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Banff cancels all Town events

Banff cancels all Town events and focuses to maintaining essential services and follow health expert advice
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A sign at the Banff Public Library notifies patrons about the recent program cancellations in response to the novel coronavirus on Saturday (March 14). EVAN BUHLER RMO PHOTO⁠

BANFF – All Town of Banff events have been cancelled to help control the spread of COVID-19.

Council and committee meetings will continue, but the public is banned from council chambers and must watch the proceedings through the Town’s online live streaming.

All Town-organized programs, courses and events that gather members of the public and were scheduled to run over the next 60 days are cancelled.

“The measure is part of the Town’s focus on maintaining essential services and to follow health advice for employees and the public,” according to the latest news release from the Town of Banff.

Town Hall will remain open for services to the community, at this time. Public washrooms operated by the municipality will remain open in the community, as they provide key infrastructure to assist with public health practices.

The Town of Banff strongly encourages all organizations in Banff to follow the measures identified by Alberta Health Services to cancel gatherings of more than 250 people, or gatherings of more than 50 attendees that involve international participants, seniors, or other high-risk populations.

For Saint Patrick’s Day, the Town is asking all businesses to cancel festivities.

To continue efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Town of Banff also urges everyone in Banff to follow the practices identified by Alberta Health.

That includes measures such as staying home if sick, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often and well, and cleaning personal and work areas.

Businesses and individuals should sign up for Emergency Alerts and stay up to date on the latest information from