Coronavirus: Saskatchewan Health Authority Temporarily Suspends Paid Parking

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The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has chosen to temporarily eliminate paid parking to support front-line workers and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health authority made the decision on Thursday and said its workers remain focused on providing care.

This decision applies to doctors, staff, nurses, patients and visitors.

SHA said the only authorized visitors to its facilities are there for compassionate reasons.

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She intervenes when a petition has been organized asking that this measure be taken.

More than 350 people signed this petition on the afternoon of April 2.

The petition organizer has friends who work in health care and paid about $ 18 to park in hospitals each shift.

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Hannah Pederson said she has never signed a petition before, let alone start one, and is very grateful to all front line workers.

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“Even people who don’t work directly with COVID-19 patients, there are so many more protocols in place in hospitals and there are so many things they adapt to during this period that it’s just one thing less on their plate, “she said.

This decision comes after British Columbia. and Nova Scotia has taken similar action at their respective facilities.

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The City of Saskatoon has also taken steps to address the parking problem.

All restrictions on residential parking areas have been suspended until further notice.

The City of Regina is also relaxing parking laws around the Regina General Hospital.

Alberta has also suspended paid parking in hospitals.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you should know:

Health authorities warn against all international travel. Returning travelers are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning on March 26, in case they develop symptoms and prevent the spread of the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented recommendations or additional enforcement measures to ensure the self-isolation of people returning to the region.

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Symptoms may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or the flu. Some people may develop a more serious illness. Those most at risk are the elderly and people with serious chronic conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend washing your hands frequently and coughing up your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying at home as much as possible, and keeping two meters away from others if you go out.

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