Calgary Declares State Of Emergency In Response To COVID-19 Pandemic
|The Huffington Post 16 Mar 2020 at 10:08|
Calgary s skyline is seen here on March 12. On Sunday, city officials declared a state of emergency to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City of Calgary has in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The announcement was made Sunday in an attempt to support the Province of Albertas efforts to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city said in a news release.
The move gives the city increased powers to do what is necessary to help flatten the curve, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said on Twitter.
We have enacted a State of Local Emergency. This allows CEMA Chief Tom Sampson to make the decisions necessary to help flatten the curve.
We are closing City-owned and operated rec facilities, as well as those operated by our partners, and the Calgary Public Library branches.
Facilities will be ordered to ensure events are no larger than 250 people to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.
This means several public places, including the Calgary Public Library, recreation facilities and city-owned places, will be closed until further notice.
The following facilities will also be shut down for now:
Grocery stores, airports, shopping centres, pharmacies and casinos will remain open for the time being, the city said in a statement.
As of Monday morning, there are , provincial health officials say. All licensed child-care facilities, out-of-school care programs and pre-school programs have already been closed.
Students from kindergarten to Grade 12 are also being told to stay home for the time being.
Theres been evidence of community transmission of COVID-19 in the province, according to officials. Seven cases occurred from a single gathering in the Calgary area, the province said. However, it still says the risk of exposure is low.