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Hello Ward 7 Residents,

I hope this message finds you safe and well. I want to reiterate my appreciation for everything the community is doing to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in Saskatoon. Let’s keep that momentum going. Below are a couple of updates to keep in mind as we head into Easter weekend in Saskatoon.

City Updates

Work is underway on the Sid Buckwold Bridge rehabilitation project, and the walkway on that bridge is now closed, as are the walkways on the CP Rail Bridge and the Circle Drive North Bridge. All other bridge walkways are now one-way in order to allow for safe distance between passing pedestrians, and users are asked to check out signage and use those spaces appropriately. You can read more about that here

I’ve had some residents ask me about the financial impact of COVID-19 on civic operations, and there should be more detailed information to share on this front in the next couple of weeks, both in terms of the probable impacts and the way we will tackle these challenges. I will share this information with residents as soon as more detail is available.

Grocery Shopping

The province has advised residents to make only one trip to the grocery store per week, and if possible, send only one member of each household. As Easter weekend approaches, please make an effort to avoid the pre-weekend rush and busy times of day. 

Easter Weekend

Normally this is a time when residents might be getting together to celebrate Easter, Passover, and to spend the long weekend together. The province’s advice this year, however, is to restrict gatherings and celebrations to only people living in the same home.  

Services and supports

Saskatoon has responded to the challenges of COVID-19 with an impressive number of community efforts designed to support one another. I’m going to provide a few links here, and please let me know what I might be missing!

If you or someone you know could benefit from support services for seniors, including grocery and pharmacy delivery services, please visit this page for phone numbers and email addresses compiled by the Saskatoon Council on Aging. 

If you’re looking for advice and information about the use of cloth masks, you can read more here

The Saskatoon COVID-19 Service Directory is a great one-stop resource for information on everything from online activities, employment information, virtual religious services, and links to health care resources. 

Finally, donations in support of Saskatoon’s vulnerable residents are being collected here, and these funds will support local agencies as they carry out critically important work to safeguard residents against COVID-19. 

Thank you again for everything you’re doing to keep your family and your neighbours safe and healthy during this challenging time. And one final reminder about physical distancing as we head into (hopefully) warmer weather and more time outside: