On Wednesday, May 6, members of the newly formed COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force held their first meeting to discuss how to align and coordinate efforts to safely and effectively welcome visitors to Jasper.
Jasper is a safe place to live, work and visit
The health and safety of individuals is of paramount importance during this public health emergency. By following and supporting Alberta Health directives, Jasper as a community can ensure that residents, workers and visitors are well informed and well equipped to protect themselves and their loved ones.
For residents, this means continuing to practice physical distancing, frequent hand washing, isolating if you are sick, and planning and limiting trips to the grocery store and pharmacy.
For workers and employers, this means taking advantage of the resources available to ensure a safe return to work. In addition to information made available by various professional associations and groups, the Government of Alberta has released approved directives by sector to support businesses that are allowed to re-open, following the Alberta’s relaunch strategy.
The Jasper Employment and Education Centre is offering local supports for businesses and their employees, including a Stage 1 – Restaurant Re-opening Discussion on Wednesday, May 13 at 10 am and a Job Seekers Forum, which will be held weekly on Thursdays at 2:30 pm. Check the Jasper Employment and Education Centre website and Facebook page for details on these online events.
Community Futures West Yellowhead (CFWY) is a community driven, non-profit organization that provides resources for small businesses in our region. CFWY offers supports including coaching and information to help businesses navigate the resources available to them. Reach out by calling or texting 780-740-3409 during business hours, or visit the CFWY website and Facebook page.
More resources will be communicated with Jasper residents, workers and businesses as they become available, through the organizations participating in the Task Force.
When can visitors return to Jasper?
Although some businesses may re-open on May 14, non-essential travel is still not recommended for Albertans. Jasper National Park services and programs remain suspended and all camping facilities remain closed. Following current public health directives, visitors will be strongly discouraged from coming to Jasper over the May long weekend.
The community of Jasper, including government and businesses, is working hard to put in place the appropriate safety measures to allow visitors to begin safely returning to our community in early June. Jasper prides itself as a diverse mountain community with a big heart and a passion for hospitality; while we look forward to welcoming visitors back when the time is right, the next few weeks will be dedicated to ensuring we can provide the safest and best experience for everyone. We thank visitors for their patience while we prepare to return to more normal visitor operations.
Members of the Task Force include:
Members of the Task Force will engage with stakeholders as deemed necessary to advance its purpose and mandate “to help position the community to safely and effectively resume welcoming visitors, in accordance with public health directives from provincial and federal authorities”.
Contact any of the organizations listed above. The Economic Recovery Task Force will be meeting weekly for the foreseeable future.