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Municipality re-opens Tom Weber boat launch and more spaces impacted by COVID-19

(Fort McMurray, AB – May 16, 2020) – The Tom Weber boat launch in Waterways is open for use. Residents are advised to proceed with caution when using it.

The Snye and Raphael Cree boat launches remain closed. 

Boat launch users should be aware of contaminants related to the flood. Wash hands with soap and warm water after coming into contact with items that have been in flood waters. 

Re-opening of COVID-19-affected areas

Municipal staff continue to work hard to make outdoor amenities available for residents to use. In addition to amenities announced as re-opening on Friday, May 15, the following Municipal outdoor recreation spaces and amenities are opening for public use. 

Ball diamonds with gates
Dog parks
Community gardens
Municipal playgrounds (but not equipment)
Tennis courts

Amenities that were previously announced as re-opened on May 15

Green spaces in Municipal parks
Basketball courts
Ball diamonds without gates
Cricket fields
Running tracks
Soccer fields and other sporting fields
Skateboard parks
Trails and walkways

Please note: some areas may not be immediately available as Parks crews continue the process of opening areas that were physically locked down.

The following amenities remain closed

Playground equipment
Spray parks 
Municipal public spaces impacted by the flood. Crews continue to clean and assess the damage from the flood. Once this process is complete, the amenities listed above will be reopened in flood affected areas.

Guidelines from Alberta Health Services related to COVID-19 

Limit congregating with other people when going to and from common areas.
Individuals should maintain physical distancing of at least 2 metres from others unless they are from the same household.  
Choose to participate in activities that allow you to maintain physical distancing.
Caution should be taken around common touch points; proper hand hygiene should be practiced.
Wear a mask in public places to help limit the risk of spread to others.
Refrain from touching your face with unclean hands.
Carry and use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol content.

Additional information about these service changes and the Municipal response to COVID-19, is available at rmwb.ca/covid19. As Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy progresses, Municipal services will continue to be adjusted to align with the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s Public Health Orders and recommendations.

Alberta Health Services remains the trusted authority and primary information source on updates on COVID-19. Factual, up-to date information will continue to be available on the AHS website, alberta.ca/covid19.

For further information or questions, contact PULSE at 780-743-7000, toll-free 1-800-973-9663 or online at rmwb.ca/pulse.


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