City of Leduc declares State of Local Emergency for COVID-19

Monday, March 16, 2020

– Leduc Emergency Coordination Centre activated in response to pandemic event

The City of Leduc declared a state of local emergency at 6:51 p.m. on Monday, March 16, in order to further support provincial efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. By declaring the state of local emergency, the city will be empowered to access resources needed to address a potential outbreak within the community, as well as to enforce additional restrictions and closures as required to contain the spread.

“Leduc City Council and administration have been closely following the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are taking very deliberate and careful measures in order to protect our residents, staff and visitors,” says Leduc Mayor Bob Young. “The ongoing health of our community members is our top priority, and we fully support this declaration as we are confident it is the appropriate next step in order to effectively manage this public health event.”

Following Alberta Health Services’ recommendations, the City of Leduc is also taking the following measures:

  • Activation of the City of Leduc Emergency Coordination Centre
  • Closure of all city recreation facilities until further notice
  • Cancellation or postponement of all remaining performances at the Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts through the month of March
  • Cancellation or postponement of all upcoming city events through the end of April
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols in all city facilities and public vehicles (including Leduc Transit)
  • Imposing a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period for all staff who display symptoms and/or who have recently returned from travel

“Looking after the health and wellness of our residents is our primary focus in declaring this state of local emergency in Leduc,” says Leduc Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management George Clancy. “This is a very fluid event, so we feel it is prudent to ensure we have access to every means available to safeguard our community’s physical, mental, financial and emotional health as the outbreak continues to unfold.”

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Natalie Hillier, Lead Communications

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