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Alberta moves to stage two of relaunch

June 09, 2020 Media inquiries

Strong testing data shows active COVID-19 cases in Alberta are lower than expected, meaning stage two of the relaunch strategy can safely begin on June 12, a week sooner than expected.

Albertans can enjoy additional activities in their daily lives while the province continues to open up the economy.

"Albertans have demonstrated the care and common sense needed to move forward with our relaunch earlier than initially planned. Our data tells us our active cases are low, hospitalizations are trending downward and people are taking action to protect those most vulnerable and prevent the spread of the virus. We will continue to move forward together to overcome any tough times ahead, but responsible Albertans should be proud of the vigilance they have shown to date.”

Jason Kenney, Premier

Current data from June 8 show only 355 active cases and 44 people in hospital across Alberta. This is a decrease of almost 70 per cent in active cases since May 14 – when the province began stage one of the Alberta Relaunch Strategy. With its robust approach to testing, Alberta has performed more COVID-19 tests per capita than most other jurisdictions in the world.

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.

A new interactive map will help Albertans understand the level of risk in their community and learn about any enhanced health measures at the local level, giving additional information on what they need to do to keep themselves and their loved ones safe and protected. Currently, no communities in Alberta need locally targeted enhanced measures.

"More Albertans can now return to work and to the activities so many of us enjoy. However, I encourage you to do it safely. Think of the people in your life who may be at high risk from COVID-19 and protect all those around you as you would want your loved ones protected. Stay home if you are sick. Stay two metres apart and wear a non-medical mask if you can’t. Consider downloading the ABTraceTogetherapp, and wash your hands often.”

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health

What can open with restrictions

  • K-12 schools, for requested diploma exams and summer school, following guidance
  • Libraries
  • 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 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
  • Casinos
  • 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)
  • Nightclubs
  • 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.

The success of stage two will determine when Alberta progresses to stage three. Factors are active cases, health-care system capacity, hospitalization and intensive care unit (ICU) cases, and infection rates. For more information, visit alberta.ca/RelaunchStrategy.

Quick facts

  • Relaunch stages include an evaluation and monitoring period to determine if restrictions should be adjusted. Triggers that will inform decisions include active cases, hospitalizations and intensive care unit (ICU) occupancy.
  • Active cases, the percentage of positive results and the rate of infection will be monitored to inform proactive responses in localized areas of the province.
  • Decisions will be applied at both provincial and local levels, where necessary. While restrictions are gradually eased across the province, an outbreak may mean that they need to be strengthened temporarily in a local area.
  • Physical distancing and good hygiene are the most important measures to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.
  • Clean your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, and dispose of tissues appropriately.

Related information

 

Media inquiries

Christine Myatt

780-446-2179
Deputy Director of Communications/Press Secretary, Office of the Premier

 
  
Clearwater County hosts a number of community halls, offering a wide variety of services and amenities within our area. County Council supports local halls by providing them with insurance coverage, as well as bi-annually budgeting funds towards a Capital Grant that halls may apply for.

For more information on Clearwater County's Grant Funding for Community Halls:

Please click HERE to view the updated Grant Funding for Community Halls Policy
Please click HERE to view the updated Grant Funding for Community Halls Procedure
Please click HERE to view the Application Form for Community Hall Funding.

 

List of Community Halls

 
Alhambra
 
The Alhambra Community Hall is located at NE 8-39-5-5 
Amenities include:  Hall and ball diamond
Hall contact: Dana Dickson (403-729-3259)

 
Arbutus

The Arbutus Community Hall is located at SE 33-38-6-5. 
Hall capacity: 120+
Hall contact: Wayne Ahlstrom (403-729-2511)

Bingley

The Bingley Community Hall is located at 403039 RGE RD 6-1 (NE 24-40-6-5). 
Fifteen minutes north east of Rocky Mountain House on RR 6-1 and Highway 12 intersection (signed 800 meters south)
Hall capacity: 80
Hall contact: Lee Parkins (403-845-7910) or Darrel Scott (403-729-3017)
Amenities include: A 9 hole golf course within five minutes’ drive, creek fishing in the area and twenty minutes from swimming at Crimson Lake ideal for family reunions.
Kitchen has 2 fridges, cook stove, a small deep freeze and microwaves, large and small.
Coffee urns are supplied and the hall accommodates 80 people with tables and chairs / random camping with no serviced lots / accommodates 20 trailers / fire pit, gravel pad, baseball diamond, horse shoe pits.  
Hall rental rate: $75.00/day
Great for weddings, funerals, Christmas parties, etc. There is also a half day rental (4 Hrs) $35.00 that is great for bridal showers, birthdays or meetings. All rentals require a damage deposit of $100.00.  

Butte

The Butte Community Hall is located at 55020 TWP RD 37-3 (SE 19-37-5-5).
Hall capacity: 80
Hall contact: Darlene Houlton (403-722-4091)

Buster Creek - Crimson Lake

The Buster Creek - Crimson Lake Community Hall is located at 401026 HWY 756 (SE 12-40-8-5).
Hall capacity: 125+
Amenities include: kitchen facilities, outdoor shelter, playground, ball diamonds, horseshoe pits, fire pits and camper parking
Hall contact: Suzanne Valstar (403-845-6718)
 

Condor

The Condor Community Hall is located at 642 Condor Road (NE 6-39-4-5). 
Hall capacity: 250
Hall contact: 403-729-2335

Crammond

The Crammond Community Hall is located at 54004 TWP RD 35-4 (SE 29-35-5-5).
Hall contact:  For rental arrangements contact Diane Willsie at 403-722-2247. For the hall president, contact Lori McKeown at 403-722-3006 or vice president, Bob Pearce at 403-722-3464
Hall Capacity: capacity is 120 people, but seats about 100 people for a sit down meal.
Amenities include: a kitchen, UV water system, playground, horseshoe pits, gazebo, a deck with picnic tables, a new camping area and a fire pit.

Dovercourt
 
The Dovercourt Community Hall is located at 65080 TWP RD 37-2 (SW 18-37-6-5). 
Hall contact: Faye Roseth (403-845-7054/403-844-0751)
Hall capacity: 350+
Amenities Include: A large hardwood dance floor, overhead projector, stage with curtains, piano and lighting, commercial kitchen, clean modern washrooms, dedicated bar area, camping and RV parking (No Hook-ups), picnic tables, gazebo, baseball field, horse shoe pits, playground and a fire pit.
 

Everdell

The Everdell Community Hall is located at 383013 RGE RD 7-3 (SW 22-38-7-5).
Hall contact: Courtney Murray (587-436-0087)
Hall capacity: 250

Evergreen

The Evergreen Community Hall is located at 44046 TWP RD 38-0 (SW 5-38-4-5).
From the junction of Highways 11 and 761, go 10 km south on Highway 761 and then 4 km east on Township Road 380. 
Hall capacity: 350
Hall contact: Chris Cech (403-348-6514)
Amenities include: a large stage with sound system, full kitchen and bar. The grounds have room for camping, an outside cabin kitchen and skating rink.

Ferrier

The Ferrier Community Hall is located at SE 22-39-8-5. 
President:  Neil Ratcliffe (403-845-5745) 
Hall Contact:  Elsie Nelson (403-845-5745) / lc@grannyslooniebin.ca or Debbie Gastonguay (403-845-6922)
Hall capacity: 60+
Amenities include: a full kitchen, outdoor event space, commercial outdoor stove, playground, ball diamonds and camping area.
Catering is available for family functions and corporate events.

Frisco

The Frisco Community Hall is located at 72080 TWP RD 40-5A (NW 34-40-7-5).  
Hall Capacity: 100 people  
Hall contact: Michelle Swanson 403-844-5459
Amenities include: grounds feature event camping. 

Gimlet

The Gimlet Community Hall is located at 412079 RGE RD 4-3 (NW 15-41-4-5). 
Hall contact: Juli Houston (403-746-5677)
Hall capacity: 200
Amenities include: hall and rodeo grounds.

Gwendale

The Gwendale Community Hall is located at SE 28-35-4-5. 
Hall contact: Lyle Pederson (403-728-3801)
Hall capacity: 120

Hardindell

The Hardindell Community Hall is located at 384089 HWY 752 (NE 25-38-8-5). 
Amenities include: a covered deck, horse shoe pits and camping.
Hall contact: Betty Osborne (403-845-6758)
Hall capacity: 200+


Leslieville

The Leslieville Community Hall is located at 210 2 AVE - Leslieville (SE 26-39-5-5). 
Hall capacity: 250+
Amenities include: a banquet or dance area, kitchen facilities and a stage.
Hall contacts: Brenna Knopp (403-846-8268)

Nordegg

The Nordegg Community Hall is located at SW 34-40-15-5. 
Hall capacity: 100+
Hall contact: Rich Hull 403-721-2347 Home#

Shilo

The Shilo Community Hall is located at SW 22-36-5-5. 
Hall contact: Verna Smith (403-722-2470)

Aurora

The Aurora Community Hall is located at RGE RD 51-A (NE 34-41-5)
Hall contact: Tracy Gardner (403-729-2638)