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Council approves new measures in COVID-19 response

(Fort McMurray, AB – March 28, 2020) – On Saturday, Council voted in favour of additional measures in support of the region’s COVID-19 pandemic response.

“We’ve been watching this unfold across the world, the country, the province and now, our own region,” said Mayor Don Scott. “I know we are well prepared, and we are working together to put us in the best possible position to limit the impact as this evolves on a daily basis. This continued focus will help guide us alongside existing and provincial rules and guidelines, some announced Friday afternoon, as we continue to take steps to do what’s right to keep our families safe. I’d also like to thank all of the residents that took the time to share their views with Council this evening – it is greatly appreciated.”

The amended motion passed as follows: 

“THAT Council advise and direct the Director of Emergency Management (DEM) and the Interim Chief Administrative Officer (Interim CAO):

That we direct all essential businesses that remain open that they must comply with AHS guidelines;

That we aggressively communicate the Vulnerable Person Registry in the region and ensure it is updated to ensure those requiring assistance receive it;

That we set up regular calls with our rural and indigenous communities to determine what is needed on a go forward basis to address the pandemic and that we include elected leadership to leadership discussions and include rural Councillors; 

That we encourage the residents of Wood Buffalo to stay connected through technology and identify individuals who are alone, in distress or may need assistance;

That administration come forward with a recommendation specific to deferring residential property taxes and small to medium-sized business property taxes;

That we encourage the provincial government to look at measures that will assist commercial renters;

That we request the federal and provincial governments to set up an aggressive and robust program to support businesses and social profits including non-profits and charities;

That the Interim CAO and the DEM address those matters raised by the leadership of the indigenous and rural communities to address the pandemic in an expeditious manner.”

The State of Local Emergency has also been extended for another seven days. The Emergency Management Act stipulates that a declaration of a state of local emergency lapses after seven days and the decision must be made to renew or discontinue the declaration. 
For more information, please visit rmwb.ca/COVID19 or contact Pulse at 780-743-7000.


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