3 Major Sylvan Lake events cancelled in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

The cancelled events include this weekend’s The Meltdown and Leprechaun Treasure Hunt

Major events occurring over the next month in town have been cancelled as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday afternoon the Provincial Government instated new public health measures to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19.

One of these measures includes cancelling all events where attendance is expected to be greater than 250 people.

The call to cancel major events province-wide has put a temporary end to sporting events, conventions, and family-friendly events.

In Sylvan Lake, three major events over the next month have been cancelled to protect the health of staff, residents, and visitors.

The three events cancelled in response to the outbreak are: this weekend’s The Meltdown, the Home & Lifestyle Show in April and the Volunteer Gala in April.

“We are doing everything possible to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our province. The virus is spreading rapidly and is now a global threat. We are implementing these new measures to slow its spread and limit the risks in the weeks ahead. Protecting the health of Albertans is, and always will be, our top priority,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health, said in a press release.

The Town of Sylvan Lake is also implementing other measures to keep as many people as possible safe and healthy.

These additional measures include cancelling all business travel for Town staff until the end of April and expanding efforts to ensure safe sanitation practices are in place at Town facilities.

“At this time, the NexSource Centre is open, and scheduled programs within our facilities are not affected; however, we ask that residents follow the Town online, in the event of scheduling changes,” a press release from the Town states.

The restrictions put into place by the provincial government do not extend to places of worship, grocery stores, airports or shopping centres.

However, the Province does recommend events with more than 50 attendees and expects “international participants, or involves critical infrastructure staff, seniors, or other high-risk populations” should also be cancelled.

The Town of Sylvan Lake, Alberta Health Services and the Government of Alberta are reminding all residents to protect yourselves and others:

• Use good hygiene practices, such as frequent handwashing

• Cover coughs and sneezes

• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

• Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill

• If you have symptoms, stay home and call Health Link 811 for instructions

Those who have travelled outside of Canada or have been in direct contact with another who has COVID-19 should self-quarantine and call Health Link 811 for instructions.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Non-profits that are helping people impacted by COVID-19 can apply for relief funding

Red Deer and District FCSS can draw from a provincial pot of $30 million

No Alberta renter will be evicted for non-payment on April 1, promises the premier

No evictions during the entire Alberta public health emergency

Opening Red Deer’s safe consumption site would reduce strain on system during COVID-19, says advocate

Alberta should give also give addicts clean drugs, added Deborah Watson

Sylvan Lake product named SCAHL’s Best Goaltender

West Central Bantam AA Tigers’ Spencer Michnik received the coach-voted award for the 2019-20 season

A message from the publisher

Consider a voluntary subscription to Sylvan Lake News

COVID-19 world update: Enforceable quarantine in NYC?; France orders 1 billion masks

Spain warns EU’s future at stake; New York governor calls Trump’s idea ‘federal declaration of war

Families urge action to get Canadians home from cruise ship stuck off Panama

1,243 passengers and 586 crew on board and more tests are being done every day

Canada could face legal trouble over refugee deportations: advocates

Deputy Prime Minister Freeland holding ‘urgent’ discussions with U.S. officials

Regions brace to fight rising flood waters and cases of COVID-19

Pontiac is one of dozens of flood-prone regions bracing for the possibility of rising waters

Feds working to get 248 Canadians stranded on COVID-19-infected cruise ship home

The federal government is working with the Panamanian government and Holland America

Most Read