City of Red Deer declares state of local emergency amid COVID-19

The City of Red Deer declared a state of local emergency Monday to assist the province’s efforts to combat and respond to the spread of COVID-19.

The decision gives the city access to additional resources, and special powers under the Emergency Management Act, including personnel from other orders of government if required.

“The City of Red Deer takes emergency management very seriously,” said Mayor Tara Veer.

“We are actively working with other orders of government, agencies and partners to ensure our community response is in alignment with the recommendations from Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

“Our top priority is the health, safety and well-being of all our citizens as we respond to the issue and work to maintain essential services to our community.”

Other measures being taken by the city include the closure of recreation and culture facilities, enhanced cleaning and janitorial services in high traffic areas and a mandatory 14-day isolation period for city employees who are symptomatic or have returned from international travel after Thursday.

Security and staff will remain on site at the closed facilities to support the management of the city assets.

“We know this is a difficult and stressful time for everyone, including residents and our employees,” said city manager Allan Seabrooke.

“We are working around the clock to protect our community. We have implemented a number of measures already and we will continue to do so to protect our residents.”

Residents are reminded not to attend city facilities or any public facilities if they are feeling ill. Call Alberta Healthlink at 8-1-1 for non-emergency health information about COVID-19 and 9-1-1 only in the case of a life-threatening emergency or crime in progress.

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