UPDATE: The city has closed access to its recreation and cultural facilities.
The following facilities will be closed to the public temporarily:
- Bioclean Aquatic Centre
- Lloydminster Cultural & Science Centre
- Lloydminster Golf & Curling Centre
- Lloydminster Public Library
- PSM Park Centre
- Russ Robertson Arena
- Servus Sports Centre
City Hall, the Lloydminster Operations Centre and the Lloydminster RCMP Detachment will remain open.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we’re following our provincial, municipal colleagues and following further direction from provincial and federal health professionals,” Mayor Gerald Aalbers says. “Given the unprecedented nature of recent events, we ask for your patience as we work together and persevere through these trying times.”
The City of Lloydminster is following recommendations by both provincial governments and is cancelling some events run by the city.
Effective immediately, the following events are suspended to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Tourism Workshop, March 18
- LCSC Your Voice Open House, March 19
- DARP Stakeholder Meeting, March 25
- Feasibility Study Open House, March 25-26
- Opioids Don’t Discriminate Exhibit, March 25-30
- Battle of the Badges, March 28
- Teddy Bears on Ice, March 29
- Your City Your Business, April 8
- Easter Pysanky, April 11
Emergency Management Operations Manager Jordan Newton says they may be rescheduled in the future and the city will reconsider them next month.
City-owned recreation facilities will stay open during regular hours.
“All of our city council meetings and recreational facilities are still open and they’ll continue to be open unless we get recommendations otherwise from the provincial health authority. The city will make sure that our facilities remain safe for our public and we’ll be taking the necessary steps to make sure they are clean and sanitized.”
Newton says recommendations can change on a day-to-day basis and as they change the city will change their strategy. He does recommend residents follow good hygiene practices such as hand washing and avoiding contact with people who are ill.
“We do want to say that you do not need to create any panic over this virus outbreak. There are great resources on both the AHS website and SHA website. There’s great information to follow there.”
The city will be providing updates on their website and social media as the health authorities make new recommendations to combat the spread of the virus.