Why was the SOLE extended to August 11th?

On May 12th, the Province passed Bill 13, The Emergency Management Amendment Act to address concerns raised by municipal stakeholders.

Amendments include:

  • Allowing states of local emergency for pandemics to last for 90 days.
  • Providing clear language that it is an offence to be non-compliant with orders made under states of local or provincial emergency.

 

It is important to remember the Province is still under a Public Health Emergency, the US and Canada border closure was extended another 30 days and Stage 1 of a 3 Stage relaunch program just started on May 14th. Extending the Town of Drumheller SOLE reduces the need for weekly procedural renewals during the pandemic and it provides the ability to reinstate control measures rapidly if conditions change.

If the SOLE is no longer required, it can be cancelled at any time.

For more information below are useful resources

https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/fcc2272f-43f5-4005-acc3-39741c7985cd/resource/3f237c53-8764-419f-a85d-35029ec0c3a9/download/ma-emergency-legislation-fact-sheet-bill-13.pdf

https://rmalberta.com/?s=SOLE

 

Does the extension of the SOLE mean our local businesses are closed until August 11th?

No. The Town of Drumheller is complying with the Province’s relaunch strategy. However, some businesses have chosen not to open at this time and will reopen when they feel it safe to do so.

 

How long will the road barricades signs be up in Town?

The road barricades will remain for the foreseeable future. The Province is still under a Public Health Emergency and just implemented Stage 1 of a Stage 3 relaunch program. The main purpose of the barricades is to separate the residential neighborhoods from commercial and visitor traffic. We will adapt the position of barricades as businesses and attractions open. Our priority remains to protect the lives of our residents and minimize the spread of COVID-19.

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