AFREA Response to COVID-19

AFREA Response to COVID-19

UPDATE: NOVEMBER 16, 2020 - Safety protocols apply to Federation Center

Sadly, it appears that any good Albertans did through the beginning of this pandemic (first wave) has been undone through relaxing restrictions and even carelessness due to pandemic fatigue. The AFREA offices continue to abide by whatever protocols we can to keep our employees and their families safe and well. Federation Center implemented overall measures for the building and we hope that will keep the threat from entering our workplace.

The Alberta Government introduced new measures on Thursday, November 12 in an effort to address the increasing numbers. New measures to curb the rapid growth of COVID-19: Targeted health measures will take effect on November 13 to curb the rapid growth of COVID-19 in Alberta and protect the health system.

FEDERATION CENTER: COVID-19 office safety protocols:

  • All staff, directors, visitors, and contractors at the Federation Center offices must wear a mask in all common areas of the building.
  • Please use the hand sanitizer provided at the main entrance.
  • Restricted to one person at a time in the washrooms.
  • Any visitor to the new Federation Center must arrange an appointment.
  • Check-in at the front desk to meet with the person you are there to see.
  • Sign in and you will be asked to complete a health questionnaire.
  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home - access will be denied to anyone who exhibits or answers yes to illness or COVID-19-like symptoms.
  • Any employees or contractors who are ill are required to stay home and Fitness for Duty | Return to Work policies will apply.
  • The AFREA may implement its Work at Home Strategy to limit employee contact.

Please contact the AFREA if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help.



UPDATE: October 14, 2020: The following safety protocols are in effect at the Federation Center offices: 

  • All visitors must check in at the front  desk and be met by the person they are meeting
  • All visitors must answer a preliminary application regarding health symptoms, exposuure, etc. 
  • All visitors exhibiting symptoms / illness or answering "yes" to any health questions will be refused access to our offices. 
  • All employees at the Federtion Center must wear masks when not at their desk or in their office. 

These and other safety measures are in place to protect the health and wellness of our employees, visitors,  and contractors. In response to the increase in case numbers, we take these protocols serioiusly. Thank you for your understanding and support.

UPDATE: July 3, 2020: Effective June 22, AFREA CEO and Staff returned to the Federation offices. 

Necessary protocols are in place to ensure the health & safety of anyone in the building. At this time, the building is still closed to walk-in traffic and any visitors to the AFREA are asked to ensure they have an appointment with whomever they are there to meet. Visitors will be asked to sign in and answer a questionnaire regarding their health. Please note that any positive answers will mean refused entry. Please stay home if you are not feeling well. Employees are required to do the same to reduce the possibility of virus spread. Masks are optional within the work environment because we can effectively social distance on the premises. The use of hand sanitizer, frequent handwashing, and other health actions are required in order to comply with Return to Work protocols. 

UPDATE - March 16, 2020: THE AFREA HAS ACTIVATED OUR DISASTER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN.

What does that mean? Staff will be working from home until further notice. We ask that visitors to our office contact us via email or through the web site contact us form. Messages will be forwarded to the necessary recipient and you will be contacted as soon as possible. Do not visit our office. Meetings will be done using tele-communication protocols. We are taking the CORVID-19 pandemic seriously and are providing safe, calm measures to implement business continuity. If you have any questions, please contact us via email. We will be happy to connect with you virtually. Please get your information from reliable sources and follow recommendations to mitigate the risk to our community and province.

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For current details on the situation in Alberta check out the Government of Alberta website for Covid-19 Information for Albertans. Be sure to get your news from reliable sources.

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The AFREA is establishing a planned and responsible response to the unfolding nature of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Our Disaster Resource Management Plan (established in 2009 during the H1N1 pandemic) outlines our business continuity plan, which focuses on mitigating risk to the organization and its resources - human, financial, and reputation. Our main priority is the safety, health and well-being, and support of our staff, board of directors, members, and our community.

  • Plans are in place for staff to work from home when necessary in order to keep the Federation office services running.
  • Alternate meeting plans are in place for board meetings via tele-conferencing to limit face-to-face interactions. 
  • Staff and board are not attending large events - many events have already been cancelled or postponed. 
  • Any staff or board travelling or returning from outside the country will be on self-imposed quarantine for the 14-day period even if not displaying immediate symptoms.
  • Anyone who is ill, please stay home. 
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please get your information from official resources such as directly from Alberta Health or the Government web sites. 
  • If you experience sypmtoms of the virus, please call 811 and follow instructions.