RM of Alexander updates service changes


The Rural Municipality of Alexander sent out a letter to residents outlining the most recent measures the Municipality is taking to stay on top of the the Covid-19 curve.

The letter, signed by Mayor, Jack Brisco, emphasizes that their main concerns are ensuring the delivery of essential municipal services for the community while safeguarding the health & safety of the municipal staff and the public.

“We have implemented all directives from the provincial health authorities along with the municipal business continuity plan,” states the letter. “The municipality has closed its office to the public until further notice and staff has been implementing enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols to reduce the potential for virus spread.”

Here are the other measures listed in the letter that the municipality has put in place.

“The Council meetings scheduled for April 7th and April 21st have been cancelled and replaced by a Council meeting on April 15th. All public delegations to Council have been suspended indefinitely. Public Hearings will be rescheduled as necessary.”

“All indoor municipal public spaces are now closed until further notice. Outdoor recreational spaces remain open so that residents can remain active however please practice safe social distancing rules of no less than 2 meters (6 feet of physical separation) and keep in mind that outdoor equipment including play structures are not cleaned or sanitized. Landfills remain open on regular hours however attendants will be following enhanced physical separation rules.”

“We will continue to follow directions from Manitoba Health, The Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority and the Department of Municipal relations. Valuable information including links to health authority direction is being shared regularly on the RM website at http://www.rmalexander.com and on our Facebook feed https://www.facebook.com/rmofalexander/.

In a separate email, RM of Alexander CAO, Don Dowle said that after concerns raised in the community regarding non-permanent residents choosing to self-isolate in the RM, the municipality is investigating the issue. “The RM has reached out to Manitoba Municipal Relations for direction on the matter and is awaiting a response,” said Dowle. “At this time the RM recommends following ALL the good advice from both federal and provincial health officials,” he continued. “We understand that Canada’s Chief public health officer has suggested that people should avoid going to seasonal homes to self-isolate.”

Dowle was referring to comments by Dr. Theresa Tam at a news conference on Sunday saying that “urban dwellers should avoid heading to rural properties, as these places have less capacity to manage COVID-19.”

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