Red Deer city manager Allan Seabrooke said the city is planning for a phased reopening, with start dates yet to be determined by the province (Advocate file photo).

Red Deer city manager says phased reopening will be based on provincial advice

Allan Seabrooke said ‘hard decisions for a stonger… future’ are being made

As the City of Red Deer looks ahead to a phased reopening of the economy, the city provided an update on the municipal response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“While no one can predict when we will start to emerge from this crisis… we want to be positioned for financial sustainability. We want to ensure our amenities and infrastructure are ready, and, of course, we want to ensure our residents are safe,” said city manager Allan Seabrooke.

He said the city continues to make “hard decisions for a stronger financial future,” including adjustments to services and staffing.

“These decisions are exceptionally difficult, but necessary as we navigate the days ahead and plan for a time when we can return to providing the programs and services residents want and need.”

Seabrooke said staff are now planning for how to deliver program and services as restrictions set out by Alberta Health change and evolve.

“We know this will be a phased approach, and want to assure you that we will be prepared every step of the way…

“We will continue to follow guidance provided by the chief medical officer of health, and will implement all necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of residents.”

Seabrooke thanks Red Deerians for their understanding in this unprecedented time.

“We know this has been difficult for everyone, and we aren’t at the finish line yet, but by working together, we will emerge from this stronger and more resilient.”

Seabrooke said the city has made many changes to protect residents and staff, under the direction of Alberta’s chief medical officer of health.

Seabrooke said critical municipal services conintue to be provided.

“Our employees are …working to ensure amenities are ready to welcome you when the time is right. Staff are continuing to (do) essential facility maintenance, inspecting playgrounds, removing rink boards, sweeping trails and cleaning up winter litter and debris.”

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