Updated March 27, 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:
- Saskatoon Fire Department
- Saskatoon Police Service
- Transit Services
- Waste & Recycling Collection
- Power, Water & Sewer Services
- Landfill Operations
- Winter Road Maintenance
- Construction & Major Projects
- Cemetery Services
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:
- Animal Services: Subsidized Spay & Neuter Program (updated March 19)
- Building Standards: Permits, Inspections, PID Applications, Payments (updated March 23)
- Bylaws: Bylaw Courts (updated March 20)
- Flag Raisings, Civic Square (updated March 27)
- Gordon Howe Campground (updated March 24)
- Leisure Access Program (updated March 25)
- Parking: Public Pay Parking, Residential Parking Program, Overtime Parking (updated March 20)
- Purchasing Services (updated March 24)
- Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo (updated March 26)
- Waste & Recyling: Paying at the Landfill, Waste Collection Safety, Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day, SARCAN Household Glass Program (updated March 24)
- Water Cross Connection: Reminder Notices and Deficiency Letters (updated March 24)
- Water Meters: AMI Upgrade Appointments (updated March 24)
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
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many utility providers to change the way they are currently conducting business with regard to the billing and collection of utility services. Learn about the immediate action the City has taken to provide financial relief for residents:
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
Playgrounds, Parks, Dog Parks
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.
The best method to protect yourself against COVID-19 is to practice everyday preventive actions.
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Last updated: March 27, 2020
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