Stop the spike
Update from 6 April 2021
New health measures are in place to protect the health system and reduce the rising spread of COVID-19 provincewide.
A Path Forward is a roadmap to help Albertans understand how restrictions will be eased in steps over the coming months. It outlines the sectors that will see gradual restriction changes at each step based on hospitalization benchmarks. Growth of cases and variants of concern will also guide decisions to further ease or increase restrictions.
Alberta returned to Step 1 on April 6. Additional restrictions for restaurants took effect April 9. Step 1 restrictions will remain in place until further notice.
*A few details, however please check the "A Path Forward" link to get more information.
** Just a few details below. Please refer to the main website, for more information.
Banquet Halls, Community Halls, Conference Centres and Hotels:
Mandatory restriction – Province wide – Revised April 6
Banquet halls, community halls and conference centres can open for activities permitted under Step 1, such as:
- wedding ceremonies up to 10 people
- funeral services up to 20 people
Wedding receptions, funeral receptions and trade shows are not permitted.
Entertainment and recreation facilities
Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Revised April 6
Libraries must close.
Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Effective Jan. 18
Outdoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people maximum and must not have an indoor component.
- Backyard gatherings that require movement in/out of homes are not permitted.
- Attendees should remain distanced at all times and follow all public health measures.
Weddings and funerals
Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Revised Jan. 18
Wedding and funeral receptions are not permitted.
Wedding ceremony and funeral service attendance is limited to:
- 10 people maximum for wedding ceremonies
- 20 people maximum for funeral services, with mandatory masking and 2 metre physical distancing between households
The maximum limit:
- includes the officiant, bride/groom and witnesses
- does not include funeral service or facility staff, funeral clergy or event organizers who are not considered an invited guest
- applies to any facility, including places of worship and funeral homes
- applies to services held indoors or outdoors, seated or non-seated
This measure will help limit exposure, reduce outbreaks and protect vulnerable attendees.
Youth & Collegiate Sport and Recreation Activities
Mandatory restrictions – Provincewide – Revised April 6
Eligible participants include:
- youth 18 years old and under
- members of a collegiate or university athletic program
- coaches or trainers
Limited group physical activities allowed
- Lessons, practices and physical conditioning activities are allowed for indoor and outdoor minor sports/activities and school athletics (for example, school sport activities that are outside of a physical education class or related part of the school curriculum).
- Games are not allowed.
- Maximum of 10 total individuals, including all coaches, trainers, and participants.
- Indoor and outdoor playing surfaces (for example, arena, field, court or swimming pool) may be occupied by more than one youth group, as long as 3-metres of physical distancing can be maintained between groups of 10 and the groups do not intermingle.
- Physical distancing must be maintained between participants at all times:
- 3 metres physical distance for indoor activities
- 2 metres physical distance for outdoor activities
- coaches or trainers may enter physical distancing space for brief interactions with participants (for example, to correct form or technique)
- Participants must be masked at all times, except during high intensity physical activity. Coaches and trainers must remain masked at all times.
- Access to change rooms must be limited, including accelerated arrival and departure, emergencies (for example, first aid) and washroom use.
K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions are allowed to use off-site facilities to support curriculum-related educational activities.
Places of worship
Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Effective Dec. 13
Faith services are limited to 15% of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance:
- Physical distancing between households must be maintained
- Mask use is mandatory
- Virtual or online services are recommended
- Drive-in services where people do not leave their vehicles and adhere to guidance are allowed
Additional safety measures:
- In-person faith group meetings and other religious gatherings are:
- not permitted in private homes while these measures are in effect
- permitted when conducted at a place of worship as long as physical distancing and public health measures are followed
- Faith leaders and other speakers can remove their masks while speaking if there is a distance of 2 metres. The mask must be put on again once finished speaking.
- Group performance activities, such as choir singing and playing music, are permitted if they are normal worship practices and not for the purpose of entertainment. Performers must wear masks at all times.
Canada Census - Spring 2021- Now Hiring!
Canada’s next Census of Population will take place in spring 2021. Statistics Canada will be hiring across the country in every community, big and small, in preparation for the 2021 Census. In the current context of COVID-19, we are committed to hiring locally and ensuring the safety of our employees and your community members at all times.
To assist you in promoting local jobs available in your community, please find attached recruitment material that you can post on social media accounts or print and post at your convenience. Please let me know if you are able to help us amplify our recruiting message or who I should connect with.
Please tell your friends and family about census job opportunities, and encourage them to apply online.
Applications are being accepted at census.gc.ca/jobs
FireSmart Farm and Acreage Magazine
This publication is targeted to farm, ranch and acreage owners. It is chock full of tips for farmers and ranchers concerned with minimizing the potential impact of a wildfire. There are useful articles on pile burning, safe windrow distance, tips and checklists if you need to evacuate, FireSmart home improvement guidelines, and many more. Please enjoy and share with your neighbours!
For more information on FireSmart in Alberta and across Canada, please visit:
Alberta Health Services COVID-19 Vaccine roll out
Community immunization clinics in the South Zone have been confirmed and are now open for booking throught the online tool. Individuals can also call health Link at 811 to book their appointment.
South Zone community COVID-19 immunization clinics will be available in the following communities: Blairmore, Bow Island, Brooks, Cardston, Coaldale, foremost, Fort Macleod, Lethbridge, Magrath, Medicine Hat, Milk River, Oyen, Picture Butte, Pincher Creek, Raymond, and Taber. The addresses and specific information about your appointment are provided once the appointment is booked.
We are encouraging a community approach to transport. In addtion to encouraging family and friends to support a senior needing transportation to receive the vaccine, seniors who do not have a means to get to a vaccination centre, can contact 211 for available transportation supports.
For help connecting with available transportation supports, please have the time and location of your booking before contacting 211.
In addition to masking and physical distancing practices, here's what individuals can expect at the clinic:
- When arriving at the clinic, we encourage everyone to wait in their cars until five minutes before their appointment time.
- Each appointment is booked approximately 10 minutes apart.
- It is anticipated that each individual will be at the vaccine clinic for approximately 20-25 mintues which includes the monitoring time after the vaccine is given.
- A waiting room is available for individuals to sit after their vaccination.
- Our clinics are wheelchair accessible and staff will be on-hand to assist individuals that require help.
- Each vaccine clinic has a wheelchair accessible wasahroom onsite.
- Please ensure you have government-issued identification, and your Alberta Health Care number/card with you at your appointment.
All Albertans are reminded to stay at home if they are not feeling well, even if symptoms are mild.
For more information on COVID-19 vacicine booking, please visit the AHS website.
2021 Municipal Election
Village of Hill Spring completes solar project August 2020
The Village of Hill Spring Council began inquiring and entertaining the idea of installing a municipal solar PV system in 2018. Generating solar energy locally would provide savings on electricity which is a benefit to all tax payers as it helps to reduce Village expenses.
On April 28, 2020 council approved the construction of a 120KW solar energy array, to be built by Solar Seekers Inc on a small parcel of land on the east side of the Village. The project was completed in late August of 2020 and is now producing electricity. It is expected to generate as much electricity as is used by municipal operations over the course of a year and save the Village approximately $30,697 on electric bills, at current utility rates, in the first year.
The solar project was partially funded by the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC). The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association and Rural Municipalities of Alberta, through the MCCAC, offer the Alberta Municipal Solar Program that provides funding to install grid-tied solar PV systems on municipal facilites or land to save on energy costs and reduce the environmental impact of electricity use. You can visit the website for more information at: mccac.ca/programs/alberta-municipal-solar-program
"The Village of Hill Spring is very excited for the completion of the 125 KW solar project. The Municipal Climate Change Action Center has been very helpful during the course of this project and without their support, this project would not have been possible. Due to the cost of electricity and transmission fees, being able to install solar will greatly reduce electricity costs to Village owned buildings which in turn benefits the local residents and allows tax dollars to be utilized on other priorities in the Village. Thank you to all who helped to make this happen!"
~ Village of Hill Spring Mayor, Dwight Davis
Hill Spring is a small, quiet little village nestled in a picturesque setting, between the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the prairie land of Southwestern Alberta. Residents here enjoy the country like relaxed life style and surrounding scenery.
Hill Spring is located on Secondary Highway 800 just off Highway 505 and along the gateway to Waterton National Parks – just a mere 25 minutes away.
Hill Spring – PRAIRIE TO PEAK PERFECTION
Original Hill Spring School Bell
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