New Provincial Public Health Measures
- Masks are mandatory in all public spaces, workplaces, and places of worship
- Isolation is still legally required for people who have COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive
- Quarantine is no longer legally required for close contacts positive cases, unless directed to do so by local public health officials
- Restrictions to:
- Social gatherings for vaccinated and unvaccinated Albertans (indoor and outdoor)
- Places of worship
- Youth sport, fitness, recreation and performance activities
- Day and overnight camps
- Outdoor events and facilities
- Schools (K-12)
- Mandatory work-from-home measures in place unless the employer has determined a physical presence is required for operational effectiveness
Starting September 20, discretionary events and businesses must follow one of these 2 options:
- Implement the Restrictions Exemption Program requiring proof of vaccination or negative rapid test result to continue operating as usual, or
- Follow capacity and operating restrictions as outlined on the page below.
Also on September 20, restrictions will apply to:
- Wedding and funeral ceremonies, services, and receptions (indoor and outdoor)
- Adult (over 18) sport, fitness, recreation and performance activities
- Restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, and nightclubs
- Indoor retail, entertainment, and recreation facilities
Click to learn more: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-public-health-actions.aspx
PREVENT THE SPREAD:
The Government of Alberta recommends the following steps you can take to protect yourself and others:
- practice physical distancing and wear a mask in public
- practice good hygiene: wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching face
- monitor for symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
- self-isolate for the legally-required 10 days if you have any symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or medical condition, or have tested positive for COVID-19
- take the COVID-19 self-assessment to access testing
For more information on what you can do to prevent the spread, click the link: https://www.alberta.ca/prevent-the-spread.aspx
Click the link to pay your utility bills and accounts receivables online: Online Payments
Alberta's vaccination program is currently underway and led by the provincial government.
All Albertans 12+ can book now. Adults can get $100 if you receive your first or second dose between Sept. 3 and Oct. 14.
To book an immunization appointment click the link: COVID-19 vaccine
- If you are an isolated senior or have mobility issues and need assistance getting to your appointment, 211 may be able to help. Dial 2-1-1 or click the link: 211 transportation assistance
All working Albertans can access 3 hours of paid, job-protected leave to get each dose of the vaccine. Click the link for more information: Job-Protected Leave for Vaccination
For full details on the COVID-19 vaccine, click the link: COVID-19 vaccine
Service Canada has resources available for Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click the links for more information:
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
The Government of Canada provided the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for working Canadians who stopped working because of COVID-19. The CERB has ended, however Canadians can access support through Employment Insurance (EI). Click the link for more information: Transitioning from CERB to EI
Government of Alberta Assistance
Click the link for more information on all supports available from the Government of Alberta.
Government of Canada Assistance
Click the link for more information on all supports available from the Government of Canada.
* For supports for businesses, non-profit organizations, and charities, please select the "Information for Businesses" tab below.
Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) - For Lethbridge County Citizens
COVID-19 information for disability service providers
COVID-19 information for disability service providers is available on the Government of Alberta website.
Help During Tough Times - Alberta Health Services
This is a stressful time for many. Alberta Health Services has numerous resources if you need help.
Assistance For Low German Speaking Citizens
Click the link for a full list of resources: Resources in Low German
Click the link for information on how to find assistance: Help in Low German
Alberta Health Services has some great resources on staying healthy as we all practice social distancing.
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.
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.
Important Phone Numbers
Covid-19 And Seasonal Agricultural Workers
Click the link for more information: COVID-19 and Seasonal Agricultural Workers in Alberta
Working With Animals During Covid-19
Click the links for more information:
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
Funding for Businesses Impacted By COVID-19
- Alberta Jobs Now: The Alberta Jobs Now program will provide up to $370 million to help private and non-profit businesses support much-needed jobs for unemployed and underemployed Albertans across the province and help Alberta’s economy recover. Employers will be able to apply for a grant that covers 25 per cent of an employee’s salary for a 52-week period up to a maximum of $25,000 per employee. The grant can be used to cover salary or training costs. Employers who hire persons with disabilities will receive a grant 1.5 times higher than the amount they receive for other new employees. Employers will be able to apply as of 9 a.m. on May 20. They can apply for funding for up to 20 new employees. A second intake will open on Sept. 15 and close on Dec. 31. For more information or to apply, visit alberta.ca/jobsnow
- Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant: The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 30%, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses, cooperatives and non-profits can use these funds as they see fit to help offset a portion of the impact of new public health measures or their relaunch costs, such as implementing measures to minimize the risk of virus transmission, which could include physical barriers, purchasing personal protective equipment and disinfecting supplies, paying rent and employee wages, replacing inventory and more. The Spring application deadline was June 30, 2021. For more information, or to check your application status, visit https://www.alberta.ca/sme-relaunch-grant.aspx.
- Changes to the Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG): The Alberta government is temporarily expanding eligibility to the Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) to help businesses access the training they need. The expansion is effective until February 28, 2022. Expanded eligibility includes funding mandatory training, allowing employers to train employed family members, and allowing some business owners to receive funding to train themselves. In addition, other changes will make the application process more efficient. Learn more about the program and apply online at alberta.ca/CAJG.
- Additional Government of Alberta Support: 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
- Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS): The Government of Canada is providing the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) for Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021. Click the link for more information: Government of Canada assistance for businesses, non-profits, and charities impacted by COVID-19
- Community Futures Small Business Loans: Small businesses in the Lethbridge Region can apply for business loans through Community Futures Lethbridge Region.
Click the link for more information: Community Futures Small Business Loans
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.
- 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
- Alberta BizConnect has resources for businesses who are preparing to reopen as part of the province's relaunch strategy.
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:
- Guidelines for Social Services Support Funding
- Application Form for Social Services Support Funding
- Additional Information: Government of Alberta Website
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
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 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