Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The Town of Olds is actively monitoring the situation through Public Health Canada and Alberta Health Services as well as meeting regularly with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency regarding COVID-19. This is a fluid situation that is changing rapidly. Please monitor this page for any local COVID-19 news.  If you have concerns or questions about novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please refer to the Alberta Health Services Novel Coronavirus Page.

For new provincial laws and/or regulations regarding the coronavirus, visit the Alberta Government webpage, COVID-19 Info for Albertans.

For information from the Federal Government, visit the Cornavirus Disease (COVID-19) page.


Mayor's Message (April 5)

April 2 - Town of Olds Announces Financial Relief due to COVID-19

April 1 - Council Meeting via teleconference on April 2. Public can call in to attend

Mayor's Message (March 31)

March 31 - Kids Help Phone. No matter what you want to talk about.  Totally private. 24/7

March 30 - Town of Olds COVID-19 Outreach through the Great Neighbours Program

March 28 - Essential services defined- businesses permitted t0 remain open 

March 27 - new restrictions on gathering sizes; all non-essential business ordered closed

Message to Returning Snowbirds or Other Travellers

Canadians returning from extended stays outside the country are reminded to self isolate. Do not stop to buy groceries or visit friends or family. Please refer to the following documents for returning travellers.

AHS Returning Traveller FAQ - Land Border Return (March 20)

Government of Canada Returning Traveller Guide (March 20)

The COVID-19 situation is unprecedented and this will require a cooperative effort from all three levels of government to not only address the health and safety of our residents but also provide some financial relief as well. The Town is working on options and we hope to announce these measures in the near future. Please keep watching our website, the newspaper, social media and listen to the radio for updates.

COVID-19 IMPACT ON PAYING UTILITIES & TAXES

Local Information Regarding COVID-19

Event Cancellations

Volunteer Appreciation Night - April 3 - Cancelled

Dive-In Movie Night at Olds Aquatic Centre - March 20 - Cancelled

Humpty's Championship Cup Grand Slam of Curling - Cancelled

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program - Suspended until further notice

Public Facility Closures

Town Administration Office - Closed until further notice

  • Town Office Closed, but staff still working and phone lines are open from 8:30 - 4:30.

    For mail or courier deliveries, please call 403-556-6981 and someone will assist you.

    PAYMENTS

    1. Please drop your payments in the drop box located to the left of the front doors (envelopes provided).
    2. Pay through your on-line banking.
    3. Pay via credit card by accessing Virtual City Hall through our Town of Olds website at www.olds.ca
    4. Pay by mailing a cheque to:
    Town of Olds
    4515 46 Street
    Olds, AB T4H 1R5
    Cheques made payable to the “Town of Olds”

    For any assistance please, contact us at admin@olds.ca.

Fire Services Building - Closed to public until further notice

Nu2U Thrift Store - Closed until further notice

Town Operations Centre - Closed to public until further notice

Olds Aquatic Centre - Closed until further notice

Olds Sportsplex - Closed until further notice

Olds Municipal Library - Closed until further notice

All schools - Closed until further notice

All day cares - Closed until further notice

Olds College - in person classes cancelled and replaced with distance learning

Mountain View Museum - Closed March 17 to May 5

Outdoor Public Facility Closures

Playground Structures - Closed until further notice 
Ball Diamonds - Closed until further notice
Skateboard Park- Closed until further notice
OR Hedges Campground - Closed until further notice

Olds RCMP Detatchment

  • Only essential services are being provided at this time.
  • In order to prioritize our services and reduce unnecessary personal contact, please call (403) 556-3324 to speak directly with an RCMP employee.
  • If assistance can be provided to you over the phone, an employee/officer will do so.
  • If your request requires personal contact with an officer, an employee will be with you shortly and bring you into the Detachment.
  • For the safety of all, you may be asked to wear a mask while in the Detachment.
  • If you need officer assistance, and believe you may be ill, please let us know when you make the call so our officers can be prepared ahead of time.
  • Don’t be alarmed if you see employee’s wearing extra protection.
  • Only Fingerprinting and Criminal Record Checks that are Time Sensitive for Critical Employment are being processed at this time. Non-urgent fingerprinting and Criminal Record Checks will be available at a later date.

Operational Communications Centres are open and fully functioning for emergency calls   * please only dial 911 in an emergency*

As it is important to keep the RCMP employees healthy in order to keep the community safe, the Olds RCMP has also implemented measures to protect employees:
  • The RCMP is following all AHS guidelines for employees returning from travel or who are experiencing symptoms. 
  • Employees who have compromised immune systems or other underlying health issues are receiving additional care. 
  • Personal protection supplies are being procured so that all staff have the necessary equipment available. 
  • Additional protocols have been put in place for safe prisoner handling practices. 
  • There are mandatory protocols for regular cleaning and disinfecting of workstations and police cars. 
  • RCMP officers and employees are following social distancing practices in the workplace.
Where possible, officers will be attempting to handle non-urgent complaints by phone or e-mail.  However, response to priority situations is unchanged and everyone can be assured that the RCMP is still responding to all calls and protecting the public. 

Meeting Cancellations

Regular Council meeting - March 23 - Cancelled

Policies & Priorities Committee meeting - April 6 - Cancelled

Preventive Measures

During this time, focus on prevention of spreading the virus.

To help protect you and your family against all respiratory illnesses, including flu and COVID-19, you should:

Limit Social Activity

Use this time to stay home connect with family - playing board games or watching movies. Keep an eye out for neighbors who might need help with shovelling sidewalks or ensure they have what they need. Check in on those who are vulnerable to illness to ensure they are ok - but only do so by telephone/text/email.

Get outside for fresh air and exercise, but practice social distancing.  Do not gather in groups, stay two meters (six feet) apart and do not use public playground facilities.

Provincial or Federal Government Documents Regarding COVID-19

Hard surface disinfectants and hand sanitizers (COVID-19) - Health Canada

Tips for Alberta Business and Community Leaders Addressing Social and Economic Fall-Out from COVID-19

Emergency Response Database - Register your product or service with the Alberta Emergency Response Database (March 23) 

Make your own disinfectant - Environmental Cleaning in Public Facilities (March 23)

Government RolEs and Responsibilities During COVID-19 (March 26)

To file a complaint for non-compliance related to COVID-19 and the Public Health Order, residents are to notify Alberta Health Services via its Environmental Public Health Page.
For all other resident concerns regarding the Town please continue to use Town of Olds Report A Problem page.