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May 29, 2020

Playgrounds in Lethbridge County to reopen May 29

LETHBRIDGE COUNTY- All municipal playgrounds in Lethbridge County will be open as of Friday, May 29 after full closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the Province is relaxing some restrictions and allowing for more activities, the County has decided to allow for municipal playgrounds to be reopened.

Citizens are reminded that using play equipment is at their own risk and that COVID-19 public health orders remain in place and must be followed.  To help keep yourself and all playground visitors safe, the following recommendations are in place for all County playgrounds:

  • Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms must not use the equipment
  • Practice proper hand hygiene by washing your hands frequently, not touching your face, and having sanitizer on hand that contains at least 60 percent alcohol to use immediately prior to and following use of equipment
  • Encourage children to avoid sharing toys or sports equipment and limit contact with individuals outside of your household or cohort family
  • Maintain 2 metre physical distancing
  • Adhere to public health orders regarding gatherings
  • Visit playgrounds that are close to your home

Lethbridge County thanks citizens for their cooperation.

Click the link to view: PSA- Playgrounds in Lethbridge County to reopen May 29

OTHER NEWS:

 

ONLINE PAYMENTS

Click the link to pay your utility bills and accounts receivables online: Online Payments

Lethbridge County has announced a 90-day utility penalty deferral for citizens financially impacted by COVID-19.  For more information click the link: 90-day utility penalty deferral


CONTACT LETHBRIDGE COUNTY

The Lethbridge County offices are currently closed to the public and operating at reduced staffing levels.  Staff are still available for assistance, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  For assistance, call (403) 328-5525 or click the link to view Lethbridge County administration contacts: Contact Lethbridge County

PROVINCIAL & FEDERAL ASSISTANCE

CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT (CERB)

The Government of Canada is providing the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for working Canadians who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits.

Click the link for more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html

GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA ASSISTANCE

Click the link for more information on all supports available from the Government of Alberta: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-supports-for-albertans.aspx

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA ASSISTANCE

Click the link for more information on all supports available from the Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

 

SUPPORT SERVICES FOR CITIZENS

FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES (FCSS)- FOR LETHBRIDGE COUNTY CITIZENS

FCSS Support Services - COVID-19

Counselling Services Poster (online and phone) horizontal 

Click the link to go to the FCSS website: FCSS Website

SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

A reference guide on COVID-19 for people with disabilities has been developed by the Government of Alberta.

Click the link for more information: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-information-for-disability-service-providers.aspx

HELP DURING TOUGH TIMES- ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES

This is a stressful time for many. Alberta Health Services has numerous resources if you need help. 

Click on the link for more information: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/amh/page16759.aspx

ASSISTANCE FOR LOW GERMAN SPEAKING CITIZENS

Click the link for information: Help in Low German 

HEALTHY ALBERTA

Alberta Health Services has some great resources on staying healthy as we all practice social distancing. 

Click the link for more information: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/Page15439.aspx

WELLNESS TOGETHER CANADA

Wellness Together Canada offers mental health and substance use support.  It provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed.

Click the link for more information: https://ca.portal.gs/

BIG WHITE WALL

Big White Wall is an anonymous online community where members can support each other 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  There are trained professionals available 24/7, self-assessments and recommended resources, creative tools to help express how you’re feeling, and a wide range of self-guided courses to do at your own pace.

Click the link for more information: https://www.bigwhitewall.com/

ASSISTANCE WITH PETS

The Alberta SPCA has a program available to assist people with their pets during COVID-19. This includes pet food for those who may be experiencing financial difficulties due to the pandemic.

Click the link for more information: https://www.albertaspca.org/helpforanimals/  

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

 

INFORMATION FOR PRODUCERS

WORKING WITH ANIMALS DURING COVID-19

Click the links for more information: 

Canadian Cattlemen's Association: https://www.cattle.ca/assets/5e5b4243e8/Branding-Time-Information_COVID-19-Tips-for-Canadian-Beef-Operations_Final.pdf

Alberta Pork: https://www.albertapork.com/covid-19-resources-for-producers/

 

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA ASSISTANCE FOR FARMERS

The Government of Canada has announced support for farmers and agri-food businesses through Farm Credit Canada. 

Click the link for more information: Government of Canada Assistance for Farmers

 

INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES

RELAUNCH ASSISTANCE

Alberta BizConnect has resources for businesses who are preparing to reopen as part of the province's relaunch strategy.

Click the link for more information: https://www.alberta.ca/biz-connect.aspx

RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19

To help small businesses coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, Business Link Alberta is offering a one-stop shop for resources and supports including free advice and coaching. Services are available by phone, email or live chat.

Click on the link for more information: https://businesslink.ca/covid-19/

Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) has a list of resources that businesses may find helpful as they navigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click the link for more information: Economic Developers Alberta Resources List

GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19

The Government of Alberta is providing emergency funding and support for businesses, such as corporate income tax changes, WCB premium payment deferral, rent assistance, etc.

Click the link for more information: Government of Alberta assistance for businesses impacted by COVID-19

GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA SOCIAL SERVICES SUPPORT FUNDING

The Government of Alberta is providing funding to charities and non-profit organizations to provide help to individuals, seniors, families and other vulnerable Albertans who are isolated or impacted by measures to contain COVID- 19.  Through grants from their local Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) funding will be distributed to civil society organizations.  These organizations will support a range of services needed from at-home help for seniors, crisis and helplines, food security issues, emotional and mental health counselling or any other identified community issues.

Click the links for more information:

COMMUNITY FUTURES FINANCIAL RELIEF FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

Small businesses in the Lethbridge Region impacted by COVID-19 pandemic can now access additional financial relief and recovery support.  Community Futures Lethbridge will begin offering tailored small business loans as part of the Government of Canada’s Regional Relief and Recovery Fund.  These partially forgivable loans ensure that rural businesses, that do not qualify for other federal business support programs, receive help and support as a result of this crisis.

Click the link for more information: Community Futures Financial Relief for Local Businesses

ALBERTA NETWORK OF ON-HIGHWAY FACILITIES & SERVICES FOR TRUCKERS

An interactive map is available on 511Alberta for truck drivers to find open restaurants, restrooms and showers on Alberta highways.  Click the link to view the map: Map of Facilities and Services for Truckers

 

TRACETOGETHER APP

Download the TraceTogether app, a mobile contact tracing app that helps to let you know if you've been exposed to COVID-19 – or if you've exposed others.  Click the link for more information: https://www.alberta.ca/ab-trace-together.aspx

MORE INFORMATION ON COVID-19

Click the link to view Alberta Health Services information: AHS COVID-19 information 

Click the link to view information on wearing masks: Guidance for wearing of non-medical face masks for the general public 


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