In accordance with the enhanced province-wide restrictions recently announced by the Government of Alberta, the City of Wetaskiwin will close its indoor recreational facilities. MORE »

Other important information about COVID-19

Submit a complaint to Alberta Health Services if you’re concerned that an establishment or person is not following public health orders.

If you think you may have COVID-19, use this self-assessment tool. You can also call Health Link at 8-1-1 for 24/7 instructions.

ABTraceTogether is an app that enables community-driven contact tracing to support existing efforts to fight COVID-19.

New Provincial Measures to Combat COVID-19

The Government of Alberta has implemented measures designed to bend the curve on rising COVID-19 cases. These measures include mandatory restrictions on social gatherings. The City is working hard to lay out the highlights of the province's new public health restrictions, and to communicate how this strategy may affect some of the present restrictions already in place. Here’s what this looks in the weeks to come.
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Arenas: closed November 27 until further notice. The closure applies to all ice activities including minor hockey, figure skating, pond hockey, Icemen, adult users, and public skating.
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Drill Hall: closed November 27 until further notice. Hosting of events including roller derby, Cadets, basketball, school bookings and private rentals is prohibited.
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Manluk Centre Pool: The pool is closed until further notice due to the enhanced provincial public health restrictions.
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Manluk Centre Gym: the gym is closed until further notice due to the enhanced provincial public health restrictions.
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By the Lake Park: Until further notice, no event bookings will be scheduled (some rentals will be cancelled).
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Memorial Arts Centre: with the exception of Warmth & Wishes, event bookings will not be scheduled until further notice.

To the Citizens of Wetaskiwin

Thank you for your continued patience and sacrifice as we work to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. The pandemic is not going away without a fight. But if we work together, we can fight as one. And we will win.

Important City-specific COVID-19 Developments

Explore the sections below for critical City news updates and frequently asked questions.

COVID-19: Stay Current on Most Recent Developments

Scroll down to find critical information, answers to common questions, and links to different resources.
Daily updates from Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Alberta

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, provides daily updates on COVID-19 and the ongoing work to protect public health of Albertans.

Mandatory health measures go into effect immediately to protect lives.

Expanded health measures will be in effect province-wide. All Albertans, businesses, organizations and service providers must follow all new health measures. These restrictions will be in place for a minimum of four weeks. New expanded mandatory measures come into effect December 8 for social gatherings and mandatory masking. All others come into effect at 12:01 a.m., December 13.

Provincial MANDATORY MEASURES in effect
12-08-20 GOA PRESS CONFERENCE: New Expanded Mandatory Measures

Mandatory Public Health Measures

Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency. New mandatory public health measures are in place in communities across Alberta to protect the health system and slow the spread of COVID-19.
Bend the curve

Due to Alberta’s high case numbers, aggressive action is required now to protect our health system from being overwhelmed. The current situation is critical. These mandatory restrictions apply provincewide and will be in place at least until January 12, 2021.

Health officials are monitoring the situation and will adjust measures if required.

New public health measures at a glance
Read more about the provincial mandatory measures in effect
Watch the GOA Press Conference: New expanded mandatory measures
Subscribe to regional COVID-19 status notifications

Why these measures are needed

Albertans have a responsibility to slow the spread of the virus and make sure the health system can continue supporting patients with COVID-19, influenza and many other needs.

There is a time lag between when people get infected and when new cases are identified. This means the cases we see today were infected up to 2 weeks ago. We must work together to protect each other.

The greater the community spread, the more likely it will infect our loved ones most at-risk of severe outcomes, including death.

What else you should do

Albertans must continue following existing public health measures to keep everyone safe:

  • Stay 2 metres apart when you can, wear a mask when you can't
  • Practice good hygiene: wash your hands often and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Monitor your symptoms every day
  • If sick, stay home, get tested, and follow mandatory isolation requirements while waiting for results. If positive, isolate from others for 10 days or until symptoms are gone, whichever is longe. If negative, stay home until you're better
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Get the flu shot to keep influenza cases low so health workers can focus on the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Download and use the ABTraceTogether contact tracing app when out in public

Learn more about influenza
Download and use the ABTraceTogether contact tracing app

What Does Physical (Social) Distancing Mean?

Physical distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. Keep at least 6-feet away (about the length of a hockey stick) from others while in public.
Do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

What does physical distancing mean?

Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical (social) distance between each other. Physical distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. This means making changes in your everyday routines in order to minimize close contact with others, including:

  • Avoiding crowded places and gatherings
  • Avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
  • Limiting contact with people at higher risk (older adults and those in poor health)
  • Keeping a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others, as much as possible
  • Follow Alberta’s restrictions on mass gatherings

Other steps you can take:

  • Wear a mask in public when distancing is not possible
  • Download and use the ABTraceTogether mobile contact tracing app while out in public
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)
  • Use gloves properly if you choose to wear them (they are not necessary)
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Watch for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Take the COVID-19 self-assessment to arrange testing if you have any symptoms

Learn more about physical distancing

COVID-19 Weekly Sitreps

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Non-medical Masks and Face Coverings

Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces and workplaces across Alberta. Find out how to choose and wear a non-medical mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Masks should complement – not replace – other prevention measures.
Non-medical masks and face coverings: About

COVID-19: Mandatory mask requirements

Effective December 8, 2020, masks are mandatory across Alberta in all:

  • Indoor public places
  • Places of worship
  • Indoor workplaces, except when working alone in an office or a safely distanced cubicle or a barrier is in place
  • Farm operations (exempt)

This workplace requirement:

  • Applies to all employees, customers, visitors, delivery personnel and contractors
  • Includes all workplace locations where masks won’t pose a safety risk
  • Does not change current student mask requirements in schools

Read about the Mandatory, province-wide restrictions in effect

Why use a mask

Wearing a homemade or non-medical mask in public is another tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It hasn’t been proven that masks protect the person wearing it, but it can help protect people from being exposed to your germs. Masks should complement, not replace, other prevention measures. Continue physical distancing and good hand hygiene, and stay home when sick.

Face shields

Face shields do not replace masks or face coverings. A face shield is used to protect the eyes of the person wearing it.

Using a face shield without a mask won’t protect you from potentially inhaling infectious respiratory droplets exhaled by others, nor will it protect others from your infectious respiratory droplets, as they can escape around the face shield.

If you’re unable to wear a mask or face covering, you may want to wear a face shield. Choose one that extends around the sides of the face and below the chin. You’ll still need to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres, and practice good hand hygiene, especially if you touch the face shield.

Neck gaiters (neck warmers)

Neck gaiters (also known as neck warmers) are not recommended because they aren’t well secured to the head or ears, are likely to move or slip out of place, and are difficult to remove without contaminating yourself.

If a neck gaiter must be used as a face covering, it should be folded to provide at least 3 layers of fabric and should include a filter or filter fabric added between layers. Lift it away from your face, especially when taking it off, and wash your hands or use alcohol based hand sanitizer anytime you need to adjust it, especially when putting it on and taking it off.

Masks with exhalation valves

Masks with exhalation valves or vents are not recommended. These masks do not protect others from COVID-19 or limit the spread of the virus. This is because they allow infectious respiratory droplets to spread outside the mask.

Medical masks

Medical masks include N95 masks and surgical or procedure masks. N95 masks protect from exposure to biological aerosols that may contain viruses or bacteria. They are generally only required during specific, high-risk medical procedures. Surgical or procedure masks provide a barrier to splashes, droplets, saliva or spit. They are not designed to fit tightly against the face.

These masks should be kept for healthcare workers and others providing direct care to COVID-19 patients. They may also be recommended for use in some workplaces, like salons, where there is prolonged close contact with people.

Gloves

It is not necessary to wear gloves in public. If you choose to wear gloves, remember to wash your hands before you put them on and immediately after taking them off. Change the gloves if you touch your face, cover a cough or sneeze with your hands, or if they become dirty or torn. Always discard the gloves in a lined garbage bin after taking them off.

To avoid spreading germs or COVID-19, do not touch your face or mask with your gloves, do not touch any personal items (cell phone, bag, credit card) that you might touch again with bare hands, and do not try to wash gloves or use hand sanitizer with gloves on.

ABTraceTogether App: Help AHS Track COVID-19

The ABTraceTogether is a mobile contact tracing app that helps to let you know if you've been exposed to COVID-19 – or if you've exposed others – while protecting your privacy.
What is ABTraceTogether?

ABTraceTogether is a mobile app that enables community-driven contact tracing to support existing efforts to fight COVID-19. ABTraceTogether will be a tool to complement traditional manual contact tracing completed by public health officials.

Learn how to use the ABTraceTogether app

COVID-19 Financial Relief for Albertans

The provincial and federal governments are taking immediate and significant action to help Albertans facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Service Canada is ready to help

Service Canada provides Canadians with a single point of access to a wide range of government services and benefits. They are committed to improving services for Canadians by working with partners to provide access to the full range of government services and benefits that Canadians want and need through the Internet, by telephone, in person or by mail.

Online Self-assessment

Use this self-assessment tool to help determine whether you need to be tested for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself or on behalf of someone else if they're not able.

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