Edmonton lifts coronavirus state of local emergency

Jun 4 2020, 4:50 pm

The City of Edmonton decided Thursday not to renew its state of local emergency, which has been in place since March 20 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a news release, city communications staff said the state of emergency can be re-enacted on short notice if it’s necessary. The state of emergency status allowed the City to make decisions more quickly to protect the public from the virus.

“Choosing not to renew the SOLE is a result of the low number of active cases and hospitalizations, and the City’s ability to manage the current state without the declaration in place,” the release said.

However, residents should still remain vigilant and follow public health guidelines on hand washing, physical distancing, mask-wearing, and staying home when sick to prevent further coronavirus spread, the City said.

“Not renewing the SOLE does not mean the City will promptly return to pre-COVID operations,” the release continued.

City officials will take into account public health safety requirements, city resources, budget constraints, and public compliance as it moves through its relaunch.