I am reaching out to you today to reassure you that I am working to help in any way I can. The City is not shut down—quite the opposite, actually. The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we work but City of Calgary staff and I are still actively helping those in our community who need it.
We have enacted a State of Local Emergency, which means that decisions can be made more quickly by the Mayor and the head of Calgary Emergency Management Agency. The only other time this directive was enacted in our city’s history was the 2013 flood. This conveys not only the gravity of the situation, but how effective we are as a city during times of crisis.
As far as what we can all do right now, I encourage you to practice physical distancing (stay 2 metres away), which some have been referring to as “social distancing”. We must continue to be social but in different ways than previously. Instead of meeting up with friends and family, give them a call or contact them through FaceTime/WhatsApp/Skype. Please make sure your neighbours, especially seniors and vulnerable people, are taken care of. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
City parks are open, but pllaygrounds have been closed. Calgary Municipal Building (City Hall) is now restricted to essential needs and services only.
Please reach out to me if you need help or have questions. I’m confident that we will persevere as we have before.
Categories: Community, Councillor, Safety