During a public health event, Saskatchewan Health Authority, the Ministry of Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada is the authority, and the general community impact of the virus on residents is within their purview. The City of Estevan’s role is to keep staff healthy, align with directives from the health authority and to ensure essential services operate smoothly.
Not all City park users are respecting the need for social distancing during this pandemic. With parks being a community-gathering place, social distancing is critical as all citizens, regardless of their age, are at risk of transmitting the COVID-19.
“We want to offer assistance and best service our citizens experiencing the effects of the economic impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic” shared Mayor Ludwig. “The City is committed to providing increased flexibility and immediate short-term relief for your utility and property tax payments.”
This morning, the City of Estevan Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) met to discuss the COVID-19 Emergency Response plan. Each agency involved has developed and, in some cases, implemented their pandemic response plan.
In order to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, everyone has a role to play. It takes more than governments and action from the health sector to protect the health and safety of Canadians.
“We have decided to close non-essential services and facilities effective Tuesday, March 17. This was a decision that Council did not make lightly, but are aligning with the messaging from Health Canada as well as the Government of Saskatchewan.”
Please be advised, the City of Estevan Mayor and Council will be meeting tonight to discuss the possibility of closing non-essential City of Estevan facilities and events. An update will be provided tomorrow morning.
With 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the top-of-mind for many individuals, The City of Estevan has developed a plan to ensure that all essential municipal services will remain intact, should Provincial/National Health Authorities declare an outbreak of the virus in our region.