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

有關新冠病毒的錯誤訊息不斷在社交媒體上出現。
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。

未有證據表明,家庭治療是避免感染病毒的有效方法。目前,還沒有疫苗或經過驗證的治療方法
可以治愈新冠病毒。

您能採取的保護自己和他人最重要的步驟是:
• 與他人保持至少兩米距離
• 經常用肥皂和水洗手,至少 20 秒鐘
• 咳嗽和打噴嚏時用紙巾或肘部遮擋
• 沒有洗手時不要觸摸臉部
• 遵守亞省所有公共衛生令,包括盡可能呆在家中
• 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。

請勿輕信可能在微信、WhatsApp、Facebook 和其他形式的社交媒體上看到的所謂神話和謠
言。

 

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.

Quick facts

  • 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

为保护阿尔伯塔省民的健康与安全,执法机构被授予充分权限以有效执行公
共卫生令并实行相应处罚。

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-
19 病例的近距离接触者,以及任何有症状,例如发烧、咳嗽、喉咙痛或流鼻涕的人士。

“我们必须竭尽全力在这一病毒流行期间保护阿尔伯塔省民。绝大多数阿省人正通过自我隔离、
保持社交距离或帮助自我隔离的人士以力图减缓病毒肆虐的趋势,但有些人却置若罔闻。 自我隔
离令不是建议或指导方针,而是已经成为法律,必须予以遵守。 任何使家人、邻居或其他省民处
于危险之中的人都将自食其果。”
- 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
元 ($1000)。对于较严重的违法行为,法院还将有更大的执法权力,对初犯者罚款每次最高可
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
规将于未来几日内生效。
“卫生部首席医疗官得到社区治安官和当地治安部门的全力配合,以确保省民遵守公共卫生令。
阿尔伯塔人的健康一直并将永远是我们的头等大事,我们将采取一切必要的执法措施,要求相关
人士自我隔离并限制公众集会,确保省民认真对待这一疫情。”
- 省司法部长 Doug Schweitzer
适用于罚款规定的公共卫生令包括:
• 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
状消失为止,以较长时间为准。症状包括咳嗽、发烧、呼吸急促、流鼻涕或喉咙痛。
• 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。
• 禁止出入公共娱乐设施、私人娱乐设施、酒吧和夜总会。
• 仅限必要访客出入长期护理和其他持续护理设施。
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。
公共卫生官员将继续逐案评估豁免情况。

要闻速览
• 所有阿尔伯塔省民都有责任防止疫情扩散。请采取以下措施保护自己和他人:
o 保持社交距离
o 生病或隔离期间,请留在家里并远离他人
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
摸脸部
o 监测症状,例如咳嗽、发烧、倦怠或呼吸困难
• 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 。
• 有关保护自身和社区的建议,请登陆网站查询:alberta.ca/COVID19。

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.

Related information

亞省政府為省民和本地雇主提供更多財政援助


亞省政府已做出三項重要決定,將為省民和本地雇主提供更多支持,共同應對冠狀病毒 COVID-19
危機造成的影響。
“我們首要任務是,共度時艱的同時要保存亞省實力。 我們正盡一切努力在這場危機中支持省民
和本省雇主。 因此,我們專注於為亞省家庭創造切實可見的儲蓄,並為本地企業帶來必要的現金
流,幫助他們度過這一前所未有的危機。”
- 省長傑森·康尼(Jason Kenney)

凍結教育地稅
病毒流行期,亞省家庭不應為支付額外的教育地稅而憂心忡忡。
• 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
million)。
• 省府期望省民和企業充分利用節省資金,而市政當局不會因省府降低教育地稅而調高地
稅。

遞延企業教育地稅
當亞省企業運營時,他們僱用的省民不僅可以自給自足,還能維持家庭生活開支並幫助維持整體
經濟運行。省政府自即日起,將為企業教育地稅延期六個月。
• 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
營。
• 省府期望市政當局像往常一樣設置教育地稅稅率,但推遲徵收。遞延金額將在未來納稅年
度償還。
• 政府鼓勵商業物業業主把延稅節省資金用來降低或延收租金,使租戶從中受益。這同時還
幫助業主繼續管理債務、支付薪酬並維持運營。
• 強烈鼓勵有能力全額納稅的企業依舊這樣做。這將有助於省府在病毒肆虐期間有能力幫助
本省省民。

“取消教育地稅的原定調整併推遲徵收非住宅地稅,將為亞省人節省資金並改善企業的現金流。
這項措施將在疫情期間為亞省家庭和企業提供幫助- 我們希望在共度時艱的同時,讓亞省人繼續工
作。”
- 省財政部長 Travis Toews

遞延私企就業賠償委員會(WCB)保費,為中小企業提供支持
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
工人繼續獲得福利並獲得重返崗位時所需的其他支持。
• 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
間。
• 政府將斥資 3.5 億 ($350 million)為中小私企支付 2020 年 WCB 保費的 50%。

其他措施幫助亞省家庭、學生和雇主
省府此前宣布保護省民和協助企業的措施包括:
• 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
撫養者的唯一監護人。這些受撫養者因符合公共健康標準而必須自我隔離,並且在自我隔
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
資助款為止。
• 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
些服務。
• 針對所有正在償還亞省學生貸款的個人,政府將實施暫停六個月無息貸款的計劃。

相關信息
• 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:

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.

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