Rimbey Mayor says stay safe, but don’t panic during COVID-19 pandemic

The community centre, arena, fitness room, library and some businesses have closed as a precaution

Mayor Rick Pankiw

Mayor Rick Pankiw wants the people of Rimbey to take care of themselves and their neighbours during this time of outbreak.

The spread of COVID-19 has lead to closures of the community centre, arena, fitness room, library and some businesses in town.

“It is really, really crazy right now and I think there’s good reason for how the government is reacting and we’re continuing to do what we can do,” said Pankiw of the recommended and mandated precautions laid out by the government in response to the pandemic.

He says the Town is continuing to offer all of the essential services as per usual and as of now the Town Office is open and staffed.

Residents are being asked to pay bills online as much as they can to protect the staff and themselves.

“We’re listening to the people who know more than we do on the situation, which is Dr. [Deena] Hinshaw and Premier [Jason] Kenny and we’re following their lead sort of thing,” said Pankiw of dealing with the fluid situation moving forward.

As a mayor, he says his message to residents is to be safe and to think of themselves and everybody else.

“… Heed all the advice that we are getting with the social distancing and if you’re able to work from home work from home, but don’t panic — that’s the big thing,” Pankiw explained.

Additionally, he is concerned with those who have recently returned to Canada from trips outside of the country and choosing not to self-isolate for 14 days.

“Just because you’re not having any symptoms does not mean you’re not a carrier and you could spread it to somebody else so think of the people around you,” commented Pankiw.

“To those of you who have just come home in the last little bit and who have self-isolated thank you for doing the right thing,” he added.

He also asks that people take care of their neighbours when they are able to, especially with the elderly population.

Whether it be making a phone call or picking up groceries for someone else when you go for yours, anything you can do to make this time easier.

“I think we have to look out for each other during this time, more so than we ever have before and if you’re in need please call.”

Pankiw says individuals can call FCSS, the Town Office or even him, if you have to.

“I would ask people that now is not the time to be too proud to ask for help if you need it,” Pankiw said. “Your neighbours are more than willing to do what we can to help you.”

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