BONNYVILLE – The MD of Bonnyville has temporarily closed its main administration building after a positive case of the coronavirus was reported in the building.
CAO Luc Mercier made the call to shut down the 4905 50 Ave. location to staff and the public from Feb. 19 to 28 after a staff member received a positive COVID-19 test result on Feb. 18.
“We have determined, under the utmost precautions and just to avoid the potential for further spread, to close our office for the next 10 days to ensure that we can stop the spread if there is any at all and we’ll reset after that,” Mercier told Lakeland This Week. “Our goal is just to make sure that we don’t have a bunch of close contacts with this staff member. We’re still being cautious and just ensuring that we can still operate from home.”
The staff member who did test positive was in the office building for a time, but the municipality has been following strict COVID-19 protocols, including masking throughout the building, contracted sanitizing services completed throughout the workday, maintaining a guest sign-in sheet for contact tracing, hand sanitizing, limited face-to-face meetings, among other protocols.
“There weren’t any significant close contacts,” stated Mercier. “The ones that were in close contact have been notified.”
The office will be closed for a total of 10 days and staff will work from home. During that time, planning and development permits, subdivision applications, and all in-person payments may be affected, according to the municipality. The Feb. 24 council meeting has been cancelled.
“We still have the phones manned and out other staff are working from home this week,” Mercier noted. “We’re just going to make sure that we’re doing everything that we can to do our part protecting the community.”
Residents with general inquiries can call 780-826-3171.