COVID-19

Update: September 21

The Town of Strathmore receives information on public health orders at the same time as the rest of our community. We appreciate your patience as we have sought counsel on the vague guidance from the provincial government.

Keeping Strathmore safe is the Town’s top priority. Our recreation facilities are fully participating in the Government of Alberta’s Restrictions Exemption Program (Vaccine Passport). This program ensure that our facilities can continue to serve as many participants as possible without restricting capacity.

Here’s what you need to know:

Programs and Activities:

All our programs and activities will proceed unchanged and as planned at this time. Sports and fitness opportunities are vital to our community’s mental and physical health. We are happy we can continue to provide these exceptional experiences and services to you.

Mandatory Vaccinations:

Youth between the ages of 12 (vaccine eligible) to 17 years of age are exempt from the Restriction Exemption Program vaccination requirement to enter the facility for the purpose of participating in any internal or external youth organized activity.

All spectators, or those that wish to visit any Town of Strathmore recreation facility (public areas) that are 12+ but are not participating in a youth program, must show proof of vaccination, proof of a negative test, or exemption to gain entry to the premises.

All adult sport participants, 18+ years of age, must show proof of vaccination, proof of a negative test, or medical exemption to gain entry to the premises to participate in any recreation or sport activity, or any public area.

From Sept 20 to Oct 25: The vaccine requirement can be fulfilled if a user has received at least one dose of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine. Proof of a single dose is acceptable as long as the dose was given more than two weeks before time of entry to a Town of Strathmore recreation facility.

From Oct 25 onward: Participants required to provide proof of vaccination must have received two doses of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccines.

From Nov 15 onward: The Alberta Vaccine Record with QR code will be the only valid proof of vaccination accepted. 

Existing COVID-19 Controls:

We are also maintaining existing controls. Face masks and distancing are required in all public areas, and dressing rooms, until entering the activity.

Checking Vaccination Records:

There are several options people can use to prove vaccination status.

Paper: Immunization records received at immunization appointments OR Paper card printable from MyHealth Records app

Digital: Records shown from MyHealth Records app or website OR a screenshot of immunization records received at immunization appointments

Alberta Vaccine Record QR Code: From Nov 15 onward, the Alberta Vaccine Record with QR code will be the only valid proof of vaccination accepted. You can get your QR code here.

The QR code can be saved as an image on your device, or printed. If your QR code is printed don't reduce the printing size or fold across the QR code to ensure it scans properly. Staff will be using the AB Covid Records Verifier app to scan your QR code. When your code is scanned it will only show your name, date of birth and vaccination status. Your information will not be stored on the device scanning your code. Learn more here

Mandatory Employee Vaccination Policy:

To protect the health and safety of our community, the Town is developing an employee vaccination policy. The policy will include a phasing-in period. More information will be shared as the policy is completed.

COVID-19 Tests:

The Town of Strathmore will be accepting negative COVID-19 test results in lieu of vaccine status. Tests must be privately-paid, Health Canada approved rapid antigen, rapid PCR or lab-based PCR test completed within the previous 72 hours.

Valid test results should be a written or printed copy that clearly outlines the type of test, time of sample collection, clear indication of a negative result, and laboratory that completed the test, if applicable. Photos of a rapid test result taken offsite is not sufficient.

Do not bring completed self-tests or rapid tests to businesses due to communicable disease risk. Tests must not be from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories.

Vaccine Exemptions:

We are currently developing a process to manage requests for exemptions. While we are building this process, exemptions will be provided. This policy is subject to change upon completion of an internal review. Medical exemptions must conform with the requirements provided on the provincial Restrictions Exemption Program webpage: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-public-health-actions.aspx


 September 16 Update
 

Keeping Strathmore safe while providing essential services and programs for our community is the Town’s priority. Our team has reviewed the Public Health Orders from the Province and we are sharing this update with the public.

Recreation Facilities will remain open

***EDIT*** New information has been provided in the update above

The Strathmore Aquatic Centre, Strathmore Family Centre, and Strathmore Motor Products Centre will participate in the Restriction Exemption Program (Vaccine Passport). 

More information about the Restriction Exemption Program is available here.

Town Offices are open to the public

Services provided at the Strathmore Municipal Building are essential for our community. Visitors conducting business at the municipal building are not required to show proof of vaccination. Face masks are required in all public areas of the Strathmore Municipal Building.

Vaccines and Rapid Testing for Town Employees

The Town will be implementing an additional measure to protect our community. We have announced to our organization that a mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 will be required for our employees. This measure will help to stop the spread of the coronavirus in our facilities – helping to protect our team and the entire community.

Over 90% of employees have reported that they are already vaccinated against COVID-19. For employees who have a medical or religious exemption to the vaccine a rapid testing alternative will be available.

Town employees are working from home where possible.  This may affect your ability to meet in person with specific members of our team. We will ensure that representatives from each department are available on site. Use the staff directory to reach our team by phone or email, or submit a Citizen Communication Form about a specific need.

Town Events

The Farm & Flea Market will proceed on Saturday, September 18, alongside our partners in Alberta Culture Days activities. The market and activities were designed with COVID-19 in mind. The market is spread across the pavilion and parking area, providing ample space for physical distancing.

Siksika Day on September 22 will have several online activities proceeding.

A memorial walk for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30 will proceed with physical distancing.

Keep in Touch

Strathmore FCSS and Wheatland FCSS have partnered with Volunteer Lethbridge on an innovative program that connects isolated people in our community with a friendly volunteer. A weekly phone call to check in and make a connection is very important – especially during stressful or uncertain times. If you’re interested in the program learn more here.

Our Community Needs You

COVID-19 is frustrating. Alberta’s Intensive Care Units are full and this affects everyone. ICU beds need to be available for all emergencies and life-threatening illnesses to ensure all Albertans can access life saving treatments.

Please do your part to stop the spread and reduce infections. Book your vaccine, wear a mask, and stay home whenever possible.

Thank you for staying strong Strathmore! We’ll get through this together!

 

As of September 4, face masks are required in all indoor public areas.

The Alberta government announced new COVID-19 public health measures at a press conference on September 3. A provincial mask mandate, $100 vaccine payment, and recommendations on in-person gatherings were rolled out. For a details please view updated COVID protocol on the Government of Alberta website - click here.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Everyone Born in 2009 or earlier (turning 12+) is eligible to get vaccinated.
Remember to follow up for your second shot. 

Strathmore School Information

Strathmore's school divisions have posted updates on their operations since the province's announcement of new enhanced public health measures. Visit the websites for the school divisions at: 

SUPPORT

Strathmore Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is available to answer questions, help access local resources, and provide support with government services.  If you know someone who is struggling you can call us Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm at 403-934-9090.

Visit our Support page for more Contacts

Business Support Information

Frequently Asked Questions

For information specific to Strathmore please refer to the frequently asked questions below. 

Where are the walking paths in Strathmore?

To address community comments about the increased number of people on the paths, and the need to maintain physical distancing, we turned to our partners for help. The Western Irrigation District (WID) has usable walking paths alongside the canal. This adds over ten kilometres of unpaved walking trails across our community for people to enjoy. 

View the entire system map here.

 view our pathways map

Q: What recreation facilities are open?

Visit our recreation page for more information. Town of Strathmore recreation facilities are open to the public!

Q: How do I access Town services online?

Many Town services can be accessed online through the My Strathmore secure site. Access it at https://my.strathmore.ca/VCH/. If you are having problems logging into My Strathmore, or you simply have a question about My Strathmore, please contact us at (403) 934-3133 during our business hours (8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Mon – Fri).

Q: Where can I find information on Strathmore Schools?

Updates from Strathmore’s school divisions can be found by clicking the links below.

Golden Hills School Division

www.ghsd75.ca

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools

www.redeemer.ab.ca

Government of Alberta COVID-19 School Status Map.

https://www.alberta.ca/schools/covid-19-school-status-map.htm

Q: What if I hear a rumour about COVID-19
Rumours can spread faster than any disease. If you hear a rumour, your best advice is to go to a trusted source, we recommend Alberta Health Services. AHS is providing regular updates, and is in regular contact with our Town’s emergency personnel. They will contact anyone who has been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 with instructions and safety protocols. We’ll get through this together – keep Strathmore strong by stopping the spread of rumours.
Q: What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?

Visit the Alberta Health Services website: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx

 Q: Why are some countries and provinces taking different actions to respond to COVID-19?
Every government is responding to the risk of COVID-19 as it applies to their population. Canada is learning from others’ successful ways of reducing the spread, and our provincial health care system is one of the best in the world. Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Government, and the Town of Strathmore are actively monitoring the situation in our region. We are ready to respond as the risk to our community changes.
 Q: Am I safe in Strathmore?
 Wherever you are, the best actions you can take to protect yourself and those around you is to follow simple public health practices: 

 Utilities Frequently Asked Questions

 Q: How do I pay my utility bill without visiting Strathmore’s Municipal Offices?

Residents can pay for their Town utility services through the following methods:

  • Mail your cheque payment or post-dated cheque to the Town of Strathmore,  PO Box 2280, 1 Parklane Dr, Strathmore, AB T1P 1K2. Be sure to include your bill stub or account number.
  • A night drop box for cheque payments and post-dated cheques is available at the Municipal Building (1 Parklane Dr). Be sure to include your bill stub or account number.
  • Most banking institutions have the Town of Strathmore listed for making payments via Internet and telephone banking. Please be sure to use all the digits of your account number without the decimal point. Payments are received and processed by the Town within two to three days.
  • With My Strathmore, you can pay your utility bill online securely and conveniently with Visa or MasterCard.  If you do not already have an account, please fill out this online form today to get your account created.  If you require assistance, please call us at 403-361-2101.
  • Credit cards can also be processed over the phone for utility payments. Please call Utilities at 403-361-2101 or email utilities@strathmore.ca
  • For Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP) Questions or Tax payments contact 403-361-2114 or email tax@strathmore.ca
 Q: Will curbside garbage collection by Waste Management continue?

Based on available information to date, Waste Management (WM) is maintaining their standard operations schedule. Regular black cart and green cart pick up will remain the same as previously indicated on your weekly schedule.

Q: Is there any update on EPCOR water services?
EPCOR remains committed to providing Strathmore with safe and reliable water services during the COVID-19 situation, and they have no concerns about their ability to continue normal operations and serve our community. If you have questions about your EPCOR services please call 403 934 9440. www.epcor.com
Q: Has FORTIS updated the Town on power services?
 FORTIS has put a plan in place to ensure they are continuing to supply safe reliable power to their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. www.fortisalberta.com
Q: What update has ATCO provided about natural gas services?
 ATCO has activated response plans to the COVID-19 pandemic. These plans are in place to ensure the critical business services require to operate their system, while protecting the safety and well-being of their employees. www.atco.com

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