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City introduces new measures to combat COVID-1

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City introduces new measures to combat COVID-19

October 15, 2020

The City is introducing additional measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 and help protect the people of Edmonton, in response to the voluntary health restrictions introduced in the Edmonton Health Zone by the province.

“We continue to be concerned by the continuing increase in case numbers. We need all Edmontonians to adhere to the health precautions and practise them daily to prevent COVID-19 case numbers from increasing any further,” said Interim City Manager Adam Laughlin. “As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, we will not let it wear down our resolve to protect our city, including our most vulnerable community members.”

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced new voluntary restrictions in Edmonton last week. The City’s response includes enhanced measures in recreation facilities, additional monitoring and enforcement of public compliance to health and safety rules, and adjustments to ETS service levels and cleaning protocols.

“While we haven’t seen it reflected in case numbers yet, we trust Edmontonians are getting the message,” said Laughlin. “Compliance with mask wearing is strong. I trust that Edmontonians will adopt the City’s adjusted measures with the same spirit of shared responsibility. We’ve already heard from some sports organizations who are willing to help us spread the word about new protocols at arenas. By working together, we can tackle the rising case numbers and contain the spread of COVID-19.”

Recreation Facilities

The City will make a number of enhancements to protocols and guidelines in recreation facilities and arenas.

  • There will be no spectator access in areas without designated spectator seating, such as field houses, gyms and most pools.
  • In facilities with designated, controlled spectator areas, like arenas, 25 percent of regular seating capacity will be allowed (up to 50 spectators, 100 in larger arenas). New capacity figures have been posted to arena websites.
  • No social event rentals (parties, reunions) or picnic site bookings will be allowed for the remainder of 2020 to discourage larger social gatherings.
  • Capacity for other indoor bookings and rentals, such as business meetings, has been reduced to 25 per cent of normal room capacity to a maximum of 50 people.
  • Increased security and crowd monitoring will be implemented at facilities to ensure safety protocols are being followed.

Edmonton Transit Service

New measures adopted by ETS include:

  • Adjustments to ETS service levels, including school service, to support physical distancing and gathering restrictions.
  • Revised sales channels for low income transit pass sales that reduce the need for in- person contact.
  • Same-day cleaning and disinfecting of bus shelters located near schools when notified of a school outbreak.

Temporary Pandemic Accommodation

Preparations are underway for the use of the Edmonton Convention Centre as a temporary pandemic accommodation for individuals experiencing homelessness. People who stay at the convention centre will have a safe, warm place to sleep, receive daily meals and access storage, washrooms, shower facilities and culturally appropriate health, wellness and housing supports. The space is expected to open on October 30 and will scale up week by week to reach a 300-bed capacity and to provide a full spectrum of services.

The City is working with organizers of Camp Pekiwewin to ensure safe, suitable accommodation like the Edmonton Convention Centre for those staying at the camp. An end date for the camp is linked to the activation and full operational setup of the temporary pandemic accommodation.

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EPS investigating shooting in Tamarack neighbourhood

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October 20, 2020

The Edmonton Police Service is investigating a shooting that occurred in the southeast Edmonton neighbourhood of Tamarack earlier this afternoon.

Southeast Division patrol members responded to a weapons complaint near 43A Avenue and 7 Street, at approximately 2 p.m. It was reported to police that an adult male lying in the parking lot was suffering from what appeared to be gun-shot wounds. The 22-year-old male complainant has since been treated and transported to hospital by paramedics with serious injuries.

No suspect(s) or a motive for the shooting has been identified at this time.

Anyone with any information about this incident or the individuals) responsible is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online atwww.p3tips.com/250.

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City unveils new snow clearing parking ban, launching winter 2020

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October 7, 2020
The City of Edmonton is implementing a new, two-phase citywide parking ban this winter.
“We have heard from residents that they want improved snow clearing in their neighbourhoods,” said Brian Simpson, Branch Manager, Parks and Roads Services. “This parking ban will allow for clearer roads that are easier and safer to navigate for everyone using our streets.”
The new two-phase parking ban will take effect this winter, and consists of the following:
  • Phase 1: Crews clear arterial and collector roads, bus routes and business improvement areas. You may continue to park on your residential street.
  • Phase 2 (begins after Phase 1): Crews clear residential and industrial roads. You may park in your driveway, in a parking space on a neighbours property with their permission, or on any road cleared during Phase 1 where parking is allowed normally.
In both ban phases, parking will be allowed on any road as soon as it has been cleared. Previously, the public had to wait for the City to call off the ban before parking back on the street.
Phase 1 is anticipated to last approximately 48 hours. Phase 2 would last five to seven days overall, but the impact to individual communities is expected to be less time – approximately 72 hours. In each phase, residents would be able to park on the street once it has been cleared.
“We know this is going to be an adjustment, and this is going to require a community effort,” said Simpson. “To keep our streets safe in the winter, we must work together. Edmontonians play an important role in supporting City staff and contractors by moving their vehicles off the street during snow plow events.”
The City will focus on education before enforcement, but warnings and fines continue to be options to gain compliance when required. The fine for not following the parking ban is $100, and towing will continue to be used in limited circumstances.
The City is encouraging the public to sign up for parking ban email alerts, and to view a new interactive map that will display which ban phase roads are a part of at edmonton.ca/SafeTravels.

 

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