The Town of Banff has officially declared a state of local emergency.
A release from the Town of Banff was sent out on Wednesday, stating that the declaration was made to support the province’s efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
This allows town officials to impose restrictions on organizations and businesses, the first of which have already been enacted.
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Banff had previously declared a state of local emergency back in March during the initial outbreak.
According to the town’s website, there are currently 170 active cases of coronavirus in Banff.
“In times of crisis, you need to take extraordinary measures – and this is certainly a dire situation for the people of Banff,” said Mayor Sorensen in a release.
“Our region – Banff and Lake Louise – has the second-highest number of cases per capita in Alberta.”
Those visiting the town of Banff this November and December will be made aware of the high number of cases, the high risk of transmission, and the reduction to services offered in town. Signs are located at entrances to the town with virus-related information, the release states.
“This declaration will also amplify our communications to visitors and residents about the crisis in Banff,” said Sorensen.
“For visitors, they need to be aware of the high risk of transmission here. For residents and businesses, they need to know we are here for them, but we also need them to double-down on the measures that will stamp out COVID in Banff.”