Following the provincial government’s announcement of a their relaunch strategy for the phased re-opening of facilities and services across Alberta, The City is closely reviewing the plan to determine how it applies to the community and City of Red Deer programs and services.
“We’re pleased the Premier and our provincial counterparts have taken a phased approach to reopening the economy,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “The health and safety of our residents remains our top priority, and above all, we are still committed to mitigating further spread of COVID-19. In the coming days, we will work to review the provincial relaunch plan, and adjust local restrictions in Red Deer accordingly.”
The Province’s relaunch plan focuses primarily on a gradual reopening of businesses, services and outdoor activities. Also included in their plan is the potential opening of golf courses starting May 4, and Alberta’s online campground registration system starting May 14. The plan also includes adjusted restrictions for private and municipal parks.
“While the plan announced today provides a blueprint for the gradual return to regular operations and business, we know we still have a long road to full recovery,” said Veer. “Opening businesses will provide a much-needed boost to our local economy and will mean some people are able to return to work. We will continue to work diligently with our federal and provincial government partners to ensure our community has the supports we need to move forward under this new economic reality.”
With modified provincial restrictions now announced, The City of Red Deer will explore adjustments to restrictions in municipal public spaces. Many restrictions will remain in place, with restrictions only modified or adjusted in direct alignment with the provincial strategy.
“Despite the provincial relaunch strategy, we need citizens to continue to be vigilant in helping prevent the spread. We fully anticipate adjustments and revised restrictions as the plan unfolds, but this will only work if our community, and our citizens continue to do what is necessary as we safely work through the relaunch strategy,” said Allan Seabrooke, City Manager.
The City of Red Deer remains under a State of Local Emergency, giving the municipality access to additional resources, and special powers under the Emergency Management Act including personnel, from other orders of government if required.
The provincial government announced 190 new cases today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Alberta to 5,355.
The COVID-19 outbreak is a dynamic situation and information can change quickly and often. The City of Red Deer is prepared to make additional changes to policies as required in order to keep residents safe and reduce the risk of spreading the virus. For updates on The City’s response, visit www.reddeer.ca/covid-19.
For more information, please contact:
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer