For Immediate Release / March 20, 2020

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

Update for March 20, 2020

The City of St. Albert plans to provide daily (or more frequently if appropriate) updates to the media. We will no longer be doing cumulative news releases. For past information, please check the St. Albert website for past news releases.

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:

St. Albert Council has called a Special Council Meeting on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm.

  • As an exception to the general closure of St. Albert Place to the public, the building will be opened to the public commencing at 11:45 a.m.on March 23, 2020 for the purpose only of allowing access to the public gallery in Council Chambers, and all who attend the meeting in person will be required to observe sanitization and social distancing protocols and to leave the building promptly after the meeting ends.
  • The purpose of the meeting is to receive briefings from Administration on matters concerning the COVID-19 virus and the response of the City of St. Albert, and to consider such motions of Council as may be advisable in the circumstances. The Agenda for the meeting will be made available to Council members and to the public with as much advance notice as possible prior to the meeting.

  • The meeting will be conducted using Zoom and the meeting will be streamed on YouTube. Instructions on how to connect to the meeting will be posted on the website. Note: The link to YouTube cannot be posted until the meeting begins. Citizens will be asked to check the website as the meeting begins to live link to the YouTube Stream.

Immediate Temporary Change to Noise Bylaw

Under the current authority of Chief Administrative Officer as a result of COVID- 19, effective immediately the City is Introducing a 24-hour notice of bylaw exemption permit for service delivery of essential services to operate outside the current daytime hours. Current daytime hours include Monday to Friday 7:00 am to 10pm, Saturday 9:00 am to 11:00 pm and (local time), Sunday and Holidays
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and (local time). This change will mean that deliveries can be made 24 hours per day. This measure is being taken to help ensure all essential services and stores can be stocked in a timely manner. This change is in effect until further notice.

Maloney Place Front Counters

Effective immediately, Friday, March 20, 2020, the RCMP are modifying their service delivery at front counters at Maloney Place, 96 Bellerose Drive, by restricting access in public spaces. In order to prioritize essential policing services, and reduce unnecessary personal contact, citizens are asked to please call 780-458-7700 to speak directly with an RCMP employee. The following information was provided to assist citizens:

  • If assistance can be provided to you over the phone, an employee or officer will do so.

  • If your request requires personal contact with an officer, an employee will meet with you shortly.
  • For the safety of all, you may be asked to wear a mask while in the Detachment.
  • If you need officer assistance, and believe you may be ill, please let us know when you make the call so our officers can be prepared ahead of time.
  • Don't be alarmed if you see employees wearing extra protection.
  • Fingerprinting for Criminal Record Checks will only be done in exceptional circumstances. Non-urgent fingerprinting and Criminal Record Checks will be available at a later date.
  • The RCMP Operational Communications Centres are open and fully functioning for emergency calls. Please only dial 911 in an emergency.

St. Albert Tenders

Effective immediately, all St. Albert tenders (RFPs) are being extended to April 30, 2020. For an update on any outstanding RFPs, please check Alberta Purchasing Connection (APC).

Garbage Bag Tag Program

Effective immediately, the City of St. Albert is waiving the need for bag tags for the Extra Garbage Bag Tag program until further notice.

  • For extra garbage, residents must use black or green garbage bags weighing no more than 50 pounds (23 kilograms) with a maximum size of 76 cm x 86 cm (30 in x 34 in).
  • All items must fit inside the garbage bag – no large items, construction or demolition materials will be accepted.
  • A limit of two garbage bags can be dropped off per day, per household, to the Mike Mitchell Recycling Depot.
  • Please keep any Extra Garbage program tags for future use. No refunds will be issued for purchased tags.

Closures to City facilities

  • No new closures of facilities as of March 20, 2020

Suspension of City programs or services

  • No new cancellations as of March 20, 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 March 20, 2020

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

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