evaluate if any changes need to be made to support more Canadians.
More information on the CERB can be found here.
Border to Remain Closed
The Prime Minister also announced that Canada and the United States have agreed to extend the current measures at the border by another 30 days, meaning the Canada-U.S. border will remain closed until at least July 21.
Military Presence in Long-Term Care Homes
The Prime Minister announced that orders deploying members of the military into long-term care homes in Ontario and Québec will be extended until June 26. The orders had been set to expire today. The federal government is currently in conversation with Québec to provide further support until September 15, as requested by the province, which may call upon members of the Red Cross.
Air Travel Protocols
Passengers travelling by air to, from and within Canada will now be subject to mandatory temperature checks. Anyone with a fever will be prohibited from flying. These checks will be rolled out in phases, beginning with those travelling to Canada. It is also now mandatory that travellers and airline staff wear masks on flights.
Trudeau announced $14 billion in funding to the provinces and territories to develop a safe restart agreement for the next six months. This funding aims to ensure that Canadians don’t have to roll back measures to restart the economy.
POST Promise Program
The federal government is partnering with the Business Council of Canada to support its POST Promise program — a Canada-wide COVID-19 awareness campaign aimed at keeping customers, employees and communities safe as the economy restarts (POST is an acronym for People Outside Safely Together). The initiative calls on businesses to commit to five key public health measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, including maintaining physical distance, washing and sanitizing hands, keeping workplaces clean and disinfected, staying home if unwell and wearing a mask when recommended. All businesses are encouraged to participate by visiting www.postpromise.com.
Indigenous Business Support
The Prime Minister also announced targeted investment of $133 million to support Indigenous businesses in Canada, dedicating $117 million to support small- and community-owned businesses to help them get through these challenging times. An additional $16 million will be given to businesses in the tourism industry – a sector that supports thousands of jobs across the country.
Prime Minister Trudeau reminded Canadians that the government has recently expanded the Canada Emergency Benefit Account (CEBA) to more small businesses, including farmers. Applications will open on Friday at edc.ca.
The federal government is working on a solution to extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) for people who cannot return to work yet. More details will be released later this week.
Food Surplus Purchasing Program
The federal government is opening applications for the Food Surplus Purchasing Program. The government will be buying surplus food from farmers such as potatoes, poultry, seafood and more to redistribute to people who are facing food insecurity. People across the country will benefit, including in rural communities.
Prime Minster Trudeau also announced that Canada helped launch a global partnership on artificial intelligence as one of the 13 founding countries.
The federal government is also working with Government of Quebec on a Centre of Expertise in Montréal as one of two global hubs.
This information is from our MLA Jason Copping. June 20th, 10-11AM. For more information, Calgary.Varsity@assembly.ab.ca or 403-216-5436
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Stage two of relaunch
Testing is showing us data that the number of COVID-19 cases in Alberta are lower than expected, meaning stage two of the relaunch is beginning today, June 12, one week sooner than expected.
This is thanks to you and all Albertans for continuing to practice physical distancing and respecting the guidelines in place. Because of your actions, we can enjoy additional activities in their daily lives while the province continues to open up the economy.
As the province enters stage two of relaunch, safety remains the top priority. More businesses, sport and recreation services can open if they are ready. Some larger gatherings for seated audience events will be permitted. In all cases, public health guidance must be followed.
What can open with restrictions
- K-12 schools, for requested diploma exams and summer school, following guidance
- More surgeries
- Wellness services such as massage, acupuncture and reflexology
- Personal services (esthetics, cosmetic skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatment, artificial tanning)
- Indoor recreation, fitness, and sports, including gyms and arenas
- Movie theatres and theatres
- Community halls
- Team sports
- Pools for leisure swimming
- VLTs in restaurants and bars
- Casinos and bingo halls (but not table games)
- Instrumental concerts
The 50 per cent capacity limit for provincial campgrounds is also being lifted. Over the coming days, the online reservation system will be updated and sites will come online in phases. By July 1, all camping sites will be open for reservations. First-come, first-served sites may open sooner. Information on additional sites will be added to http://alberta.parks.ca when they become available.
Events and gatherings can be larger in stage two
Maximum 50 people:
- Indoor social gatherings – including wedding and funeral receptions, and birthday parties
Maximum 100 people:
- Outdoor events and indoor seated/audience events – including wedding and funeral ceremonies
No cap on the number of people (with public health measures and physical distancing in place):
- Worship gatherings
- Restaurants, cafés, lounges and bars
- Bingo halls
There is more flexibility for ‘cohort’ groups – small groups of people whose members do not always keep two metres apart:
- A household can increase its close interactions with other households to a maximum of 15 people
- Performers can have a cohort of up to 50 people (cast members or performers)
- Sports teams can play in region-only cohorts of up to 50 players (mini leagues)
- People could be part of a sports/performing and household cohort
Everyone is encouraged to follow public health guidelines and notify others in the cohort(s) if they have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. If they do test positive or have symptoms, mandatory isolation is required.
Still not approved in stage two
- Social gatherings that exceed above listed maximums
- Regular in-school classes for kindergarten to Grade 12. Classes will resume September 2020
- Vocal concerts (as singing carries a higher risk of transmission)
- Major festivals and concerts, large conferences, trade shows and events (as these are non-seated social events and/or vocal concerts)
- Amusement parks
- Hookah lounges (permitted for food and drink only)
- Major sporting events and tournaments
- Non-essential travel outside the province is not recommended. This recommendation will not be lifted until stage three of the relaunch strategy.
COVID-19 Status Map
- This interactive map allows Albertans to check the current relaunch status of regions across the province. The map also provides information on:
- The rate of active COVID-19 cases
- Number of active cases
- Enhanced public health measures in place
- Check the relaunch status map is available here: https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-relaunch-strategy.aspx
Information for Businesses
Guidelines are available at http://alberta.ca/bizconnect.
Business and organizations with specific questions about the relaunch can email http://BizConnect@gov.ab.ca.For further information on the relaunch please visit http://alberta.ca/RelaunchStrategy
If you have any questions related to occupational health and safety you can go to https://www.alberta.ca/occupational-health-safety.aspx
Alberta Spotlight is online to help musicians reach you
Alberta Music, the National Music Centre, CKUA and Stagehand are partnering with support from the province to deliver Alberta Spotlight, a weekly online concert series featuring Alberta musicians. The funding will go directly to Alberta artists who will be performing. Many have lost income due to cancelled performances because of necessary public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Artists will perform in their own homes and studios with concerts available online at http://ckua.com/albertaspotlight. Each concert will feature up to five artists and run weekly throughout the summer. Musicians can apply to perform through http://albertamusic.org. From folk to rap, Albertans will have a variety of music genres to enjoy throughout the series. Fans will also have the ability to tip performers.
AB TraceTogether App
With the lifting of some restrictions as we move towards the potential of phase two of our government’s relaunch, I would urge you to download the AB TraceTogether App. Having the app installed on your phone will decrease the workload of AHS in terms of the process for identifying who you may have been in contact with if you contract the virus. Rather than AHS having to call everyone and try to identify those you may not even realize you were in contact with, the application would send a push notification.
This is a voluntary, secure contact tracing mobile application to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As protection of personal privacy is crucial to Albertans and to our government this app will not track the user’s physical location and will not use GPS. All TraceTogether data is stored only on the user’s phone, and is automatically deleted after 21 days.
Mental health and Addictions Support
Addiction Helpline at https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/findhealth/Service.aspx?id=1008399&serviceAtFacilityID=1047128
Mental Health Helpline at https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/findhealth/Service.aspx?id=6810&serviceAtFacilityID=1047134
Kids Help Phone at https://kidshelpphone.ca/get-involved/contact-us
Community and Social Services Helpline at Alberta 211 https://www.ab.211.ca/
Government Bills – Updates
Protecting the most vulnerable. Our government has promised to protect the most vulnerable. Legislation introduced to date includes:
Bill 16 – the Victims of Crime (Strengthening Public Safety) Amendment Act, 2020. This expands the scope of the Victims of Crime Fund to include public safety initiatives that deter crime to prevent victimization while continuing to ensure victims of serious crime have the supports they need.
Bill 17 – the Mental Health Amendment Act, 2020. Bill 17 strengthens patient rights and ensures those rights are respected while patients receive needed care. Our government is committed to improving mental health and addiction care in our province to help more Albertans get on the path to health, wellness and long-term recovery.
Bill 19 – the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Amendment Act, 2020. This bill makes changes to further protect Albertans from the harms of tobacco and second-hand smoke, and to address the surge in vaping, particularly among youth.
Child care consultations
Our government is launching consultations to ensure parents and early childhood educators have their say on reducing red tape and improving quality and safety in child care. Consultation will inform the drafting of updated regulations and legislation this fall.
The Child Care Licensing Regulation is set to expire on Jan. 31, 2021, and requires revision to modernize provisions and ensure safety and quality. This consultation will consider all existing categories of licensed child care, including out-of-school care, as well as approved family day homes and preschool.
There are more than 2,900 active licensed/approved programs in Alberta with more than 138,000 child care spaces in Alberta. There are also more than 726,200 children age 12 and under in Alberta. About 105,300 of these children are enrolled in regulated child care spaces.
Now more than ever, child care is a priority for many Albertans and fulfils a commitment made last year to consult prior to updating the legislation and regulations. It will also allow the Government of Alberta to enshrine principles of quality child care within legislation, rather than through the previous system of accreditation.
The survey will be live on June 15 at Alberta.ca.
City of Calgary
Pandemic is not over: Please maintain vigilance & maintain physical distancing, hygiene, mask waring & risk judgement to stop any rebound.
Recreation Facilities Open Starting Tuesday Programs Opening Soon as Measures in Place: City Facilities reopening beginning Tue, with arenas, dry pads, & gyms first. Aquatic facilities will take more time as some are under repairs, & staff is being trained up in new Covid protocols. Rec staff being rehired, Rec services returning.
Enforcement: Peace Officers observed high levels of compliance. Business will be monitored.
ReOpening: Remined Property Owners to Flush Lines when Reopening blds, run tap until its cool. Flood Risk & River Safety: Forecast for rain in mountains over weekend. May be pathway closures are boating restrictions on Bow & Elbow.
The City of Calgary State of Local Emergency (SOLE) will be terminated effective Friday June 12 at 0001 hrs.
Along with the SOLE, Emergency Order 01052020/10 restricting organized and team sports will be rescinded June 12 at 0001 hrs.
Effective tomorrow, Calgary enters Stage 2 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy. The following City of Calgary services will be changing:
- Cemeteries: outdoor services increased to 100 people with physical distancing of 2 metres.
- Chalk Circles Pilot Project: Calgary Parks painted 50 temporary circles on the grass in 4 regional parks to encourage physical distancing. Bowness, Riley, Prince’s Island and North Glenmore will have the environmentally, kid and pet friendly circles.
- Calgary Recreation is preparing to re-open indoor City-operated recreation facilities. Facilities will re-open once they can be safely and effectively opened and managed. The locations, dates, hours of operation and available amenities, programs and services will be posted on the City Website once information becomes available.
- The City hopes to have 4-5 indoor aquatic and fitness facilities and 2 arenas with 4 ice pads available within the next 30 days. Dry pads are available today.
- Sports teams can play in region-only cohorts of up to 50 players.
- The City will evaluate its ability to ramp up summer programming and day camps for kids.
- Calgary Community Standards: compliance levels have been high and complaints to Business Licensing has remained low.
- As of today, the Emergency Operations Centre will scale down to “Watch” status, with CEMA continuing to monitor and support the City and Agency Members with both COVID and non-COVID related situational awareness and coordination. The Municipal Emergency Plan remains activated.
- Flood Risk/River Safety: the forecast is calling for rain over the weekend. A boating advisory remains in place for both the Elbow and Bow rivers. Visit calgary.ca/floodinfo for more information.