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Town of Peace River’s COVID-19 Response
Last Updated September 17th, 2021, at 5:00 pm
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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
New Provincial Public Health Restrictions have been announced by the Government of Alberta and will impact Town facilities.
Face Masks and physical distancing are required at all Town of Peace River facilities in compliance with the current public health measures.
Effective Monday, September 20th, 2021, the following new restrictions will apply:
- Reduced capacity at the front office.
Peace Regional Pool – Closed for Shutdown
- Remains closed for shutdown until early October.
- Upon reopening, the Restriction Exemption Program will apply to all visitors.
Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre – Reopened Tuesday, June 15.
- Operating at 1/3 occupancy.
Baytex Energy Centre – Effective September 20th, 2021
- All areas of the facility will operate at 1/3 capacity.
- Individuals MUST check-in at the front reception.
- All drop-in programs will be paused until further notice.
- Household rentals for the fieldhouse and arena will be available.
- Indoor Track remains open for public use.
- Indoor playground will be closed until further notice.
- Birthday party rentals will be cancelled until further notice.
- Youth sports and recreation will continue but will comply with all applicable public health restrictions for Youth under 18 years of age.
Peace Regional Family Resource Network (Located in the Baytex Energy Centre) –
- Beginning Monday, July 5, the Peace Regional Family Resource Network Hub will be accessible to families, caregivers, and children by appointment.
- Follow the Peace Regional Family Resource Network on Facebook for updates.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.