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Council defers Municipal utility payments and suspends enforcement of Single Use Shopping Bag Bylaw in response to COVID-19

(Fort McMurray, AB – March 25, 2020) – On Tuesday, Council voted to enact additional measures for its Municipal response to COVID-19. The new measures include deferring Municipal utility fee payments until July 2020, and temporarily suspending enforcement of the Single Use Shopping Bag Bylaw. 

Municipal utility payments

Residents in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) now have the option to defer their Municipal utility payments until July 2020. On Tuesday, Council voted to defer Municipal utility payments until July and waive penalties for outstanding balances from March to August 2020, in an effort to help ease the economic impact of COVID-19.

The Municipality will continue to send out invoices and statements, but will not be charging penalties if payments are not received before July. Penalties will begin to be applied to outstanding balances in August 2020. The deferral applies to both residential and utility commercial services offered by the Municipality.

Municipal utilities fees are charged for the distribution, collection and treatment of solid waste, water and sanitary sewage.

Pre-authorized payment withdrawals will continue as normal. Should you wish to discontinue pre-authorized payments at this time, please contact Pulse at 780-743-7000.

Single Use Shopping Bag Bylaw

Effective immediately, enforcement of the Single Use Shopping Bag Bylaw (Bylaw No 12/007) will be temporarily suspended. This decision now allows businesses in the region to provide single use plastic bags to customers.

Customers will still have the choice to bring and use reusable bags. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, shoppers are encouraged to machine wash reusable bags after each use.

The temporary suspension of the Single Use Shopping Bag Bylaw will remain in effect throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is an unprecedented time in our community. The measures brought forward tonight will help us continue to take the necessary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and help ease the economic impact of this pandemic,” said Mayor Don Scott. “We are closely monitoring this rapidly evolving situation and will continue to explore all options available to us, to continue to support our community through these challenging times.”

For more information, please visit rmwb.ca/COVID19 or contact Pulse at 780-743-7000.

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