Important Message from the Mayor regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus

Posted On Sunday March 22, 2020
March 22 2020 Mayors Message
March 22 2020 Mayors Message

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As the CO-VID-19 situation has continued to evolve, the City has taken measures to protect the staff and ensure continuity of essential services.

We are following all Alberta Health Services advisories and recommendations in our ongoing commitment to the health and safety of both our staff and the community.

We understand that many of these recommendations have come with a significant level of impact on the day-to-day operations and the level of services offered by the City.

However, our top priority is to ensure the ongoing safety and security of our community.

This evening, the Emergency Advisory Committee of Council passed a resolution to declare a State of Local Emergency in order to allow for the local enforcement of the requirements by the Chief Medical Officer of the Province of Alberta.

 I have signed off on that declaration.

This declaration will remain in place for seven days unless otherwise terminated or renewed.

This declaration will ensure the City can maintain essential services and deploy necessary staff and resources to protect the health and safety of the citizens of Camrose.

This also allows us to use any and all measures at our disposal to enforce the advisories of the Province especially in relation to:

  • Ensuring businesses are following the protocols for protection of staff members and the public, such as ensuring symptomatic employees are directed to self-isolate,
  • Limiting gatherings to a maximum of 50 people, and
  • Ensuring that individuals who have returned from international travel are following the 14-day self-isolation recommendation

 

I hope that the businesses and citizens of Camrose are voluntarily in compliance with these directives.

However, if there are cases of noncompliance, this enforcement could include the option to revoke business licenses for businesses and interventions by emergency services for individuals not adhering to these protocols.

We take the health and safety of all in the City of Camrose seriously and ask all members of our community to do their part in reducing the spread of CO - VID-19.

Additionally in line with the Province’s recommendation, Council has directed administration to allow for the deferral of City utility bills.

The City will continue to send out utility bills but will not be charging penalties for those who cannot make payments at this time.

This is NOT a cancellation of utility charges, but a deferral of payment to a later date.

Residents on auto pay will continue to have withdrawals unless they notify the City.

Please visit our website at www.camrose.ca/COVID and www.camrose.ca/HowDoI for more information.

I also want to let everyone know that the City is well prepared for the ongoing impacts of CO–VID-19.

We are preparing to cross train staff to ensure that even in times of high absenteeism, essential services such as water treatment, waste management, maintaining clear roads, and secure emergency services will continue to be provided to the City.

Again, I would like to thank each one of you for doing your part and helping reduce the spread.

We are hearing wonderful stories of people helping each other in Camrose.

I know that our strong sense of community will help us pull through this unprecedented time together.

Thank you and stay safe.