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The best way to protect yourself and your family is to:
Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer stated that anyone experiencing flu, or even cold-like symptoms (sniffles, coughs, etc.) — essentially any physical representation of sickness — should limit their contact with others by staying home. This information may change; always check COVID-19 info for Albertans for the most current recommendations.
Self-isolation is keeping yourself apart from others to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19. You might be the only one in self-isolation in your household, or your whole family might be self-isolating.
What it means:
Reasons to self-isolate (usually for 14 days):
For more details on specific circumstances that require self-isolation, go to alberta.ca/COVID-19
Follow the cleaning and personal hygiene procedures instructions on alberta.ca/self-isolation.
The instructions give details on:
Resources and updates:
Self-isolation assumes you may be infected and includes measures to prevent the possible spread of infection: it means staying home and following strict cleaning procedures.
Physical distancing assumes you may spread the virus or it may spread to you. It includes measures to protect yourself and others in public places by keeping a physical space of two metres or six feet between you and others, following specific instructions for washing your hands, covering your coughs and sneezes, not sharing utensils, and cleaning common objects and surfaces often.
In Cochrane, we’re calling it “physical distancing” so we remember to find ways to still connect socially, even from a distance.
Depending on your circumstances, you may self-isolate for up to 14 days, whether or not you have symptoms.
Everyone else should follow current physical distancing guidelines for as long as the COVID-19 response is underway.
Alberta Health says you should self-isolate for 14 days if:
Self-monitor for 14 days. If symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing develop, stay home, do not go to an ER or clinic — self-isolate for 10 days from the beginning of your symptoms or until you feel better, whichever is longer. Take the COVID-19 online self-assessment tool and call Health Link 811 if directed by the self-assessment tool.
If you know someone who is not self-isolating when they should be:
The Town is strongly encouraging everyone to follow physical distancing safe health practices and could resort to fining people who do not comply.
On March 25, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health issued orders under the Public Health Act to legally require returning travellers to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to Alberta. This legal requirement also applies to close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
People who violate the self-isolation orders:
Residents returning home from international destinations should follow AHS guidelines to self-isolate for 14 days. They should take all measures to stay home and seek assistance from family, friends and neighbours for help with groceries, errands, etc.
As of March 25, Albertans are legally required under public health order to self-isolate for:
We are following updated alberta.ca restrictions.
As of Monday January 18:
All other mandatory restrictions remain in place until further notice: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
As of end of day January 14, the province is reporting this data on https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-alberta-statistics.aspx (look for the Geospatial tab):
The province is also reporting school status: https://www.alberta.ca/schools/covid-19-school-status-map.htm
Alberta Health Services (AHS) updates the number of cases in Alberta daily.
AHS is requesting people use the online the self-assessment tool first, then call Health Link 811 for testing and instructions if directed to by the tool. www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx
There are multiple locations in Cochrane where testing may be available.
For full details on testing and locations, please check https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-testing-in-alberta.aspx.
In general, travel outside of Canada is not recommended and restrictions exist in many areas. Visit canada.ca and alberta.ca for information.
This is a personal family decision. Public health measures are in place which govern and restrict some activities. All residents of Alberta are required to follow those. (www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx#p22780s5)
As a community, we encourage people to respect personal space and maintain physical distance. However, we recognize that connecting with family in a safe manner is important; please continue to follow all of the guidelines from Alberta Health to help prevent the spread.
Public health measures are in place which govern and restrict some activities. All residents of Alberta are required to follow those. (www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx#p22780s5)
As a community, we encourage people to maintain physical distance, but that is not to say people should distance themselves socially. It is incredibly important for everyone to remain social and kind in all they do: wave to your neighbours, help shovel/sweep their walk, shout out a “hello,” connect with friends and family virtually, etc.
All other mandatory restrictions remain in place until further notice.
All Town playgrounds, including the Zero Gravity skate park are open for use. Residents are reminded that playgrounds and facilities are available for use at your own risk and are not sanitized. Park users should consider wearing a face mask when physical distancing measures are not possible.
All Town pathways and other open spaces are open for use. Please follow physical distancing guidelines.
Your pet cannot catch or spread the virus. Please feel free to cuddle with them as much as they’ll let you.
If you are feeling anxious or stressed, please call:
Depending on your needs and situation, you may be eligible to receive assistance through Alberta’s Income Support program. Alberta Emergency Income Support offers support for individuals and families to pay for basic expenses like food, clothing and shelter. https://www.alberta.ca/income-support.aspx
The federal government is putting financial supports in place to assist workers and businesses impacted by COVID-19: www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/canadas-reponse/government-canada-takes-action-covid-19.html
If you are concerned an establishment is not following public health orders and guidelines, you can:
Find out more about the provincial business relaunch strategy: https://www.alberta.ca/biz-connect.aspx
Visit the volunteer page on the Town of Cochrane website for a list of local volunteer organizations and the Volunteer Connector resource www.cochrane.ca/210/Volunteering.
There are a number of local Facebook groups looking to connect those who want to help with those in need. Here are just a few that we’re aware of:
We’re encouraging residents to help their neighbours while maintaining physical distance. Here’s a few things you can do:
To donate food or clothing to the Cochrane Activettes Food Bank & Clothesline:
Service Alberta’s Corporate Registry is allowing Societies to cancel all Annual General Meetings until it is deemed safe to do so (hold meetings) by Provincial Health Authorities.
Similarly, Society Annual Returns are postponed until further notice.
While facilities were closed earlier in the year, the Town:
For a short time, the Town also:
The Town continues to:
Find out more: https://www.cochrane.ca/2066/What-is-The-Town-doing
RCMP Detachments across Alberta are modifying service delivery at front counters and restricting access to public spaces. Find out more, including contact information, on cochrane.ca/RCMP
The Town of Cochrane has regretfully cancelled all scheduled and permitted outdoor community events on Town land until further notice.
Our priority is to maintain the safety of our community, clients and staff, by minimizing the potential spread of the virus. We continue to follow the protocols and regulations set by government officials and Alberta Health Services.
To stay up to date on the Town of Cochrane’s COVID-19 response, please visit cochrane.ca/COVID-19.
Yes. The Town continues to provide core services, including waste, recycling and organics collection (on your regular collection schedule), water and wastewater services and emergency response. Download the My Cochrane Collection app to receive collection reminders and potential notifications regarding changes to the collection schedule.
The Waste& Recycling department’s priority is to make sure collection truck drivers can guarantee the regularly scheduled curbside collection service in town.
Therefore, we need to help drivers stay healthy, and as a result, the Town is no longer selling excess waste bags for garbage. This reduces the need for drivers to get out of their trucks and risk potential exposure to contamination.
Options for residents with extra garbage are:
Wipes go in the garbage and should never be flushed down the toilet — even if they say “flushable.” Tissues or napkins with any personal or food waste can go in the organics bin.
Under the current provincial health orders, garage sales are not prohibited, but holding or attending a garage sale increases individual risk for infection. Anyone holding a garage sale should include measures to encourage physical distancing and hand hygiene; anyone attending a garage sale should assess their personal risk factors and take measures to mitigate them, including using hand sanitizer, wearing a mask and maintaining physical distance.
Town resources are equipped with resources and implemented protocols to continue to respond to emergency calls. Action plans are in place to care for all staff.
At the March 23 meeting, Town Council approved the waiver of penalties on late utility payments for a period of four months (March-July), meaning no penalties were applied to unpaid March, April, May or June bills.
The property tax deadline was moved to September 30.
Town Council also approved a temporary adjustment to residential water consumption thresholds at the April 14 meeting, to mitigate against anticipated increases to residential water consumption. More: https://www.cochrane.ca/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=583
At the moment, billing and payment due dates continue as usual. Payments can be made online, at your bank, or by dropping off a cheque with your remittance stub in the drop box outside the main doors of the RancheHouse. We know these are uncertain times; we are working to keep residents and businesses supported and safe as the situation evolves. The federal government is putting financial supports in place to assist workers and businesses impacted by COVID-19: www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/canadas-reponse/government-canada-takes-action-covid-19.html. The Town is monitoring federal and provincial financial aid programs, the details of which are not yet known, and will be using them to help guide municipal initiatives in support of our residents and businesses.
If you recently applied for a position at the Town, you will be contacted if you are selected for an interview.
Find out more about the process: cochrane.ca/Jobs
COLT is running normally. Please check ridecolt.ca for details.
Yes! Cochrane is known for its beautiful outdoor spaces. While you’re out, please practice physical distancing (2 metres / 6 feet) from others. The Town’s Parks department is doing everything they can to ensure that park users are safe, and signs/barricades are in place where needed.
On/off leash areas: please be considerate of everyone and keep control of your pet, clean up after them, respect other people’s space and physical distancing requirements.
Cochrane’s off-leash parks remain open and are monitored regularly by Municipal Enforcement to ensure residents observe proper physical distancing measures.
To keep our parks open, it is important to remember:
Please keep your distance and help prevent the spread.
We have a fantastic local pathway system and many are out enjoying it daily. Please respect proper physical distancing measures when you encounter others along the path by providing at least 2 meters / 6 feet of space when passing — moving to the far edge of the pathway should be enough space. Don’t forget to give them a wave or say hello!
Our Urgent Care facility – a provincially regulated health care facility – is working at high capacity and doing the best they can to operate as usual.
The Town is following Alberta Health Services as the lead agency and the provincial and federal government direction. All their information is being broadcast by news media outlets online, through radio broadcasts, television and print. The Town will continue to use all methods to get information out to our residents as well.
DEC 24, 2020 UPDATE: SAFE ACTIVITES ON OUTDOOR RINKS
Since opening our rinks, we’ve received a lot of questions regarding safe participation and activities allowed on the ice. To be clear on the public health measures, we are sharing Alberta Health’s orders for residents. (https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx)
To summarize – outdoor rinks (as well as ski and sledding hills) can have more than 10 people, so long as households are physically distancing from others. If physical distancing requirements cannot be maintained, please either wait for people to leave the ice or come back later. Outdoor group activities where 2-metre distancing cannot be maintained, such as ‘shinny,’ tag and pick-up hockey are prohibited.
For greater clarity, a person may participate in an outdoor group physical activity consisting of less than 10 persons if minimum physical distance of 2-metres between all participants is maintained at all times. For more details, Alberta Health has provided guidance for outdoor winter recreation (PDF download - https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-information-guidance-for-winter-recreation.pdf)
These are the public health measures as ordered by the Alberta Health and the Government of Alberta. For more information or to ask questions, visit https://www.alberta.ca/contact.cfm.
The Town of Cochrane reopened playgrounds, including the Zero Gravity skate park, on May 14, 2020 in accordance with the provincial relaunch strategy.
Park users are reminded that playgrounds and sports facilities are available for use at your own risk and are not sanitized. In accordance with Alberta Health Services’ guidelines, physical distancing of two metres is to be observed.
Please avoid touching surfaces such as benches, fences and railings, and follow all recommended health precautions and proper hand hygiene. Park users should consider wearing a face mask when physical distancing measures are not possible.
Yes, you can go skating with members of your household on Mitford Pond and the Tim Bannister Memorial Rink when they are open and safe. Always call the 24-hour status line first to see if they’re open: 403-851-2552.If you are skating with people who do not live in your household, the province’s outdoor social gathering limit of 10 people applies. Everyone should maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres from each other – and everyone else - at all times. Games like shinny and pick-up hockey should not occur.
Do what you feel safe with – some local businesses are still open and are following recommended health measures. Businesses are having a tough time – we’re all in this together. If you can find a way to support them during this difficult time, please do so.
Effective Nov. 27, new restrictions will limit the amount of contact between people in the community, while still allowing businesses to offer services. These measures apply to all communities on the enhanced list (purple areas).
Albertans are encouraged to limit in-person visits to retail locations and use curbside pick up, delivery and online services.
Businesses closed for in-person service
Mandatory restriction – Enhanced status (purple) areas – Effective Nov. 27
Businesses that are closed for in-person service include:
Restaurants, bars, pubs and lounges open with restrictions
Restaurants, bars, pubs and lounges will be open with restrictions if they follow all public health guidance in place including:
Albertans are encouraged to use take out, delivery, drive-thru and curbside pick-up options.
Additional inspections will occur to verify that public health measures are being followed. Establishments that are non compliant may face orders and fines.
Businesses and services open with restricted capacity
Most retail businesses may remain open with capacity limited to 25% of the occupancy set under the Alberta Fire Code.
Some entertainment and event services may remain open with capacity limited to 25% of the occupancy set under the Alberta Fire Code.
All public health guidance and physical distancing requirements must be followed.
Albertans and businesses are encouraged to limit in-person visits and use curbside pick up, delivery and online services instead.
Businesses open by appointment only
Businesses open by appointment only are not permitted to offer walk-in services. Appointments should be limited to one-on-one services.
These businesses must follow all current public health guidance for their sector and should consider virtual options where possible.
Home-based businesses should follow the restrictions for the type of service they provide.
More details are available on the Government of Alberta’s website: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
It is important that we all do our part to help prevent the spread. To protect yourself and others we need to stay home as much as possible. Avoid going out for anything but the essentials and limit the number of people to only those required.
Please designate one shopper for the family and leave everyone else at home. Please take every measure possible to physically distance yourself from one another, whether shopping or being anywhere in public.
Yes, the provincial government has put enhanced infection prevention and controls in place so businesses can open safely. Find out more: https://www.alberta.ca/restricted-and-non-restricted-services.aspx
Wellness and personal service providers are permitted to open as long as they follow public health measures. Details: https://www.alberta.ca/restricted-and-non-restricted-services.aspx
Yes – there’s no need to hoard. Empty shelves create panic, but goods are on the way and we’re still catching up from the rail blockades last month. The borders are still open for shipments.
The province has clearly outline which businesses are able to open (and any restrictions) as part of the provincial relaunch plan, which ones must continue to provide pick-up or delivery only, and which businesses must remain closed for now. Any business or organization that does not follow public health orders is subject to fines of up to $100,000 for a first offence and up to $500,000 for a subsequent offence for more serious violations.Anyone aware of a business violating public health orders should submit a complaint: https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case/
Full text of the bylaw, approved July 29, 2020.
Yes, the mandatory face covering bylaw came into effect Mon Nov 9, 2020 when AHS reported 14 active cases in Cochrane.
On July 29, 2020, Cochrane Council approved Bylaw 20/2020 that provides the opportunity to make it mandatory to wear a face covering or non-medical mask in indoor public places and public vehicles.
The mandatory requirement will be rescinded when active case numbers are reported to be below 10 for 14 consecutive days.
On November 24, Alberta Health Services announced a Public Health Emergency and mandated masks for all indoor workplaces in communities with enhanced health restrictions in place. This includes Cochrane.
Businesses are not expected to deny services as not everyone is required to wear a face covering. Exceptions to the face coverings bylaw include:
For those who are unable to wear a mask, the bylaw does not require those individuals to disclose the reason for the exemption.
If the mandatory face covering provision is enacted, the Town of Cochrane will notify the community through all means of communication (Town website, social media, digital signage, advertising channels) and make downloadable signage available to businesses and operators should they wish to display them.
The province is reporting this data on https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-alberta-statistics.aspx (look for the Geospatial tab). Alberta Health Services (AHS) updates the number of cases in Alberta daily.
People will be expected to wear a face covering in any part of an enclosed space to which the public can readily access.
The bylaw excludes premises for which there is an enrolment or membership requirement such as schools and educational institutions.
The rule of thumb is, if the public does not have access to it, it will be exempt under the bylaw.
In the bylaw, a ‘public vehicle’ includes Cochrane On-demand Local Transit (COLT), taxi services and any vehicle that is used to transport members of the public for a fee.
Drivers that are separated from their passengers by an installed screen, shield or other barrier are not required to wear face coverings. The bylaw excludes personal vehicles.
Businesses are encouraged to display a sign at a location that is visible to a person immediately upon entering the public premises or public vehicle, but are not required to.
The business is not expected to evict a customer or refuse service to people who are not complying with the bylaw.
Downloadable signage is available to businesses and operators here. Read Bylaw 20/2020.
Yes. Individual business owners can set their own protocols for their patrons to follow, that are over and above what may be required by a municipality or Alberta Health.
Some services require masks in accordance with their licensing agency and/or Alberta Health requirements.
Places of worship would be included in the bylaw definition of a public premise, as they are enclosed buildings that members of the public have access to.
Those attending places of worship are permitted to temporarily remove their face covering to provide or receive service, such as to receive communion.
A private meeting such as a condo board meeting would not be included in the definition of a public premise, as members of the public would not have access, therefore participants would not be required under the bylaw to wear face coverings, but would be recommended if physical distancing could not be maintained.
People actively engaging in athletic or fitness activities in gyms, sports centres and fitness studios would be exempt from the bylaw.
However, if the facility is accessible to the public, people who are not engaging in such activities would have to wear a face covering.
People who are eating or drinking at a public premises that offers food or beverage services would be exempt from the bylaw. This means people are exempt when they are actively engaged in eating or drinking.
The bylaw excludes premises for which there is an enrolment or membership requirement such as daycares and day homes.
Because daycares and day homes are not available to members of the public, it would be considered private and therefore the bylaw would not apply.
Children under five years of age are exempt from this bylaw.
The bylaw excludes premises for which there is an enrollment or membership requirement, therefore it does not apply to schools.
Recent increases in active cases of COVID-19 throughout the region is concerning. This Bylaw ensures that we are prepared to implement measures needed to respond when/if appropriate. Implementation will be based on active case numbers in Cochrane.
The mandatory requirement will only be enacted if Cochrane reaches 10 active cases and would be rescinded when active case numbers are reported to be below 10, for 14 consecutive days.
The bylaw came into effect Mon Nov 9, 2020 when AHS reported 14 active cases in Cochrane.
Reusable cloth masks should be washed in hot water with your regular laundry and reused; disposable masks can be worn more than once, but should go in your household garbage when soiled or damaged. More details on mask use in the provincial guidelines: https://www.alberta.ca/masks.aspx#toc-2