Edmonton to begin lifting COVID-19 restrictions May 2 – Edmonton

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On May 2, the City of Edmonton will take its first steps to lift some of the restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As soon as the sun rises on Saturday, those with four-legged family members can again allow their dogs to be kept on a leash in the city’s 38 open leash parks.

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“The city has heard loud and clear that Edmontonians are missing their usual practice in dog parks,” said acting city mayor Adam Laughlin.

However, this does not include the four fenced parks. These were closed for fear that people would not be able to maintain physical distance properly.










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The opening date will depend on how the dog owners reopen the parks this weekend.

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“The way people react to open areas in dog parks will also tell us if we are moving fenced dog parks forward,” said Laughlin.

Although the parks are reopening, Laughlin reminded dog owners that physical distance restrictions remain in place.

“If you do not have a dog, please use another park so that we can keep our distance and be careful in the parking lots. It will be tempting to want to visit and catch up with friends, but physical distance requirements are still in place.

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“The way we succeed in this area will determine the future decisions we make, or potentially the adjustment of the decisions we have made. “



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While private golf courses are allowed to open on May 2, Laughlin said the city-owned courses are yet to open.










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The reopening plans will be reviewed and the city administration will update the council next week, said Laughlin.

The plans come a day after Premier Jason Kenney announced Alberta’s three-stage stimulus package.

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On Thursday, the city extended the local state of emergency and the stimulus packages have not changed anything. The administration will present a more detailed stimulus package to city council on May 7. Laughlin said the plan will be in line with the province’s Stage 1 stimulus plan.

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Although the city is starting to formulate its recovery plan, Laughlin warned residents that it would be a slow and calculated process and that there could be setbacks if health guidelines such as distance and hygiene are not followed and if there is a spike in the cases.

“My message to the Edmontonians is this: there will be progress, but it will be progressive,” said Laughlin. “But luckily there will be progress. ”

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Mayor Don Iveson echoed these statements in his speech.

“Everyone will have to be patient as we continue to monitor what is working and what is not,” he said.

“If our performance to date is any indication, I have great confidence in the Edmontonians and our organization to do our best here.”



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Iveson said the city will be forced to reopen without support from the provincial or federal government.










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He suggested that it would be “opportune” to introduce new sources of revenue for municipalities that would grow as the economy grew in order to fully reopen.

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“Edmonton is willing and ready to partner with the provincial and federal governments to support the recovery and recovery of our economy,” said Iveson.

“Just as we have taken strong steps to suppress the impact of COVID-19 and protect our residents, so will city council to bring Edmontonians back to work safely and to see our local businesses succeed in completely safe. “



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Laughlin added that these preliminary stimulus packages do not change the status of the temporary layoff notices released on Monday. He encourages those who have received one to keep in touch with their supervisor for the latest information.

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