COVID-19 UPDATE: Looking at options to assist our community

March 24, 2020

During its first ever virtual meeting on Monday, March 23, Spruce Grove City Council made two decisions in recognition of the challenges our community may be facing as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Due to the impacts that COVID-19 has had on the economy, Council has chosen to delay the implementation of a new Stormwater Utility until Sept. 1, 2020.

Council also deferred first reading of a proposed Business Improvement Area Tax Bylaw for businesses located in the City Centre Business Improvement Area. This bylaw will be considered at a later date.

Council recognizes the challenges that are facing the community and will be looking at potential options to assist those who are experiencing difficulties. Details are still being discussed and will be shared when available.

Residents are also being reminded that one of the most important things they can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing.

Social distancing, or limiting the number of people you come into close contact with, can help reduce the risk of getting sick or transmitting the virus to others. It is a highly effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and should be implemented in all situations – at work, at home, at the grocery store or pharmacy, at the park, on the sidewalk, and so on.

This also means limiting the amount of times you leave your home for errands and avoiding spaces such as elevators or other enclosed spaces. When possible, ordering online or using delivery services can be a good option.

Social distancing is not the same as self-isolation as residents can go outside, but need to maintain an appropriate distance of at least six feet from others.

Good hygiene habits are also important, including washing or sanitizing your hands after touching communal services. As a reminder, all wipes, including disinfectant cleaning wipes, should not be flushed down toilets.

We are all in this together and thank you for your continued support and cooperation as we all do our part to keep our community healthy and well.