COVID-19 casts shadow around the globe

         Citizens from around the world are experiencing an event that is unfolding and changing daily.

         It is most important to keep informed and make sure that information you receive is verified and from a reliable source.

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         All local events are cancelled and no groups of 25 or more people are allowed.

         If you were able to make it home from travelling outside Canada, you are required to self-isolate by law for 14 days. The penalty is $2,000 if you neglect to abide by this law. Once again, you can check on-line at www.saskatchewan.ca - (self isolation) for the exact legislation that was levied by the Provincial Government, who placed the province under a State of Emergency (SE) to deal with the pandemic. The SE gives the government special powers to deal with any circumstances that arise to keep the citizens of the province safe.

         People need to adhere to the recommendations of the Saskatchewan Health Authority and be aware of any conditions that municipal governments are placing on citizens as well.

         It is everyone’s civil duty to follow all recommendations to keep yourself and others safe. Do not share information online unless you have fact checked it.

         Practice, at all times social distancing, maintain a distance of two metres, cough into your elbow with it held tightly to your mouth or use a tissue, importantly, wash all garments and make sure that the tissue is put directly into a closed disposal container. Wash your hands with hot soapy water for 20 seconds, making sure to soap well above the wrist. Always wash hands before going out and upon returning home.  Use hand sanitizer whenever and wherever provided, it should be of a high percentage alcohol or glycerin based product, stating on the bottle that it kills 99.9% of germs. 

         If you are going to the store, have your grocery list carefully thought out, when you do your shopping, try to shop at times when there is likely to be less traffic if you have that option.

         Be very conscious and extra courteous of those people on the front lines, these people are doing everything necessary to keep all of us looked after and this is a situation no one could be fully prepared for.

         If you are able, call your neighbours and family to see if they are comfortable and if they need anything, this can lessen the numbers of trips needed to keep the necessities of everyday living on hand. This will keep people connected making it easier to pass the time and provide less traffic for those on the frontlines.

         First Responders are going to be under more pressure too, so to make their job easier practice good driving habits, stay off the phone, do up your seatbelt, stop at all stop signs and signal, challenge yourself to be the best driver on the road. There is no need to cause extra emergencies, the first responders now have an even greater responsibility, they are needed to keep us safe and we all need to respect that, it is especially important at this time.

         Please, everyone stay informed, keep calm, stay updated and find ways to keep yourself entertained at home, make the best of this situation.

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