For Immediate Release / April 4, 2020

Update on the City of St. Albert's Response to COVID-19

Update for April 4, 2020

The City of St. Albert is taking a thoughtful and measured approach to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community. In an effort to keep residents and visitors informed, below is a summary of some current information to be aware of.

Parking your RV on the street

To help those returning from out of province or out of country in recreational vehicles (RVs) self-isolate, residents can now apply for a permit to park their RV on the street for up to 20 days.

The City’s priority is the health, safety and well-being of our residents, staff and visitors. The Traffic Bylaw currently prohibits residents from parking RVs on the street for more than 24 hours. The City is enabling an exemption to the Bylaw using the On-Street Construction Permit process.

To be eligible for this exemption, residents MUST apply for a permit online by visiting the City website at: https://stalbert.ca/city/approvals/oscp/

Residents must park their RV in accordance with other parking regulations of the Traffic Bylaw (except the maximum time period), and will need to consider sight lines, pedestrian movement, distances to intersections and accesses or driveways when parking. Approvals may be subject to change if concerns are received by the City.

The owner shall not run cords, power lines, water lines or hook ups to the unit that cross sidewalks, trails or roadways.

Permits will be granted for a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 20 days.

Reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission in public

The City of St. Albert recognizes that there is a significant amount of public infrastructure which may, by being touched, pose a risk of transmitting COVID-19 to residents. These public touchpoints fall into three categories:

  • Infrastructure that has been designed and is intended to be touched such as pedestrian crossing signal buttons and door handles
  • Infrastructure that exists in the public sphere but which is not designed specifically to be touched such as light standards, signposts and public art
  • Infrastructure that is the property of other agencies or organizations that could possibly be touched including Canada Post mailboxes and utility pedestals.

To minimize these potential risks City staff have completed an inventory and risk assessment of all public touchpoints. A risk assessment and mitigation strategy have been developed for each of these touchpoints.

Over the coming weeks, residents may notice that certain infrastructure has been removed to minimize potential exposure to COVID-19. This could include removing the bike repair stations at St. Albert Place, Woodlands Skate Park, and Lacombe Lake.

Other infrastructure will be modified to minimize possible exposure. This includes removing the red handles from garbage cans and locking gates open at certain parks.

The City of St. Albert would like to remind residents to pay attention to possible public exposure hazards including things like handrails, picnic tables, and pedestrian crossing signal buttons.

Residents are encouraged to think before they touch and if they need to touch infrastructure cover their hands or use their elbows where necessary. Residents are reminded to refrain from touching their faces and to wash or sanitize their hands often.

Closures to City facilities

No new closures as of April 4, 2020.

Suspension of City programs or services

No new suspensions as of April 4, 2020.

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

No new cancellations as of April 4, 2020

Please check the City’s website and social media for updates and further information. 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 Alberta Health Services website, a link to which is available at stalbert.ca/covid19.

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Last edited: April 5, 2020