For Immediate Release / May 4, 2020
Update on the City of St. Albert's Response to COVID-19
Update for May 4, 2020
The City of St. Albert is taking a thoughtful and measured approach to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community. In an effort to keep residents and visitors informed, below is a summary of some current information to be aware of.
Canadian Mental Health Week
May 4 to May 10, 2020 is Mental Health Week. The City recognizes that with COVID-19 life is particularly hard for a lot of St. Albert community members. Need some support?
- Residents in need can call the Community Supports line at 780-459-1756, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- Help offered includes support on a variety of needs – from seniors, youth, people with disabilities and child-care support, to food, counselling, housing and shelter support.
- The Canadian Mental Health Association has a variety of resources available at mentalhealthweek.ca.
For a list of trusted resources and supports, visit the City of St. Albert’s Help in Tough Times.
Recreation, Parks and Culture Facilities, Programs and Events
At the May 4, 2020 Council meeting Administration made recommendations on extending the existing closures and cancellations In accordance with direction from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Alberta Health Services and the Government of Alberta.
- Existing closures and cancellations for City facilities that fall into the scope of Public Health Order 02-2020 will remain closed to the public for as long as the public health order is in place.
- The facilities in question include indoor and outdoor recreation and cultural facilities operated by the City or its partners.
- Administration is recommending that all scheduled City events that fall into the scope of Public Health Order 07-2020 (as amended from time to time) regarding restrictions on mass gatherings and requirements for physical distancing be cancelled and no new events will be allowed (with the exception of the St. Albert Farmers’ Market).
Each year, before presenting the annual Tax Bylaw to Council for its consideration, Administration proposes adjustments to the annual budget approved by Council in December. Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Administration is not making any recommendations to adjust the budget to address COVID-19 and is instead taking other measures to mitigate the pandemic’s impact on the City’s financial situation. The City can fund any potential deficit arising from COVID-19 through established reserves, internal financing, external financing, or a combination of the three methods. Once the full impact of COVID-19 in known, Administration will recommend a course of action to Council for consideration.
- Administration is recommending no change to the 2.5 per cent average budget increase for 2020, so that any spending reductions can be used to help offset the impacts of COVID-19 and minimize the need for a significant tax increase in 2021.
- Redirecting funds ($539,710) previously allocated to the Library and AHF will help the City offset the projected deficit due to COVID-19.
- Directing the full amount derived from assessment growth revenue ($387,000) to reserve, rather than the usual 70 per cent, will help offset the projected deficit due to COVID-19.
Closures to City facilities
No new closures as of May 4, 2020.
Suspension of City programs or services
No new suspensions as of May 4, 2020.
City services still open/operating
Unless listed on the facility closures or listed above, all City services are still available for access by phone, email or online.
Cancellation of City events
No new event cancellations as of May 4, 2020.
Please check the City’s website and social media for updates and further information. The City thanks its residents and patrons as we work through our response to COVID-19.
For more information on COVID-19, please visit the Alberta Health Services website, a link to which is available at stalbert.ca/covid19.
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Last edited: May 4, 2020