COVID-19 Information

Information was last updated on May 12, 2021.

The health and safety of our citizens is the City of Lacombe’s top priority. We are doing our best to ensure minimal disruptions to vital municipal services during this public health crisis. Learn more about our response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and how this impacts you as a resident.

The Government of Alberta recently announced additional public health measures to "Stop the Spike" of COVID-19 throughout the province.

As of May 11, 2021 the City of Lacombe has 143 active cases of COVID-19 in the region.

Health officials are monitoring the situation and will adjust measures if required.

Gathering restrictions

As of May 4, Alberta has introduced further restrictions to protect the health care system from COVID-19. Social gatherings remain a high source of transmission.

As of May 4, 201, all indoor social gatherings remain prohibited. This will be enforced with $2,000 fines.

As of May 5, 2021 all outdoor social gatherings must be limited to no more than 5 people and a maximum of 2 household cohorts. Mandatory physical distancing must be maintained at all times between members of different households.

Workplaces, schools, and child care

  • Effective Dec. 8, masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces and workplaces.
  • Effective Dec. 13, working from home is mandatory when physical presence is not required.

Starting May 7, all kindergarten to Grade 12 students will temporarily shift to at-home learning.
Students will return to in-class learning on May 25.

Exceptions will continue to be available for students with disabilities so they can continue to attend in-person classes as necessary.

Learn more about public health measures in effect to protect the health system and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Information on childcare in Alberta can be found at https://www.alberta.ca/child-care-during-covid-19.aspx.

Business and service restrictions

Effective May 5, Alberta is introducing a series of restrictions to "Stop the Spike" of COVID-19 cases. Some businesses will be required to close, reduce capacity or limit their in-person access

Effective May 9 at 11:59 p.m., all in-person dining, including on patios, is prohibited. Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges, cafes and food courts can open for takeout, curbside pickup and delivery only.

Retail services and shopping malls must limit customer capacity to 10 percent of fire code occupancy (not including staff) or a minimum of 5 customers. This includes individual stores and common areas (see calculating occupancy limits). Curbside pick up, delivery and online services are encouraged

Effective at 11:59 p.m. on May 9, personal and wellness services, including hair salons, barbers, nail salons, estheticians, tattoos, and piercing, must close.

Effective May 5, any workplace, except work camps and essential and critical services, with transmission of 3 or more cases will be required by health officials to close for 10 days.

These measures will remain in place until they are removed by the Government of Alberta.

Why these measures are needed

Albertans have a responsibility to slow the virus's spread and make sure the health system can continue supporting patients with COVID-19, influenza and many other needs.

Variants are spreading at an increased rate and appear to be affecting younger age groups. There is a time lag between when people get infected and when new cases are identified. This means the cases we see today were infected up to 2 weeks ago.

We must work together to protect each other. The greater the community spread, the more likely it will infect our loved ones most at-risk of severe outcomes, including death.

What else you should do

Albertans must continue following existing public health measures to keep everyone safe:

  • Stay 2 metres apart when you can, wear a mask when you can't
  • Practice good hygiene: wash your hands often and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Monitor your symptoms every day
  • If sick, stay home, get tested, and follow mandatory isolation requirements while waiting for results:
  • if positive, isolate from others for 10 days or until symptoms are gone, whichever is longer
  • if negative, stay home until you're better
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Get the flu shot to keep influenza cases low so health workers can focus on the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Download and use the ABTraceTogether contact tracing app when out in public

Enforcement

If you violate a public health order, you may be subject to a $2,000 fine. Additionally, you can be prosecuted for up to $100,000 for a first offence.

If you are concerned someone is not following public health orders, you can:

  • Remind them that not following orders is against the law and puts people at risk
  • Submit a complaint to AHS public health inspectors online or call 1-833-415-9179

Complaints that require an immediate response can also be reported to your local police force through their administrative phone line.

Mandatory masks

The Government of Alberta has updated its collection of COVID-19 visual resources to include a new mandatory masking poster, available here, alongside others that you and your community partners may wish to put up or share: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-information-posters.aspx.

 

A black and white version of the mandatory masking poster is available here: https://open.alberta.ca/publications/covid-19-information-help-prevent-the-spread-poster

Please Note: This information is only current at the time of writing and can change quickly. For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, please visit the Government of Canada and Alberta Health websites. 

If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or lonely as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, you’re not alone. You can call a dedicated helpline to connect with mental health resources 24/7. 

Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642 

Addiction Help Line: 1-866-332-2322

AHS Public Health Inspectors Line: 1-833-415-9179  

You will be directed to a dedicated team of Alberta Health Services addiction and mental health staff for support and assistance.

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