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COVID-19

Covid

Updated March 30, 2020

The City of Saskatoon has been monitoring and actively engaged in assessing the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and is in close contact with provincial and federal health agencies.  The City has activated its Emergency Operations Centre to coordinate its planning efforts. The health, safety, and well-being of our employees and members of the public, and maintaining core services are our top priorities.

Every organization, business and person can play a role in helping keep us all safe. Responding most effectively will take a whole community approach. This will not come down to one organization or one person’s job to solve.

Residents are encouraged to sign up to notifynow for timely and targeted public safety messages, including COVID-19. 

Check back for regular updates as information becomes available.

 

Unaffected City Services

The City assures residents that the following core services are being maintained:

Affected City Services

While City Hall and facilities are closed to the public, our business operations continue to provide important services for our residents as much as possible. Check back for updates to this list:

Online Services

The City reminds the public that there are many online services which are listed at saskatoon.ca/onlineservices.

City Hall, City Buildings & Facilities

On March 19, the City closed public access to City Hall and all City buildings, including fire stations, leisure facilities and Saskatoon Public Library locations. 

Utility Payments & Property Taxation 

We understand the COVID-19 pandemic is causing financial challenges for many in our community. Learn about the immediate action the City has taken to allow residents more time to pay their taxes and utility bills:

Transit Services

Transit buses continue to run - visit transit.saskatoon.ca for updated route and schedule information. The public is being asked to only use transit if it is absolutely necessary for essential travel in order to aid in social distancing measures. Riders must enter and exit buses using the rear doors, excluding individuals who require personal mobility devices, and keep a fair distance from Operators and other riders. Payment of a fare is not required. More information, along with additional cleaning measures that are in place, can be found here. (updated March 26)

Leisure Facilities & Programs

Leisure facilities are closed until further notice, including all programs and third-party facility rentals.  A complete list of facilities and information about compensation can be found in the frequently asked questions (updated March 27).

Playgrounds, Parks, Dog Parks

City-owned playground structures are closed until further notice. This action was necessary because the shared surfaces people touch - especially playground equipment - should not be used right now for the health and safety of your family, and to eliminate the potential for gatherings at play.

As we recognize the importance of getting fresh air and exercise each day, spaces including trails, dog parks and public squares remain open. Visitors must maintain a safe, two-metre (six feet) distance away from others using outdoor spaces. Consider outings by yourself or with just one other person at the appropriate distance. Sports fields should not be used for organized sports or play, and do not play any games, sports and activities, like soccer and shinny hockey, that put you in close contact with others.

Bridge Pathways, Pedestrian Overpasses & Underpasses

  • Effective March 27, walkways on the Traffic Bridge are now for one-way pedestrian traffic (one-side southbound, one-side northbound) to allow users to maintain social/physical distancing.
  • The City will continue to review other bridge pathways and pedestrian overpasses, underpasses and tunnels. Crews will be posting signage on many of the pathways to remind people to respect social/physical distancing.  
  • The CP Pedestrian Bridge is closed until further notice as it is not wide enough for users to keep a two-metre distance away from others. 

City Events & Engagement Activities

All City-organized public events and in-person engagement activities have been cancelled until further notice.  Online surveys already in progress will continue until their scheduled closing date. We will notify participants when events may be rescheduled. 

Precautionary Measures

The best method to protect yourself against COVID-19 is to practice everyday preventive actions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated:  March 30, 2020

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News Releases

Read the latest news updates from the City of Saskatoon.

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Additional Resources

During any emergency or large-scale event, it is essential to follow accurate, factual, locally specific sources of information.

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Use our Online Services

Click here for a complete list of City of Saskatoon online services.

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