Beaumont, AB –
“Today, the City of Beaumont activated its emergency coordination centre. There is no reason for alarm – this step allows the city to plan and coordinate our response to COVID-19 in an orderly way and make sure we are putting the appropriate focus and resources to this work. As always, our top priorities are your health and safety.
“In the last few days, I’ve received many questions and heard many concerns from residents and businesses. I know there is a lot of anxiety right now, especially for people who might be out of work unexpectedly and for local business owners who wonder if they’ll be able to stay open.
“Please be assured we hear you and we are working hard to support the community. Council is currently looking at ways to support businesses through this uncertain time. In the coming days, members of the city’s economic development team will be reaching out to the business community.
“The federal and provincial governments are also working on initiatives to support Canadian workers and businesses. We will be posting links to that information on our website as it becomes available.
“At this time, I want to thank all the health care workers putting in long hours to help Albertans. I also want to thank retail workers and local businesses for keeping stores open so people can get the groceries, medicine, gas and other items they need. Everyone’s patience is being tested lately and these workers are dealing with that firsthand. Please remember to show each other extra kindness and care as we work through this together as a community.
“Please also remember to follow instructions from the federal and provincial health authorities. Everyone has a part to play in slowing the spread of COVID 19 --- even if it is simple as staying at home when sick and washing your hands regularly.
“Finally, I want to thank the residents of Beaumont who are looking out for their neighbours. In the last few days, I’ve seen some incredible acts of compassion and generosity. You’ve made me proud to be a part of this city.”
Media contact:Mike BerezowskyManager, Communications & Marketing780-243-0458