Masks are now mandatory in Alberta. See the Government of Alberta's website for more info.

The Town of Taber has implemented a Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw. To see more information, scroll down.

As of November 24, 2020, the Government of Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency. Mandatory measures are now in effect. To see these mandatory measures, click here.

Help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Taber and in Alberta. Latest info (including stats, health orders, and more): click this link.

Stay informed on how you can help prevent the spread. Concerns about your health? Call Health Link 811.

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Mandatory Masking Requirements

Please note that as of December 8, 2020, masks are now mandatory Province-wide. See the Government of Alberta's website for more information. 

Business Resources

With the new Provincial mandate on masks, we know businesses may have some questions. The Town has provided the resources below for your use:

The Town also has posters and graphics available for businesses to download and use as they like:

Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw 22-2020

Please note that the Provincial Government's mandatory mask mandate takes precedence over the Town's bylaw, but the Town's bylaw is still in effect as long at the Taber region remains in "enhanced" status due to COVID-19 cases. Where the Province does not outline mandatory masks (ie: public transportation such as taxis or busses), the Town’s bylaw will still apply and is subject to enforcement.
Please note that because the Province’s Health Order takes precedence over Town bylaws, any exemptions that may be outlined by the Province will be the only exemptions allowed for the duration of the Public Health Order on masks in Alberta.

Council of the Town of Taber has enacted a Bylaw 22-2020, the Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw, and is effective November 30th, 2020. This bylaw has been enacted due to rising COVID-19 cases in our region.

This bylaw requires the use of facial coverings in all indoor, enclosed, substantially enclosed public place, or in a public vehicle.

This bylaw does contain enforcement for violations with a $100 fine. The Town’s intention is not to be punitive, but those who refuse to comply with the mandatory measures can be subject to a fine.

The Town would like to remind citizens that regardless of your views on masking, being kind is encouraged at all times. Please be courteous and non-judgmental to business owners, workers, and anyone you encounter in public, regardless of your viewpoint. As Dr. Hinshaw says: “we are all in this together” and we will get through this pandemic together as a community.

Town Facial Coverings Bylaw Resources:
  • For businesses/public places, we have an 11x17 poster graphic you are able to use for display: Click here.

  • Business/Public Places 11x17 Poster: Low German translation, click here.

  • For guidance on wearing face coverings and proper usage, visit the Government of Alberta's link here.

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COVID-19 Low German Mennonite Translated Information 

Bliew oppmoakjsom un lia wieda wo du kaust halpen de Krankeit väabieejen.
Bedürfnisse äwa juna Gesundheit? Phone Health Link 811

For the English information provided within this video, please see the information sections below or click here.

 

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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.

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:

Town Office

The Administration Building is open to the public. To facilitate this, we have implemented some measures to keep you safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Masks are mandatory as per the Government of Alberta's Public Health Order and the Town of Taber's Temporary Mandatory Facial Coverings Bylaw.
  • We are only allowing one member of the public in the Town Lobby at one time.
  • Citizens must wait on the 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.

The Town of Taber will ensure minimal impact to our citizens. Staff are available by phone or email. Contact information is available here, or you can submit a service request here.

Online Services and Town Drop Box

Recreation Facilities

Updated December 11, 2020:

New Public Health Measures in effect starting Sunday, December 13, 2020.

 
The Aquafun Centre, Community Centre and both arenas will be closed for the next four weeks (up to and including January 12) at which time the Government of Alberta will reassess the COVID-19 situation.
 
While our doors will be locked, we will have office hours at which time we will be manning the phones If you are looking for any information, please contact us at 403-223-5544 (3) Monday-Friday (8:00 am-4:30 pm).
 
Please note: Dec. 25, Dec. 28 & Jan. 1 our staff will be taking their holidays to spend with their loved ones and will do their best to return your calls on the next business day.

Event Cancellations, Closures and Considerations

Based on the Government of Alberta's recommendations regarding large events and social isolating, the following event considerations have taken place:

Council and Committees Considerations
Other Events

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
  • Where physical distancing is not possible, using a mask is recommended
  • 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.

Reputable Sources

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?

Please click here for the Government of Alberta's requirements and rules for those who are considering travelling or have recently returned from travel. 

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.

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:

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 District Adult Learning has a resource tip sheet regarding COVID-19 here.