The Town of Banff has called a state of local emergency

Mar 17 2020, 11:30 am

The Town of Banff has officially declared a state of local emergency.

A release from the Town of Banff was sent out on Tuesday morning, stating that the declaration was made to support the province’s efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

This allows for town officials to impose restrictions on organizations and businesses, the first of which have already been enacted.

Most gatherings are limited to fewer than 50 people for businesses and events, with that cap including employees and customers.

Properties will also be limited to 50% fire load occupancy up to 50 people.

These new restrictions do not currently apply to grocery stores, transit, retail, pharmacies and health facilities, the release states.

“The decisions today were not taken lightly but they are critical to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Banff Mayor Karen Sorensen in the release.

“Banff is a community built on the hospitality industry. We know this will have a significant impact on businesses in town. But we have been in close contact with many establishments who agree that this is the right choice to put the safety of the people in our community as our top priority.”

The City of Calgary announced a state of local emergency this past weekend, closing a number of city-owned facilities as well as the city’s K-12 schools.

“All our Town services are still functioning,” said Chief Silvio Adamo, Director of Emergency Operations, in the release.

“Our top priority is maintaining essential services and they are managing well. Water, sewer, and power will keep running and streets and waste services are still serving our community. If people have an emergency, calling 911 will bring help from fire, police and ambulance. We are also still open for business for online services and payments in Town Hall.”

With coronavirus on the rise, Health Canada is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.