Business Information

The Town of Strathmore releases updates on our COVID-19 Information for residents page.  For stage 2 recreation updates and information please visit our recreation page at strathmore.ca/en/visiting/parks-and-recreation.aspx

BUSINESS 

Police yourself first

It doesn’t take much time to write and post something on social media, but it can damage the reputation of a business forever. Before you shame a business or customer on social media for violating a public health guideline make sure you know the whole story. Jumping to conclusions, or inciting an online firestorm, does not make Strathmore safer. If you see a public health measure being violated you can report it to the Alberta Health Services.

For more information on Alberta’s relaunch strategy visit:

 https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-relaunch-strategy.aspx

https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-documents.aspx 

Information for business owners and managers

The Government of Alberta has outlined workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely. An easy-to-navigate website called Alberta Biz Connect has been launched here: https://www.alberta.ca/biz-connect.aspx

Garage Sales

The order restricting garage sales has been rescinded as of 13:00 hours June 19, 2020. Residents are now allowed to hold garage sales. Guidelines to help protect the safety of your family and the public can be viewed here along with the order.

Information for customers

Businesses aren’t Compelled to open when their stage in re-launch is identified. The Alberta government is gradually lifting restrictions that were put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. As we enter each stage there will be different opportunities to reopen businesses, facilities, or other activities. It’s not mandatory for businesses to reopen, and the first thing they must do is determine how they will be able to implement to restrictions/directions of the Province for the safety of their staff and you. Each business owner or manager will need to decide when is the appropriate time to welcome the public back to their enterprise once a restriction is lifted.

Please be patient with changes to businesses

When a business opens after a restriction is lifted you will see changes in their operations. The Alberta government will continue to mandate public health measures such as two meters of physical distancing and restrictions around public gatherings for the foreseeable future. Aggressively confronting businesses when they enforce these measures is not acceptable, and not helpful to the community. Please be patient with these changes and avoid escalating situations.

COVID-19 testing is available for you

All Albertans can now seek testing for COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms. This expanded testing will help to trace the spread of the virus to control potential hotspots. For information on testing visit: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-testing-in-alberta.aspx

COVID-19 Tracing APPs

ABTraceTogether APP Information

The Alberta Government has released an app to help stop the spread of COVID-19 called ABTraceTogether. The app is available at the Google Play Store for Android and the App Store for iPhones.

The ABTraceTogether app uses a secure, community-driven approach where mobile devices exchange Bluetooth-enabled secure encrypted tokens when another device with the app installed is detected nearby. No other information is shared. If an Albertan tests positive for COVID-19, a Contact Tracer from Alberta Health Services (AHS) will notify the infected person using their contact information provided at the testing center. This process does not change from existing AHS leading practices.

When an infected person is contacted by a Contact Tracer, the infected person will be asked if they use the ABTraceTogether app. If the infected person has the app, they will be asked to voluntarily upload the encrypted data from the app to Alberta Health Services. This information will be critical to help increase the speed and effectiveness of Alberta’s COVID-19 response.

Once AHS receives the encrypted data, AHS Contact Tracers use that information to reach other app users who have had close contact with the infected person. Learn more...

National COVID ALERT APP

The Prime Minister and the Premier of Ontario, announced on July 31st, that ‘COVID Alert’, a new national mobile app, is now available to Canadians for free voluntary download. The app, first developed in Ontario, helps notify users if they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. You can download the app here:  https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/covid-alert.html

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