Province announces additional restrictions against COVID-19
Today, Premier Jason Kenney and Chief Medical Officer of Alberta Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced new, mandatory measures that are being imposed in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our province. According to latest statistics, there are currently 14 confirmed cases of the virus in the Leduc/Devon area.
The following restrictions are now in place, effective immediately:
- The capacity limit on public gatherings has been reduced from 50 people down to 15.
- Albertans are now prohibited from accessing all non-essential "close contact" businesses. This includes: hairdressers and barber shops, tattoo parlours, nail salons, and wellness studios.
- Non-essential and non-critical health services provided by regulated health professionals or registered professionals including any non-emergency or non-urgent: dentistry, physiotherapy, massage, foot care and podiatry, acupuncture and acupressure, chiropractic services and naturopathy.
- Restaurants are now restricted to drive-through and take-out service; no dine-in seating is permitted.
- Albertans are now prohibited from accessing all non-essential retail businesses, such as clothing stores, computer and gaming stores, and services in shopping malls. Online sales and curbside pick-up are still permitted.
- All provincial parks and public lands are closed to vehicle traffic.
The 15-person limit does not apply to facilities such as grocery stores, health care facilities, or airports; or to public transit provided 2 metres of physical distancing is observed. For a complete list of restrictions, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/restrictions-on-gatherings-and-businesses.aspx
Additionally, the province has put protections in place on rental properties effective immediately, including:
- Tenants cannot be evicted for non-payment of rent and/or utilities before May 1, 2020.
- Rents on residential properties or mobile home sites will not increase while Alberta’s State of Public Health Emergency remains in effect.
- Late fees cannot be applied to late rent payments until June 30 and cannot be collected retroactively for this time.
- Landlords and tenants need to work together to develop payment plans while COVID-19 is being managed.
- Landlords can still file applications and receive orders for possession if the reason for the eviction is unrelated to rent and/or utility payments, or if a tenant refused to negotiate or comply with a payment plan.
Per the provincial mandate, the City of Leduc will begin the enforcement of all Public Health Orders, as put forth by Alberta Health Services and Alberta Public Health. We strongly encourage all residents to follow these preventive measures, and help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
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The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly, please check Leduc.ca/COVID-19 regularly for ongoing updates. The City of Leduc has taken immediate action to keep our community safe under the direction of Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Natalie Hillier, Lead, Communications