Town of Altona Response to COVID-19
The Town of Altona is taking proactive measures to help reduce the impact of COVID-19. This includes:
- Freezing municipal taxes for 2020, and offering an interest deferral program for those facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 ( https://altona.ca/financial-hardship/)
- As of October 19, 2020, mask use is required in all Town-owned public facilities. 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. Face masks must be worn over the mouth, nose and chin at all times with the following exemptions: Children under the age of five; individuals with medical conditions preventing them from safely wearing a mask; and individuals who are unable to put on or take off a mask without assistance. Visitors to the facilities are also permitted to temporarily remove their masks in certain circumstances. Please review the October 16, 2020 press release below for more information
- Suspending recreation programs. As restrictions are lifted, recreation programs may begin to be offered again. Click here to learn what programs are being offered.
- The Millennium Exhibition Centre’s facilities such as the Altona Elk’s Playland and Mini Stick Arena are closed until further notice
- Outdoor recreation facilities such as the Bridge Skate Park, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, baseball diamonds, batting cages, warm-up shelters, and public washrooms are open with restrictions in place, and hand-washing/sanitizing stations available.
- The Administration Office in the Civic Centre, and the Recreation Office in the Millennium Exhibition Centre are open to the public, but residents are reminded that most or all of our services can be accessed online or over the phone, without needing to come in. Please call us at 204-324-6468 or 204-324-9005 for the Recreation Office.
All of these steps are in place to ensure the safety of our community, our staff, and the protection of essential services. We will continue to be hard at work delivering essential services such as protective services, clean water, wastewater treatment and many others, and keeping you informed. The Town of Altona encourages you to practice excellent hygiene, physical distancing, and find new ways to connect with your community. Physical distancing does not need to mean loneliness. As we work together to flatten the curve and slow down the spread of COVID-19, call your neighbours, chat with your friends virtually, and find new ways to socialize while maintaining distance.