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Town of Peace River’s COVID-19 Response
Last Updated March 2, at 3:16pm
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- Information Regarding Municipal Services
- Municipal Responsibilities
- Face Coverings Bylaw
- Submit a Public Health Order Violation Complaint
- Mental Health Resources
Information Regarding Municipal Services
On Tuesday, February 8, 2022, the Provincial Government announced a 3-step program to ease restrictions.
The Town of Peace River is following the measures outlined in this plan.
The Restrictions Exemption Program has been removed, along with the associated restrictions. You are no longer required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for all Town of Peace River facilities. All regular programming is open.
Masks are still required within all Town of Peace River facilities.
Effective Tuesday, February 9, 2022, the following restrictions apply:
- Masking while indoors
- Maximum capacity of the Baytex Energy Centre and the Peace Regional Pool of 500.
Effective Monday, February 14, 2022, masking remains mandatory for all attendees 13 years and older.
Effective Tuesday, March 1st, 2022, the following measures are updated.
- Any remaining school requirements removed (for example: Kindergarten to grade 6 cohorting).
- Youth screening activities for entertainment and sport activities removed.
- Capacity on all large venues and entertainment venues lifted.
- Indoor and outdoor social gathering limits lifted.
- Mandatory work-from-home requirements lifted.
- Provincial mask mandate will be lifted except in high-risk settings, including on public transit, at AHS-operated and contracted facilities, and all continuing care settings.
Effective immediately, Council meetings will return to the in-person format. This means that we will no longer be providing a live stream of our meetings on our YouTube channel, and residents are instead invited to join in person.
For those who wish to hear the meeting after it is held, our SoundCloud channel will continue to be updated with Regular Council Meeting recordings within the days following the meeting. For those who do not wish to attend in person but have comments regarding any topics being discussed, a contact form – as well as all agendas and meetings – is available on the page linked below.
Water & Sewer
Public Works is continuing to work on maintaining the Town’s infrastructure for after-hours water or sewer issues please call (780) 624-3085 to connect with our after-hours answering service.
A friendly reminder that Lysol wipes, baby wipes, or any cleaning wipes, should be thrown out in the garbage, not flushed down the toilet. These wipes do not degrade in the pipes, instead, they clog the pipes causing sewer backups. Please only flush the three ‘Ps’ (Pee, Poo, toilet Paper).
The Town of Peace River has activated our Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) to manage our response locally to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our focus continues to be on the provision of critical services, such as water and wastewater treatment, as well as fire and protective services to the residents of Peace River. We are continuing to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation in Alberta.
The Province of Alberta’s Pandemic Influenza Plan (March 2014) summarizes the Town’s responsibilities with the following excerpt:
Under the Municipal Government Act, the role of the local authorities (municipalities, Métis communities) is to ensure a safe and viable community through the continuity of local government and critical services and emergency response. Local authorities’ responsibilities include:
- Reviewing and implementing response plans (Municipal Emergency Management Plans) and business continuity programs.
- Maintaining the continuity of critical municipal services in consultation with AHS and business and industry (fire, police, water treatment/delivery, waste management).
- Liaising with AEMA, AHS and other partners to align with broader provincial response and recovery.
Face Covering Bylaw
Bylaw 2076, the Face Covering Bylaw, was repealed by Council at the June 14, 2021 meeting and is no longer in effect.
While the bylaw is no longer in place, masks are still currently mandatory in all indoor public places, places of worship, and indoor workplaces, per the Government of Alberta.
Why was the Bylaw repealed?
In short, the Town’s bylaw is no longer enforceable due to changes in how the Government of Alberta tracks and reports cases.
The Face Covering Bylaw set a certain threshold for when masks would be required in town. The criteria to require masks was that the number of active cases of COVID-19 infections in the Municipal District of Peace #135
(which, was set out in the COVID Relaunch Status Map by the Government of Alberta and included the Town of Peace River) were at a “Watch” Status, with at least ten (10) active cases and a rate of active cases of more than fifty (50) per 100,000. When the Bylaw was written, this language reflected the Province’s classification system for the spread of COVID-19. This terminology (‘Watch’) is no longer in use. It was replaced by the terms “High case count” or “Low case count”. These terms – Watch, Case Count – were used to set the level of restrictions: masks, gathering limits etc. by region.
However, on June 1, the newer terms were also discontinued and a single set of restrictions came into effect province-wide. With these changes, the condition of “Watch” status cannot be met. Therefore The Bylaw is not presently enforceable.
The Face Covering Bylaw was enacted for several reasons, chief of these being public safety. At the time the Bylaw was drafted, case counts were rising significantly and the Province’s regional approach to restrictions left municipalities responsible for this measure. The use of face masks was neither widespread nor customary and the benefits of masking were not well documented. Most importantly, vaccines were not available and restrictive measures were the sole option for reducing the spread of the virus.
For up-to-date information regarding the Government of Alberta’s rules around masks or face coverings please visit their website: alberta.ca/masks
Submit a Public Health Order Violation Complaint
Public Health orders are enforceable by law, if you think a violation of one of the orders has occurred please submit a complaint through Alberta Health Services.
- Submit a complaint: https://ephisahs.albertahealthservices.ca/create-case/
Mental Health Resources
Alberta Health Services had a number of resources available for those seeking help coping with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.