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In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the City of Camrose is continuing to take action following the direction of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

City-Related COVID-19 Information

New Public Health Actions

As we balance providing customer service to the public while following the Government of Alberta’s mandated work from home orders, we will be sending many staff home and also have rotating schedules for other staff that are in the office. However, even though our public reception areas remain open at City Hall, the Rec Centre, the Aquatic Centre, Fire Hall, and the Police Station, (please see below about important REP updates before you visit,) we encourage everyone to either call us or use online options wherever possible. Contact information for our different departments can be found here. 

As well, to ensure the health and safety of our residents, recreation facility users, and our staff, we have chosen to implement the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) at all indoor City Recreational Facilities. As of November 15, 2021, a Alberta vaccine record with QR code (paper or digital) will be the only valid Alberta-issued proof of vaccination accepted.

  • This is in effect at the Mayer Aquatic Centre, Chuck MacLean Arts Centre, Recreation Centre, and Community Centre.
  • All patrons 12 years old and older will be required to provide proof of vaccination, a negative COVID test within 72 hours, or a medical exemption from a medical practitioner when entering the facilities.
  • Youth participating in YOUTH ONLY activities, such as practices, club activities, or lessons, are NOT required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test. However, youth ages 12-17 ARE required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test to participate in open recreation such as public swim or public skating.
  • All patrons attending the Recreation Centre are asked to enter through the main entrance. All other entrances will be closed. Any individuals attempting to enter the facility through other doors, or assisting individuals to enter through other doors, will be removed from the facility.
  • All patrons are still required to wear masks within all facilities unless actively participating in a physical activity.
  • Please arrive early for your activity. We will have more staff onsite to help process individuals through the lines but are anticipating high traffic volumes for some activities.

View the REP FAQs for further details.

View more information about the Government of Alberta's new public health orders here: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-public-health-actions.aspx

Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) Frequently Asked Questions
How will this be implemented?
We will have extra staff at each entrance of the facility to ensure all individuals entering the facility have proof of vaccination or a negative test or a valid medical exemption. Please arrive early to ensure you have time to make it through this process prior to your activity.
What does it mean to show proof of vaccination?
  • As of November 15, 2021, a Alberta vaccine record with QR code (paper or digital) will be the only valid Alberta-issued proof of vaccination accepted.
  • Valid photo identification that matches the vaccine record (only required for adults 18 and over)
  • Valid paper or digital vaccine record that shows name, vaccine type and date of administration:
    • From September 20 to October 25: proof of partial vaccination (one dose) is considered acceptable as long as the dose was given more than 2 weeks before the time of service.
    • After October 25: proof of full vaccination (two doses) is required.
  • Find out how to access your records
  • Book your vaccination
What does it mean to show proof of a negative test?
  • Tests must be privately-paid, Health Canada approved rapid antigen, rapid PCR or lab-based PCR test completed within the previous 72 hours.
  • Valid photo identification that matches the name on the test result must be supplied.
  • Valid test results should be a written or printed copy that clearly outlines the type of test, time of sample collection, clear indication of a negative result, and laboratory that completed the test, if applicable.
  • Photos of a rapid test result taken offsite is not sufficient.
  • Do not bring completed self-tests or rapid tests to businesses due to communicable disease risk.
  • Tests must not be from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories.
What does it mean to show proof of Medical Exemption?
  • A valid medical exemption is the original signed letter from a physician or nurse practitioner that includes:
    • Person's name that matches their identification.
    • Physician’s or nurse practitioner’s complete information, including:
    • name, phone number, contact information, professional registration number and signature
    • statement that there is a medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19
    • duration that the exemption is valid
Do I have to show proof of vaccination to swim or participate in other aquatic activities?

Yes, participants ages 18 and older that are taking part in any kind of aquatic activity, must provide proof of vaccination or show proof of a negative test result (see above for more information regarding proof).

Do I have to show proof of vaccination to play shinny?
Noon shinny will be limited to adults 18 years old and up and all participants must provide proof of vaccination or show proof of a negative test result (see above for more information regarding proof).
Do I have to show proof of vaccination to use the walking/running tracks?
  • The track at the Community Centre may be closed or have reduced hours but the track at the Recreation Centre will remain open for individual fitness.
  • More than one patron at a time can exercise on the track but must practice physical distancing (unless they are from the same household or a close contact if living alone).
  • All participants on the walking track, ages 18 and older, must provide proof of vaccination or show proof of a negative test result (see above for more information regarding proof).
Does my child have to provide proof of vaccination if they are participating in a recreational activity (e.g. swimming, hockey, skating, arts, etc.)?

Youth participating in YOUTH ONLY activities, such as practices, club activities, or lessons, are NOT required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test.

However, youth ages 12-17 ARE required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test to participate in open recreation such as public swimming or public skating.

Are spectators allowed? (e.g. Can I watch my child while they participate in a recreational activity such as swimming, hockey, etc.)?
Any spectator, ages 12 and older, must provide proof of vaccination or show proof of a negative test result (see above for more information regarding proof).
Do I have to show proof of vaccination or show proof of a negative test result to just enter one of the indoor recreation facilities to visit one of the administrative offices?
Yes, anyone ages 12 and older, must provide proof of vaccination or show proof of a negative test result (see above for more information regarding proof) when they come into our indoor facilities.
Are community groups still holding activities in the City’s recreation facilities? (e.g. Kodiaks, minor sports, etc.)
  • Yes, however we ask that the people in those groups come about 15 minutes early to allow for time to check for proof where necessary.
  • Information regarding spectators can be found above.
What happens if I only have one dose of the vaccine?
  • From September 20 to October 25: proof of partial vaccination (one dose) is considered acceptable as long as the dose was given more than 2 weeks before the time of service.
  • After October 25: proof of full vaccination (two doses) is required.
When does this come into effect?
This will come into effect immediately at the Mayer Aquatic Centre and the Chuck MacLean Arts Centre and will begin on Monday, September 27, 2021 at all other recreation facilities.
Where can I get a rapid test?
  • Tests must be privately-paid, Health Canada approved rapid antigen, rapid PCR or lab-based PCR test completed within the previous 72 hours.
  • Valid test results should be a written or printed copy that clearly outlines the type of test, time of sample collection, clear indication of a negative result, and laboratory that completed the test, if applicable.
  • Photos of a rapid test result taken offsite is not sufficient.
  • Do not bring completed self-tests or rapid tests to businesses due to communicable disease risk.
  • Tests must not be from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories.
Do you keep our records of vaccination?
No, proof is only required to be shown upon entry.
Do I have to still wear a mask?

Yes, masks are required inside all of our City facilities unless:

  • The individual is actively participating in physical activity
  • The individual is under 2 years of age
  • The individual qualifies for a medical exception
Are there any exceptions?
  • People 18 and older can provide documentation of a medical exemption.
  • A valid medical exemption is the original signed letter from a physician or nurse practitioner that includes:
    • Person's name that matches their identification.
    • Physician’s or nurse practitioner’s complete information, including:
      • name, phone number, contact information, professional registration number and signature
      • statement that there is a medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19
      • duration that the exemption is valid


All of the restrictions are taken in direct accordance with the Government of Alberta’s public health orders found here: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/cmoh-order-43-2021.pdf 

Mandatory Masks

The Government of Alberta has made masks mandatory in ALL public places, except when participating in physical activity, starting on September 4th, 2021. Learn more about masking here.

Emergency Services

In the event of an emergency, call 911.

Protect and Prevent

To help protect you and your family against all respiratory illnesses, including the flu and COVID-19, you should:

  • Practice “social distancing”
  • Wash your hands often and well
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
  • Keep at least a 2 metre distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
  • Follow good respiratory hygiene; cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze (dispose of the used tissue immediately)

If you have symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing and have travelled outside Canada or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home, click here to do the online self assessment and/or call Health Link 811. If you are not seriously ill, do not go to a physician’s office, a health care facility or a lab without consulting with Health Link 811 first. Call 911 if you are seriously ill and need immediate medical attention and inform them that you may have COVID-19.

Report COVID-19 Related Concerns

COVID-19 public health orders are now enforceable by law

According to Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health issued orders under the Public Health Act to legally require:

  • restrictions on gatherings and businesses
  • returning international travellers to self-isolate for 14 days
  • people exposed to COVID-19 to self-isolate for 14 days
  • people with symptoms – cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition – to self-isolate for 10 days, or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer
  • limit access to all nursing homes, designated supportive living and long-term care facilities, seniors lodges and residential addiction treatment facilities to essential visitors

For the most current list of restrictions, please refer to https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

Violators may be subject to tickets of up to $1,000 per occurrence. Courts could administer fines of up to $100,000 for a first offence and up to $500,000 for a subsequent offence for more serious violations.

File a complaint here.

 

Resources for Businesses
Visit the Economic Development page for COVID-19 Resources for Businesses.
Resources for Individuals
Visit the COVID-19 Community Supports page.
Taxi Sanitation and Hygiene Protocols

The City of Camrose has declared a Local State of Emergency due to the public safety health risks related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. As such, the City has authority to impose additional measures on businesses who are still operating.

The purpose of this protocol is to limit the spread of COVID-19 to or between passengers and drivers. Therefore measures must be taken to clean and sanitize taxis between pickup and drop-offs.

In addition, taxis are limited to two adult passengers at a time and must not transport passengers in the front passenger seat. If children are also in the vehicle, all passengers must be from the same household and all must be legally able to sit behind the driver.

Spread

COVID-19 is believed to be spread mainly by coughing, sneezing or direct contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or with surfaces they have recently touched. Indirect spread can occur from contaminated surfaces, tissues, cloth or paper. 

Symptoms

Symptoms for COVID-19 are similar to those for influenza or other respiratory illnesses. Employees (drivers and dispatchers) should not report to work if experiencing symptoms. In addition, people accessing taxi services should not be permitted if experiencing symptoms.   

The most common symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Extreme tiredness

General Cleaning Information (from Alberta Health Services)

  1. Increase daily cleaning and disinfection of common areas and surfaces. Pay particular attention to door knobs, light switches, staff rooms, desktops, washrooms and other high touch surfaces.
    • Cleaning refers to the removal of visible dirt, grime and impurities. Cleaning does not kill germs but helps remove them from the surface.
    • Disinfecting refers to using chemical to kill germs on surfaces. This is most effective after surfaces are cleaned. Both steps are important to reduce the spread of infection.

      Use a disinfectant that has a Drug Identification Number (DIN) and a virucidal claim. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label to disinfect properly. Alternatively, you can prepare a bleach water solution with 100 ml of unscented household bleach per 900 ml of water. 

  2. Be sure to take the appropriate precautions when using chemicals for cleaning and disinfecting. Consult the products Safety Data Sheets.

Things to Consider

Some vehicles may have leather steering wheels or seats. Leather is porous and while cleaning and disinfecting will certainly help, the porous nature of leather will make it difficult to ensure disinfection. It will also limit the products that can be used. Read manufacturers recommendation on products before application.

Initial Cleaning

Do a deep cleaning on each vehicle with particular attention to “touch points” using a good quality soapy solution as per manufacture directions.  All dirt and grime needs to be initially removed in order to prepare the surface for disinfection. 

Follow the cleaning with a product that has a viracidal claim.

Day to day/change of operator cleaning

Follow the same two-step process of cleaning with a soap product followed by a viracid. This at a minimum of start and end of vehicle usage. 

For increased frequency and cleaning away from the office, consider disposable cleaner and viricid wipes, maintaining the two – step cleaning and disinfecting process. 

Cleaning between passengers

Follow the same two-step process of cleaning with a soap product followed by a viracid. Clean and disinfect all surfaces that passengers have come in contact with.  Ensure all touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected for each passenger. 

 

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