Mandatory 15-person limit on gatherings now in effect in Sturgeon County
As of November 6, all residents and visitors must follow the mandatory 15 person limit on social and family gatherings (indoors and outdoors) where people are mixing and mingling
The Government of Alberta announced today that there is now a mandatory 15-person limit on indoor and outdoor social and family gatherings for communities in the Calgary and Edmonton zone, including Sturgeon County.
This applies to all social gatherings, including but not limited to:
- banquets and award ceremonies
- wedding or funeral receptions
- luncheons or potlucks
- parties: birthday, baby showers, retirement, dinners, backyard BBQs
- other private social gatherings and functions
This does not apply to structured events, including but not limited to:
- seated-audience conferences, sports and shows
- dining in restaurants
- fitness centres
- funeral services
- wedding ceremonies
The restrictions were put in place in an attempt to slow the sharp increase in positive COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks.
“It is unfortunate to have these additional restrictions in place, but it is necessary given the sharp increase in cases within the Sturgeon County region over the past few weeks,” said Mayor Alanna Hnatiw. “I appreciate that people have COVID fatigue, that we are tired and frustrated from not being able to visit with friends and family the way we did before the pandemic, but we have to remain vigilant. The only way for us to prevent another lockdown is to keep practicing good hygiene, monitoring for symptoms, wearing masks in public, and staying home when sick.”
The province also recommends the following measures:
- Stop holding social gatherings in private homes
- Wear non-medical masks in all indoor work settings, except when alone in workspaces where you can be safely distanced from others or an appropriate barrier is in place
- Limit number of cohorts to no more than three (a core/household cohort, a school/work cohort, and one additional sport, social or other cohort).
“As I said during my State of the County address, we are all in this together. We can get through this together. I ask people to be kind and patient with each other, and to show the inner strength I know they have. That includes the strength to reach out and share our thoughts and fears with someone when they become overwhelming,” said Hnatiw. The Province reported 802 new cases November 5 and an additional 609 on November 6. The dramatic increase in cases is starting to impact the healthcare system. Due to ongoing technical issues with the provincial website, current case data for Sturgeon County is not available.
Sturgeon County remains in the enhanced status, which means the Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw 1513/20 will remain in effect until the County reaches “open” status and maintains that status for 14 consecutive days.
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