The provincial government has brought back some public health restrictions.
In an effort to combat the rising COVID-19 cases in Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney announced new restrictions would take effect Saturday (Sept.4). In a release, the City of Fort Saskatchewan laid out what that will look like for the community.
Masks are once again mandatory in all indoor public spaces and workplaces. This does not apply to schools, though Elk Island Public and Catholic Schools require face-coverings in their buildings.
Local restaurants, bars, cafes and pubs must stop services alcohol at 10 p.m.
There are no changes to gathering limits, though the city does encourage everyone to limit in-person contacts if possible. Unvaccinated Albertans are strongly recommended to limit indoor social gatherings to close contacts of only two cohort families up to a maximum of 10 people.
"The province and the city strongly support people getting their vaccinations. The chief medical officer of health has made it very clear that what we're facing is a pandemic of the unvaccinated," said Fort Saskatchewan's director of emergency management, Brad Ward. "If people are able to be vaccinated, we strongly encourage them to do so, and our strongest support for those that can't be vaccinated is to surround them with people that have been vaccinated."
Employees are also recommended to work from home if possible and must wear masks if they work on location in an indoor setting.
If anyone has questions or needs support, they can contact the Family and Community Support Services COVID-19 helpline at 780-992-6281.