Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to know.
You're legally required under public health order to self isolate for:
- 14 days if you recently returned from international travel or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19
- 10 days if they 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
Other important information about COVID-19
This page contains all current information about COVID-19
The City answers common questions from the community.
Q: What does SOLE mean?
A: SOLE stands for State of Local Emergency. Declaring a SOLE allows the City of Wetaskiwin to enforce additional measures to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These measures include ensuring businesses follow public safety protocols, and that gatherings are limited to a maximum of 15 people.
Q: Why does the City have control over these closures?
A: Declaring a SOLE allows the City of Wetaskiwin to enforce additional measures to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Regarding the mass gathering and business closure measures, however, those decisions were made by the Government of Alberta, and apply to all communities in the province.
Q: Why was this decision made?
A: Many municipal decisions related to COVID-19 pandemic have been difficult to make, and place additional burdens and restrictions on the community. However, we need to make the health and safety of the community our top priority. The faster we can limit contact between people, the faster we can limit the spread of COVID-19.
Q: How are you communicating with the businesses?
A: The page you're viewing is part of the City's standalone website dedicated to keeping the business community (and the public at large) informed about the COVID-19 pandemic. Local businesses are advised to bookmark this website (wetaskiwin.ca/covid19) and refer back to it for the latest locally relevant COVID-19 news, resources and supports.
Q: How will this be enforced?
A: Businesses, individuals and community groups in violation of the mass gathering restrictions and business closure directive may be subject to fines. Law enforcement agencies have been granted full authority to enforce the province’s new public health orders and issue fines. You can submit a complaint to AHS public health inspectors if you are concerned an establishment is not following public health orders. Click Here for more information.
Q: What are you doing to support businesses through this time?
A: We will do all we can to support our local economy through this uncharted territory. The starting point for this help can be found here on the City's COVID-19 portal. This is where local businesses can find news, resources and supports specific to area business owners. In addition, the City’s Economic Development team is reaching out to businesses directly with information on what they can do to weather the storm.
Q: When will these restrictions be lifted?
A. Information about the COVID-19 pandemic changes rapidly and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The City will post any locally relevant updates on Wetaskiwin.ca/COVID19 as they become available for distribution. For up-to-date and accurate information on the Government of Alberta’s response to COVID-19 please visit COVID-19 coronavirus info for Albertans.
Q: How can we survive without a paycheque?
There are financial resources available to anyone who finds themselves suddenly without a paycheque during the COVID-19 pandemic—available through both the province of Alberta and the Canadian government. Visit www.alberta.ca/covid19 for details.
Locally, the City has taken action to help minimize the financial impact its community members face in light of the pandemic, including cancelling late payment charges for unpaid utility bills, etc. You can find out more at www.wetaskiwin.ca/covid19
Prevent and Prepare
Self-isolation can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Under public health order, you are legally required to self-isolate for:
- 14 days if you returned from international travel or are a close contact of a person with COVID-19, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of symptoms, should they occur
- 10 days if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition
If you are self-isolating:
- stay home - do not attend work, 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, where possible
- watch for symptoms
Albertans are prohibited from gathering in groups of more than 15 people in both indoor and outdoor spaces:
- All gatherings, indoor or outdoor, over 15 people must be cancelled
- Gatherings in outdoor public spaces are limited to groups of 15 people in one location and must observe 2-metre social distancing requirements
- Outdoor spaces where individuals or families are walking and
- Access to all public recreation facilities, private entertainment facilities, bars and nightclubs is prohibited
- All dine-in services are prohibited
- Access to retail, clothing and gaming stores is prohibited
- Visitation to long-term care and other continuing care facilities is limited to essential visitors only
- Albertans are prohibited from accessing close contact personal services
All Albertans have a responsibility to help prevent the spread. Take steps to protect yourself and others:
- practice physical distancing
- practice good hygiene: wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching face
- monitor for symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
- self-isolate for the legally-required 10 days if you have any symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or medical condition
- take the COVID-19 self-assessment if you're concerned about your health
- health care workers should follow guidelines for personal protective equipment (PDF, 69 KB) when caring for individuals who may have COVID-19. Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has endorsed these guidelines (PDF, 109 KB)