03.19.2020 Messages from the Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer


None of us have ever experienced a situation like this and while it is normal to be experiencing stress, also try to take this unexpected time to enjoy some good old-fashioned family time.

Take your children or dogs for walks, enjoy our community walking trails, play board games, have video game championship, read with your kids, involve the whole family preparing dinner, learn a new language, learn to play an instrument, early spring cleaning.  Get at that “thing” that you have been thinking of doing but have just never had the time.  Keep you mind and hands busy.  Maybe visit a famous museum, or listen to a story, on-line of course. 

Call or FaceTime friends and family to just chat and catch up.  Keep yourself informed, but only through reliable sources. Maybe limit watching the news to 15 minutes each day.

Help your neighbors, especially any elderly neighbors that may have a tougher time getting groceries and other supplies.  Think of them while you are purchasing supplies.  Please, try to stay calm during this unprecedented time because “this will pass”.  Reach out to me at 403-563-0700 with any questions concerning Covid-19, and our Municipal responses. Most important, limit your contact with others, observe the 2-meter rule and wash your hands often.  It is important that we support each other as a community!  Stay well.

Blair Painter


We would like to take a moment to assure everyone in the Crowsnest Pass that we are continuously monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will provide updates as changes occur.  We are in close contact with the Provincial Operations Centre and Alberta Health Services as well as other government agencies who are keeping us appraised to the current situation.

From discussion with Assistant Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade, and Tourism, currently Alberta is not experiencing a supply issue, it is a demand issue.  Please limit your purchases as clearing the shelves is unnecessary and puts other residents in a difficult situation.  A good rule of thumb is for an average family, the rule of 2 when shopping.  This means to only by 2 similar items, ie: 2 jugs of milk, 2 loaves of bread, 2 cartons of eggs, etc.  Following this logic will go a long way to ensure everyone has access to groceries they will need.  Also, if you see anyone inflating prices due to shortage, report this behavior immediately.

REMEMBER - the easiest and most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to WASH YOUR HANDS with soap and water – OFTEN!  Keep doorknobs, cell phones, steering wheels, etc., clean and sanitized.  Sneeze or cough into your elbow or shoulder, maintain social distancing, and STAY HOME if you are feeling sick.  Use the online AHS self-assessment and/or call 811.  Remember they are having high volumes of calls, so try to call in off-peak hours.

As you may have heard already, we are in a marathon, not a sprint.  This is not going to be over tomorrow and is changing daily.  Please follow the most up to date recommendations from AHS and have patience as we all work together to get through this trying time.

Patrick Thomas, Chief Administrative Officer


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