COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

Posted on June 30th, 2020

Please visit www.edson.ca/covid for the latest and most up to date information all in one location.

June 30, 2020 (Outdoor Gathering Limits)

The following is a release from AB Health

The outdoor gathering limit has been increased from 100 to 200 people.

The increase applies to attendees at community outdoor events such as festivals, fireworks displays, rodeos and sporting events, and outdoor performances.

All public health measures, including physical distancing, remain in place. Seated outdoor events will still require the necessary space between families and cohorts within stadium-style seating.

Any large gathering increases the risk of transmission. Evidence suggests that outdoor events have a lower risk of transmission, provided other public health guidance is followed. Alberta Health will continue to monitor case numbers and adjust as necessary.

For more information on outdoor and indoor gathering restrictions, visit alberta.ca/restrictions-on-gatherings.

General relaunch guidance, including sector-specific recommendations, can be found at alberta.ca/guidance-documents.


Mayor’s Update (June 24th, 2020)

June 24th update from Mayor Zahara (COVID / Community Futures Partnership / Tax Incentive Program )

June 17, 2020 (Edson Facility Plans)

June 10, 2020 (Provincial Phase 2, Edson Planning)

With the Provincial announcement of Phase 2 of their relaunch plans, the Town of Edson is working on adjustments to our local relaunch strategy.

One change will be that, effective June 15th, the Civic Centre and Public Works Building will be open to the public Monday to Thursday from 10am to 3pm. The Protective Services Building (Fire Hall) will remain closed to the public at this time, however, appointments can be made by calling the office. Residents are still encouraged to use online meeting and banking options wherever possible.

The Emergency Coordination Centre is continuing to meet this week and a special Emergency Advisory Committee Meeting is being planned for early next week to review the new Provincial guidelines and recommendations, and to develop a plan for Edson facilities moving forward.

There are a number of things to consider when reopening facilities, including the new guidelines, staff capacity, budgetary constraints, and timelines. Some facilities may not open in line with the provincial relaunch, and others could be delayed due to re-staffing/training, new safety measures, and a review of reasonable programming based on the Provincial restrictions.

We have had a number of inquiries regarding the Kinsmen Spray Park and Vision Park and anticipate both facilities opening in the coming weeks with additional restrictions and potential changes in service levels. (number of diamonds, change in hours, etc). Update will be coming as soon as plans are finalized.

A reminder that it is important to continue to be cautious during this new phase of reopening. Please continue to protect yourself and others by:

➡️ Practise physical distancing
➡️ Download and use the ABTraceTogether mobile contact tracing app while out in public
➡️ Stay home and away from others if you are sick or in isolation
➡️ Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
➡️ Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
➡️ Avoid touching your face
➡️ Isolate for 14 days if you were exposed to COVID-19 or have returned from travel outside Canada. Isolate for at least 10 days if you are experiencing a COVID-19 symptom not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition
➡️ Consider wearing a non-medical mask when out in public places where keeping a distance of two metres is difficult

June 9th, 2020 (Provincial Phase 2)

While the Province has announced some major changes to Phase 2 of their relaunch plans, which start Friday, we ask patience while we review the changes.

The Emergency Coordination Centre will be meeting this week to evaluate the changes and restrictions that go along with it.

We will release more information as decisions are made for the Town of Edson’s relaunch plans.

June 4th, 2020 (Case Update)

Some positive news as the latest confirmed COVID-19 case in Edson has been upgraded to recovered. There are now no confirmed active cases in the Edson area.

That being said, we would like to remind everyone of the importance of physical/social distancing and mass gatherings as we get set for the Provincial relaunch. If you are out enjoying the parks or trail system, please ensure you keep an appropriate 2 metre distance from each other. And please, if you are experiencing ANY symptoms of COVID-19, stay home. It’s up to us to help control the spread.

A reminder that Edson mass gathering numbers now match Provincial numbers (15 indoors and 50 outdoors). As well, the Edson Civic Centre is now open to residents on Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm. Remote meeting and banking options are still recommended.

For more information on the Town of Edson’s response, some of the rules and regulations in place, supports available to residents and businesses, and links to Provincial and Federal data, please visit our website at www.edson.ca/covid.

 

May 22nd, 2020 (Case Update/Relaunch)

Another positive case of COVID-19 has been identified in the Edson area. We now currently have 1 active case and 2 recovered cases.

We would like to remind everyone of the importance of physical/social distancing and mass gatherings as we continue with the Provincial relaunch. If you are out enjoying the parks or trail system, please ensure you keep an appropriate 2 metre distance from each other. And please, if you are experiencing ANY symptoms of COVID-19, stay home. It’s up to us to help control the spread. Some measures will be reviewed as we move forward with our Edson Relaunch strategy.

Some Local info:

  • Edson's mass gathering restrictions have been relaxed to match Provincial numbers (15 indoor / 50 outdoor).
  • Willmore Park Camping reservations are now open. Camping scheduled to begin June 1st.
  • Civic Centre will remain closed, but will accept essential, in-person meetings by appointment only. Remote banking and meeting options are recommended at this time.

For more information on the Town of Edson’s response, some of the rules and regulations in place, supports available to residents and businesses, and links to Provincial and Federal data, please visit our website at www.edson.ca/covid.

 

May 20th, 2020 (Developing Tax Incentive Bylaw)

Good news continues as only 19 new case of COVID-19 have been reported from across the province. Continue to physical distance, wash your hands regularly, and self-isolate if you are showing any symptoms.

Town Council met yesterday with administration on developing a tax incentive bylaw to support businesses and development post COVID-19.

The tax incentive would provide eligible non-residential properties with tax incentives on their municipal taxation. We'll have further details within the next few weeks.

 

May 15th, 2020 (Outdoor gatherings)

Please note the changes to outdoor gathering restrictions. The Town of Edson will be following these new guidelines from the province.

From the Province. 
“Effective today, outdoor gathering limits are being increased to a maximum of 50 people no matter where you live.

People from different households MUST:
✅Maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres
✅Follow proper hygiene practices
❌Not share food or drinks

Please use best judgment when determining whether a gathering can go ahead. Hold off on any gathering if you are uncertain you can follow public health orders and guidelines. Indoor gatherings must still be limited to fewer than 15 people.”


Update May 13th, 2020

Some more positive news as both of Edson's two confirmed COVID-19 cases have been upgraded to recovered. There is now no confirmed active cases in the Edson area.

That being said, we would like to remind everyone of the importance of physical/social distancing and mass gatherings as we get set for the Provincial relaunch. If you are out enjoying the parks or trail system, please ensure you keep an appropriate 2 metre distance from each other. And please, if you are experiencing ANY symptoms of COVID-19, stay home. It’s up to us to help control the spread. Some measures will be reviewed as we move forward with our Edson Relaunch strategy.

Some local restrictions being lifted on May 14th include:

  • Edson's mass gathering restrictions will be relaxed to match Provincial numbers (15).
  • Willmore Park Camping reservations open. Camping scheduled to begin June 1st.
  • Civic Centre will remain closed, but will accept essential, in-person meetings by appointment only. Remote banking and meeting options are recommended at this time.

For more information on the Town of Edson’s response, some of the rules and regulations in place, supports available to residents and businesses, and links to Provincial and Federal data, please visit our website at www.edson.ca/covid.