The Cochrane RCMP is reminding the public that while some restrictions surrounding COVID-19 are being lifted, public health and safety remain the top priority. 

It has been six weeks since non-essential services were put on hold across the province and many Cochrane businesses had to temporarily close their doors.

With Kenney's announcement to relaunch the Alberta economy some of those services have been given the green light to start operating once again.

Corporal Troy Savinkoff with the Cochrane RCMP says that while this is a step in the right direction, it's important for local businesses and residents to know that social distancing measures continue to be in place.

He says "Obviously with the reopening of some local businesses it's still with the understanding that people are going to still follow social distancing measures. It's those measures that will allow the government to open up more services and still keep people safe."

Savinkoff says that the successful reopening of local businesses and the relaunch of our economy is dependant on people following the rules.

He says that the Cochrane RCMP will continue to do their part to ensure the safety of the public.

"The RCMP here in Cochrane are going to continue our efforts, and when we see  blatant infractions we will educate the public to make sure that they're following the rules going forward."

Last week Premier Jason Kenney laid out the details for the multi-stage relaunch, which will depend on the province's continued ability to control the spread of the COVID-19.