(Black Press file photo)

(Black Press file photo)

COVID-19 update: City of Lacombe remains under enhanced watch

The City of Lacombe now has 20 active cases while the county has six

The City of Lacombe remains at an enhanced watch status as of Nov. 13. There are now 20 active cases in the city and six in Lacombe County.

The Province of Alberta announced on Thursday that areas under an enhanced watch would be receiving additional mandatory and voluntary measures beginning Nov. 13.

These new mandatory measures include restaurants, bars, lounges and pubs with class A, B or C licenses must stop liquor sales by 10 p.m. and close by 11 p.m. There is also a 50-person limit on all indoor and outdoor wedding and funeral ceremonies.

It was announced earlier in the week that any gathering that had people mixing and mingling would be limited to 15 people both indoors and outdoors.

The new voluntary measures include no social gatherings inside your home or outside your community. The province suggests people socialize outdoors or at restaurants and businesses that have taken steps to prevent transmission and are subjects to legal limits.

It is also suggested that faith-based gatherings are limited to one-third of their capacity and employers in office settings should implement measures to reduce the number of workers in the office at one time.

In addition, it was also announced on Thursday that larger urban areas such as Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer would see a ban on group activities. This includes things like fitness classes, team sports as well as group performance activities like dancing.

This ban does not impact the City of Lacombe or Lacombe County at the time of publication.

According to the City of Lacombe, there is no discussion of implementing a mandatory mask bylaw at this time.

A full list of mandatory and voluntary measures can be found on the Government of Alberta’s website.