Updated COVID-19 Precautions

The Town of Altona will require masks within all indoor town facilities, starting on October 19th, 2020.

Masks that cover the nose, mouth and chin without gapping will be required for the public to enter the Millennium Exhibition Centre, and the Altona Civic Centre. This decision was made by Town Council in their meeting on October 13th as a measure to keep staff and the community safe while keeping facilities open to the public.

The decision also aligns with Return to Play protocols from Hockey Manitoba and Skate Canada Manitoba, which require participants to wear masks within arenas such as the Millennium Exhibition Centre. Mandating masks in that facility will create consistency for all users.

“There is a time to lead, and a time to follow. That’s how council members approached the most recent discussion regarding the use of masks.  And overwhelmingly council and staff felt that the wearing of masks requirement would provide additional safety for our staff, consistent with our user groups who have already mandated the use of masks. The recent surge of COVID cases in Manitoba was also a factor in our decision, prompting the comment, do we wait and react when those increased cases arrive here? Or do we take concrete measures now?  We ultimately decided that standing on the sidelines was not in the best interests of the community, and together with the endorsement of administration, we proceeded.”

Mayor Al Friesen

Face masks must be worn over the mouth, nose and chin at all times within the indoor town facilities with the following exemptions:

  • Children under the age of five
  • Individuals with medical conditions preventing them from safely wearing a mask
  • Individuals who are unable to put on or take off a mask without assistance

Visitors to the facilities are permitted to temporarily remove their mask if they are:

  • Receiving a service that requires removal of their mask
  • Actively engaging in an athletic or fitness activity (e.g.: on the ice surface, running on the indoor track, participating in a fitness program)
  • Consuming food or drink
  • Needing to remove it for an emergency or medical purpose
  • Establishing their identity
  • Town staff who are working alone in a space with restricted access, such as a private office or open workspace with appropriate physical distancing measures in place, or travelling alone in a Town vehicle.

The Altona Public Works Shop and the Altona Rhineland Emergency Services Fire Hall will remain closed to the public at this time.

Residents are reminded that most services at the Altona Civic Centre Administration Office can be accessed online, or over the phone at 204-324-6468

Altona Votes Yes on Retail Cannabis

The Town of Altona should allow licensed cannabis stores within Town limits, said voters in the plebiscite held on October 14th, 2020.

1,155 voters cast their ballots in the polls, including advanced polls on October 8th, 2020, mail in ballots, and mobile polling stations. That is a voter turnout of just over 36%. Of those 1,155 voters, 692 voted “yes” to the question: “should licensed retail cannabis stores be allowed in Altona?”.

“Town Council is encouraged by the response of Altona Residents,” said Mayor Friesen. “We had supported the original decision to not oppose the establishment of a retail cannabis operation for what we felt were valid reasons of growth, progress and safety for residents of all ages, and feel validated that the community agreed with our goal of moving forward.  We thank those who weighed the pros and cons and especially the over 800 viewers of our Conversation on Cannabis livestream and cast their ballot accordingly.”

The plebiscite was called following a petition from the community that was presented earlier this year. The plebiscite was initially set for May of 2020, but was pushed back to October to better prepare safety precautions regarding COVID-19.

While the primary retailer chosen by the Province of Manitoba for the community has gone in a different direction, the secondary retailer will now be contacted.

  Yes No Total Votes
Poll 1 226 136 362
Poll 2 197 143 340
Mobile Poll 1 37 62 99
Mobile Poll 2 14 31 45
Advanced Poll 218 91 309
       
Total 692 463 1155

Planned Power Outage

We’ve been informed by Manitoba Hydro of an upcoming planned power outage. On Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 6:30 – 7:30 am, and 10:30 – 11:30 am, a planned power outage will affect 736 hydro customers in Altona, in the south end of town.

Visit https://account.hydro.mb.ca/Portal/outeroutage.aspx to learn more.

Solid Waste Special Service Plan By-Law Draft

You will have received or will be receiving a letter in the mail regarding the upcoming public hearing on October 27th, 2020 regarding the Solid Waste Special Service Plan. Please see the proposed by-law in full below:

You can learn more about upcoming meetings, including public hearings here: Upcoming Agendas and Public Hearings