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Saturday , 5 December 2020

M.D. urging residents to follow COVID-19 health measures

The Municipal District of Bonnyville is encouraging residents to follow the new targeted health measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Alberta Health Services (AHS) released new guidelines late last week in an attempt to protect the healthcare system and avoid more restrictive measures.

“For the next two weeks, I ask our residents, for the sake of their health and the health of others in our community, to take the targeted measures to heart,” Reeve Greg Sawchuk said in a press release.

“We must do our best to help limit the spread of COVID-19 to protect our most vulnerable community members and to make sure our healthcare system doesn’t become overburdened by new cases.

“We know that our economy cannot afford another lockdown scenario and that opinions vary widely on how it should be handled. I would ask that we all take a step back and respect one another.”

The targeted measures from AHS include:

  • No social gatherings inside your home or outside of your community. Instead, socialize outdoors or in structured settings, like restaurants or other businesses that are subject to legal limits and take steps to prevent transmission.
  • Fifteen-person limit on social and family gatherings – indoors and outdoors – where people are mixing and mingling.
  • Limit of three cohorts: your core household, your school, and one other sport or social cohort. Young children who attend childcare can be part of four cohorts.
  • Wear a mask in all indoor work settings, except when alone in a workspace or where an appropriate barrier is in place.
  • Employers in office settings are to implement strategies to reduce the number of employees in the workplace at one time.
  • Restaurants, bars, lounges and pubs must stop liquor sales by 10 p.m. and close by 11 p.m. (Nov. 13-27).
  • Fifty-person limit on wedding ceremonies and funeral services.
  • Faith-based gatherings limited to one-third capacity at one time.

Updates to these regulations can be found at alberta.ca/covid19.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.