Winnipeg keeping parks and playgrounds open for now

By | March 24, 2020

The City of Winnipeg is giving an update about its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Brian Bowman and Jason Shaw, manager of the city’s emergency operations centre, began speaking at City Hall starting at 3 p.m.

“Winnipeggers like you are taking concrete action to make sure physical distancing doesn’t mean turning your back,” Bowman said, thanking the residents of the city for making it better.

“Winnipeggers have a reputation for generosity. We’re the kind of people who help out our neighbours,” he said, adding there is no more appropriate time to step up and offer to check in on others, pick up groceries and donate blood.

Pandemic response

Shaw said the emergency operations centre is continuing to operate at Level 2.

“At the front lines, the focus is on first responders,” he said, meaning police, fire and paramedic crews, and others working directly with those affected by COVID-19.

Many city services are closed, but the 311 service is still operating. Parks have cancelled permits for large gatherings of more than 50 people.

Transit will keep the buses running, with new electronic signs and stickers reminding the public to keep a safe social distance.

Play structures are not cleaned or disinfected, Shaw said, adding they are trying to balance distancing and the need to go outside to stay mentally healthy.

He reminded people to follow the provincial public health officials guidance on self-isolating after travel.

In a news release issued shortly before the news conference, the city announced a new COVID-19 business task force to deal with the impacts of the pandemic on businesses in Winnipeg.

More to come

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