Coronavirus pandemic prompts Town of Banff to activate emergency plan

An international tourist hot spot in Alberta’s Rockies activated an emergency plan Friday in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“Today, the Town of Banff activated its Municipal Emergency Plan,” Banff Mayor Karen Sorensen said in a news release. “This is not a declaration of a state of emergency. This is a step to advance our ability to support Alberta Health, and for our workforce contingency planning.

“We need to make sure we can continue providing essential services through a period of time when some of our staff may have illness.”

The development came on the same day that Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, announced the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province had reached 29.

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