IVSA News MARCH 31, 2020 Issue #8 (Federal + Alberta)

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Alberta COVID-19 Updates

AGLC: Liquor and cannabis retail outlets, manufacturers and producers, as well as warehousers and distributors and AGLC operations, are considered essential services at this time. More information can be found at www.alberta.ca/essential-services.

AGLC supports cannabis and liquor licensees and their employees as they continue their business operations. AGLC encourages all retailers to follow the guidance of Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health by adding extra cleaning and health protocols and continuing to monitor the situation as it evolves.

Liquor and cannabis retail stores continue to operate.  There have been no impacts on the liquor or cannabis supply chains to date, and AGLC appreciates the hard work of our partners in supply, warehousing, and distribution. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and make operational changes if and when there is a different direction from Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Connect Logistics

Currently, there are no delays or interruptions of service by Connect Logistics.  Low restaurant shipments have offset increased retail demand.

Alberta Government Updates:

Government of Alberta's COVID-19 Informational Website:  The government of Alberta is posting all their COVID-19 related news and resources here: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx  (Please bookmark to view the latest announcements, as updates and changes can occur very fast)

Alberta's Latest Information (March 29): https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=6995496444280-A170-CFA9-FE8A1EFC9B1B348C

List of Essential Services Permitted to Remain Open: https://www.alberta.ca/essential-services.aspx

Alberta's Mandatory Self-Isolation Rules: Effective March 25, law enforcement agencies have been granted full authority to enforce public health orders and issue fines to protect the health and safety of Albertans. View more info at https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=69918C41565BC-002C-269C-638E958E5912C37B

Support for individual Albertans affected by COVID-19: The Alberta government will provide immediate financial relief to Alberta's families and vulnerable populations affected by COVID-19. Albertans should be focused on their health and not worry about whether they can pay their bills. The government of Alberta has put several options in place for those struggling financially. The supports can be viewed at https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-supports-for-albertans.aspx

Want to help in some way? : Effective March 24, The Alberta Emergency Management Agency Unsolicited Offers Program has been set up in response to growing offers of generosity from individuals and organizations to help with the challenges many Albertans are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those wanting to help can go to alberta.ca/COVID19offersprogram for more information.

WCB Premiums: Effective March 23, Alberta has announced that small, medium and large private-sector employers can defer WCB premiums until early 2021. View news release: https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=699045A66118C-FA03-F4F5-959455E3316B8564