City of Edmonton urges continued compliance with COVID restrictions
The City of Edmonton asks Edmontonians to follow all COVID-19 rules and guidelines as the Province of Alberta extended restrictions to January 21.
The province originally announced mandatory provincewide restrictions in December to protect Albertans and the health system, and slow the spread of COVID-19.
“While the initial results of the restrictions are encouraging, the numbers of active cases, hospitalizations and ICU admissions are still too high. We remain in the midst of an extremely challenging stage of the pandemic,” said Interim City Manager Adam Laughlin. “We must be vigilant about continuing to practise all public health measures to bend the curve and protect our health system.”
“I recognize and appreciate the sacrifices Edmontonians have made to keep each other and our community safe. While we’re all getting weary of the pandemic, our efforts are working, but we’ve not flattened the curve yet. We’ve already lost too many Edmontonians to this virus — our goal must remain to keep each other healthy and save lives,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “If we stick to both the letter and the spirit of the restrictions, we’ll be able to gather again as soon as possible with our friends and families.”
For City programs and services and employees the extension of mandatory restrictions means:
- All City recreation centres, arenas and the Edmonton Valley Zoo remain closed until at least Thursday, January 21. Once the province permits these facilities to reopen, it will take from 7 to 10 days to recall staff and prepare the facilities for the public.
- The Muttart Conservatory was scheduled to reopen this month after its 18-month rehabilitation project. We will determine a reopening date as we consider the implications of the extension of restrictions.
- While the restrictions make working from home mandatory unless operationally necessary, as many City of Edmonton employees as possible have been working from home since the onset of the global pandemic in March.
- Unless their job requires them to be on site, City of Edmonton employees will continue to work from home after January 21.
- The City’s face covering bylaw will remain in place until December 31, 2021, unless City Council repeals the bylaw sooner.
Edmontonians are encouraged to take part in outdoor recreation activities with members of their immediate households or their permitted close contacts.
The City asks Edmontonians to follow the fundamental COVID-19 health measures:
- Wash hands frequently.
- Wear a face covering or mask.
- Do not attend or hold indoor gatherings anywhere, including your own home.
- Keep as physically distant as possible from those outside your household.
- Stay home if sick.