Stony Plain Road Business Association Update – February 9, 2021

Alberta’s COVID-19 Update – February 8, 2021

Effective Monday, February 8, 2021: 

  • Restaurants can open for in-person dining
  • Children and youth can participate in limited school and team sport 
    activities
  • One-on-one indoor fitness training is permitted, by appointment only.

Indoor Fitness 


  • Only one-on-one or one-on-one household training is permitted for indoor fitness activities (for example, in dance studios, swimming pools, training figure skating on ice, one-on-one lessons).
  • Sessions have to be scheduled or by appointment. No drop-in or groups allowed.
  • Individual workouts without a trainer are not permitted.

Safety requirements:

  • One-on-one sessions cannot interact with others and there must be a minimum of 3 metres distance between pairs of trainers and clients (aka sessions) in the same facility.
  • Trainers must be professional, certified and/or paid trainers who are providing active instruction and correction. Passive supervision of a physical activity is not considered training.
  • Trainers must remain masked during the session. Clients are not required to wear a mask while doing high intensity exercise.
  • Wherever possible, maintain:
    • 2 metres physical distance between trainers and clients for low intensity training
    • 3 metres physical distance between trainers and clients for high intensity training
  • More than one trainer and client ‘pair’ are allowed into the facility, studio, rink, court, pool, ice surface, etc. with restrictions:
    • Each trainer and client pair must stay 3 metres away from all other trainers and clients at all times, including in entryways and exits.
    • Each trainer can only interact with their assigned client, and each client can only interact with their assigned trainer.
    • No interaction between clients or between trainers is allowed.
    • No ‘cycling through’ multiple trainers as in circuit training.

Restaurants, bars, pubs, lounges and cafes

Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes can open for in-person service, with restrictions.

  • 6 people per table maximum – individuals must be from the same household or the 2 close contacts for a person living alone.
  • Tables and dining parties must be 2 metres apart.
  • Contact information must be collected from one person of the dining party.
  • Liquor service ends at 10 pm.
  • In-person dining must close by 11 pm.
  • No entertainment allowed (VLTs, pool tables, live music, etc.).

SPR’s Recruitment Specialist to Reach out to Businesses

The Stony Plain Road Business Association’s new Recruitment Specialist, James Wilson, will be reaching out to a number of SPR businesses over the next few weeks. He might be stopping by in person or phoning you. James wants to get to know some of you and get your opinions on a variety of topics. If you would like to talk to James and give him feedback on SPR or how we are doing as a Business Association, you can reach him at engagement.spr@gmail.com and he would happy to schedule a chat! 


Call for photos, writers and SPANN Committee Members! 

As we move into a new year of SPANN we are looking for business members, community members and anyone who is invested in the Stony Plain Road area to contribute articles, photos and more! If you are interested in contributing to SPANN please contact our new editor, Megan Lala at spanneditor@gmail.com 

SPANN this year will also have an editorial committee. If you are interested in applying to sit on this committee you can also reach out to Megan (spanneditor@gmail.com) and she will reach out to you! 


Wayfinding Update from The City of Edmonton!

Wayfinding Update from The City of Edmonton!

Over the last several years, the City has been developing pedestrian wayfinding signage to help visitors to our main streets explore our business areas and better understand connections to transit and recreation.  

This summer and fall, signage was installed Downtown, in Strathcona and on Stony Plain Road.  There is also a separate program that is improving signage in the River Valley Parks, so if you have recently visited Buena Vista or Sir Wilfred Laurier Parks you will have noticed new wayfinding signage there.

The signs recently installed in the pedestrian core of Stony Plain Road are primarily along the avenue as well as the Canora & 101 Street Greenways. They help orient  visitors to the business area and improve people’s knowledge of connections to the River Valley, as suggested in the plans of the Stony Plain Road Revitalization Strategy. 

You may have noticed a few fingerpost signs popping up, and we have also repurposed some of the existing monoliths to host new wayfinding maps as part of the street renewal. The fingerposts provide nudges to important local destinations showing how many minutes it will take to walk there.The map-based signs help visitors visualize the whole area and some of the local destinations that they might not be aware of.

In concert with the signage, the City has also launched a new digital map focussed on active transportation and recreation called DiscoverYEG www.edmonton.ca/discover which is mobile friendly and allows users to customize the information they would like to see.

Digital and physical maps and signage are a simple way to help visitors explore your business areas with confidence.

For more information go to edmonton.ca/wayfinding 


Stony Plain Road Business Association Update – January 5, 2021

Stony Plain Road Business Association Welcomes new Recruitment Specialist! 

Here at SPR we are happy to welcome our new Recruitment Specialist, James Wilson to our team! Here is a bit more about James: 

“Before immigrating to Edmonton in 2013, I grew up in a large town in Northern England called Middlesbrough. My parents tell me that the reason we moved to Canada was so that we would have a better quality of life. So far, living in Edmonton has been an amazing experience that has allowed me to meet people that I will have in my life forever. I am extremely passionate about business because it relies on many moving parts that are crucial to achieving an end result. I would say I’m an extremely curious individual that likes to ask questions about pretty much everything in order to gain more knowledge. In my spare time, I love to cook new meals that I have never tried before. My goal in life is to visit as many countries as possible so that I can experience different cultures from around the world.”


YEG Business Recovery Program (Exclusive to BIA Members) 

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted small businesses in unparalleled ways. As you navigate this challenging time, we want you to know that you’re not alone. Your BIA & Business Link have teamed up to get you the help you need. This program is exclusively for members of the Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) in Edmonton. You will receive access to:

  • Live webinars and virtual workshops hosted by business experts on a wide range of topics, including innovative approaches to boosting your business, managing cash flow, and HR. These events have been designed so that you’ll walk away with tactics you can implement today.
  • On-demand access to webinar and workshop recordings, available exclusively to BIA members.
  • Select businesses will receive up to 5 hours of one-on-one coaching with a dedicated Business Link Strategist who’s also an entrepreneur.

Your access to all of this is free, and brought to you in partnership with your BIA, Business Link, and the City of Edmonton. Stronger together, stronger tomorrow. 

APPLY HERE


Updated Business Resources

Paid Sick Leave
If one or several of your employees need to self-isolate or quarantine due to being a close contact or being tested positive for COVID-19, they can apply for the federal paid sick leave benefit. This means that small business owners don’t have to pay wages while their employees are in mandated quarantine. this benefit is limited to two weeks total and only for those that were scheduled to work. 

MORE INFO

Small & Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant – Second Payment 
To support Alberta’s small businesses as they adapt to the realities of the ongoing public health crisis, the Alberta government is expanding and increasing the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant. With a new lower threshold and increased grant amount, up to 15,000 more businesses may be eligible for funding. Additionally, the program is now expanding to include job creators who have experienced a 30% revenue loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

MORE INFO

City of Edmonton Economic Recovery Grant 
This grant has been created to support the immediate needs and recovery efforts for Edmonton’s businesses impacted by COVID-19. Businesses and organizations can apply anytime. Applications are reviewed weekly.

MORE INFO

Support Local, Shop Safe Toolkit and Messaging
This social media campaign gives local businesses additional support in attracting customers this holiday season while building customer and client confidence in shopping safely. Businesses can also access an online resource kit, which includes window signs, digital banners for social media and other ideas they can use to remind customers that they are supporting a proud, Edmonton-based business that’s ready to serve them safely.

MORE INFO 


Stony Plain Road Business Association Update – Tuesday December 8, 2020

Recovery Sickness Benefit

If one or several of your employees need to self-isolate or quarantine due to being a close contact or being tested positive for COVID-19, they can apply for the federal paid sick leave benefit. This means business owners don’t have to pay their wages while their employees are in mandated quarantine. It’s limited to two weeks total and only for those that were scheduled to work but could help offset the financial burden on you. 

Learn more


Learn About the Community of Canora

Our neighbouring community of Canora was mentioned in an article written for the Canora 
Courier, a newspaper based in Canora, Saskatchewan! 


Read it here


New Alberta Health Measures Timelines

  • Businesses which were closed on Nov 27, remain closed. 
  • New expanded mandatory measures come into effect on Tuesday, Dec 8 for social gatherings and mandatory masking
  • All other new restrictions come into effect after midnight on Sun, December 13. (The night between Saturday and Sunday) 

Masking

  • Indoor public masking is now mandatory all over Alberta
  • Public spaces include locations where a business or entity operates and is applicable to employees, visitors and the general public. 
  • This applies to all indoor workplaces and facilities outside the home

Retail – Starting after midnight on Sunday, December 13.

  • Retail services are limited to 15% of their commercial fire code occupancy, with no more than 5 customers permitted. This does not include staff members. 
  • Curbside pickup, delivery and online services are encouraged. 
  • Shopping malls will be limited to 15% of fire code occupancy
  • Food courts will only be allowed to do takeout. No one can sit and eat at the tables. 
  • People cannot shop, sit or visit with friends or family when they are at the mall. They should come in, shop and leave. 

Restaurants, Pubs, Bars, Lounges and Cafes

  • Will be closed to in-person service 
  • Only takeout, curbside pickup and delivery services are permitted
  • Cannot have people dine or stay on patios


Event & Entertainment

New: 

  • Casinos, bingo halls, gaming entertainment centres, racing entertainment centres, horse tracks, raceways, bowling alleys, pool halls, legions, and private clubs will be closed. 
  • Libraries, science centres, interpretive centres, museums, galleries, amusement parks, and water parks will be closed. 
  • Entertainment businesses and entities
  • Community halls and centres

As of Nov 27, these remain closed: 

  • Theatres, auditoriums, and concert halls
  • Nightclubs
  • Banquet halls and conference centres
  • Indoor and outdoor festivals and concerts
  • Indoor children’s play centres and indoor playgrounds

Sports & Fitness

  • Fitness centres, gyms and boutique studios such as dance, spin, yoga, pilates will be closed. 
  • Recreation centres and pools will be closed
  • Day and overnight camps will be closed 
  • Indoor rinks and areas will be closed 
  • Outdoor recreation is permitted, but facilities with indoor spaces except for washrooms will be closed.  


Personal Wellness Services

  • Spas, hair salons, nail salons, waxing, massage, tattoos and piercing will be closed

Hotels

  • Remain open but must follow all public health restrictions such as hand hygiene, contact tracing, physical distancing, etc. 
  • Hotels must close their spas, pools, fitness facilities and in-person dining and bars. 
  • Room service is permitted
  • Hotel guests cannot have guests in their room. 

Other Businesses Which Remain Open to the Public

  • Health Services
  • Addiction Services
  • Physiotherapy and Acupuncture
  • Social or protective services
  • Shelters for vulnerable persons
  • Emergency services
  • Child care
  • Not-for-profit community kitchens
  • Charitable kitchens

Work From Home

  • Mandatory work from home measures must be implemented for all employees in Alberta
  • If the employer determines that work requires a physical presence for operational effectiveness, then they are allowed to do do. 

Bi-Weekly Update – Tuesday, October 27, 2020

‘How to Save Money on Your Small Business Utilities’ Seminar TOMORROW! Sign up now! 

The Utilities Consumer Advocate is holding a webinar on October 28, 2020 at 12:00 PM for businesses in the area! Registration is required for this event. The duration for the webinar will be 1 hour. 

More information from the Utilities Consumer Advocate: 

Join us for this free seminar to learn more about ho to make your small business utilities work for you, and how to save money in the process! 

You have the power to choose between the regulated rate company or a competitive price company to be your electricity and natural gas provider. Based on where you live or work in Alberta, find the best energy providers, plans, and payment options for you. 

Utilities Consumer Advocate is an unbiased service that can help you and your small business with utilities, and finding the right utilities provider and plans for you. In this webinar, Irena Struck, Team Lead, Consumer Education and Awareness, will go through the steps to ensure your utilities plan is working for you, and support you with tips on getting the most out of your small business utility plan.

This program is only open to Alberta entrepreneurs, small business owners, and businesses operating in Alberta. Program may be recorded. 

Register here