New City of Wetaskiwin updates on COVID-19 response

The City of Wetaskiwin has closed all City buildings to the public.

The City of Wetaskiwin held a special City Council meeting on Mar.17, 2020 to discuss further actions the City will take in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the approved motions was that effective end-of-day Mar.17, all remaining City buildings will be closed.

In an official statement from Wetaskiwin City Council they have assured that “while our doors may be closed to the public at this time, please know that we are still here to provide service as much as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic while ensuring the protection of the public’s health, as well as that of our employees.”

If you visit Wetaskiwin City Hall to make payments, until further notice you will have to set up bills through online banking, contact your financial institution to set up payments, or deliver a money order or cheque to Wetaskiwin City Hall’s drop-box at 4705-50 Ave.

However, Wetaskiwin City Council says essential services “will continue to be maintained including the recycling centre and the landfill.”

In addition to closing all City buildings to the public, City Council decided to cancel the Mar. 23, 2020 Committee of the Whole and regular Council meetings. Any discussions that were to happen in the Mar. 23 meeting will be brought up in the April 14 meeting that as of now has not been cancelled.

Wetaskiwin Transit will also be halting all non-essential travel. Services will only be for those traveling to or from essential appointments such as doctor or medical appointments. To book with Wetaskiwin Transit you can call 780-361-4444.

However, if you are sick or presenting with symptoms of COVID-19 do not try to go to a medical facility; instead call Alberta Health Link at 8-1-1 for further instructions.

“These protective measures are in line with the province’s recommendations and attest to the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mayor Tyler Gandam. “There have not been any reports of COVID-19 within Wetaskiwin at this time, however, it’s important to remain proactive and do whatever possible to prevent the spread of the virus.”

Updates on access to City services, including bill payment options mentioned above, can be found at www.wetaskiwin.ca. During this time Wetaskiwin City staff will still be available to answer questions at reception@wetaskwin.ca or by calling 780-361-4400.

In addition, more information about the City’s response to COVID-19 can be found at www.wetaskiwin.ca/covid19.



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