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COVID-19: playgrounds closing; dog park social distancing & updates

For immediate release: March 24, 2020 - 6:41pm
FR20-1127

We are constantly reassessing pandemic developments to ensure the safety and well-being of staff and citizens.  We have also continued to reassess the way we deliver public services following the decision to close City Hall and civic facilities. 

Social Distancing in public spaces 

  • Playgrounds are closed effective March 25th  
  • Sports fields should not be used for organized sports or play 
  • Do not play games, sports and activities, like soccer and shinny hockey, that put you in close contact with others. 

As we recognize the importance of getting fresh air and exercise each day, spaces including trails, dog parks, public squares and areas around civic buildings remain open. 

Dog park visitors are reminded of social distancing and these areas will be posted with health safety messages. 

Consider outings by yourself or with just one other person at the appropriate distance.  

The City has had to take this action because the surfaces people touch -- especially playground equipment -- should not be used right now for the health and safety of you and your family. 

Additionally, while keeping a safe distance is important, protect yourself against COVID-19 with everyday preventive actions, including: 

  • Stay home if you are sick 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry them well 
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you aren’t able to wash your hands 
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth 

Sanitary Sewer System 

A reminder to residents to please refrain from throwing items such as personal hygiene and family planning products (including baby wipes and paper towel) down the drains. These items do not break down in the sewer system and create blockages, which could create unnecessary issues during this time where we all should be taking precautions. Prevent Irritable Sewer Syndrome, learn more on saskatoon.ca/iss

Saskatoon Water Cross Connections 

All Cross Connection reminder notices and deficiency letters are on hold until April 15, 2020. Any questions regarding the Cross Connection Control Program can be directed to cross.connection@saskatoon.ca.  Learn more at saskatoon.ca/crossconnection

Leisure Access Program Temporarily Suspended
 
The Leisure Access Program has been temporarily suspended. Transit buses continue to run without fare and leisure facilities are closed until further notice. Applications will be re-opened once bus fares resume or Leisure Centres reopen. 

Purchasing Services 

Due to the closure of the Purchasing Services office to the public, the City can no longer accept paper or hard copy bid submissions and will not be conducting in-person public tender openings. The unofficial tabulations of price will be posted to SaskTenders after the bid closing date and time. 

The City has started to accept email bid submissions; email bid submissions must meet the requirements within the solicitation document. 

Projects currently posted on SaskTenders will have specific instructions issued via Addenda and include information and directions for successful bid submission.  Any new projects posted to SaskTenders by the City will have the updated bid submission requirements within the solicitation document. 

Updates will continue to be provided at saskatoon.ca/covid-19 and at saskatoonpolice.ca.

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