Update on COVID-19 from The Government of Alberta
Misinformation about COVID-19 continues to appear on social media platforms.
This includes posts claiming that gargling with salt water, eating more ginger, or increasing your
intake of Vitamin C can prevent -- or even cure -- COVID-19 infections.
There is no evidence that home treatments are an effective way to avoid contracting the virus.
At this time, there is no vaccine or proven treatment to cure COVID-19.
The most important steps you can take to protect yourself and others are to:
• Stay at least two meters away from others
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
• Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
• Follow all Alberta public health orders, including staying at home as much as possible
• Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms -- cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore
throat – and call Alberta Health Link 8-1-1 if you feel ill.
Don’t believe myths and rumours you may come across on WhatsApp, WeChat, Facebook and
other forms of social media.Enforcing measures to stop spread of COVID-19
對抗新冠病毒 COVID-19 的“治愈”神話
其中包括聲稱用鹽水漱口、多吃生薑或增加維生素 C 攝入量就可預防甚至治愈新冠病毒的內容。
• 經常用肥皂和水洗手,至少 20 秒鐘
• 監測新冠症狀,包括咳嗽、發燒 、呼吸急促、流鼻水或喉嚨痛。若有不適,請致電 Alberta
Health Link 8-1-1。
To protect the health and safety of Albertans, law enforcement agencies have been granted full authority to enforce public health orders and issue fines.
In addition, it is now mandatory for travellers returning from outside of Canada to self-isolate. This legal requirement also applies to close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases, as well as to any individual with symptoms, such as a fever, cough, sore throat or runny nose.
“We must do everything we can to protect Albertans through this pandemic. While the vast majority of Albertans are doing their part to flatten the curve by self-isolating, practising physical distancing or helping those who are self-isolating, some are not. Self-isolation orders are not suggestions or guidelines – they are now the law and they must be followed. Anyone putting their families, their neighbours, or other Albertans at risk will face consequences.”
Jason Kenney, Premier
Through amendments to the Procedures Regulation under the Provincial Offences Procedures Act, community peace officers, in addition to police, will be able to issue tickets to enforce COVID-19 public health orders. Fines now administered through tickets for violating an order have increased from up to $100 per day to a prescribed fine of $1,000 per occurrence. Courts will also have increased powers to administer fines of up to $100,000 for a first offence and up to $500,000 for a subsequent offence for more serious violations. These new fines will be in force over the coming days.
“The chief medical officer of health has the full cooperation of community peace officers and local policing to ensure Albertans comply with orders. Albertans’ health is and will always be our top priority, and we will use all necessary enforcement measures to ensure Albertans take this situation seriously by self-isolating and limiting mass gatherings.”
Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General
Public health orders subject to fines for violation include:
Any individual who has travelled outside of Canada must go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from their return, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms should they occur, whichever is longer.
Any individual who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the start of their symptoms, or until the symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. Symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or a sore throat.
Any individual who has been identified by as a close contact of a person(s) with COVID-19 must go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from the date of last having been exposed to COVID-19, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms should they occur, whichever is longer.
Mass gatherings must be limited to no more than 50 attendees.
Access to public recreational facilities, private entertainment facilities, bars and nightclubs is prohibited.
Visitation to long-term care and other continuing care facilities is limited to essential visitors only.
The Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services are working with local enforcement agencies to manage complaints, which can be submitted online.
Exemptions will continue to be assessed on a case-by-case basis by public health officials.
All Albertans have a responsibility to help prevent the spread. Take steps to protect yourself and others:
practise social distancing
stay home and away from others if sick or in isolation
practise good hygiene – wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching your face
monitor for symptoms, such as cough, fever, fatigue or difficulty breathing
Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.
For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit alberta.ca/COVID19.
省府采取强力措施阻止冠状病毒 COVID-19 传播
除此之外,从加拿大境外返回的旅行者现在强制要求自我隔离。 该法规也适用于已确认为 COVID-
- 省长杰森·康尼(Jason Kenney)
根据《省犯罪程序法》对程序条例进行的修订,除警察外,社区治安官也能执行 COVID-19 公共卫
生令并开具罚单。现在,对违令者罚款已从每日最高 100 加元 ($100)提高到每次违规 1000 加
达 10 万 ($100,000)。对其后更严重的违法行为,每次最高罚款 50 万 ($500,000)。这些罚款新
- 省司法部长 Doug Schweitzer
• 任何在加拿大境外旅行的人士必须在返回 14 天内进行强制性自我隔离,如果出现任何症
状,必须再延长 10 天,以较长时间为准。
• 任何出现冠状病毒 COVID-19 症状的人士必须自症状出现之日起,至少隔离 10 天或直到症
• 任何被确定为 COVID-19 患者的密切接触者,必须自上次接触该患者之日起,进行 14 天强
制性自我隔离。一旦出现相关症状,自发作日起另加 10 天,以较长时间为准。
• 公众聚会人数不得超过 50 人。
省政府和省卫生服务局 AHS 正与当地执法机构合作处理投诉事宜。相关投诉可在线提交。
o 保持良好的卫生习惯–勤洗手,每次至少 20 秒;咳嗽和打喷嚏时请遮掩口鼻并避免触
• 任何有健康问题或出现 COVID-19 症状的人士都应完成在线 COVID-19 自我评估 。
Additional financial support for Albertans and employers
More relief is on the way for Albertans and Alberta employers.
The government has made three significant decisions that will give Albertans and Alberta employers additional supports as they deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.
“Our priority is to keep our province strong while we get through these difficult times together. We’re doing everything we can to support Albertans and Alberta employers through this crisis. That’s why we’re focused on creating tangible savings for households and freeing up necessary cash for businesses to help them through these unprecedented times.”
Jason Kenney, Premier
Education property tax freeze
During a pandemic, Alberta households should not need to worry about paying additional property taxes.
The government will immediately cancel the decision made in Budget 2020 and will freeze education property taxes at last year’s level.
Reversing the 3.4 percent population and inflation adjustment will save Alberta households and businesses about $87 million in 2020-21, which means $55 million for households and $32 million for employers.
The government expects that Albertans and Alberta businesses will fully realize these savings and that municipal property tax levels will not be increased as a result of the lower provincial education property tax levels.
Education property tax deferral for business
When Alberta businesses are operating, they employ Albertans who can support themselves, their families and help keep the economy running. Effective immediately, the government will defer education property tax for businesses for six months.
In the next six months, $458 million in cash will remain with employers to help them pay employees and continue operations.
The government expects municipalities to set education property tax rates as they normally would, but defer collection. Deferred amounts will be repaid in future tax years.
The government encourages commercial landlords to pass on these savings to their tenants through reduced or deferred payments. This will help employers continue to manage their debts, pay their employees and stay in business.
Businesses capable of paying their taxes in full are strongly encouraged to do so. This will assist the province in being able to support Albertans through this pandemic.
“Eliminating the scheduled adjustment of education property taxes and deferring collection of non-residential property taxes will result in savings to Albertans and improved business cash flow. This measure will help Alberta households and businesses during this time – we want to keep Albertans working while we get through these difficult times together.”
Travis Toews, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance
WCB premiums deferral for private sector businesses and support for small and medium businesses
Private sector employers can save money on their WCB premium payments at a time when they need it most. These actions ensure the sustainability of the workers’ compensation system and that injured workers continue to receive the benefits and supports they need to return to work.
Private sector employers will have immediate financial relief by deferring WCB premiums until early 2021, effectively for one year.
Employers who have already paid their WCB premium payment for 2020 are eligible for a rebate or credit.
For small and medium businesses, the government will cover 50 per cent of the premium when it is due.
Large employers will also receive a break by having their 2020 WCB premium payments deferred until 2021, at which time their premiums will be due.
Paying 50 per cent of small and medium private sector WCB premiums for 2020 will cost government approximately $350 million.
Additional measures to help families, students and employers
Previously announced measure taken by the province to protect Albertans and assist businesses include:
The collection of corporate income tax balances and instalment payments is deferred until Aug. 31, 2020. This gives Alberta businesses access to about $1.5 billion in funds to help them cope with the COVID-19 crisis.
$50 million to support emergency isolation for working adult Albertans who must self-isolate, including persons who are the sole caregiver for a dependent who must self-isolate, and who will not have another source of pay or compensation while they are self-isolated. It is distributed in one payment instalment to bridge the gap until the federal emergency payments begin in April.
Utility payment deferral for residential, farm, and small commercial customers to defer bill payments for the next 90 days and ensure no one is cut off from electricity and natural gas services during this time of crisis.
A six-month, interest-free moratorium on Alberta student loan payments for all individuals who are in the process of repaying these loans.
- 省長傑森·康尼(Jason Kenney)
• 省府將立即取消 2020 年預算案中的決定,維持去年教育地稅水平。
• 逆轉 3.4%的人口及通脹調整,在 2020-21 年度為亞省家庭和企業節省約 8700 萬($87
million),這意味著將為本省家庭節約 5500 萬($55 million),為本地企業節約 3200 萬($32
• 在接下來六個月,雇主將節省 4.58 億 ($458 million) 現金,用於支付員工薪酬並繼續運
- 省財政部長 Travis Toews
私營雇主可以在最需要時節省 WCB 保費。這些措施維持了勞工賠償制度的可持續性,並確保受傷
• 通過把 WCB 保費繳納期推遲到 2021 年初,私營雇主可獲得即時財政救濟。
• 已支付 2020 年 WCB 保費的雇主有資格獲得回扣或信用返點。
• 對於中小企業,政府將在付款到期時為其負擔 50%保費。
• 大型企業雇主也可將 2020 年 WCB 保費推遲到 2021 年保費到期時支付,以爭取更多時
• 政府將斥資 3.5 億 ($350 million)為中小私企支付 2020 年 WCB 保費的 50%。
• 徵收公司所得稅欠款餘額以及分期付款被推遲到 2020 年 8 月 31 日。這使亞省企業有機會
使用約 15 億 ($1.5 billion) 資金以應對 COVID-19 危機。
• 省府撥款 5000 萬 ($50 million) 用於支持必須緊急自我隔離的亞省在職成年人,包括那些受
離情況下沒有其他收入來源。該計劃一筆支付,將彌補缺口直到 4 月份開始發放聯邦緊急
• 住宅、農場和小型商戶可推遲 90 天繳納水電費和燃氣費,以確保在危機期間不會中斷這
• 亞伯達省 COVID-19 信息
Update on COVID-19 from The City of Calgary
The City of Calgary would like to provide all our community partners and organization an update on COVID-19 and how The City is preparing.
COVID-19 is a dynamic international event and the situation is changing on a daily basis. The City of Calgary is preparing its planning and communications to ensure stakeholders and partners have the guidance and information necessary to make decisions about their organization's delivery of essential services and protect the health and wellbeing of Calgarians.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) is taking the lead on the COVID19 response for the province and The City’s Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) is working closely with AHS and all orders of government in response to COVID-19. The City’s role during an infectious disease outbreak is to ensure a safe and viable community through continuity of local government, essential services, and emergency response. This includes reviewing and implementing response plans and business continuity programs, maintaining the continuity of essential municipal services, and liaising with AHS and other stakeholders to align broader provincial response and recovery.
For updates and additional information on COVID19 from The City, please visit Calgary.ca/covid19.
In order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, everyone, including organizations, can do a few simple things. To protect yourself and those around you from contracting or carrying COVID-19, you are asked to:
Wash your hands frequently: This is the single most effective way of preventing the spread of disease. Use hand sanitizer, when you can’t wash your hands with soap and warm water. The City provides multiple hand sanitizing stations, for both the public and employees, in our facilities.
Catch your germs: Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze by using the inside of your elbow or your shoulder.
Avoid touching your face: In between handwashing, keep your hands away from your eyes, ears, nose, and mouth.
Practice healthy habits: Eat well, exercise daily and get enough rest to help support your immune system.
Stay home if you are feeling sick: If you are experiencing, fever, cough, difficulty breathing or other flu-like symptoms, stay home and away from others and contact your healthcare provider. If you have questions or concerns about your health contact Health Link 811.
The province of Alberta has provided this poster that can easily be printed off and shared with your employees about staying safe during this time.
Events and Gatherings
The Government of Alberta has banned all mass gatherings of 250 people or more. This includes large sporting events, conferences and community events, but does not extend to places of worship, grocery stores, airports or shopping centers. The Province is also asking that any event that has more than 50 attendees and expects to have international participants, or involves critical infrastructure staff, seniors, or other high-risk populations should also be canceled.
The City of Calgary understands many partner organizations are hosting annual general meetings, events, and other activities that may be considered mass gatherings. In the case of smaller gatherings, The City is recommending organizations to determine the risk associated with these events and gatherings by reviewing the Government of Canada’s website Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak for guidance.
For more information as it becomes available, please check the following resources:
Government of Alberta website – Learn about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and actions being taken to protect the health of Albertans
Alberta Health Services website – Information and guidance from AHS regarding the current outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Government of Canada website – Actions on COVID-19
Government of Canada website – Risk-informed decision making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak
Business Continuity Planning
The City of Calgary recommends all partner organizations review and develop business continuity programs within the context of COVID-19. Please see the Maintaining business during an infectious disease outbreak document for a business continuity checklist specific to infectious disease outbreaks. This checklist and business continuity planning can be customized for the size of your organization.
Key business continuity planning recommendations include:
Understand your priority services and priority positions;
Understand your business requirements, particularly your workforce requirements;
Understand what positions should be a priority for teleworking;
Socialize good techniques for preventing infectious disease transmission (i.e. discourage hand-shaking, frequent hand-washing);
Review policies around travel, sick leave, and processes to follow if an employee becomes ill, including how support may be offered to employees and coworkers at home or in self-isolation;
Actively encourage anyone who is feeling ill to stay home and away from others;
Research best practices in your industry.