For Immediate Release / March 23, 2020
Update on the City of St. Albert’s Response to COVID-19
Update for March 23, 2020
The City of St. Albert is taking a thoughtful and measured approach to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community. For close-contact industries such as hair-styling, massage, etc., the City of St. Albert asks business owners to follow the Government of Alberta’s preventative measures, including thorough cleaning procedures and hand-washing. Additionally, it is recommended that service providers ask their staff and customers if they are feeling sick and recommending those who are to follow guidelines for those experiencing symptoms.
In an effort to keep residents and visitors informed, below is a summary of some current information to be aware of.
Special Council Meeting
- Council passed Bylaw 17-2020 for property tax relief measures – property tax due date moved from June 30 to September 30, 2020.
- Council approved $400,000 contingency for the City’s COVID-19 efforts.
- City moving forward with 51 projects in 2020, valued at $56.1 million and postponing 49 capital projects valued at $36.1 million for further review on
April 20, 2020. Administration will prioritize accelerating the process of pre-design and design for servicing the Range Road 260 lands that Council has approved as the site of a community amenities facility.
- Next Council meeting on April 6, 2020. Administration to give update.
Closures to City facilities
Current facility closures extended until May 31, 2020, including bookings, rentals, programs and services.
Suspension of City programs or services
- For the protection of St. Albert residents and Transit operators, the City has eliminated ridership fares as of Tuesday, March 24, 2020 until May 31, 2020. Eliminating fares removes the need for handling transfers, tickets, cash and passes for passengers and operators to minimize contact and maintain physical distancing measures (formerly known as social distancing).
- The City of St. Albert has decided to defer utility bills for residential and commercial accounts for the next three months. Residents will continue to be billed monthly for March, April and May, but will not be charged any penalties or transfer to taxes for non or partial payments. Residents are encouraged to pay what they can on their monthly bill.
- Recreation registered spring programs from March 30 to June 28, 2020 are cancelled.
City services still open/operating
- Unless listed on the facility closures or listed above, all City services are still available for access by phone, email or online.
Cancellation of City events
- Current event cancellations extended until May 31, 2020.
- The Arden Theatre Box Office will be closed until April 30, 2020. Until further notice we are suspending box office operation as we prioritize the health, safety and well-being of our residents, staff and visitors.
Please check the City’s website and social media for updates and further information in the coming days. The City thanks its residents and patrons as we work through our response to COVID-19. For more information on COVID-19, please visit the AHS website, a link for which is available on the City website at stalbert.ca/covid19.
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Last edited: April 2, 2020