Sturgeon County placed back on COVID-19 watch list
Face coverings mandatory once again in Sturgeon County public spaces
The Government of Alberta has announced that with 15 active COVID-19 cases, Sturgeon County’s regional classification has been moved from “open” to “watch”.
The change in classification means that the Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw automatically comes back into effect throughout Sturgeon County. The bylaw had been lifted since September 14, after the County was designated “open” for more than 14 days.
“Council designed this bylaw to be flexible and reflect what’s happening in the County. As the numbers have gone up, it makes sense that our preventative measures should also increase,” said Sturgeon County Mayor Alanna Hnatiw.
The Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw was approved at a special Council meeting on August 20, one day after the Government of Alberta first raised Sturgeon County’s classification to “watch”. The bylaw makes masks mandatory in all indoor or substantially enclosed indoor spaces that are available to the public, whether owned privately (e.g. gas station) or by Sturgeon County (e.g. a community hall, Sturgeon Centre) as well as public vehicles (e.g. taxis, shuttles).
The Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw remains in effect as long Sturgeon County region is classified as “watch” by the Government of Alberta. The bylaw is only lifted if the region’s classification is changed to “open” for 14 consecutive days.
Under provincial guidelines, when a region in Alberta has more than 50 cases per an equivalent population of 100,000, a municipality’s classification is changed to “watch”. With 15 active COVID-19 cases, Sturgeon County is now averaging 53.6 cases per 100,000.
“All of us have been effected by COVID-19 this year and our thoughts go out to all those suffering physically, mentally, and economically,” said Mayor Hnatiw. “As we have all along in Sturgeon County, we will keep looking out for each other though increased preventative measures like face coverings, practicing physical distancing, handwashing, and remaining at home when we are sick.”
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