The City of Edmonton further relaxes COVID-19 measures; stimulus plans to take place next week – Edmonton

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The City of Edmonton has released some additional details on its recovery strategy, including the opening date of certain city-owned golf courses.

However, the Edmontonians will have to wait until next week for the full stimulus package.

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The city’s emergency advisory committee met on Thursday, where the local state of emergency was extended for seven days.

The city’s acting director Adam Laughlin asked the Edmontonians to be patient while the city works with the province to boost the economy. He said the actions will be aligned with public health measures, but noted that there are still many unanswered questions.

In the coming weeks, the focus will be on a combination of the COVID-19 pandemic response, as well as recovery and recovery, Laughlin said.

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He noted that the recovery process would be long.

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The city has implemented a five-point plan to deter clutter in and around the exhibition grounds, where the exhibition center is used to support vulnerable people during the pandemic.

Laughlin said the shuttle between the Expo Center and Kinsmen Field House – where the homeless in Edmonton move between day and night – has been increased to help prevent movement in the river valley.

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Peace officers and police will patrol more, and porta pots have been installed at the entrance to the Exhibition Center. The porta pots will be occupied by members of community services on Boyle Street.

“Peace officers in transit and police officers from the LRT EPS continue to respond to disorderly problems on the platform of the LRT Coliseum station,” said Laughlin.

“The Neighborhood Empowerment Team and EPS work together to monitor Borden Park and the administration has linked with the Alberta Avenue Business Association to understand local concerns and provide support for litter cleanup.”

About 700 people use the Expo Center facilities daily, officials said.

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Here is an overview of some of the measures that were relaxed at Thursday’s meeting:

City-owned golf courses

The city has announced that Victoria and Riverside golf courses will open to the public on May 11.

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Dog parks

The city has already relaxed some dog park measures, including the opening of 38 off-leash parks last weekend.

The city also announced on Thursday that Lauderdale Dog Park, Edmonton’s largest fenced dog park, is once again open to residents and their pets.

Pet owners are requested to continue practicing physical distance and to clean their hands after touching the doors. The city’s other fenced dog parks – Paisley, Alex Decoteau and Manning Village – remain closed.

Outdoor pools, spray parks

The city will not be opening its outdoor pools this summer, said Laughlin. The city hall fountain will also remain closed for the 2020 summer season.

– With files from Vinesh Pratap and Scott Johnston, Global News.

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