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Lac La Biche County and New Provincial COVID-19 Regulations (Updated January 22, 2021)

Post Date:11/27/2020 12:25 PM

Updated based on provincial information released on January 21, 2021.

Lac La Biche County has reviewed the new restrictions and guidelines set out by the Government of Alberta on December 8, 2020 and updated on January 22, 2021. The following changes will apply to County facilities, programming and services as a result. Please also ensure that you familiarize yourself with the Government of Alberta's enhanced public health measures, and be sure to follow all of those that apply to you and your family.

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McArthur Place

  • McArthur Place is closed to the public, and will be accessible by appointment only. Please call 780-623-1747 for assistance.
  • If you plan to meet with a County staff member, it is preferred to contact them by phone, email, or other virtual methods. Please consult our online staff directory, or call 780-623-1747 for assistance.

County Centre

  • County Centre remains closed to the public, and will be accessible by appointment only. Please call 780-623-1747 for assistance.
  • If you plan to meet with a County staff member, it is preferred to contact them by phone, email, or other virtual methods. Please consult our online staff directory, or call 780-623-1747 for assistance.

Bold Center

  • The Bold Center will be closed as of December 13, 2020, and will remain closed per provincial regulations. There will be no public access to the main facility.
    • The food court in the Bold Center will be accessible from the side food court door.
  • J.A. Williams High School students and teachers will not have access to the Bold Center during school hours (with the exception of field house 2 for scheduled gym classes).
  • All in-person programming has been cancelled. Registration for winter virtual programming and fitness classes opened Monday, January 11 and will be available online at: https://boldcenter.ca/activellbc/
    •  Customer service staff will also be prepared to accept phone registrations with a valid credit card as payment Monday to Friday   from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Snowshoe rentals will be made available both online and by phone to arrange pick up times and payments. Call 780-623-3829 to register or to rent snowshoes.

Stuart MacPherson Public Library

  • Libraries remain closed to the public, but will continue to provide contactless curbside pickup at the Stuart MacPherson branch (Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) by appointment only.

Portage Pool

  • Portage Pool will be closed as of December 13, 2020, and will remain closed per provincial regulations. 
  • As of Monday, January 11, you can call Portage Pool Monday to Friday to register for swim lessons and leadership programs for the winter session. Call 780-623-6777 for more information.

Plamondon Arena

  • The Plamondon Arena will be closed as of December 13, 2020, and will remain closed per provincial regulations. There will be no public access to the arena.
    • The Plamondon Wandering River Community Resource Society remained open until December 18, 2020.
    • The Top Shelf Grill will be open for takeout only (with delivery at the door). Please call 780-520-4853 for more information.

Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) Programs

  • All in-person programming has been cancelled. 
  • Virtual options have been set up in some cases to replace in-person programs. Please check the Lac La Biche County Family & Community Support Services Facebook page, or call 780-520-8576 for more information.
  • The FCSS toy lending and equipment library continues to be made available to County residents by appointment. Please contact FCSS Young Families at 780-623-6365.

Community Access Bus Services

  • Paratransit Services will be available for medical appointments and prescription deliveries only.
  • Community Access Bus Stops will be closed until further notice.

Reuse Centres at County Landfills and Transfer Stations

  • Reuse centres at County landfills and transfer stations were closed as of Monday, December 7, 2020.
  • Please note that landfills and transfer stations remain operational, and will be open for regular hours.

Outdoor Trails, Parks, Playgrounds, and Ice Rinks

  • Outdoor trails, parks, and playgrounds remain available to the public, but users must follow all Alberta Health Services' guidelines and restrictions.
  • Outdoor ice rinks will be open when the ice is ready (weather-dependent). Alberta Health Services’ regulations will apply at each rink, and signage will be posted.

County staff have been working hard to develop opportunities for the community to stay active and healthy throughout the holiday season, from offering snowshoe rentals to online programming that you can follow along with at home. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to meet Alberta Health Services’ requirements and keep our community safe.

COVID-19 regulations are continually being clarified and changed, and we will provide updates as soon as we are able. Please stay tuned to the Lac La Biche County, Bold Center, Portage Pool, Lac La Biche County Family & Community Support Services, and Young Family Connections Facebook pages, along with our website, for more information as it develops.