COVID-19 Update - June 12, 2020

In response to the announcements made by the provincial government regarding Stage 2 of Alberta's Relaunch Strategy, staff are carefully considering all options as we look at possibly re-opening facilities while keeping employees and residents safe.

We are currently reviewing the guidelines published by Alberta Health to determine the requirements to safely reopen our facilities to the public.  As preventive measures and procedures are developed, facilities will begin to reopen to the public.  Ongoing assessment will be completed to ensure that the preventative measures are having the intended outcomes. 

Given the complexity of the guidelines and the number of facilities/operations that can resume, it is estimated that it will be approximately 2 weeks before the first facilities will be ready, and the remainder will follow as time allows.

When we do begin to open our facilities, please follow all procedures and protocols put in place for everyone’s safety.

 

CLOSURES

In order to protect the health and safety of the public and employees, all Municipal facilities are closed to the public including:

  • Municipal Office
  • MDM Community Centre
  • Elk’s Hall
  • Gymnastics Club
  • Crowsnest Complex
  • Crowsnest Community Library - offering curbside service beginning April 13
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Pass Powderkeg

Stockpiling of goods is not recommended at this time. While it’s always best practice to have three days worth of supplies on-hand, people should avoid purchasing food and other materials in bulk due to the impact on suppliers and people who have day-to-day needs.

Crowsnest Pass Fire Rescue wants to reassure you that they are fully operational for all matters of public safety and emergency response.  If you have an emergency-call 911. Non-emergency business functions are reduced and we ask the public to they limit their interactions with staff unless it is absolutely necessary.  Please call 403-562-8600 for any questions.

The Community Yard Waste Site located in Frank is only accessible during the hours below, the gates will be locked outside of these hours.  There is no public access to the Wastewater Treatment Plant until further notice.

Yard Waste Hours:

Monday – Friday
7:30am – 3:00pm

Saturday
11:00am – 2:30pm

TRAVEL AND SECONDARY HOMES

Non-essential travel is still not recommended at this time.  If you are planning to visit your vacation home, please be sure you have taken all precautions and be mindful of the limits of our small community to handle the virus should you bring it here.

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?

Our Community Services Department is very knowledgeable regarding resources in the community.

Are you struggling due to COVID-19? Could you use assistance with groceries? feeling isolated? have questions? other concerns? Please call us and we can connect you to the right person or resource!

Kim Lewis - 403-563-2207
Tracey Linderman - 403-563-2208
Carrie Baher - 403-563-2209

PLAYGROUNDS RE-OPENING

We are pleased to announce that, with the following guidelines in place, most of our playgrounds have re-opened! Please take all precautions to protect you and your family. Our crews are working hard to get most of them open for the weekend but those that we don't make it to will be re-opened on Monday.

  • Follow all mass gathering guidelines. The most current guideline can be found at www.alberta.ca/restrictions-on-gatherings.aspx
  • Ensure 2-meter distancing between all non-family members.
  • Consider only visiting playgrounds that are close to your home.
  • Encourage children to avoid sharing toys or equipment.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before and after using the facility and do not touch your face.
  • Those who are sick or have symptoms related to COVID- 19 must not use playgrounds.
  • The playgrounds are NOT disinfected or cleaned

The playground structures located in Frank and at the MDM Community Centre are under construction and will remain closed until the construction is complete.

COVID-19 Update April 28, 2020

Garage Sales Not Recommended

Garage sales are not recommended at this time due to the following reasons:

  • Difficult to maintain social distancing,
  • Potential of more that 15 individuals (mass gathering),
  • Commonly touched surfaces,
  • Impossible to sanitize the items being touched and not purchased,
  • Washing & bathroom facilities not available,
  • Unnecessary contact with person unknown to the owners of the house,
  • Overall bad idea to have strangers touching your stuff, potentially spreading this virus.

Residents who need to sell or give away items are asked to create 'online garage sales' through platforms like Kijiji and Facebook MarketPlace and to coordinate contactless sales and pick-ups.

Fire Rescue

Crowsnest Pass Fire Rescue is fully operational for all matters of public protection and emergency response. The department is reducing mutual aid medical responses to Alberta Health Services and only will be undertaking Delta and Echo calls, when requested.

Day to day, non-emergent, business matters are till functioning at a reduced capacity.  This is done to limit exposure and interaction with the public.

COVID-19 Update April 21, 2020

Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Restrictions Lifted

OHV restrictions have been lifted in the Forest Protection Areas and regional ones will be reconsidered as conditions change.  The Staging area and Alberta public land closures remain in effect.

Alberta Public Land Closures

The following areas of Public Land in and around the Crowsnest Pass area are closed to motorized vehicles under Environment and Parks Ministerial Order:

  • Allison Day Use
  • Atlas Flats Staging Area
  • MacGillivray Staging Area
  • York Creek Staging Area
  • Sartoris Staging Area
  • Willow Creek - Johnson Creek Staging Area
  • Beaver Creek Staging Area – Porcupine Hills

No vehicles are to be parked within any designated parking lot or staging area or any location within ONE KILOMETER of the closed area.

Community Clean-up for April Cancelled

The Community Clean-up scheduled for April 25 in Blairmore is cancelled.  The Community Clean-up scheduled for May will be reviewed mid-May.

 

COVID-19 Update April 9, 2020

Crowsnest Community Library

Our library is starting curbside service on April 13, 2020.  To borrow items from the Library make a request and arrange for pickup. Call 403-562-8393, email help@crowsnestpasslibrary.ca, or send a message to our facebook page.  At this time, only items that are located in the Crowsnest Community Library are available for curbside pick-up.  Visit www.crowsnestpasslibrary.ca for further details and resources.

Alberta Public Land Closures

The following areas of Public Land in and around the Crowsnest Pass area are closed to motorized vehicles under Environment and Parks Ministerial Order:

  • Allison Day Use
  • Atlas Flats Staging Area
  • MacGillivray Staging Area
  • York Creek Staging Area
  • Sartoris Staging Area
  • Willow Creek - Johnson Creek Staging Area
  • Beaver Creek Staging Area – Porcupine Hills

No vehicles are to be parked within any designated parking lot or staging area or any location within ONE KILOMETER of the closed area.

COVID-19 Update March 31, 2020

Community Yard Waste Site Access

The Community Yard Waste Site located in Frank is only accessible during the hours below, the gates will be locked outside of these hours.  There is no public access to the Wastewater Treatment Plant until further notice.

Yard Waste Hours:

Monday – Friday
7:30am – 3:00pm

Saturday
11:00am – 2:30pm

 

COVID-19 Update March 30, 2020

March 31 Council Meeting Location and Time Change

In order to meet the Social Distancing requirements, the Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2020 will be held as follows:

MDM Community Centre gymnasium
2802 – 222 Street, Bellevue
8:00pm

For the same Social Distancing reason and the need to minimize the number of people present in one location, the Public Hearing portion of the meeting will be as follows:

  • If possible, please provide your submissions for the public hearings in writing by 4:00pm on Tuesday, March 31. 
    • Submissions can be sent via email to bonnie.kawasaki@crowsnestpass.com or via the mail drop slot located at the front of the Municipal office at 8502 – 19 Avenue, Coleman.
  • Alternatively, we have developed a plan to allow individuals, one at a time, to present to Council while maintaining Social Distancing.
  • Speakers will be set up in the exterior of the building to allow audience members to listen in to the meeting while still adhering to the Provincial restrictions.

Thank you for your understanding while we try to stop the spread of COVID-19 while keeping the business of the Municipality moving forward and ensuring public input is maintained.

From Community Services

The Bellevue Campground / rest area facilities like camp kitchens, the small church, and the gazebo are closed until further notice.

During this stressful and difficult time, the Municipality knows that there are some people in our community that may not have a lot of support.  The Community Services Department has a wealth of connections and resources in the community that can help and provide that support.  Need assistance with groceries?  Feeling isolated? Have questions or other concerns?  Please call Kim at 403-563-2207, Carrie at 403-563-2209 or Tracey at 403-563-2208 to be connected to the right person!

From Development Services

Our Development Department is still completing inspections.  However, if you are sick and have an inspection scheduled, you are required to reschedule your inspection until your symptoms have cleared.  As the Municipal office is closed to the public, there are no in-person appointments available.

Keeping your Mental Health up

Alberta Health has created a text messaging system for those who would like to receive daily positive messages by text.  Text COVIDHOPE to 393939.  #albertacares

https://www.crowsnestpass.com/media-center/covid-19-information

COVID-19 Daily Update March 27, 2020

Crowsnest Pass Fire Rescue wants to reassure you that they are fully operational for all matters of public safety and emergency response. If you have an emergency-call 911.

Non-emergency business functions are reduced and we ask the public to they limit their interactions with staff unless it is absolutely necessary. Please call 403-562-8600 for any questions.

COVID-19 Update March 26, 2020

From Fire Rescue

All emergency services remain fully functional at this point.  Non-emergency business operations for the public continue to function though it is restricted to essential services only.

RIDECrowsnest

To ensure we are complying with the physical distancing requirements, we have reduced the seating capacity on RIDECrowsnest.  RIDECrowsnest will continue to operate from 7:15am – 3:00pm (7:15am – 9:15am reserved for seniors wishing to take advantage of Blairmore IGA’s Senior Shopping Hour) for essential services only.  Thank you for your understanding while we work to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Keeping your Mental Health up

Alberta Health has created a text messaging system for those who would like to receive daily positive messages by text.  Text COVIDHOPE to 393939.  #albertacares

Frank Wastewater Treatment Plant

Effective immediately, the Frank Wastewater Treatment Plant is closed to the public.  Please note this also means members of the public wishing to access the Crowsnest Community Yard Waste Site located in Frank are not permitted to access the Wastewater Treatment Plant.