The situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to evolve. The health and well-being of our community is a top priority.
We update local COVID numbers in our FAQ.
PROVINCIAL UPDATE: TUE APR 6
The province announced these mandatory public health measures in effect as of 11:59pm Apr 6:
- Retail services must reduce customer capacity to 15% of fire code occupancy
- Indoor fitness: one-on-one training with an individual or household permitted; no drop-in, individual activities, group fitness
- Outdoor physical activity allowed with up to 10 people (maintain physical distancing between households)
- Adult performance activities not permitted: dancing, singing, acting, playing a musical instrument, rehearsal or theatrical performances.
Mandatory public health measures in effect at noon Fri Apr 9:
- Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafés
- No indoor in-person service
- Takeout, curbside pickup and delivery services are permitted.
- Outdoor patio dining allowed with tables/dining parties two metres apart or separated by a barrier
- Household members only, or two close contacts of someone who lives alone.
- Contact information must be collected from one person of the dining party.
More details, including the public health measures that remain unchanged: https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx
LOCAL VACCINATION SITE ANNOUNCED: COCHRANE RANCHEHOUSE
The Cochrane RancheHouse is proud to participate as an AHS COVID-19 vaccination centre and help support the provincial vaccination roll out.
IMPORTANT: all booking is done through AHS: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page17295.aspx
Need transportation? There's a COLT stop at the RancheHouse. Book your trip
FACE COVERINGS BYLAW
The Town’s Face Coverings Bylaw specifies that masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces until we have fewer than 10 cases for 14 days in a row. But as long as the provincial mask mandate is in place, it overrides the Town’s bylaw.
WHAT THAT MEANS: even if Cochrane is below 10 cases for 14 days, masks will still be required until the provincial requirement is lifted.
Town officials are in regular contact with provincial officials and we do our best to update the community with the most current, accurate information. Our top priority is keeping our community safe — that includes keeping you informed.
Thank you for everything you do to keep each safe. We’ll get through this together.
FACE COVERINGS ARE MANDATORY
For the safety and protection of our community, beginning Monday November 9, 2020 it is our mandated duty to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces and in public vehicles, with some exceptions.
Face coverings are not required:
- When eating or drinking at a public premises, like a restaurant.
- When you’re doing physical activity, like in a gym or fitness centre.
- For children under five years of age.
- In private spaces, like a home or office.
- People with disabilities or underlying medical conditions that affect their ability to wear a face covering.
- If you are unable to place, use or remove a face covering safely without assistance.
- If you are care-giving for or accompanying a person with a disability where wearing a face covering would hinder the accommodation of the person’s disability (for example, ability to lipread).
- For people who have temporarily removed their face covering where doing so is necessary to provide or receive a service (for example, a visit to the dentist).
We want Cochrane to thrive, for businesses to stay open and for our residents to stay healthy. Together, we can help prevent the spread.
- Download the Wear Your Mask Here signage
- AHS guidance for wearing masks: https://www.alberta.ca/masks.aspx
- How to clean face coverings (PDF)
- How to store face coverings (PDF)
- Improper use of face coverings (PDF)
- Proper use of face coverings (PDF)
- Take face coverings off carefully (PDF)
If you’re concerned about your own health or symptoms, call HealthLink at 811.
On July 29, 2020, Cochrane Council approved Bylaw 20/2020 that provides the opportunity to make it mandatory to wear a face covering or non-medical mask in indoor public places and public vehicles.
The mandatory requirement was enacted when Cochrane reached 10 active cases. It will be rescinded when active case numbers are reported to be below 10, for 14 consecutive days.
The Town’s key objectives related to COVID-19:
- Flatten the curve (physical distancing is key)
- Avoid overwhelming the health care system
- Keep critical systems and people working
Download the #CochraneSaysThanks poster, colour it and then share a picture on social media using the #CochraneSaysThanks hashtag!
Check out the #CochraneSaysThanks video and performance contributions:
- Tynan T. singing Vittoria Mio Core by Giacomo Carissimi
- Keelyn T. singing Ein Schwan by Edvard Grieg
- Cochrane businesses say thanks
- Cochrane Fire and Protective Services say thanks
- Aaron Kenny says thanks
Share these graphics on social media, drop off a help card to an isolated neighbour or print a poster to display in your window to show your neighbours we’re in this together. And together, we’ll get through it.