COVID-19 Information

Information was last updated on January 21, 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 limit the spread of COVID-19 throughout the province.

As of January 21, the City of Lacombe has 22 cases of COVID-19 in the region,

The current provincial situation is critical. New mandatory restrictions apply province-wide and will be in place at least until January 12, 2021.

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

Gathering restrictions

Alberta declared a State of Public Health Emergency to protect the health care system from COVID-19. Social gatherings are the top source of transmission.

Effective Dec. 8, 2020, all indoor social gatherings are prohibited. This will be enforced with $1,000 fines.

As of Jan. 14, 2021, the Province has eased restrictions to allow for outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, with proper social distancing measures in place.

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.
  • Current child care and K-12 learning measures remain in effect.

Business and service restrictions

Effective Dec. 13, some businesses will be required to close, reduce capacity or limit their in-person access.

As of Jan. 14, 2021 personal services (Eg. Salons) are allowed to reopen by appointment. Visit alberta.ca/covid19 for a full list of businesses allowed to reopen.

Additionally, the Province has extended the number of individuals allowed to attend funerals to a maximum of 20 people.

All other previous restrictions remain in place until further notices from 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.

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 $1,000 fine. Additionally, you can be prosecuted for up to $100,000 for a first offense.

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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