Update on COVID-19 from The City of Calgary

The City of Calgary would like to provide all our community partners and organization an update on COVID-19 and how The City is preparing.

COVID-19 is a dynamic international event and the situation is changing on a daily basis. The City of Calgary is preparing its planning and communications to ensure stakeholders and partners have the guidance and information necessary to make decisions about their organizations delivery of essential services and protect the health and wellbeing of Calgarians.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is taking the lead on the COVID19 response for the province and The City’s Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) is working closely with AHS and all orders of government in response to COVID-19. The City’s role during an infectious disease outbreak is to ensure a safe and viable community through continuity of local government, essential services and emergency response. This includes reviewing and implementing response plans and business continuity programs, maintaining the continuity of essential municipal services, and liaising with AHS and other stakeholders to align broader provincial response and recovery.

For updates and additional information on COVID19 from The City, please visit Calgary.ca/covid19.

In order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, everyone, including organizations, can do a few simple things. To protect yourself and those around you from contracting or carrying COVID-19, you are asked to:

· Wash your hands frequently: This is the single most effective way of preventing the spread of disease. Use hand sanitizer, when you can’t wash your hands with soap and warm water. The City provides multiple hand sanitizing stations, for both the public and employees, in our facilities.

· Catch your germs: Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze by using the inside of your elbow or your shoulder.

· Avoid touching your face: In between handwashing, keep your hands away from your eyes, ears, nose and mouth.

· Practice healthy habits: Eat well, exercise daily and get enough rest to help support your immune system.

· Stay home if you are feeling sick: If you are experiencing, fever, cough, difficulty breathing or other flu like symptoms, stay home and away from others and contact your healthcare provider. If you have questions or concerns about your health contact Health Link 811.

The province of Alberta has provided this poster that can easily be printed off and shared with your employees about staying safe during this time.

Events and Gatherings

The Government of Alberta has banned all mass gatherings of 250 people or more. This includes large sporting events, conferences and community events, but does not extend to places of worship, grocery stores, airports or shopping centres. The Province is also asking that any event that has more than 50 attendees and expects to have international participants, or involves critical infrastructure staff, seniors, or other high-risk populations should also be cancelled.

The City of Calgary understands many partner organizations are hosting annual general meetings, events, and other activities that may be considered mass gatherings. In the case of smaller gatherings, The City is recommending organizations to determine the risk associated with these events and gatherings by reviewing the Government of Canada’s website Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak for guidance.

For more information as it becomes available, please check the following resources:

· Government of Alberta website – Learn about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and actions being taken to protect the health of Albertans

· Alberta Health Services website – Information and guidance from AHS regarding the current outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

· Government of Canada website – Actions on COVID-19

· Government of Canada website – Risk-informed decision making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak

Business Continuity Planning

The City of Calgary recommends all partner organizations review and develop business continuity programs within the context of COVID-19. Please see the Maintaining business during an infectious disease outbreak document for a business continuity checklist specific to infectious disease outbreaks. This checklist and business continuity planning can be customized for the size of your organization.

Key business continuity planning recommendations include:

· Understand your priority services and priority positions;

· Understand your business requirements, particularly your workforce requirements;

· Understand what positions should be a priority for tele-working;

· Socialize good techniques for preventing infectious disease transmission (i.e. discourage hand-shaking, frequent hand-washing);

· Review policies around travel, sick leave, and processes to follow if an employee becomes ill, including how support may be offered to employees and coworkers at home or in self-isolation;

· Actively encourage anyone who is feeling ill to stay home and away from others;

· Research best practices in your industry.

The City of Calgary is a partner with you during this time. We will continue to provide updates as needed. Feel free to contact us at timothy.wild@calgary.ca or 403-476-7212 if you have any questions.

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