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Signs available for self isolation

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The town is showing support for residents who have taken the step to self-isolate.

All those who have returned to the country are required to self isolate for 14 days. This also applies to close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases, as well as to any individual with symptoms, such as a fever, cough, sore throat or runny nose. 

The town has created self-isolation signs. 

“They are for people to display in their windows if they are self-isolating, possibly living alone or are elderly. Please watch for these signs as you walk your neighborhood especially if you know someone vulnerable lives there,” states a release.

They can be put up on your front door so delivery people know to just knock and leave your deliveries on the front step. 

RCMP and Peace Officers will be looking for these signs as they drive around and so we encourage people to use them, especially if they require assistance.

The signs are available for download by clicking here or call 403-820-4661 and one will be delivered.

Drumheller Institution MSU under lockdown


A lockdown is in place in the medium security unit at Drumheller Institution as a precautionary measure after some inmates showed symptoms consistent with influenza.

A release states, "The health and safety of our employees, offenders, and the public is our top priority. While we currently have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our institutions, we continue to take preventative measures and assess and test any offenders as required."

CSC has dedicated health care services in its institutions and is prepared to handle cases of influenza and respiratory illnesses, such as COVID-19.

CSC remains in close contact with its public health partners and continues to plan, monitor and engage with authorities during this time.

Province announces additonal restrictions to stop spread of COVID-19

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To protect the health and safety of Albertans, mass gatherings will be limited to 15 people and more restrictions will be placed on available services.

As a result of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, attendance at certain businesses and organizations across the province will be prohibited effective immediately. 

“This was a difficult decision to make, but we must do everything we can to protect the safety of Albertans and limit the spread of COVID-19. Grocery stores, pharmacies, delivery services and other essential businesses will continue to provide Albertans with the goods and services they need, and we’ll look to Alberta’s business leaders to find innovate ways to continue remote operations and protect jobs. These businesses must do everything they can to safeguard the well-being of the hardworking employees on the front lines," said Premier Jason Kenney.

Restrictions will be in place for the following classifications of business:

•Close contact businesses including hair salons and barbershops, tattoo and piercing studios, esthetic services, as well as wellness studios and clinics and non-emergency and non-critical health services provided by regulated health professionals or registered professionals including dentistry, physiotherapy, massage, podiatry, chiropractic and optometry services.

  • Dine-in restaurants will no longer be able to offer dine-in service. Take-out and delivery services will continue to be available.
  • Non-essential retail services that fall into the categories of clothing, computer and gaming stores, and services in shopping malls and shopping centres such as hobby and toys, gift and specialty items and furniture.

A more complete list of affected businesses is available here.

In addition, people are prohibited from attending gatherings of more than 15, and they must observe two metres of social distancing. This includes:

  • open spaces such as trails, fields and parks
  • public and private gatherings where people are brought together in a single room or space at the same time, including funerals, weddings and other formal and informal events

Further details on gathering restrictions are available here.

Workplaces that have not been ordered to close can continue to have more than 15 workers on a worksite as long as those business maintain public health measures, including two-metre social distancing, hygiene enforcement and processes that ensure that any person who is ill does not attend these spaces.

“These are aggressive measures and we don’t take them lightly. We need to do everything we can to flatten the curve and keep people healthy. I strongly encourage all Albertans to stay close to home as we are all in this together. Our collective action will protect our family, friends and neighbours," said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health

Any business or organization not following the public health order will be subject to a fine. Courts have the power to administer fines of up to $100,000 for a first offence and up to $500,000 for a subsequent offence for more serious violations. Individuals aware of any businesses violating these orders should submit a complaint online immediately.


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