Alberta Public Health - Overview
Alberta is taking action to protect Albertans against the highly transmissible Omicron variant by ramping up health system capacity, providing free rapid test kits, expanding vaccine boosters, clarifying indoor social gathering limits, and decreasing capacity in large venues.
Businesses participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program can operate with less restrictions if they require patrons 12 and over to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test result. New measures came into effect December 24.
Albertans are asked to reduce their number of contacts by half, limit unrestricted activities where there is a high risk of transmission, and observe all public health measures to slow the spread.
Read Dr. Hinshaw's tips for celebrating safely this holiday season.
Restriction exemption program
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.
- Businesses that implement the Restrictions Exemption Program can operate as usual if they only serve people (ages 12 and over) who have:
- proof of vaccination
- single dose accepted between September 20 and October 25 if received 2 weeks before time of service
- double doses required after October 25
- documentation of a medical exemption
- proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test within 72 hours of service (tests from AHS or Alberta Precision Laboratories not allowed)
Businesses do not need to apply for the program. Audits and enforcement will occur to ensure rules are followed.
The Restriction Exemption Program would not apply to:
- businesses or entities that need to be accessed for daily living
- employees of businesses participating in the program
- children under 12
- proof of vaccination
Proof of Negative Test
To enter spaces participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program, people aged 12 and older can show proof of a negative test result.
- Tests must be privately-paid COVID-19 PCR or rapid tests completed within 72 hours.
- Tests must not be from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories.
Proof of Vaccination
To enter spaces participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program, people ages 12 and older can provide proof of vaccination or documentation of a medical exemption.
- Sept. 20 to Oct. 25: proof of a single dose is considered acceptable as long as the dose was given more than 2 weeks before the time of service.
- After Oct. 25: proof of double vaccination is required.
Social Gatherings (Indoor & Outdoor):
- Mandatory restriction - Effective Sept 16.
Indoor social gatherings
- Vaccinated: Indoor private social gatherings are limited to a single household plus one other household to a maximum of 10 vaccine-eligible, vaccinated people and no restrictions on children under 12.
- Unvaccinated: Indoor social gatherings are not permitted for vaccine-eligible people who are unvaccinated.
Outdoor social gatherings
- Outdoor private social gatherings limited to a maximum of 200 people, with 2 metre physical distancing at all times.
Places of Worship:
Mandatory restriction - Effective Sept. 16
- Capacity limited to 1/3 fire code occupancy.
- Masks are mandatory.
- 2 metres physical distancing between households, or 2 close contacts for those living alone.
Masks and Physical Distancing:
Mandatory restriction – Effective Sept. 4 and 16
- Masking and physical distancing are mandatory in all indoor public spaces and workplaces. This measure extends to places of worship as of September 16.
- Employees must mask in all indoor work settings, except while alone in work stations.
Schools (K - 12 )
Mandatory measure - Effective Sept. 16
- Mandatory masking for students in Grades 4 and up, plus staff and teachers in all grades.
- Schools that implement an alternate COVID safety plan can be exempted from mandatory masking.
- Elementary schools to implement class cohorting.
- Indoor sports, fitness, recreation, and performance activities are permitted in schools, with requirements to maintain 2 metre physical distancing where possible.
- Masks and distancing are not required by youth under 18 while engaged in physical activity.
- Spectator attendance restricted to 1/3 fire code capacity and limited to households or 2 close contacts for those living alone. Attendees must be masked and distanced.
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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.
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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