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 

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The order restricting garage sales has been rescinded as of 13:00 hours June 19, 2020.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 metres 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.

The Town of Strathmore encourages face masks

COVID-19 is still a risk in our community. We can minimize the risk to ourselves and each other by working together and following simple public health protocols to stop the spread of COVID-19. Wash or sanitize your hands regularly. Maintain at least two metres of physical distance from other people when out in the community. Stay home if you are sick.

The Town of Strathmore also encourages the use of face masks – especially in areas where it is difficult to maintain physical distancing, like grocery stores, taxis, or elevators. Wearing a face mask helps to protect those around you.

Businesses are the next line of defence and will continue taking action to stop the spread of COVID-19. At their discretion, they can require customers to wear a mask when entering their business. If you are uncomfortable with this requirement or do not agree with their policy,  it is your choice to leave the establishment.

Masks can be purchased or homemade. There is useful guidance on how to make and wear a mask here:

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.

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

Please maintain physical distancing

When out in public physical distancing still applies! Keep at least 2 meters or 6 feet from others. This health regulation is important to prevent the spread and will continue into Stage 3 of the province’s relaunch plan. When you see someone you know, choose an alternative greeting to handshakes and high fives: give a wave from at least 2 metres away. Learn more...

Wash your hands

The best step to prevent transmission is good hand hygiene. Wash your hands frequently and well. When it is not possible to wash your hands use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Regularly disinfect surfaces and follow the other recommended steps on alberta.ca/COVID19.

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

Practice healthy lifestyle habits

Eat well, exercise daily and get enough rest to help support your immune system.

For more information visit the following websites:

https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/features/2020/Page15478.aspx

https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/features/2020/Page15475.aspx

 https://food-guide.canada.ca/en/

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/being-active/physical-activity-your-health.html

https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-on-outdoor-activities.aspx

If you are sick STAY HOME!

At the onset of flu-like symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, or runny nose, you are required to isolate for 10 days. If symptoms continue past the 10-day requirement you must continue to stay home until you no longer have symptoms. Testing is not required to follow this advice.  If you have questions or concerns regarding your health contact Health Link at 811. If you develop severe symptoms such as chest pain or difficulty breathing call 911 for emergencies. 

Who needs to isolate?

  • You are legally required to isolate if:
    • you returned from travelling outside of Canada. You must isolate for 14 days from your return. If symptoms occur, you must remain in isolation for an additional 10 days from the onset of your symptoms or until you’re feeling better, whichever is longer.
    • you have been identified by AHS as a close contact of a person(s) with COVID-19. You must isolate for 14 days from the date of your last exposure to COVID-19, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms should they occur, whichever is longer.
    • you have a COVID-19 symptom (cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat) that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition. You must isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer.
    • If you are tested and the result is negative for COVID-19, you are not legally required to isolate.

What rules do I need to follow if I’m isolating?

  • The rules around mandatory isolation have been clarified to better protect all Albertans. Anyone under mandatory isolation must stay indoors and only go outside on their own private property – meaning their yard or balcony if it’s at least two metres from their neighbour’s.
  • If you need to isolate, you must follow these steps:
    • Stay home – do not leave your home or attend work, school, social events or any other public gatherings.
    • Avoid close contact with other people, including household members but especially seniors and people with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
    • Don’t take public transportation like buses, taxis or ride-sharing.
    • Watch for symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or difficulty breathing in yourself or a family member.
    • Should any symptoms occur, complete an online self-assessment (http://ahs.ca/covid) to determine next steps and whether testing is required.
    • For more information, consult the isolation guidelines

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