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COVID-19 Information

September 15 Update

Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, largely in unvaccinated Albertans. New measures to protect the health care system, stop the spread, and increase vaccination rates come into effect starting September 16.

Learn more at: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-public-health-actions.aspx 

September 3 Update

Due to increasing cases of COVID-19, the Government of Alberta is enacting temporary measures, including mandatory masking in all indoor public spaces and workplaces, starting Saturday, September 4 at 8 a.m. For more information on the new Provincial Government announcement, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-public-health-actions.aspx

Visit our News Centre for information on how this impacts City indoor recreation facilities and the enhanced protocols for City staff.


July 29 Update

Starting July 29, the Province of Alberta will begin safely bringing COVID-19 measures in line with those used for respiratory viruses, while keeping strong measures in place to protect Albertans.

General guidance is available to assist Albertans and businesses in following best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


July 1 Update

Alberta entered Stage 2 of the province's Open for Summer Plan on June 10, and has met the threshold to enter Stage 3 on July 1.

  • All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings.

  • Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings remain.

  • The Government of Alberta's easing of COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines on July 1 includes the lifting of the general indoor provincial mask mandate. However, masking will still be required in specific settings, as determined by the Government of Alberta, including at acute and continuing care settings, as well as on public transit and in taxis or rideshare cars

The City of Lethbridge has also repealed its Municipal Temporary Face Covering Bylaw. More information here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/NewsCentre/Pages/City-Council-repeals-Temporary-Mandatory-Face-Covering-Bylaw-.aspx


June 1 Update

On June 1, Alberta reached stage 1 in the province's Open for Summer Plan to safely ease COVID-19 restrictions as we reach vaccination targets and hospitalizations decline. This includes: 

  • Places of worship – 15% of fire code occupancy (effective May 28)

  • Outdoor social gatherings – up to 10 people (indoor social gatherings still not permitted)

  • Outdoor physical, performance and recreation activities – up to 10 distanced people, all ages

  • Personal and wellness services – re-open, by appointment only

  • Funeral services – up to 20 people, not including facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests (receptions remain prohibited)

  • Wedding ceremonies – up to 10 people, including officiant, bride/groom, witnesses (receptions remain prohibited)

  • Restaurants – outdoor patio dining for up to 4 household members per table, or 3 people if diners who live alone are with their 2 close contacts

  • Retail - 15% of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance)

  • Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect

Targets have also been met to enter Stage 2 on June 10 as long as hospitalizations continue to decline. 

To view vaccination rates visit: https://www.alberta.ca/stats/covid-19-alberta-statistics.htm#vaccinations

May 13 Update

As of May 13, the rules around exemptions for wearing a mask due to a medical condition have changed. Individuals will now be required to obtain a medical exception letter verifying their health condition from an authorized health-care provider.

The medical exception letter must come from a nurse practitioner, physician or psychologist. It may be presented when in a public setting, if requested by enforcement officials or retrospectively in court if a ticket is issued.

This is modelled after the approaches currently used in Saskatchewan and other provinces.

May 5 Update

With rising COVID-19 cases and extreme pressure on the health care system, the Provincial Government has announced additional restrictions along with expanded vaccination eligibility

All residents who are eligible are encouraged to book their immunization as soon as possible. Vaccinations are our way forward to help protect our community and get our economy back open.

April 29 Update
New, additional restrictions for schools, indoor sports and fitness activities take effect starting April 30 in hot spot regions, including the City of Lethbridge. All provincewide measures continue to apply.

These restrictions will remain in place for 2 weeks, or until the region falls back below the case threshold – whichever is longer.


March 24 Update

Government of Alberta update - moving forward safely.


March 1 Update
Government of Alberta update - targeted restrictions easing under Step 2.

  • indoor fitness expanded to include low-intensity activities

  • libraries can reopen, with restrictions


February 10 Update

January 14 Update

  • Government of Alberta update
    Changes to outdoor gathering restrictions, personal and wellness services and attendance at funeral services. All other restrictions remain in place


December 8 Update:

The Government of Alberta announced new mandatory measures that are in effect as of Dec. 8 to help reduce case numbers and protect the health system.

Frequently Asked Questions

  
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From the comfort of home, residents can run a range of errands including paying for parking fines, renewing dog licenses, scheduling building permit inspections, renew business licenses, or check their utilities usage and payments.

  • For a full list of our online service and payment options head to lethbridge.ca/onlineservices.

  • To submit a service request to the City online, visit our 311 Portal.
    You can also call 311 during business hours, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


  

Our preferred approach is to educate and seek voluntary compliance with the legal measures that have been put in place.

The priority of the Lethbridge Police Service is to protect the whole community, and they will take the appropriate enforcement actions when people in our community are put in harm’s way. 

While there are monetary penalties for those who contravene a public health order, criminal charges including causing a disturbance may be considered, if circumstances warrant.

If residents are concerned about anti-masking and other public health order issues, they can 

- contact the Police non-emergency number at 403-328-4444 

or 

- submit a public health complaint through the Alberta Health Services public health contact form at https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case/

 



 

Community & Social Service Supports
  • Lethbridge COVID-19 Testing Centre: 1505 36 Street N (AHS)

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