Strathcona County continues to support residents and businesses under current provincial restrictions

April 8, 2021

Strathcona County continues to support residents and businesses under current provincial restrictions

Recreation and culture program updates

Further to the provincial announcement on April 6, Strathcona County has confirmed with the Province that the County’s preschool, child and youth programs such as swimming lessons, sports, skating, visual arts, performing arts, and outdoor pursuits are permitted to continue while adhering to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

Programs including Wellness Centre timeslots and low-intensity group activities are cancelled under the Province’s move back to Step 1.

Virtual programs, including adult group fitness classes, are available for registration at RecOnline.Strathcona.ca. All programs available continue to meet the provincial guidelines in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Strathcona County.

Residents looking for free recreation ideas can visit strathcona.ca/FREErecreation for more information.

The County thanks residents and businesses for their cooperation and patience as we continue to adapt programs and services to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions.

Well-being supports

Mental health, financial, parenting and other supports are available by calling Family and Community Services at 780-464-4044 or visiting strathcona.ca/fcs.

Business supports

COVID-19 restrictions have impacted our local economy and businesses’ bottom line. Following government restrictions and supporting each other will help us get through the pandemic sooner and safely.

Residents are encouraged to support our local businesses by shopping local, sharing positive reviews and spreading the word about local shops and restaurants with friends, families and social circles.

To support local businesses to continue operating, Strathcona County is allowing restaurants to expand existing outdoor eating areas, and restaurants without current outdoor areas to open outside. Please contact Planning and Development Services at 780-464-8080 for more information.

Economic Development and Tourism is available to support local businesses with tools, services and expertise to change, respond and innovate during the pandemic. Businesses may call 780-464-8095 or email scedt@strathcona.ca.

Vaccinations

Alberta Health Services (AHS) implements the provincial vaccination program. Eligible residents can book a vaccination appointment for themselves or loved ones by phoning AHS at 811 or visiting alberta.ca/vaccine.

Alternatively, nearly 30 local pharmacies are offering COVID-19 vaccinations through the AHS vaccination program. Eligible residents can phone one of these pharmacies directly to book their vaccination. A list of pharmacies is available at www.ab.bluecross.ca/news/covid-19-immunization-program-information.php.

Current COVID-19 situation

As of April 8, Strathcona County has 146 active COVID-19 cases. County COVID-19 cases are updated daily at strathcona.ca/covid19.

Step 1 restrictions will be in place until further notice. For a full list of restrictions and Step 1 information, including changes to indoor fitness, recreation facilities and more, visit the provincial website.

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 Contact:  Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595