LETHBRIDGE, AB – The City of Lethbridge is preparing for the new COVID-19 restrictions which come into play across Alberta on Sunday.

Many facilities will close up until at least January 12th. Those include places like arenas, swimming pools, the nature centre, CASA, Galt Museum, libraries and more.

Local retail outlets will see their capacity reduced and restaurants and bars will close and only be allowed take-out curbside pick-up or delivery.

Mayor Chris Spearman says this is no question tough for many.

He says “many businesses rely on this time of year for their livelihood so I encourage all Lethbridge residents to find ways to support local businesses.”

Spearman also saying Wednesday it’s important to remember to stay positive with mental and physical health despite the situation.

The City’s Acting Director of Community Service, Greg Adair, also says it’s important to take the time to understand the new restrictions and do our part to keep each other safe.

He says “we understand this is frustrating times, this is difficult times but we ask that we all take care of each other. Christmas season is around the corner. It is a time of gatherings. We ask that you restrict those and follow the provincial guidelines on that.”

City Hall remains open to the public at this time however that’s being reviewed.

Lethbridge Transit will continue to operate on its current schedule and all riders must wear face coverings.