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COVID-19: Community Gardens to be planted, next hazardous waste drop-off cancelled

For immediate release: April 28, 2020 - 5:31pm
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The City is doing its part to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases in Saskatoon. We have made many staffing and service changes so that our employees can safely deliver services to residents and to make sure people remain physically apart from one another. This way we can all work together by staying apart – it will protect the health of essential frontline healthcare staff, core service workers and first-responders. These actions in turn protect all of us.  

  • Always maintain a safe physical distance of 2 metres from others outside your household and remember that the Public Health Orders are still in place under the Re-open Saskatchewan plan. 
  • When you get out, spread out. With over 2,000 hectares of parks, sport fields, naturalized areas and other open spaces throughout the city, there’s plenty of room for us all. 

Community Gardens will open with additional protocols  

The City works in partnership with CHEP Good Food Inc. to facilitate the community garden program that happens in almost every neighbourhood across the city. 

The Community Garden program will proceed this spring/summer with additional protocols put in place to ensure gardeners can participate as safely as possible. Protocols include safe physical distancing measures, hand washing procedures and regular tool sanitization.  The protocols have been reviewed by the Ministry of Health, the Saskatchewan Health Authority's Public Health Inspector and the City’s Emergency Management Organization personnel to ensure that the program meets all current safety and public gathering guidelines. 

Planting is anticipated to begin in mid-May when temperatures begin to warm the soil and allow for park irrigation systems to be turned on. 

May Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Drop-off Day cancelled, June HHW Day scheduled to proceed with enhanced safety procedures
 
The City has cancelled the HHW Drop-off Day scheduled for Sunday, May 3. The event on Sunday, June 7 will proceed as scheduled but with enhanced guidelines and restrictions. More details will be provided as they become available. If residents have HHW material that must be dealt with urgently, they are encouraged to visit saskatoon.ca/wastewizard to find other means of safe disposal. If residents intend on taking material to businesses that accept HHW, they should contact them first to ensure they are open and able  to accommodate drop-offs at this time. More HHW information is available at  saskatoon.ca/hazardouswaste.  

Please visit saskatoon.ca/covid19 for timely updates from the City of Saskatoon on everything you need to know to stay safe.