By Jensen, Randy on April 8, 2020.
Mayor Chris Spearman will discuss Lethbridge’s response as a community to the COVID-19 crisis during a YouTube session of the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs on Thursday at 10 a.m.
The City of Lethbridge implemented a local state of emergency on March 18 and is working with community partners to identify areas of need for the community during the pandemic. A total of 16 subcommittees have been formed to address and support the community while this crisis is unfolding.
Action taken thus far include working closely with Alberta Health Services and the agencies that serve our vulnerable populations to ensure these groups have the needed housing, health care and other supports they require. Other measures include free transit, 90-day utility payment deferrals and property tax options.
All City facilities, including city hall, fire stations, Lethbridge Transit, all recreation and culture facilities (pools, arenas, Lethbridge Public Library branches, Galt Museum and the Helen Schuler Nature Centre) are closed to the public until further notice. Lethbridge Police Service has closed public access to its building until further notice as has the Lethbridge Animal Shelter.
Spearman will discuss many of the safety steps that have been made to address this dangerous pandemic and whether or not more measures may be needed.
In order to ask questions of the mayor in the chat feature of YouTube, you must have a YouTube account and be signed in. Please do so well ahead of the scheduled start time, so you’ll be ready. Go to the YouTube Live link https://youtu.be/s8zuiIKU9Nw and on the top right of your browser click the “sign in” button.
If you have Google or Gmail accounts, they can be used to sign in. If you don’t, click “Create Account” and follow along. Once you are signed in, you can return to the live stream and use the chat feature to ask your questions of the speaker. Remember, you can only participate in the chat feature while the session is live streaming.