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COVID-19: Daily update on changes to programs and services – April 20, 2020

For immediate release: April 20, 2020 - 4:15pm
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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.

Pedestrian Crossing Signal Push Buttons

In keeping with public health guidelines, residents should avoid using their hands to touch shared surfaces in the public like pedestrian push buttons. To help with this, the City is adjusting its traffic signals so that pedestrians will get the crossing light without pushing the activation buttons.

The City has already made adjustments to 59 of the high-use pedestrian crossing intersections in Saskatoon and will now proceed with adjustments to a further 200 intersections this week. Vehicles may notice a slightly longer wait as a result. We appreciate your patience with our efforts during this pandemic.

Signage is being installed to remind people to not touch the buttons. It is not feasible to remove the push buttons because they are needed for people with visual impairments who rely on the audible signals which is activated through the push buttons. 

Safety and Physical Distancing on Sidewalks and Pathways

To maintain physical distancing on sidewalks, when approaching others, residents are advised to move into the boulevard or parking lane if safe to do so. When on bridge pathways or at pedestrian crossings, watch for important directional signage. If walking in low light, please wear bright colours so you can be seen by others more easily.

Access to Cranberry Flats Conservation Area Temporarily Limited 

To support the provincial Public Health Order guidelines around avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people and to ensure there is no added pressure for our emergency services during this time, the Meewasin Valley Authority, in collaboration with the City, has temporarily limited access to the Cranberry Flats Conservation area. Updates on the status of the area will be available on Meewasin’s website.

Cross Connection Reports

Cross Connection customers will once again receive testing reminder and deficiency notices. Please continue to submit test reports electronically; hard copies of test reports will no longer be accepted. Learn more at saskatoon.ca/crossconnection.

Saskatoon Regional Waste Management Centre (Landfill)

The City Landfill will be switching to summer hours (7:30am – 5:30pm) on Monday, April 27. To help reduce cross-contamination, a reminder that cash transactions will not be accepted until further notice. We will continue to accept card payments, as well as direct invoicing options for those haulers who have commercial accounts with us.

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