Proposed Mask Bylaw for Yellowhead County
(November 18, 2020 UPDATE)
Council introduced a bylaw for mandatory face coverings to be worn in publicly accessible places in Yellowhead County. The proposed bylaw states that a person must wear a face covering at all times while in an indoor, enclosed, or substantially enclosed public place in Yellowhead County.
Businesses would be required to display signage stating that patrons are required to wear a face covering while on the premises.
The Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw 20.20 passed 1st and 2nd Reading on November 17, 2020. The bylaw will be brought back to Council at the November 24, 2020 meeting for the 3rd and final vote.
The proposed bylaw and other details including rules, exceptions, signage requirements can be found on our Bylaws & Policies page.
The Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw would not apply to:
- Children under the age of 10,
- persons who are unable to place, use, or remove face coverings without assistance,
- persons unable to wear face coverings due to a mental or physical concern or limitation,
- (or protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act, RSA 2000, c.A-25.5)
- persons engaged in water activities or physical exercise,
- persons consuming food or drink in designated seating areas or as part of religious or spiritual ceremony,
- persons providing care or assistance to a person with a disability where face coverings would hinder that care giving or assistance,
- persons engaging in services that require the temporary removal of face coverings.
This proposed bylaw carries a potential fine of $100 for those not wearing a facial covering, and $200 for business which do not display mandatory related signage.
COVID-19 Outbreak in Yellowhead County
(November 12, 2020 UPDATE)
The province has moved Yellowhead County to Enhanced Status due to increased confirmed cases (moves up to a total of 30 cases and drops down to 12 active) in the Yellowhead County Zone (as of November 12, 2020). Under Enhanced Status, the province will work with Yellowhead County and other community leaders on the possible need for additional health measures.
The Yellowhead County zone consists of Edson, Marlboro, Evansburg, Niton Junction, Wildwood.
Due to a rapid rise of COVID-19, stronger mandatory and voluntary public health ENHANCED measures are put in place by the provincial government to help limit the spread in all communities on the ENHANCED list:
• No social gatherings inside your home or outside of your community
• 15-person limit on family & social gatherings
• Limit of 3 cohorts, plus child care
• Mask use encouraged in all indoor workplaces
• Employers in office settings to reduce employees in the workplace at one time
• Restaurants/pubs stop liquor sales by 10pm, close by 11pm (Nov 13-27)
• 50-person limit on wedding and funeral services (indoor & outdoor)
• Faith-based gatherings limited to 1/3 capacity
For full details visit the AB Government COVID: https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx
Current COVID-19 cases: www.alberta.ca/maps/covid-19-status-map.htm
Click on each subject to jump directly to that section:
- Yellowhead County COVID-19 News & Updates
- Government of Alberta FAQ & Fact Sheets
- Additional Resources
- COVID-19 Background
- Role of Local Government in a Pandemic
Yellowhead County Operations During Covid
What impact has Coronavirus had on Yellowhead County? Find out what services are still offered.
1.Yellowhead County News & Updates:
November 12, 2020
Yellowhead County Zone Put on ENHANCED STATUS
(November 12, 2020) The province has moved Yellowhead County under Enhanced status due to increased confirmed cases in the Yellowhead County Zone (Edson, Hinton, Marlboro, Evansburg, Niton Junction, Wildwood).
The Province will work with the County and other community leaders on the possible need for additional health measures. Visit this link for the most recent up-to-date number of cases: www.alberta.ca/maps/covid-19-status-map.htm
June 3, 2020
Edson County Admin Office Re-opens on June 3
The Administration offices in Edson and Wildwood are now both open to the public. Health and safety precautions have been put in place to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Taxes and other payments can be made at both offices during regular business hours. We still have our other payment options available. These include online and telephone bank payments, and by mail and courier (tax payments must be postmarked by October 15, 2020).
June 1, 2020
Wildwood Office Opens to the Public on June 1
New health protocols have been put in place to allow for the re-opening of the Yellowhead County Administration Office in Wildwood as of June 1, 2020.
May 7, 2020
Yellowhead County Campgrounds will be open May 28, 2020
Yellowhead County Campgrounds will be open May 28, 2020. These campgrounds include Bear Lake, Shiningbank Lake, Long Lake, Beta Lake, Jerry Vanderwell, and Nojack. Our campsites will be open for LIMITED NON-CONTACT Service ONLY!
March 26, 2020
County Campground Bookings Closed (SEE UPDATE)
Campground operations and booking currently suspended and will be re-evaluated on May 1 to determine if they will open for June.
March 19, 2020
County’s Edson Admin Office Closes to Public
On March 19, Yellowhead County closed the Edson Administration office to the public, in addition to the previously closed Wildwood Office and other County facilities that were closed to the public on March 16.
March 16, 2020
County Wildwood Office & Facility Closures
Wildwood Office & County Public Facilities Closed
Effective immediately and until further notice, the Wildwood Office is closed to the public as well as all county public facilities.
March 11, 2020
Robb ASP Public Hearing & Council Meeting Postponed
The Public Hearing and regularly scheduled Yellowhead County Council Meeting on March 24, 2020, has been postponed to an undetermined date in the future. Please contact Yellowhead County at 1-800-665-6030 or 780-723-4800 for more information.
2.Government of Alberta FAQ & Fact Sheets
Multi-Agency FAQ Sheet
UPDATED March 19, 2020, at 4:30 PM
This comprehensive document covers a broad range of items including travel, public gathering, industry including oil & gas and forestry, social services, education, and all provincial services affected by Covid-19.
COVID-19: New Measures Introduced by AB Gov on March 17
FAQ Sheet from Government of Alberta on the State of Emergency Declared in Alberta and details on Public Gatherings.
Provincial Operations Centre Covid-19 Update 2020-03-17-1430hrs
At 1330 hrs, March 17, Premier Jason Kenney announced the declaration of a State of Public Health Emergency. As such, the Provincial Operations Centre (POC) has elevated to Operational Level 4.Effective immediately and until further notice, the Alberta government is implementing additional measures, including cancelling events that have more than 50 people.
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) FAQ sheet from AB Gov March 16
Here is a Covid-19 (Coronavirus) FAQ sheet from the Province.
*As with everything Covid-19 related, this is for reference only. For the most up to date information visit www.alberta.ca/covid and AB Health online.
COVID-19 Support for Employers and Employees (GOV AB)
- World Health Organization
- Gov Canada Covid-19 Resources (Health, Travel, Business & Economic Resources)
- Government of Canada Financial Resources Available
COVID-19 Information Lines:
- Government of Canada novel coronavirus information line: 1-833-784-4397
- Alberta Healthlink Dial 811
For those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, the AB COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool will help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.
You can also call the Health Information Line 8-1-1
4.COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Background:
Provincial and Federal Health Authorities are the lead agencies for COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially classified the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) as a pandemic. Yellowhead County is continuing to follow the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Provincial Health Officer and is in contact with Alberta Health and the Provincial Operations Centre.
We urge residents to continue to receive health information from reliable sources for the latest information on COVID-19 and special precautions people should be taking to help stop the spread of the virus.
If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing call 8-1-1 in advance before going to a medical centre or doctor’s office.
There is also an online self-assessment tool for those who are concerned about symptoms. Alternatively, AHS’ Health Link service – dial 811 – is available to offer health advice and information.
5.The Role of Local Government During a Pandemic
The Province of AB coordinates the roles of all external agencies during a pandemic event.
Yellowhead County is standing by to support Health Canada and AB Health Services in their response efforts if our support is requested. Yellowhead County Emergency Services is working closely with other local municipalities and the Edson Healthcare Centre.
Our Emergency Management & Protective Services Department is continuing to monitor the situation.
Yellowhead County is also following the recommendations and guidance of the Province of Alberta, AB Health Services, and the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) on communication and general preparations for COVID-19.
Under the Municipal Government Act, the role of the local authorities (municipalities, Métis communities) is to ensure a safe and viable community through the continuity of local government and critical services and emergency response. Local authorities’ responsibilities include:
• Reviewing and implementing response plans (Municipal Emergency Management Plans) and business continuity programs.
• Maintaining the continuity of critical municipal services in consultation with AHS and business and industry (fire, police, water treatment/delivery, waste management).
• Liaising with AEMA, AHS and other partners to align with broader provincial response and recovery.
Our offices are closed to the public, but you can contact us by phone at (780) 723-4800 or 1-800-665-6030. You can also contact us through Facebook but may not receive an immediate reply. Our after-hours emergency line for utilities and bylaw is 780-723-3221.
In case of an emergency, please call 9-1-1.