AFREA Response to COVID-19

AFREA Response to COVID-19

Update: April 22, 2021 - AFREA Work from Home continues in order to keep our staff safe. Being moved back to Step 1 as a province means that conditions are not favourable for a full-on return to the workplace, especially if you can work from home and do the job required. Our staff is backed by a supportive CEO and an efficient system of IT support, HR policies, and a Buisiness Continuity Management Plan already in place to sustain and embrace such extreme workplace measures. In 2009, the Disaster Resource Management Plan was put in place under our Business Management System. At that time, threat of the H1N1 virus / pandemic prepared us for the inevitable return of another deadly health threat. Revisions to incorporate necessary updates in 2020 evolved that plan to the newly revamped Business Continuity Management Plan, which includes the Work from Home Strategy. The AFREA continues to provide quality administrative and efficient member services with health and safety the first priority. 

Update: March 26, 2021 - in consideration for advisoires under current conditions, AFREA employees continue to work from home. Alberta Health Services did not recommend moving to Step 3 on March 18th, which will delay further steps. With cases rising we may see another extended period of work from home strategies with the AFREA. 

Update: January 11, 2021 - no change to Work From Home status as mandates recommending those who can work from home to do so fall under Step 4 of the Alberta Plan to move forward. Employees of the AFREA will continue to do their job remotely. 

Update: January 4, 2021 - with continued health measures in place, the staff of the AFREA continue to work from home. This is in effect until January 11th, depending upon the direction and recommendations from the Chief Health Officer and Alberta Health Services.

Update: December 9, 2020 - New mandatory health measures go into effect immediately to protect lives.

The Alberta Government has implemented stricter orders to help curb the exponential growth of cases in the province. Mandatory Work from Home orders have been issued. With the AFREA staff already in place under its own Work from Home Strategy, the AFREA can provide its services remotely to our members.  

Update: November 24, 2020 - The Province is under a Health Emergency Order. Effective immediately, mandatory restrictions on places of worship, businesses and services are in effect in areas under enhanced status. These measures will be in place until further notice.

Update: November 19, 2020 - The AFREA team is working from home given the situation and the ability of our workplace to do our small part to health prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

  • Federation Center is now locked to outside traffic. 
  • Please ensure you have an appointment before arriving at the building. 
  • Temperature checks and health questionnaires are in place to ensure no one who is ill or exhibiting COVID-19 symptions is allowed access to the building. 

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.