Town of Rocky Mountain House response to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

This page was updated on September 16, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Municipal updates will be posted here and to the Town's Facebook page.

PUBLIC ACCESS TO TOWN FACILITIES.

As of Sept. 4, 2021, masks are required in all Town facilities. Please respect our staff by wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, practicing social distancing and good hand hygiene. As always, do not attend any public facility if you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 or are otherwise required to isolate according to provincial public health mandates.
As of Sept. 16, patrons must maintain 2-metres of distance between members of other households.


PROVINCIAL MEASURES (As of Sept 16, 2021)

Mandatory restrictions – effective Sept. 16

  • Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, places of worship and workplaces. Maintain physical distance between households.
  • Capacity limits in certain venues apply. 
  • Alcohol service must end at 10 p.m. in all licensed establishments.

Restrictions-Exemption Program will take effect on Sept. 20, at the discretion of businesses and facilities. Please check with operators for  site-specific guidelines.


MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS as of Sept. 16, 2021

  • The Town Office is open. Please call 403-845-2866 for inquiries. Masks are mandatory for all visitors to the Town Office.
  • The Credit Union Co-op Aquatic Centre is reopen as of June 14. Call 403-845-6977 for inquiries. Masks are mandatory in lobby, stairwells, changerooms and viewing areas. Maintain physical distance between households. Spectator capacity limits apply. 
  • The Christensen Sports and Wellness Centre is reopen as of June 14. Please call 403-845-3720 for inquiries. Masks are mandatory in lobby, stairwells, changerooms and viewing areas. Maintain physical distance between households. Spectator capacity limits apply.
  • The Fitness Centre is reopen as of June 14. Please call 403-845-3720 for inquiries. Masks are mandatory in lobby, stairwells and changerooms. Maintain physical distance between households. Capacity limits apply. 
  • The Public Works Shop open by appointment. Please call 403-845-3220. Masks are mandatory for all visitors. 
  • FCSS is open. Appointments preferred. Please call 403-845-5720. Masks are mandatory for all visitors.
Outdoor parks and trails are open. Please wash or sanitize your hands before and after use.


All essential municipal services continue.

Restaurants and Cafés
The Town’s existing Temporary Use of Public Property policy allows for outdoor dining adjacent to restaurants, cafés and bars.
The Planning and Community Development Department will expedite all patio applications.
There is no fee for a temporary use permit for patios or sidewalk sales.
Some cases may require a development permit. Call 403-847-5260 to find out more or get started.

Commonly-requested documents and links:
Guidance documents for businesses, organizations, activities and facilities
COVID-19 symptoms and testing
Help in Tough Times (Mental Health resources/Alberta Health Services)
Healthy Together: Family life during COVID-19 (Alberta Health Services)
Financial Aid for Businesses and Individuals (Canada) 
Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant (Alberta)

Check the status map  to stay current with public health orders and gathering restrictions in our area. You can also sign up for notifications for our region, to be delivered directly via email or text.


Municipal action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

The Town of Rocky Mountain House will maintain essential services and adapt normal operations as needed. 

Staff are still working. Phone 403-845-2866 to find out if your business can be conducted remotely, or to make an appointment.

For more information on public health mandates and advice, please consult Alberta Health Services or the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The Town of Rocky Mountain House will continue to follow Alberta Health guidelines and/or provincial directives as they evolve. 

Status of Town facilities and programs:                                                      

Facility

Status

Details

Town Office
5116 50 Ave.
403-845-2866

Open.

Staff are still working.

Masks are mandatory for staff and visitors.

Please respect our staff by practicing social distancing and good hand hygiene.

As always, do not attend any public facility if you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 or are otherwise required to isolate according to provincial public health mandates.

Public Works
4607 48 St.
403-845-3220

Closed to the public.

Staff are still working. 

Masks are mandatory for staff and visitors.

Visitor access is by appointment only. Phone 403-845-3220. 

As always, do not attend any public facility if you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 or are otherwise required to isolate according to provincial public health mandates.

Christenson Sports and Wellness Centre
5332 50 St.
403-845-3720

Open





Fitness Centre Hours 

Monday to Friday 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Saturdays 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM

As always, do not attend any public facility if you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 or are otherwise required to isolate according to provincial public health mandates.

Masks are mandatory for staff and visitors in lobby, hallways, changerooms and viewing areas.

Credit Union Co-op Aquatic Centre
5202 53 Ave.
403-845-6977
Open

Daily length and public swim times.

Click here for reopening schedule and protocol.

As always, do not attend any public facility if you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 or are otherwise required to isolate according to provincial public health mandates.

Masks are mandatory for staff and visitors in lobby, hallways, changerooms and viewing areas.

Clearwater FCSS
5110 50 Ave.
403-847-5270
Open - appointments preferredOpen for drop-in service but appointments are preferred to guarantee service. Phone 403-847-5720.

As always, do not attend any public facility if you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 or are otherwise required to isolate according to provincial public health mandates.

Masks are mandatory for staff and visitors.

Trails, Playgrounds including Skatepark and Spray Park Tennis/pickleball Courts

Open

Spray Park can be activated from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Outdoor activity is encouraged for physical and mental well-being.

Please wash/sanitize your hands before and after use.

As always, do not attend any public facility if you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 or are otherwise required to isolate according to provincial public health mandates.
Oval and Outdoor rinkClosed for the seasonClosed for the season.
Sports FieldsOpen.Phone 403-845-3720 for bookings and inquiries.
Lou Soppit Community CentreOpen.Phone 403-845-3720 for bookings and inquiries.
Centennial CampgroundOpen for the season
Opening for the season May 21, 2021. First-come, first-served.
Public Washrooms Open Open for the season as of May 19.
Sani-DumpOpen$8 fee for potable water fill and sewage dumping. Open as of May 19.

 Current as of September 16, 2021 at 8 a.m.

The Town of Rocky Mountain House is prepared to implement further protocols and/or closures if the risk to public and staff increases or at the direction of public health agencies.

The Town of Rocky Mountain House wishes to reiterate the key messages of Alberta Health. To protect yourself and others:

  • Use good hygiene practices, such as frequent handwashing;
  • Cover coughs and sneezes;
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill;
  • If you have symptoms, stay home and call Health Link 811 for instructions.
  • Spread KINDNESS; not COVID.

Alberta Health Services is the lead agency managing the province's response to the global pandemic. 

Please consult the following resources for current information: 

Alberta Health Services information on COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Guidance documents for businesses, organizations, activities and facilities (Alberta)

COVID-19 symptoms and testing (Alberta)

Help in Tough Times (Mental Health resources/Alberta Health Services)

Healthy Together: Family life during COVID-19 (Alberta Health Services)

Financial Aid for Businesses and Individuals (Canada) 

Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant (Alberta)



ENFORCEMENT:  All complaints relating to violations of COVID-19 public health orders should be submitted to the Public Health Inspector by using the online form available here.



FOR KIDS: A children's story to explain COVID-19 By Manuela Molina

What Should I Do If I Think I Have COVID-19? 

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 and consult the AHS self-assessment tool 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.

Source: Alberta Health Services

Related resources and documents:

Alberta Health Services information on COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Guidance documents for businesses, organizations, activities and facilities (Alberta)

COVID-19 symptoms and testing (Alberta)

Help in Tough Times (Mental Health resources/Alberta Health Services)

Healthy Together: Family life during COVID-19 (Alberta Health Services)

Financial Aid for Businesses and Individuals (Canada) 

Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant (Alberta)

January 8, 2021 statement re: COVID-19-related layoffs

March 20, 2020 statement re: COVID-19-related layoffs

March 18 Statement from the Mayor re: COVID-19

Rocky Mountain House Responds to COVID-19 (March 16, 2020 News Release) 

Lifesaving Society COVID-19 Recommendations for the use of Public Swimming Pools 

Canadian Red Cross warns of a fraudulent offer of face masks 

March 16, 2020 Special Council Meeting video

March 13, 2020 Special Council Meeting Highlights

Utility Payment Deferral Initiative (Government of Alberta)

Map of Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) 

VIDEO: What we actually know about the coronavirus
This video has been produced by CBC. Both Alberta Health and the Alberta Emergency Management Agency are referring municipalities to this video as a good source of information about coronaviruses for residents.

Visit Alberta Biz Connect for workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely.

Rocky Mountain House Statement on Provincial Stage 2 Relaunch (June 12) 

Fitness Centre to Reopen on Monday, June 22 (June 18)

Waiving late fees on property taxes for 2020.  

May 3, 2021 Statement on confirmed COVID-19 case among Town Staff

May 17, 2021, Statement on confirmed COVID-19 case among Town staff

September 8, 2021, Statement on confirmed COVID-19 case among Town staff

September 13, 2021, Statement on confirmed COVID-19 cases among Town staff

September 16, 2021, Statement on Provincial Public Health Emergency and assessing Restrictions-Exemption Program