A message from Mayor Grant Greenslade and Shaunavon Town Council

Published on: Mar 20, 2020
A message from Mayor Grant Greenslade and Shaunavon Town Council

We are proud to see how our community is coming together to help and support one another during this time of adversity.

It is imperative that we all observe social distancing. We need to minimize the contact between those who do not live under the same roof. There will be challenges associated with this; however, those challenges we will face now will outweigh the challenges other countries and communities are currently experiencing around the World. It is also necessary that you self-isolate if you are an ‘at risk’ individual or if you are experiencing any symptoms. And as per Premier Scott Moe’s address this afternoon, it is now the law that you must self-isolate for 14 days if you have returned from international travel.

We recommend that you don’t travel outside our community unless it’s absolutely necessary. And if you must travel outside our community, we implore you to maintain high levels of hygiene and sanitation to protect yourselves, and Shaunavon.

Our businesses have been working hard to adjust to the current situation, and this weekend we will see many of them close as per The Government of Saskatchewan’s mandate. Now is the time to show support to our local business community so we can have hope that they will still be here when this is all over. Take advantage of our local businesses who are offering delivery and takeout. Be grateful for those who continue to work hard and adapt. Our grocery store and all of its staff have been working endlessly to try to maintain our product and stock. Be mindful and respectful of others, and only buy what you need for now. Help your neighbour. Help your friends, and family. And most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

The Town of Shaunavon is dedicated to maintaining our essential services: water, sewer, garbage, and clearing the runway for STARS air ambulance. Our fire department has been provided with the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). The Town of Shaunavon, as a measure of assisting its residents and businesses, has extended the 4% discount on early payment of 2020 tax levy until September 30, 2020 and will waive all Tax Penalties on payments made on the 2020 Tax Levy from October through to December 31st. We have also reduced the number of our essential workers to ensure that we have personnel with essential training in critical infrastructure available in the case that someone becomes ill or quarantined. We are canvasing the community to identify ‘at risk’ persons who may not have the support or assistance they need in the case of an emergency. We will continue to work on our Emergency Preparedness Plan with the Shaunavon RCMP Detachment so we can do our best to protect you, our citizens.

Now is a difficult time for everyone. You are not alone in this. We encourage you to pick up the phone and call, text or video chat your friends, family and neighbours. Working together, by being apart, will help strengthen us as a community.