City of Melfort issues emergency instructions

MELFORT—The City of Melfort has sent out a public advisory with instructions to residents, telling them how to best stay safe through the pandemic.

City instructions for residents not working in the essential service sector:

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1. STAY HOME! Avoid leaving your home unless you must go out for provisions or in the case of an emergency. Better yet, have provisions delivered to your doorstep if possible.

2. If you must leave your home for any reason, do not travel as a group. Designate one person from your household who will be responsible to go out when provisions are needed.

3. When going outside for any reason make sure that you remain 2 metres distance from others.

4. Contact 811 only for medical enquiries. If you require help with basic needs, please contact 211 for assistance.

5. Business that provide an essential service are encouraged to limit interactions by; reducing hours, providing doorstep delivery and enforcing social distancing measures.

6. Nonessential businesses should consider the safety of their customers and staff and STAY HOME to reduce the possibility of transmission of the virus.

All outdoor public gathering spots, including parks and playgrounds, are closed to the public.

“We are hopeful that the community recognizes the urgency of this situation,” the City of Melfort said. “The above measures will only be effective if we all do our part. Please share [this] message and encourage your family, friends and neighbours to do likewise. Reducing the rate of transmission of this virus may very well save the life of your family, friends or neighbors.”

The city has advised their municipal staff not to report to work as they regularly would for the next two weeks.

City staff have been directed to stay and remain available should they be called upon to respond to an emergency.

“This step has been taken to reduce the possibility of transmission of the virus and protect our staff so they remain healthy and able to respond should it be necessary.”

The city stated that they will continue to provide basic essential services and will respond to emergencies as required.

General enquiries to the city hall switchboard at 306-752-5911 and emails to city@melfort.ca will be answered between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Calls outside these hours will be directed to leave a message or if in an emergency call an after-hours emergency number.

Should it become necessary, city staff will be available and may be called upon to support the local physician’s group or hospital staff.

The Melfort Regional Landfill will be accessible only to licenced commercial customers from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The Handi Van is available for emergency use only. They can be contacted at 306-752-5600.

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