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Response and Preparedness for COVID-19

In an effort to prepare for, and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) is following the direction of Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

AHS remains the trusted authority on COVID-19 and residents are encouraged to review official AHS information and follow their social media outlets.

Visit Alberta.ca/covid19 for up-to-date, accurate information.

AHS is actively updating Frequently Asked Questions in alignment with Provincial announcements and changes, if residents have questions regarding public health they are encouraged to review information here.

State of Local Emergency - Wood Buffalo region 

On March 20, Mayor Don Scott declared a state of local emergency for the Wood Buffalo region. This announcement can be viewed here

On March 27, 2020, Acting Mayor Jeff Peddle renewed the Declaration of the State of Local Emergency for another seven days. The Emergency Management Act stipulates that a declaration of a state of local emergency lapses after seven days and the decision must be made to renew or discontinue the declaration. You can find the Renewal of the Declaration of the State of Local Emergency here.

A state of local emergency gives the Municipality access to additional resources and special powers under the Emergency Management Act, including the following: 

  • Control or prohibit travel to or from any area of the Municipality
  • Procure or fix prices for food, medical supplies, equipment or other essential supplies
  • Allows use of any property, services, resources or equipment within the Municipality for the duration of the state of emergency
  • Authorize or require any qualified person to provide aid
  • Ability to issue a mandatory evacuation notice 

The RMWB continues to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including closing all offices to the public and transitioning to an essential services approach for municipal operations. 

During these closures, staff will be working from home or in alternative working arrangements to ensure the essential services that keep community members safe and the municipality running continue to be provided. 
As the situation evolves, some services may be adjusted in order to manage resources effectively. 

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

Several organizations and businesses within the Wood Buffalo region are also following public health recommendations and taking necessary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
As such, events, services and facilities – run by external organizations within the community – may be impacted.
Please visit the web and social media pages of the individual organizations for information on externally-run programs, services and facilities.

 

All Winter Maintenance Zones are relaxed until further notice.