I want to talk to you about the COVID19 pandemic.
Now, I want to be positive and encouraging, but I also want to be honest and clear. This is no doubt one of the most challenging collective experience that we have been through in my lifetime.
The COVID-19 pandemic arrived quickly, and suddenly, everything feels confusing, scary and uncertain. However, it is very important that we remain calm. We must remind ourselves and each other that we will get through this, and that we need everyone’s help to contain the virus — from young people to seniors and everyone in between.
This global health pandemic requires everyone to do their part. We are asking you to reduce community exposure by practicing physical distancing, washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, working from home where possible, and remaining in self-quarantine if you are unwell.
I want to assure you that the City of Warman is taking the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously. We are in constant communication with the provincial government, municipal partners, health professionals, and first responders to stay up-to-date with the most current information and directives. We are keeping residents in the loop through our social media pages and website, as well as the emergency alert system. If you have not already installed the alert system on your phones, please do so.
As your Mayor, I assure you that City Council and our administration team are here to help and support the community. We will get through this together.
The Government of Saskatchewan declared a state of emergency on March 18th. This declaration means the province has added further measures to protect our citizens. Fellow residents, we must be diligent in following these mandates: temporary closures of bars, restaurants and schools, eliminating gatherings, and conforming to other voluntary shut-downs in an effort to limit our exposure and contribute to the national effort to flatten the curve.
To all of the frontline workers, health care professionals, fire and police protective services providing essential services to our community, I thank you for providing safety and security during this difficult time. To all of our grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies, you have our support and gratitude for providing us with your essential services.
I thank you, the residents for your help and support during this critical time in our collective history.
This is a moment where we must pause and reflect on our roles and responsibilities to our communities and fellow citizens. We also need to be adaptable and optimistic. Fear is contagious. But so is hope.
Let’s spread hope, because that is what carries us through difficult times.
For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, please visit www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.