Help stop the spread

The Edmonton area is seeing a rapid rise in active COVID-19 cases. To stop the spread before it gets out of control, additional public health measures are in place for the Edmonton Zone, which includes the City of Edmonton and surrounding communities

This approach is based on evidence that balances efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 with the harmful impact that aggressive measures can have on other elements of Albertans’ health and well-being.

Health officials are closely monitoring the Edmonton Zone. Additional measures may be recommended if needed.

Measures: City of Edmonton

Mandatory measures (as of Oct. 26)

  • This limit does not apply to structured events where socializing is not the purpose of the activity. This includes restaurants, worship services, wedding ceremonies, conferences, funeral services or trade shows. Current gathering limits and prevention measures as outlined by official guidance remains in place.

The temporary limit will be reassessed at the end of November 2020. It will be lifted when we are able to bring new case numbers down and sufficiently reduce the spread.

Voluntary measures

  • Limit your cohorts to no more than 3: your core household, your school, and one other sport or social cohort.
    • Young children who attend child care could be part of 4 cohorts, given that child care settings have not been a high risk for spread.
  • Wear a mask in all indoor work settings, except when alone in a workspace like an office or cubicle where you are safely distanced from others, or an appropriate barrier is in place.

Measures: Surrounding communities

Voluntary measures

All residents and visitors of communities surrounding Edmonton should:

  • Keep your family and social gatherings small - no more than 15 people.
  • Limit your cohorts to no more than 3: your core household, your school, and one other sport or social cohort.
    • Young children who attend child care could be part of 4 cohorts, given that child care settings have not been a high risk for spread.
  • Wear a mask in all indoor work settings, except when alone in a workspace like an office or cubicle where you are safely distanced from others, or an appropriate barrier is in place.

Edmonton zone communities

The public health measures apply to all residents and visitors of communities in the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Edmonton Zone:

  • Beaumont
  • Devon
  • Edmonton
  • Evansburg
  • Fort Saskatchewan
  • Gibbons
  • Leduc
  • Morinville
  • Sherwood Park
  • Spruce Grove
  • St. Albert
  • Stony Plain
  • Thorsby
  • Surrounding villages and businesses

Why these measures are needed

We must take action now to help slow the virus's spread and make sure the health system can continue supporting patients with COVID-19, influenza and many other needs.

There is a time lag between transmission and new case identification. 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 can do

We must continue following existing public health measures to keep ourselves and others safe:

  • Keep 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 longer
    • 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

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