That's Life - January 27, 2021

Until the Province of Alberta pulls back on COVID-19 restrictions, the office of The Capital will be in lock down.

We do have a double set of doors that allows us to leave the outside doors open.

As we are strictly a newspaper office, most everything can be done electronically.

If you do have something to drop off there is a drop box in the entryway. Feel free to call us at 403.443.5133 or email us at

We have noticed that more and more people were entering our office without wearing masks even though our front door is clearly signed that face masks are mandatory to enter our office.

We have done this with the health and safety of our staff and the public in mind.

I’m sure that most of you are aware that the active COVID-19 case count, in Kneehill County, is four, as of January 26. That, I assume, is due to our restriction compliance, our caution and our caring about getting the active numbers down. Well, they’re down. We did it! We should be celebrating! We should be rewarded for a job well done!

Perhaps the Province of Alberta will reward us by easing up on restrictions.

I almost forget what it’s like to sit down in a restaurant. My wife and I would love to do that again before every eating establishment in Kneehill County is boarded up and for sale. By the way, who wants to buy a restaurant when it’s boarded up and can’t open for full service due to COVID-19 restrictions. I do urge everyone to order take-out or home delivery, from the restaurants in our towns and villages, that offer this service. It’s all they have to make a living.

I don’t think any of us think we’re going to wake up in the morning and COVID-19 will have disappeared into the night.

I think most of us are willing to work together to try and get our world back. But that work, that compliance and that caring has got to come with rewards. At present, with four active cases in Kneehill County, those rewards should come in the form of getting those closed businesses open and setting jobless people back to work.

As it stands, Alberta is reporting the lowest number of new cases of COVID-19 since October. That’s very good. That’s very impressive. But the other side of the story is Alberta businesses are in limbo. And remember how to limbo? It’s all about “how low you can go”?, Well those same businesses can’t go much lower. They need a break. They need a positive cash flow. We all need them to survive.

That’s Life.