Coronavirus Information for Beaumont
The health, safety and well-being of our residents, staff and visitors is our city’s priority.
Here is a collection of information and resources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, including updates from the Government of Alberta, Government of Canada and the City of Beaumont.
Prevent the Spread
We continue to ask the community and our employees to practise healthy hygiene habits and physical distancing (maintaining an appropriate distance from others) to prevent the spread of germs, including:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Stay home if you are sick
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Do not share water bottles or similar containers
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects
Physical distancing is a term that refers to a conscious effort to reduce close contact between people and hopefully reduce community transmission of the virus. Practise physical distancing in all public situations as this plays an important role in minimizing the spread of the virus.
This means staying at least two metres (six feet) away from other people and following the Alberta government’s limits on the size of gatherings. However, this does not mean you must stay inside. Social distancing is not about staying indoors; it’s about maintaining an appropriate distance from others.
New information about COVID-19 is being shared on a regular basis on the Government of Alberta website.
City of Beaumont Updates
Mandatory Health Measures (UPDATED Feb. 10)
Province-wide enhanced measures are in place to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and take pressure off the health care system.
Indoor social gatherings are not permitted. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people and must not have an indoor component.
- Backyard gatherings that requirement movement in and out of homes are not permitted.
- All in attendance should remain two metres apart at all times.
- Outdoor group physical activity must be limited to 10 people or fewer.
- Activity should be kept to members of the same household
- Members of different households must keep two metres apart at all times,
- Outdoor group activities where two metre distancing cannot be maintained are prohibited, including:
- Shinny, tag and pick-up hockey.
- More than 10 people can use large, open areas, such as toboggan hills, at the same time as long as physical distancing is maintained between households.
The following measures are also in place:
- Face coverings must be worn in public indoor spaces, indoor workplaces and places of worship
- All places of worship are limited to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance.
- Retail services must reduce customer capacity to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy at all times.
- Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes can open with some restrictions.
- Indoor recreational facilities are closed to the general public. Limited access is allowed for schools and organized children's group activities.
- Personal wellness services, including hair salons, nail salons, massage, tattoos and piercing, can open by appointment only.
- Wedding services are limited to a maximum of 10 people and funeral services are limited to 20. Receptions are not permitted.
- Festivals and events are not permitted.
For full details of the new health measures, visit the Alberta government's website.
- Facilities and Community Events
- Parks and Outdoor Spaces
- Beaumont Services
- Support for Beaumont Businesses
- Community and Mental Health Support
- Planning and Development Applications
- Information for Community Groups
- RV Parking
- City of Beaumont's Pandemic Plan
Facilities and Community Events
The City of Beaumont is limiting access to city buildings and facilities for the health and safety of residents and employees.
City Office – The office is open to the public by appointment only. To schedule an appointment of if you require assistance, call 780.929.8782. For the protection of you and our staff, please note the following:
- Do not visit if you are feeling sick of showing symptoms of COVID-19
- Visitors must wear a face covering (we can provide a mask if you don’t have one) unless exempted by the city's Temporary Face Covering Bylaw
- Use the hand sanitizer provided
- Maintain physical distancing of at least two metres (six feet)
- Lobby restrooms are closed to the public.
Family & Community Support Services - Residents can access FCSS services through phone and email.
- Email: FCSS@beaumont.ab.ca
- Phone: 780.929.1006
Operations building, Fire Hall and RCMP – These buildings are all closed to the public. In case of an emergency, please call 911.
Recreation and Community Facilities (Updated Feb. 10)
The Alberta government announced that limited indoor group and team activities could be allowed when the first step of its new restriction framework comes into place on February 8. Beaumont City Council met to consider the new restrictions during its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, February 9 and determined the city's recreation facilities would open for the permitted uses.
At this time Beaumont's recreation facilities are not open to the general public. The city is working with schools and local youth sport and rec groups to accommodate them under the current provincial public health orders. Families should contact their child's organization for details on how they are proceeding.
The operation of city facilities and services remain subject to change according to provincial health orders.
Outdoor activities such as cross-country skiing and tobogganing are permitted at this time, but only with members of your household. Please physically distance yourself from people outside your household and do not gather in groups.
For full details of the new health measures, visit the Alberta government's website.
We thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
In the interest of public safety, City Council decided to cancel all City of Beaumont-hosted events until 2021.
Special Event Permissions
All requests for special event permissions have been suspended as a result of the Alberta government's health measures.
Bibliothèque de Beaumont Library
Residents can use Beaumont playgrounds, tennis courts, the skate park and other outdoor facilities with some restrictions as the city proceeds with a gradual re-opening of services that were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
City of Beaumont Services
Most municipal services continue without disruption.
Early Learning Child Care Centre and School Age Site
All spaces in the Early Learning Child Care Centre and School Age Site allowed under provincial restrictions have been booked. For families seeking other child care options, the Alberta government’s website includes information about approved family day home agencies and a child care lookup tool for alternative child care options.
We are following strict sanitization and screening practices based on instructions from Alberta’s chief medical officer of health to ensure the safety and health of our community, your family and our employees.
With the program’s re-opening, residents may see children and child care employees going for walks in the community. Please respect their distance and give them at least two metres (six feet) of space. Playground equipment within the fenced area next to the child care centre will be sanitized for program use only and are not for public use.
Online payment and service options
The City of Beaumont offers a number of payment and service options online for residents who are not able to pay in person at the city office.
Property taxes can be paid at most financial institutions, by online or telephone banking, mailed cheque (postmarked by September 30, 2020), or leaving a cheque in the City Hall drop box.
Residents can also manage and pay their utility bills and property taxes online at Virtual City Hall.
Pet licenses and renewal of business licenses can be done on the same platform. To activate your online account you will need your Customer ID. If you need help finding your Customer ID give us a call at 780-929-8782.
Due to low ridership, Beaumont city council made the difficult decision to suspend Beaumont Transit service temporarily effective Monday, May 4. The city will continue to monitor factors, including provincial health restrictions, and consider restarting service with Stage 3 of the Alberta government’s re-launch strategy. The provincial government has yet to specify a date for Stage 3.
We know there are residents who depend on daily transit service and are exploring options for them while service is suspended. If you are currently using Beaumont Transit, please contact us at by email at BT@beaumont.ab.ca or phone at 780-929-4306.
Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to protect the health and safety of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Support for Beaumont Businesses
The City of Beaumont compiled information and resources to help businesses manage the impacts of COVID-19.
Community and Mental Health Support
Stress and anxiety are normal emotions during a public health emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. This can be heightened if you have chosen or are required to socially distance yourself. Alberta Health Services offers these tips to protect your mental health:
- Limit the amount of time you spend watching, reading, or listening to news about COVID-19
- Get the facts about COVID-19 from reliable sources such as the Government of Alberta’s website.
- Be mindful; gently paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. This can help you understand why you’re feeling anxious or stressed
- Use healthy approaches and skills you normally use to cope with stressful situations
- Keep in mind that this situation is temporary, and eventually things will return to normal
Alberta Health Services has compiled tips and other resources to help you cope with the current situation and look after your mental health. Read more here.
Beaumont’s Family and Community Support Services also suggests the following resources for additional support coping during the pandemic.
- The Distress Line offers supportive listening for any distressing issue; you don’t need to be suicidal to call: 780-492-4357
- Counselling – FCSS can offer a subsidy to families or individuals who qualify: 780-929-1006
- Addictions and Mental Health, Alberta Health Services: 780-424-2424
- 24 hour Addiction and Mental Health Crisis Response Team 780-342-7777
- Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-303-2642
- KIDS help phone: Text CONNECT to 686868
- The Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network offers mental and emotional health assessments and assists patients in finding most appropriate mental health service in the community (available through referral by your regular doctor): 780-986-6624
Additional suggested resources
Psychological support during a Pandemic (Psychologists’ Association of Alberta)
Parent/caregiver guide to help families cope with COVID-19 (National Child Traumatic Stress Network, USA)
What to do if you’re anxious about COVID-19 (Anxiety Canada)
Planning and Development Applications
Beaumont City Hall is open by appointment only. For Planning & Development applications, please note the following:
- We encourage all applicants to email applications for development permits, building permits and compliance certificates to firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment can be made using credit cards by filling out the credit card payment form found here and submitting it with your application.
- Other land development applications including Area Structure Plans, Redistricting, Subdivision and Development Agreements can also be submitted electronically by sending them to email@example.com. Payment for these applications can be made by cheque and dropping it in the after-hours drop box at the City Office.
- Alternative payment arrangements can be made by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
- For building codes inspections, please e-mail all inspection requests to email@example.com. For all building inspections, to maintain safe social distancing for our staff and the public, we are asking that there be no one on-site at the time of the inspection. Prior to booking the inspection, you will be asked if anyone has been quarantined, sick or travelled recently. Where the Safety Codes Officers are not comfortable as they approach or enter a site, they have the right of refusal where they deem it unsafe.
- Fast Track New House applications will not be accepted until further notice.
- Rush compliance requests are still being accepted.
We are working to maintain service delivery, however, our service levels may be longer than normal. We thank you for your patience and understanding. Please contact 780-929-8782 for general inquiries.
Information for Community Groups
Social Services Support for COVID-19 Funding Criteria
The Alberta government is providing funding to municipalities, charitable and non-profit organizations to provide help to individuals, seniors, families and other vulnerable Albertans who are isolated or impacted by measures to contain COVID-19. Grants will be provided through local Family and Community Support Services.
See here for full details.
Contact the Beaumont FCSS for the Funding Request Form by emailing FCSS@beaumont.ab.ca or calling 780.929.1006.
The City of Beaumont implemented a 15 Day Parking Permit for Beaumont residents who are returning from out of country travel.
As directed by the Government of Alberta, residents returning from international travel with a recreational vehicle (RV) are required to go straight home without making a stop at an RV parking facility.
Residents who are returning with an RV are asked to contact Municipal Enforcement at 780-929-7435 to register their RV (someone will be available 24/7). This will allow residents to park their RV in their driveway or on the street for the 14 day isolation period without resulting in any enforcement action.
City of Beaumont’s Pandemic Plan
The City of Beaumont activated its Emergency Coordination Centre on March 16 to allow the orderly planning and coordination of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure the appropriate resources are in place. Our top priorities are the health and safety of the public and city employees, as well as the continuity of services to residents.
The city and its contractors have plans in place that can be activated to ensure essential services are not disrupted if a significant number of employees become unavailable to work. Employees have received instruction on how to minimize the risk of transmitting coronavirus in the workplace and to the public, and enhanced hygiene, sanitization and prevention measures have been implemented throughout our facilities, workplaces and on Beaumont Transit.
During a pandemic, the city prioritizes:
Maintaining public safety services, e.g., fire, ambulance and police
Maintaining essential public works and municipal services, such as water treatment and delivery, garbage collection, and utilities
Working with Alberta Health Services to provide information and advice to the public
Closing public buildings when in the best interests of public safety and minimizing the spread of infection based on the recommendations of health officials
Coordinating and directing Family and Community Support Services and local non-government organizations’ support to our response
In addition, the City of Beaumont has agreements with neighbouring communities to share personnel capable of managing and maintaining essential services.
Additional COVID-19 Information
- Resources for Families & Individuals
- Government Resources for Businesses
- Public Health Complaints
- COVID-19 Updates
Resources for Families and Individuals
Beaumont’s Family and Community Support Services team is available to assist families and individuals by phone, email and social media. FCSS continues to connect residents with resources, programs and supports, and provide opportunities for mental wellness and connection. We encourage all Beaumont residents to build a network of friends, family and neighbours to support them during this time and FCSS is here to be part of that network.
We have compiled the following links to programs, resources and supports available from government and other sources for families and individuals. If you need assistance or can’t find the information you’re looking for, please contact FCSS at 780-929-1006 or firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 Financial Assistance
The Government of Canada is providing a range of supports for families and individuals, including those facing unemployment or unable to work due to COVID-19 and people who are sick or required to self-isolate. For more information, visit the Government of Canada’s website.
The Government of Alberta is providing relief for families and individuals in a number of ways, including working with the utility regulator to allow customers to pause payment of utility bills, and implementing a six-month, interest-free moratorium on Alberta student loan payments. For more information, visit the Government of Alberta’s website.
Alberta Works Office: In-person services are temporarily suspended. For Income Support, call the Leduc Office at 780-980-3565 to start the process.
Alberta Supports After Hours Emergency: For emergency financial assistance, or anyone who needs help after the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., call 780-644-5135.
Financial Assistance for Utility Arrears: Contact Alberta Supports at 1-877-644-9992. Assistance is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Leduc & District Food Bank: Residents can contact the food bank at 780-986-5333 and book an appointment to pick-up a hamper. Call Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays before 8:30 a.m. to secure a spot for the same day.
Halal Food Hamper: Offered in partnership by the Islamic Family and Social Services Association with the Edmonton Food Bank. Call 780-900-2777.
Seniors Transportation: Drive Happiness provides seniors assisted transportation to grocery stores, prescription pick-ups and other trips. Delivery also available. Call 780-424-5438 to book a ride.
Childrens’ Services: Child Protective Services remains open as an essential service. During regular hours between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, contact the Leduc office at 780-986-7869. For help after hours and weekends, contact 780-427-3390.
- The Alberta government offers activities and resources to help prevent family violence and support healthy relationships. The Family Violence Info Line is available 24-7 in more than 170 languages at 310-1818. Albertans can also use the Family Violence Info chat online at alberta.ca/SafetyChat between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.
- The Riseup Society in Leduc offers individual counselling for adults affected by intimate partner violence. Counselling is available by phone; office and staff are available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call 780-739-7473.
- The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters is available 24/7. Phone at 1-866-331-3933 to speak to someone at a shelter near you.
Sexual Assault: The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton’s support and information line is open between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. at 780-423-4121 and trained volunteers answer texts sent to 1-866-403-8000.
Legal Resources: The Centre for Public Legal Education of Alberta (CPLEA) has compiled frequently asked questions about legal matters related to COVID-19.
Legal Services: Many community and legal clinics are not seeing clients in person, but can provide services by phone.
- The Edmonton Community Legal Centre office is closed, but you can fill out their online intake form. Someone will call you back if your matter is urgent.
- Student Legal Services (University of Alberta) is closed until further notice.
- Legal Aid Alberta is only accepting applications for in-custody criminal matters, urgent out-of-custody criminal matters and urgent family or child protection matters. Intake services at the courthouse are closed. You can apply by telephone at 1-866-845-3425.
- Resolution and Court Administration Services provides information about courts and resolution services in Alberta. Call 1-855-738-4747 or fill out the contact form for more information.
For information on a range of resources, including supports for mental health, addictions, homelessness, residents with disabilities, along with information for students and parents, please contact Beaumont FCSS at 780-929-1006 or email@example.com
Government Resources for Businesses
The City of Beaumont compiled information and resources to help businesses manage the impacts of COVID-19.
Public Health Complaints
Self-isolation and mass gathering
The Government of Alberta implemented public health orders limiting the size of gatherings and legally requiring returning international travellers, close contact of confirmed cases, and people exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms to self-isolate.
If you know someone who is not self-isolating when they are legally required to:
- take proper precautions and distance yourself from the person to limit your risk of exposure if they have symptoms.
- remind the person that not following public health orders is against the law and puts people at risk.
Albertans can submit a complaint to Alberta Health Services if they are concerned about an establishment or individuals not following the public health orders. Please do not contact the RCMP or Municipal Enforcement directly for these complaints. They are actioned through AHS.
Albertans have an obligation to protect themselves, their families, and others by doing what they can – including following self-isolation requirements.