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- COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information for Chestermere
- COVID 19 - Information for Businesses
Information for Businesses
Information for Businesses & Community Groups
The City announced stricter measures for restaurants providing take-out and delivery options. Locally and provincially, dine-in restaurant service is now prohibited. Restaurants may offer delivery or takeout, provided that they have practices and procedures in place to ensure social distancing between customers; have trained its staff members to engage in, and its staff carry out, appropriate sanitary procedures and wherever possible, social distancing; and immediately notify our Emergency Management Team of a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 of a staff member and the particulars of the staff member and any persons who may have had exposure to the staff member within the last 14 days.
March 19: The City announced that specific industries in our community must close as they are not able to practice social distancing protocols due to the nature of their business. These include Barber shops, Hair Salons, Cosmetic services, Massage services, Chiropractic and acupuncture, Physiotherapy services, Optometrists and Hearing Services, as well as all day homes. Many of the local businesses in these sectors have already closed their doors for safety reasons, for that, we thank you. For the others we appreciate your full cooperation as we tackle these measures to protect our community. We will be reaching out to the businesses in these sectors if we have your contact information. If you have questions, you can also call City Hall at 403-207-7050.
March 17: The Director of Emergency Management published a letter for businesses with recommendations on how to prepare and respond to the COVID-19 situation in Chestermere. Download the letter here.
Under the powers of the State of Local Emergency, the City is announcing three changes for businesses and residents:
- Businesses must restrict the number of people on their premises to 50% or less of their maximum occupancy load. This includes staff. This mandatory requirement will ensure that people can safely practice social distancing.
- Businesses must have hand sanitizer stations at their location and require people to sanitize their hands before they enter the building. These are now mandatory measures for businesses in Chestermere. If businesses do not comply, they may face fines or closures.
- Residents are strongly advised to limit social gatherings in homes. Hosting or attending larger than normal sized gathering put you, and the people you love, at risk. We recommend that you cancel birthday parties, celebrations, anniversaries and parties until further notice.
CHEMA encourages community organizations to review their planned events using the Public Health Agency of Canada Risk Assessment Tool and postpone any events that could contribute to the transmission of respiratory pathogens.
The Mayor and Director of Emergency Management sent an email to community group leaders the afternoon of March 12. You can find a copy of that email here.
If your organization would like to let the public know that you are COVID-19 Aware, you can download a poster here, add your information and post.
A list of COVID-19 Aware Businesses (as of March 28):
This is a list of open Chestermere businesses who have implemented preventative measures to protect the public.
As of March 27, the province announced that all non-essential close-contact businesses, including hair salons, tattoo shops, aesthetic services, wellness studios clinics, non-emergency health services, dentists, massage, physio, chiropractors and optometry, are mandated to close. A full list is available at alberta.ca.
- All dine-in portions of restaurants must close. Takeout and delivery is still permitted.
- A&W (Drive-thru only)
- Boston Pizza (Take out & delivery only)
- Browns Social House (50% occupancy max.)
- Canadian Brewhouse (Take out & delivery only)
- Canadian Pizza Unlimited (Seating only for pick up orders)
- Choice Pizza (Take out & delivery only)
- Crazy Pasta (50 people max.)
- Cobbs Bakery
- Delhi Express (Take out & delivery only)
- Dollarama (reduced hours Monday - Friday, 9 am - 8 pm)
- Domino’s (Take out only)
- Eric’s No Frills (offering dedicated shopping hours for seniors and people living with disabilities on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 am to 8 am)
- Jessica Restaurant (50 people max.)
- Little Caesars (Take out only)
- Pizza Lite (Take out & delivery only)
- Rasoi (50 people max.)
- Safeway (Senior Shopping Hour for the first of hour of the day at our stores, providing the most vulnerable among us a dedicated time to shop for goods. Hours are now 8 am to 8 pm).
- Starbucks (Drive-thru only)
- Tim Hortons (Drive-thru only)
- Van Son Vietnamese (Take out & delivery only, will also accept a text and deliver to a vehicle)
- Alberta Precision Laboratories
- Bahn Projects Inc.
- Delta Psychological Services
- Chestermere Chamber of Commerce
- Expedia CruiseShipCenters (Travel consultants are working remotely)
- From Scruffy to Fluffy
- Shoppers Drug Mart
- Sentinel Storage (Store & More)
- Sull Psychology Services
- Your Dollar Store with More
To add your business to this list email firstname.lastname@example.org
- City Municipal Buildings
- Chestermere Public Library
- Chestermere Regional Recreation Centre
- Chestermere Whitecappers Association
- As of March 17, the City has required that the following businesses must close (as they are not able to maintain safe social distancing due to the nature of their business) barber shops, hair salons, cosmetic services, massage services, chiropractic and acupuncture, physiotherapy services, optometrists and hearing services, as well as all day homes.
- 9 Round
- Abstract Dance Academy
- Anytime Fitness
- Camp Chestermere
- Chestermere Fit Body Boot Camp
- Chestermere Lake Crossfit
- Chestermere Optometry
- Christianson Chiropractic
- Dexterity Dance Studio
- Diversion Salon
- Dockside Bar & Grill
- Fit Body Boot Camp (Offering virtual workouts)
- Hair Affair
- Lake Ridge Community Church
- Lakeshore Spa
- Lifemark Physiotherapy
- Luna Salon
- Malek’s Barbershop
- Marla A Christianson Professional Corporation (Christianson Chiropractic) (as of March 18)
- New Apostolic Church
- Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
- Remedy’s RX
- Sharp Edge Barbershop
- Trinity Music (Virtual Online Lessons only)
- Vantage Integrative Health
Also Closed in our area:
- Cineplex and Landmark theatres
- All Alberta Parks and Recreation Facilities (online campsite reservations are still available)
Business Links and Resources
Federal Information (https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html )
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.
- Support to Businesses
- Employment Insurance benefits and leave
- EI – Information for employers
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development Canada
Provincial information (https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx )
Employment rules changes
Changes to the Employment Standards Code will allow full and part-time employees to take 14 days of job-protected leave if they are:
- required to self-isolate
- caring for a child or dependent adult that is required to self-isolate
To be eligible, employees:
- will not be required to have a medical note
- do not need to have worked for an employer for 90 days
This leave covers the self-isolation period recommended by Alberta’s chief medical officer. This leave may be extended if the advice of the chief medical officer changes.
The leave does not apply to self-employed individuals or contractors.
Business continuity plans
Employers should consider their business continuity plans and how COVID-19 could impact their workplace. To prepare, make plans to:
- protect employees
- limit spread in workplaces
- ensure continuity of critical services if staff are ill or self-isolating
- explore alternate working arrangements, such as:
- working from home or remotely
- doing work that doesn’t require contact with other people