Town of Cochrane offers update on COVID-19 measures

The town of Cochrane, Alta., hosted a Facebook live on Monday to update people on measures its taking during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief administrative officer Drew Hyndman stressed that people need to practise physical distancing — not social distancing.

“Cochrane is renowned for our beautiful, open and green spaces, and I encourage you to enjoy them, but please do this responsibly and keep your distance from one another,” he said. “Even when you’re outside, model physical distancing.

Stay home as much as possible, avoid busy areas and stay two metres away from people who are not in your immediate family, Hyndman said.

He explained that the town’s transit service is still operational, but only six people will be allowed on one bus at a time.

Public access to all town facilities remains closed, he said.

The town closed all playgrounds on Saturday.


Mayor Jeff Genung said we remain in “unchartered territory,” as things change on a daily basis.

He said he recognizes that people are struggling and worried, but the community gives him strength.

“As a local business owner myself and as a parent with kids that are home from school, I get it. It’s been a lot of change and it’s been all at once,” he said.

Genung said it’s time for a different approach, adding that people need to be the best and safest neighbours, pet owners and residents they can be right now.

“When you’re considering your daily habits, I would ask you to act like you have COVID-19 symptoms and adjust yourself accordingly,” he said. “That’s what it’s going to take to beat this, and we will beat this together.”

He said the four priorities of the town are to flatten the curve, keep critical systems and people working, avoid overwhelming the health-care system and communicate with residents.

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