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COVID-19: Daily update on changes to programs and services – May 14, 2020

For immediate release: May 14, 2020 - 4:35pm
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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.

Civic Election 2020 & COVID-19 considerations

The City is moving forward with preparations for the civic election scheduled for November 9, 2020. Saskatoon residents will cast their vote for mayor, city councillor and respective school board trustee.

Given the uncertainty surrounding what public health measures will be in place to guard against COVID-19 transmission, the City is preparing to remain nimble and update its election plan in accordance with any new public health orders. Presently, planning is focussed on options that will allow for physical distancing, reduced contact through the increased use of the mail-in ballot option, and greater awareness of advance polls.

Access the latest information about the 2020 Civic Election, including information on election job opportunities, at saskatoon.ca/vote2020. New information on the election and the City’s plans to manage COVID-19 risks will be added regularly. 

City staff working in the field will access closed Leisure Centres for amenities

City staff providing core services are adjusting to summer operations while maintaining physical distancing. With returning summer staff on board this week, the normal crew meeting spaces and washroom facilities no longer safely hold everyone.

As a temporary measure, City operational staff will be using the Leisure Centres, including Field House, Cosmo Civic Center, Shaw Center, Harry Bailey Aquatic Center, Lawson Heights Civic Center and Lakewood Civic Center during daytime hours. Leisure Centres remain closed to the public until more direction is provided through the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan.

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