The City of Wetaskiwin has been in the process of reviewing its re-opening plans and continues to work closely with public health authorities to ensure a safe and successful relaunch of programs and services.
“The province’s decision to move up the re-launch is exciting, and I know we are all happy to be able to access additional facilities and services,” said City Manager Sue Howard. “Given this extremely short notice, however, all of the provincial re-launch guidelines have not yet been released and the Emergency Operations Centre will need time to review each guiding document to ensure we align with provincial health requirements.”
City administrators first became aware of the province’s revised Stage II timeline during Premier Kenney’s televised address on Tuesday, June 9. Since then, the City has been working at a heightened pace to determine how local plans and timelines for re-entry can be executed in tandem with the new provincial mandate. When making these important decisions, the safety of Wetaskiwin’s community members and staff will remain the City’s top priority.
“The good news of Alberta’s accelerated re-entry is largely due to the patience, restraint, and adherence to safety protocols by Albertans as a whole—including our citizens,” said Howard. “I’d like to personally thank the families and business owners of Wetaskiwin for their cooperation to date, and for their continued understanding as we work to implement local re-opening plans and timelines.”
Phase II of the province’s relaunch strategy will allow additional businesses and services to re-open and resume operations starting June 12—a week earlier than had been initially set by the province. While the number of people allowed at indoor and outdoor gatherings have increased, public health guidelines such as physical distancing requirements remain in place. The Provincial Relaunch Strategy is outlined on the Government of Alberta website at alberta.ca/alberta-relaunch-strategy.
Please continue to visit the City of Wetaskiwin's COVID-19 news portal for updates on the provincial Phase II Relaunch details and their relation to City-managed facilities and public spaces.