Coronavirus info for Banff
Updated January 29, 2020
A pneumonia outbreak was identified in Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019. It’s now known to be caused by a novel (new) coronavirus and there’s evidence of person-to-person spread.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) currently assesses the risk of coronavirus to be low for Canada. There are no confirmed or probable cases in Alberta. The overall risk to people in Alberta remains low.
The Town of Banff is well prepared for all aspects of this situation. The Town maintains daily communication with the Government of Alberta to monitor the situation and the efforts led by Alberta Health Services to maintain the health and safety for all people in our province. The Town is prepared to implement protocols in the event risk increases in Banff.
Respiratory infections are much more likely to be caused by a common virus, such as influenza. If, however, any person in Banff has specific concerns about being exposed or possible symptoms related to the novel coronavirus, they are encouraged to call Health Link at 8-1-1 or contact their personal health provider.
Alberta Health Services updates information on monitoring coronavirus in Alberta at https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
The Public Health Agency of Canada provides national the latest information on prevention and facts on the virus at https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories/pneumonia-china
As a tourist destination, the Town of Banff is working with the Banff & Lake Louise Tourism authority to ensure information sharing and support to tourism operators and visitors in the community.
Key facts about tourism:
- Wuhan and 15 nearby cities have been quarantined from last week, with no outbound travel allowed.
- The Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism called on travel agencies to stop the sale and operation of group travel in China, and to stop outbound travel. This includes all group tours, as well as all package tours to independent travelers.
- Anyone traveling out of or into China is now required to undergo a health check.
- Banff businesses and agencies that have bookings with Chinese travellers are encouraged to make cancellation easy and penalty-free.
- China is an important market to Banff, and we intend to support our members and partners through this time, although the short-term economic impact is expected to be minor.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and should this risk assessment change, or other details change, this site will be updated.