COVID-19 Restrictions & Regulations
Parks, playgrounds, bike park & indoor gathering restrictions note:
On May 28, it was announced that some local restrictions would be easing on June 1. Read the announcement here and check back for the full orders soon.
Call 403-207-8143 if you are concerned a business or person isn’t following COVID-19 regulations and the Emergency Management Team will look into it.
Last Updated: May 28, 2020
Below is a list of the major community requirements, restrictions and closures in Chestermere in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For full details, scroll below to the ‘Current Orders and Regulations’ section.
These orders are currently set in place until June 30th and will be monitored and reviewed up to and after that date. The Chestermere Emergency Management team is in regular communication with numerous health and government officials and agencies and it monitors the statistics and provincial updates daily. If it is deemed safe, the regulations could be lifted, or amended.
During a state of local emergency, City Council empowers the Chestermere Emergency Management Agency (CHEMA) in our city to make the decisions they deem necessary to protect our community. Orders are reviewed by a legal team and supported by City Council. Check out this page for a list of which level of government looks after each components of a pandemic.
The Provincial and Federal Government are responsible for province-wide and nation-wide restrictions, and municipalities have the responsibility to manage their own local community via states of emergency.
In some cases, the Provincial and Federal Orders are more strict, and in some communities, the local authority imposes additional regulations based on their circumstances. A local authority can strengthen provincial regulations or add community specific rules, but they cannot relax a provincial or federal regulation. Learn more by reading our FAQ below.
Community Requirements, Restrictions & Closures
- Home Gatherings: In addition to permanent residents of the home and immediate family, residents can now invite friends to their home as well. It is strongly suggested that any friend is properly screened prior to visiting to ensure that they are not ill. The maximum number of persons allowed at a residence, including friends, family and residents, remains at 15 people.
- Contractors for household maintenance are permitted inside a permanent dwelling provided they have been pre-screened for COVID-19 symptoms by the homeowner using these questions, and they must wear a face mask while conducting business inside the dwelling.
- Anyone who goes out in public must remain at least 2 meters from another person.
- All outdoor organized sporting activities are prohibited, including but not limited to soccer teams, football teams, baseball teams, rugby teams, sailing schools, water skiing schools, etc. However, immediate family members can utilize sports fields as long as parents are responsibly and closely monitoring their children, and encouraging them to practice safe physical distancing (staying 2 metres away from any person who is not an immediate family member) and not congregating as per provincial rules (no more than 15 people gathered in one outdoor space.
- All public and private events, festivals, markets, garage sales, yard sales, bottle drives, block parties, and any activities of a similar nature are prohibited and suspended to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Playgrounds: The City will begin reopening as many playgrounds as possible on Monday, June 1st and additional playgrounds will open in the coming days as inspections, maintenance, and any repairs are made. A list of which playgrounds are open can be found at www.chestermere.ca/opening. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to ensure they are monitored and taught about safe play.
- Bike Park: Starting on June 1st, the pump track and skills loop will reopen at the Bike Park. The updated hours of the park will be Tuesday through Thursday from 10am to 9pm, and Friday through Monday from 12:30 to 9:00pm. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to ensure they are monitored and taught about safe play. Visit www.chestermere.ca/bikepark for more information.
- Skatepark: The skatepark will be opening on June 1st and all regulations about gathering and distancing apply. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Basketball and Tennis Courts: Basketball courts and tennis courts will also open June 1st but are limited to 4 people using the facility at any given time. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- All municipal buildings closed to the public except for the Eco Centre. Read more here.
- The City has established a confidential hotline for residents to call if they see a business or individual not following provincial or local regulations (403-207-8143).
- Non-profit groups may no longer gather at physical locations. That includes the Chestermere Recreation Centre and the Synergy Centre for Community Leadership. We know that many of those groups have already moved to online programming, and for that, we thank them. The buildings in which they meet are closed.
View the CHEMA order regarding business requirements
All businesses and services permitted to operate by the Province of Alberta as either an Essential Service or a business or service identified as permitted to open and operate in the Province’s Re-Launch program, must have proper risk mitigation measures in place, which include:
- Practices and procedures in place to ensure physical distancing between customers;
- Hand sanitizing options for all clients or customers entering their premise, and hand sanitizing and enhanced hygiene practices by all staff;
- Implementing a strict and regular routine of sanitizing and disinfecting surfaces that people regularly touch;
- All keypads, payment terminals, automated teller machines, automatic transaction machines must be sanitized and disinfected after each use. Businesses are strongly encouraged to utilize “tap to pay” payment options;
- Regularly and thoroughly sanitizing and disinfecting any washroom facility throughout the day; f. In an enclosed business premise where physical distancing cannot be maintained in order to provide the service offered by the business, any and all persons not maintaining social distancing, including service providers and clients, must wear a face mask; g. Must not provide or receive the service, service provider or client, if displaying any of the Provincially listed symptoms of COVID-19;
- Protocol in place to notify the Agency of a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 of a staff member and the particulars of the staff member and any persons whom may have had exposure to the staff member within the last 14 days;
- Must follow all approved guidelines set by their professional association or college. Exceptions to wearing a face mask are for any medical patient where a face mask would interfere with the proper provision of any dental or health related treatment.
Industry specific regulations:
- All construction sites are required to have hand washing and sanitizing stations and all workers must practice safe physical distancing of no less than 2 meters between people.
- All builder or developer showhomes, real estate open houses, and private home showings by real estate agents are limited to a maximum of three people at any time in the home. These three people must practice physical distancing of not less than 2 meters between the people present. Any such dwelling must have a hand washing, hand sanitizing station or other appropriate option available for visitors.
- The City has added operating requirements for self-service car washes, taxi and ride share services.
- All events scheduled for the foreseeable future postponed.
Provincial & Federal:
- Chestermere COVID -19 statistics are now available under the Geospatial tab through the Government of Alberta website.
- The Provincial government provided recommendations on who should and how to self-isolate. Read more here.
- Law enforcement agencies have been given authority to enforce public health orders and issue fines. Read more here.
- The Federal government reminds Canadians to take all precautionary measures. Read more here.
- The Provincial government mandated restrictions on access to senior care facilities. Read more here.
- The Federal Government closed Canadian boarders. Read more here.
- The Prime Minister announced that Canadians will not be sent to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Games. Read more here.
Current Orders & Regulations
- Local State of Emergency
- Amended Order Effective June 1 - Events, Recreation & Activities
- Amended Order Effective June 1 - Requiring Social Distancing
- Amended Order Effective June 1 - Businesses and Services
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