The Government of Alberta has declared a public health emergency on COVID-19.
Dee Regierung von Alberta haft aum 17 Moaz een Video gemoakt tom Menschen weeten luten wo sie kjennen wajch bliewen von de Krankheit COVID-19.
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COVID-19 Low German Mennonite Translated Information
Dee Regierung von Alberta haft aum 17 Moaz een Video gemoakt tom Menschen weeten luten wo sie kjennen wajch bliewen von de Krankheit COVID-19. Dit es gedonnen aum daut Menschen waut de Krankheit haben, uck wann see daut nicht weeten, nich aundare Menschen uck dee Krankheit jäewen. Bitte kjikj dit video.
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Taber's Response to COVID-19
We know the public is carefully following updates on COVID-19, and that includes our residents here in Taber. We want to assure the public that we are taking this seriously as the health and safety of our citizens, staff, and visitors are our highest priority.
Considerations have been made that have affected certain Town services are outlined below. We have increased our cleaning and disinfecting procedures in our public facilities, and will follow the directions provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Government of Alberta.
We have a team of staff constantly monitoring the situation and will act accordingly as the situation changes.
The Town of Taber has enacted its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) as a precaution to help properly circulate information and coordinate efforts if required. There is no cause for public concern, and there is NO State of Local Emergency in place for Taber. The EOC staff will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates when necessary and as per the official directions of the Government of Alberta.
For information on COVID-19 and what you can do to help protect yourself and others, we strongly encourage our residents to refer to the Government of Alberta’s website.
Above all, we encourage our residents to use good hygiene practices, especially frequent handwashing. Cover your coughs and sneezes, and stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill. For questions about your health, visit the Health Link website.
Tax and Utility Deferrals
Following their May 11, 2020 meeting, Council has approved changes to how utility payments and 2020 taxes will be collected in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the hardships many are facing. To see the changes made, please visit the links below:
As the Alberta Government cautiously moves into Phase 1 of the Relaunch Program, the Town of Taber is following their lead and is reopening our Administration Building as of May 14, 2020. To facilitate this, we have implemented some measures to keep you safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- We are only allowing one member of the public in the Town Lobby at one time.
- Citizens must wait on the “X” marks on the floor in the main lobby if there is someone ahead in line.
- We ask that only one member of a household attend at a time to limit the amount of traffic in the office.
- The Town has hand sanitizer in our lobbies for each visitor to use before and after their interactions.
- Finally, we ask that anyone who feels ill or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 not enter the Administration Building.
Residents can also send payments via mail to Town of Taber, A 4900 50th Street, Taber, AB, T1G 1T1. Mailed payments must be date stamped by Canada Post for the payment due date.
There is also a safe and secure drop box outside of the Town Administration Building front doors where residents can drop off documents and/or payments if they so wish. We are checking this dropbox regularly, and assure our citizens it is safe to leave your documents in. Our staff will issue receipts by mail.
Event Cancellations, Closures and Considerations
Based on the Government of Alberta's recommendations regarding large events and social isolating, the following event cancellations or closures have occurred:
- March & April Coffee with Council dates are CANCELLED
- All Recreation Board, Arts & Heritage Committee, and Municipal Police Commission meetings are suspended unless meetings are urgently required. See our calendar for the latest updates on meeting dates.
- All Council meetings will continue on as scheduled. We encourage the public to watch Council meetings from home via our livestream.
- Hockey Canada has cancelled all league play, please see their information here.
- Pond Hockey Tournament (March 13th-14th)- CANCELLED
- 4-on-4 Tournament (March 20th-22nd)- CANCELLED
- PowerUp! Taber Digital Marketing Series- POSTPONED
The Town of Taber continues to monitor the Government of Alberta's recommendations and will adjust the list accordingly as plans for events change. We will also notify the public on our official Town of Taber Facebook and Twitter profiles for any Town-planned events that may be affected.
If you are planning an event in Taber and wondering whether you should cancel or postpone it, please refer to the guidelines the Government of Alberta has posted on their website.
- The Aquafun Centre, Arena, Auditorium, Large/Small Ice, and Meeting Rooms of the Community Centre are CLOSED until further notice
- Drop-in programming is CANCELLED until further notice
- Spring Swim Lesson registration and lessons are CANCELLED
What Can I do to Protect Myself and Others?
AHS encourages residents to follow preventative measures which include:
- Stay home as much as possible, and only go out for essential items
- Wash your hands frequently and using best practices
- Avoid touching your face, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces and areas
- If you are feeling ill, you are required to stay at home and away from others. See more here.
- Cover your cough and sneezes, then wash your hands
- Do not visit seniors or people with pre-existing conditions as they are most susceptible to the virus.
More questions? Visit this link for more information.
The Town of Taber wishes to stress that residents get their information from reputable sources. Misinformation can be detrimental during issues like COVID-19, and it is important that residents verify the information they are receiving, particularly what they are seeing on social media.
Please refer to the following as the most factual and up-to-date information on COVID-19:
What if I have Recently Traveled or Planning to Travel?
On March 25, Alberta’s chief medical officer of Health issued orders under the Public Health Act to legally require returning travellers to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to Alberta. This legal requirement also applies to close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases. See more information here. People who violate the self-isolation orders face fines that are legally enforceable by law enforcement agencies.
Please note that the Government of Alberta is not recommending travel outside of Canada at this time.
All citizens should carefully consider their travel plans and the possibility of being exposed prior to making arrangements and travelling abroad.
Mental Health Resources
The COVID-19 pandemic can take a strain on your mental health. Alberta Health Services has a number of resources available at their "Help in Tough Times" webpage. Access it here.
There is also a comprehensive "Taking Charge of What you Can: a COVID-19 Toolkit" also available to read here.
Garage Sale Information
The Town of Taber is strongly suggesting residents avoid attending and hosting garage sales at this time. Alternative suggestions are to use online marketplaces such as Kijiji or Facebook Marketplace to sell your items so you can maintain physical distancing.
COVID-19 can be transmitted through both people and from droplets on surfaces. Therefore, garage sales make the perfect opportunity for the virus to be spread.
Garage sales are subject to the public health orders that require no more than 15 people gathered, it must be held in a space that allows for mandatory physical distancing of 2 metres, and risk mitigation factors put in place such as disinfecting all surfaces.
If you do choose to host a garage sale, please note that they are subject to enforcement if Alberta Health regulations aren’t met. So in that spirit, the Town of Taber is strongly recommending our residents save the garage sales for another time or use online marketplaces to sell any items so they can stop the spread of the virus.
Where Can I Find More Information?
Please refer to official sources of information for COVID-19 to ensure the information you are getting is factual, timely, and relevant.
Official sources of information for COVID-19 are found here:
- Government of Alberta website
- Government of Canada website
- World Health Organization website
- Alberta Health Services website
If you still have questions about what the Town of Taber is doing for COVID-19 that are not addressed above, please email us and we will respond as soon as possible.
Resources for Businesses
For business supports, please visit the Government of Alberta's website here.
For up-to-date business restrictions, please visit the Provincial Government's website here.
If you have employees that are new to Canada, Taber and Distrcit Adult Learning has a resource tip sheet regarding COVID-19 here.
I Have a Company/Business and Want to Help
The Alberta Emergency Management Agency has set up a tool where organizations and companies can offer a product or service that may help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to find it.
Council Approves Tax and Utility Payment Changes for COVID-19
Following their May 11, 2020 meeting, Council has approved changes to how utility payments and 2020 taxes will be collected in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the hardships many are facing.
05/14/2020 11:00 AM
Notice of Road Closure
Please note that starting May 5th, a portion of 62nd Avenue from 52nd Street to 54th Street will be closed for utility upgrading.
05/04/2020 3:15 PM
Public Service Announcement: Town to Ban Bags in Compost Carts
TOWN OF TABER- At their March 9, 2020 meeting, the Town of Taber Council passed the following resolution: MOVED by Councillor Garner that starting November 1, 2020, no plastic, compostable or biodegradable bags are to be put into compost bins within the Town of Taber.
03/24/2020 10:45 AM