Health information on COVID-19 can be found on the Alberta Health Services website as well as Alberta Health’s. There is also an online self-assessment tool for those who are concerned about symptoms. Alternatively, AHS’ Health Link service – dial 811 – is available to offer health advice and information.

Restrictions are in place province-wide.

For full details please visit the Government of Alberta’s website.

Town of Peace River’s COVID-19 Response

Last Updated February 18, 2021, at 4:40 pm

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Information Regarding Municipal Services

Following additional clarification from the Government of Alberta regarding the easing of some Public Health Restrictions, the Town of Peace River is pleased to be able to provide additional limited public access to recreation facilities.

Baytex Energy Centre

What is currently permitted in the facility:

– One-on-one training with a certified or professional trainer/coach, by appointment only.
– Youth Clubs, Teams operating under the Government of Alberta and organization-specific guidances.
– NEW** Individual & Household facility rentals will be available starting Monday, February 22nd.

Individual & Household Rentals:

– Participants must reside in the same household.
– Access to the building is by appointment only, call 780-624-3204 or email guestservices@peaceriver.ca to book. See times available by checking out the Baytex Energy Centre on Facebook or visiting their website: Baytex Energy Centre | Town of Peace River
– Spaces are booked in 1-hour increments.
– All bookings must be confirmed by Baytex Energy Centre Staff.

Indoor Track:

– Timeslots MUST be pre-booked. NO drop-ins allowed.

General Guidelines:

– Arrive no more than 10 minutes before your scheduled time.
– Come ready to play.
– Bring & use your own equipment if possible.
– NO lingering or spectating allowed.

If you have questions please call us at (780) 624-3204 or email guestservices@peaceriver.ca.

More details on the Baytex Energy Centre’s webpage:

Baytex Energy Centre

Peace Regional Pool

Between March 1-14, 2021 the Pool is available for the following private household bookings:

  • Private 30-minute Red Cross Swimming Lessons ($19 per booking)
  • Private 30-minute Lifesaving, Fitness, or Stroke Improvement Lessons ($19 per booking)
  • 45-minute Private Rentals for Individuals Living in the Same Household ($55 per booking)

The hot tub may be available during these rentals.

All bookings must be made by phoning the Peace Regional Pool at 780-624-3720. A receptionist will be available Monday- Friday between 8am & 4pm. Please leave a message if you are calling after hours and we will call you back in the order in which your message was received. Full payment is due at the time of booking.

More details on the pool’s webpage:

Peace Regional Pool

Town Hall

Town Hall will remain open to public access through the main entrance. Only two groups of people are allowed in Town Hall at a time, up to a maximum of four people. This allows for proper physical distancing.

Do not enter Town Hall if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (over 38° Celsius under age 70; over 37° Celsius over age 70)
  • Cough/shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Runny nose/stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • You or someone in your household has travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days
  • Or have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Applications and forms for various services are available here.

Community Services will remain closed to the public for the time being, those requiring services should phone (780) 624-1000 to make arrangements.

Planning, development, cemetery, and engineering services are also accessible, however, we ask that you phone ahead (780) 624-2574 to arrange a meeting.

Taxi Passes

In order to prevent crowds, those purchasing taxi passes must book an appointment to purchase the passes in advance. You can book your appointment online or call (780) 624-1000. Thank you for your understanding.

Adopt-a-Grandparent

The Adopt-a-Grandparent program will continue. The deadline to drop off filled bags is Monday Dec. 14. With the Baytex Energy Centre closed we ask any outstanding gifts be dropped off at Town Hall, 9911 – 100 St. open 9am to 4:30pm on weekdays.

Council meetings

Town Council meetings are now being held electronically. For those interested in virtually attending a Council meeting a live stream is available during the meeting. The live stream and more details about Town Council’s meeting schedule and meetings during COVID-19 are available on Council’s webpage linked below. Please note that the council chamber is closed to in-person visits right now, meetings can be viewed electronically.

Mayor & Council

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).

Peace River Museum Archives and Mackenzie Centre

The Peace River Museum Archives and Mackenzie Centre will remain closed to the public until further notice. Staff can still be contacted 780-624-4261.

Municipal Responsibilities


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:

Local Authorities

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


On November 18, 2020, Town Council passed Bylaw 2076, the Face Coverings Bylaw. This makes it mandatory to wear a face-covering in all indoor public premises and public vehicles. The bylaw is in effect whenever m10 or more cases are listed in the region, and remains in effect for 14 days after cases dip to 9 or lower. For complete details please visit the page linked below:

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.

Social/Physical Distancing

Information adapted from Government of Alberta

The most important measure that Albertans can take to prevent COVID-19 is to practice good hygiene. When out in public, practicing social distancing can help you reduce your risk by minimizing contact with others in the community.

What is social distancing?

  • Social distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with.
  • This is not the same as social isolation. You do not need to remain indoors, but you do need to avoid being in close contact with people.
  • Going for a walk in your neighbourhood or park is encouraged as long you maintain distance from others.
  • Go out for groceries, medical trips and other essential needs, but try to maintain a distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet) between yourself and other people.
  • In order to minimize the risk of acquiring COVID-19, reduce the number of times you leave your house to perform errands.

Elevator etiquette

  • Avoid overcrowding – take the stairs or wait for the next elevator.
  • Cover your cough.
  • Avoid touching your face after pushing the button.
  • Limit the number in an elevator car to 2-3 people.
  • Wash with soap or else sanitize your hands after leaving the elevator.

Grocery shopping

  • Order online and deliver if you can.
  • If you cannot, try to shop at times when there are fewer shoppers (first thing in the morning or late at night).
  • Wipe down the handle of grocery carts and baskets, and wash or sanitize hands before entering and after leaving the store.
  • Use self-checkout if available.

Small social gatherings

  • Family visits, house parties- postpone if possible or hold virtually.
  • Cancel if household members are senior citizens or have high-risk medical conditions – consider ways of virtually supporting those loved ones who are at high risk and are choosing to stay home.
  • Do not go to any gathering if you have a fever or a cough, even if symptoms appear to be mild or resembling a mild cold.

If necessary to gather:

  • Have hand sanitizer for guests to use when they come over.
  • Wipe frequently touched areas with Lysol or disinfectant wipes pre- and post-gathering (doorknobs, light switches, bathroom taps, etc.).
  • Consider using disposable dishes and utensils.