New plan will guide easing of health measures, announced by province on January 29th
These steps and benchmarks will provide a transparent approach to easing restrictions for businesses and individuals while protecting the health-care system.
Each step has an associated benchmark of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, including intensive care patients. Changes to restrictions will be considered once a benchmark is reached.
The hospitalization benchmarks are:
- Step 1 - 600 and declining
- Step 2 - 450 and declining
- Step 3 - 300 and declining
- Step 4 - 150 and declining
With hospitalizations dipping below 600, Alberta will move to Step 1 on Feb. 8.
If after three weeks the hospitalization numbers are in the range of the next benchmark, decisions will be considered for moving to Step 2. The same three-week re-evaluation period will be used for all subsequent steps.
February 8th, 2021 - Province Enters Step 1
Indoor and outdoor children’s sport and performance:
Restaurants, cafés and pubs
Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Effective Dec. 8
Masks are mandatory in all:
- indoor public places
- places of worship
- indoor workplaces and facilities outside the home, except:
- when working alone in an office or a safely distanced cubicle or a barrier is in place
- rental accommodations used soley for the purposes of a private residence
- farm operations (exempt)
This workplace requirement:
- applies to all employees, customers, visitors, delivery personnel and contractors
- includes any location where employees are present in-person
- includes all workplace locations where masks won’t pose a safety risk
- does not change current student mask requirements in schools
Mandatory - Provincewide - Effective Dec. 13
Working from home is mandatory unless the employer requires a physical presence for operational effectiveness.
Town Announces Schedule to Remove Ice at Multi-Rec Centre
“Last night Town Council passed a motion establishing “drop dead dates” for ice removal as Feb 12, for Arena #2, and Feb 28 for Arena #1. If the restrictions are not changed by those dates, then the following week ice will be removed from the respective arena. Once ice is removed in a particular arena, it will not be installed until the next season.
The restriction changes (called “step 1”) that come into place on Feb 8th, will allow school usage and usage by a certified trainer for one on one instruction only. While we recognize there may be some activities that could occur in the MRC (overall), it is tough to warrant recalling staff for only a few hours per day. Unless restrictions change, the MRC will remain closed at this time. The Alberta Government has given indications that the “step 1” restrictions will be in place for 3 weeks. Secondly, the “step 2” phase will still be restricted to a large degree (with indication that potentially some restrictions might lift in relation to youth sport). Adult sport is not listed as even a potential consideration until “step 3.”
This is has been a tough & unprecedented ice season. The Town must weigh a balance between potentially moving forward with ice usage later this spring (not knowing what that will look like) & fiscal responsibility. To be clear, none of this is easy, with a lot of uncertainty – all of which are in response to the restrictions imposed by the Alberta Government.
We appreciate the cooperation that our customers & user groups have given us, as we work together to try to navigate these times. We are looking forward to the day when we can re-launch our facility again.”
Visit Alberta.ca/covid19 for up-to-date, accurate information.
Visit the Town of Slave Lake COVID-19 Updates for up-to-date information
To speak with a staff member, contact the facilites at the numbers below:
- Town Office - 780-849-8000
- Multi-Rec Centre - 780-849-8028
- Northern Lights Aquatic Centre - 780-849-8639
- Legacy Centre - 780-849-8028
- Lesser Slave Regional Fire Hall #1 - 780-849-4110