The City of Red Deer will release the local state of emergency on June 14, they announced late Friday. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

City of Red Deer to end local state of emergency June 14

The City of Red Deer will lift the local state of emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic next weekend, they announced late Friday.

In a news release, the City said after the three months, the state of emergency will lapse on June 14, and any response to the pandemic will be coordinated by the Emergency Operations Centre, Alberta Health and the Province of Alberta.

“Thank you Red Deerians for your cooperation as we have faced the pandemic over the last several weeks and for your continued cooperation as we shift into the relaunch phase,” said Mayor Tara Veer in a press release.

“This revised local emergency status is in alignment with Provincial direction and the current stage of Red Deer’s response to the pandemic. As we move into recovery, we all bear responsibility to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Red Deer by continuing to follow the public health orders implemented by Alberta Health and The Province.”

Residents are reminded to continue to follow Alberta Health guidelines, like social distancing to help prevent the spread of the disease. The City also said that they are prepared to make changes to policies if they are needed, in order to keep residents safe and reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

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