Mayor Nenshi calling on Calgarians to do more to reduce COVID-19 spread

Nov 17 2020, 9:11 am

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is calling for Calgarians to make some big changes in the fight against COVID-19.

Nenshi took to Twitter on Monday night, publishing a series of tweets urging residents to do more to reduce the spread of the virus.

“I know people are very nervous about the COVID situation — I am too — but please don’t wait for government to tell you to do the right thing,” Nenshi wrote.

“In addition to the stuff you’ve been doing — was your hands, wear a mask, keep distance, get a flu shot — it’s time to do more.”

Nenshi’s plea came shortly after Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health stated in a press conference that there had been 20 deaths in Alberta over the previous 24 hours — marking the deadliest virus-related day in the province over the entirety of the pandemic.

While Hinshaw had already implemented stricter public health measures last week, including a halt to indoor sports and performances, Nenshi said that more needs to be done.

“Now it’s time to collapse your bubbles and restrict your contacts. Make decisions with a lens of safety — can I delay this activity? Can I do it in a safer way? Stay home as much as you are able to protect those who cannot.”

With the holidays fast approaching, the mayor also noted that local businesses could use the help now more than ever.

“Support local business in whatever way you can. If you have the means, get in your Christmas shopping now, using curbside pickup and delivery from local stores where you can. Let’s help local business get through this too. Share and promote your favourites using #loveyyc,” he wrote. 

“And always, always be kind. We share in the grief of loss of 20 Albertans today — family members, friends, neighbours, loved ones. And we resolve to keep ourselves and others safe. Clean Hands. Clear Heads. Open Hearts.”

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