The province of Alberta may not be recognizing the one-time statutory holiday this Monday, Sept. 19, but the Town of Okotoks is.
Prime Minister Trudeau announced a one-time statutory holiday for this Monday as a day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II, and the town says they're following his recommendation for their employees.
"The Town of Okotoks strives to create and nurture an environment in which people are able to pursue the fulfilment of their values, in harmony with the community. In this spirit, the Town felt it was important to create the space for employees to share in the celebration of the Queen's passing in their own individual way," says CAO Elaine Vincent in the written announcement from the town.
Town buildings will be closed with the exception of the rec centre and the Centennial Arenas.
Emergency services and waste collection will operate as usual.
The town is encouraging locals to participate in the day of mourning by signing a Book of Condolences in the lobby of the municipal centre and rec centre, or by attending the memorial service at the Cenotaph.