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Covid 19 Update November 25, 2020

November 25, 2020

 

Nov. 25, 2020

Week 37 – How about those streets?!  If you took the opportunity to look outside this past week you may have seen the great effort put forth by staff and hired contractors to remove snow from our streets.  The great system they had in place moved the snow quickly and efficiently.  Town staff thank the community for all the calls of thanks and for the notes of thank yous left in the snow.  And another added bonus, not a pot hole in sight.

The weather remains pleasant enough for people to get themselves outside either for a short walk or just to get some fresh air.  One of my favorite times of the day remains my walks to and from work when I can share a friendly wave from someone in a window or a hello or a socially distanced visit with another walker making their own way to or from school or work.  A good set of boots and winter jacket may be the ticket to getting through what could be a tough next few months.  Some people in our community also use walking poles, which can help you navigate and balance over a variety of terrains, as well as safely navigate snow and slippery footing conditions. Staff members from the Credit Union and Kerrobert Paint and Body inspired me to make walking to work part of my daily routine and I thank them for being positive role models in what ensures an easy way to better physical and mental health.

Recent Covid Updates

The Saskatchewan Government has made a number of new announcements regarding restrictions that will effect the people of our community, these include :

Nov. 13 announcements: All resident must wear non-medical masks in all indoor public spaces province-wide; visitation to all long-term care facilities and personal care homes is suspended; indoor private gathering sizes in your home remain at five people; it is strongly recommended that you work from home if possible.

As of Nov. 27, the following restrictions will come into place :

All team/group sports, activities, games, competitions, recitals, practises etc. are suspended including recreational leagues for all age groups.  This includes hockey and curling and number of other sports.   Athletes 18 years of age and under may continue practising, conditioning and skills training in groups of eight abiding by the required mask use and at least 3 meters of physical distancing between participants at all times.  This indicates that all games this weekend will be cancelled.  We will work with Kerrobert Minor Hockey and West Central Wheatkings to see how they plan to move forward with practises next week.

Fitness activities and group fitness classes in groups of eight or fewer continue to be permitted, for all ages.  Mask use and at least three meters of physical distancing between participants must be maintained.  The Walk this Way group will be affected by this announcement and we will work with them this week to see how we can move forward next week.

I am currently not aware of whether or not we can operate Public Skating but we will determine that prior to next Tuesday.

Capacity will be restricted to 30 people in arenas and is likely to result in one parent per child if practises in groups of eight continue.

Reservations at our PCC for banquets, conferences, meetings, wedding and funerals will be limited to 30 people and no food or beverages are to be present or to be served.

All licensed establishments are limited to seat four at a single table and they must be three meters apart. 

These restrictions are in place to Dec. 17.  More information can be found on the Sask Government website and more detailed information will be sent out once we have had a chance to review the new restrictions more closely.

Recreation Support

As our year comes to a close there are many thanks that must be sent out to all those who support Culture and Recreation in our community.  First to our surrounding RM’s including Mariposa, Oakdale and Progress who show their support by sitting on many local boards including the Recreation Board as well as by giving an annual financial contribution to Recreation.  Their support is outstanding and a major part of the success of Recreation in our community.  I am well aware that not every community in this province is supported the way we are by our RM’s and I intend to continue this important and positive relationship.  Thank you to the individuals who have donated to the various projects that were happening in 2020.  The Chiller project raised $75,000 in donations, and no taxpayers dollars were used for this project.  That is something we can be very proud of.  Thank you to the businesses who donate in a variety of ways either through time, money, discounts, sharing of their equipment, their skill or through advertising at our Curling Rink or Skating Rink.  In the spring the Recreation Board was unsure if businesses would be able to continue their support but once again our local businesses could be counted on.  Advertising at the Skating Rink alone has brought in over $9000 which met what we budgeted.  Please remember these and all local businesses when you do your Christmas shopping. 

Kerrobert History Books and Kerrobert Museum

Are you looking to purchase a memorable Christmas gift and support a local organization?  Kerrobert History books are on sale for $20 from the Town office.  Although the books were published 20 years ago, their information remains part of our local history that may be of interest to a new generation of families.  We continue to sell several books a year and all money raised goes to the Kerrobert Museum.

Food Bank

The Kerrobert and District Food Bank will be giving out their Christmas Food Hampers Friday Dec. 18.  If you are in need of hamper this year call Carol at 834-2376 by Friday Dec. 4.  Please leave a message.

Watch for more information on plans for the following :
Christmas Makers Market – Dec. 12
Festival of Trees – Dec. 12
Courthouse Centennial Celebration – July 3-4, 2021

I am not sure about the rest of you but when I am running on empty, I look to others to lift me up.  Dr. Jody Carrington is another bright light and I enjoy following her advice and her positive words, especially when it is hard to me to find them myself.  Dr. Jody Carrington is from Alberta and the Tralapa fellows hired her to do an online session with residents of Kerrobert this past summer.  Her family, after initially testing negative after coming in close contact with a positive case, has tested positive 11 days after exposure.  She has some important words to share today, “We can do hard things so much easier if we stay connected, and this virus is doing it’s ever best to “mess” that up.  Friends – we’re not meant to do this alone.  We are fighting a virus, not each other.  Drop your shoulder, fill your lungs with the good stuff, and do the next right, kind thing.  For today, that’s enough.”  Wishing you all well from the Recreation office.

 

Sask Health Line - 811
West Central Crisis Center – 1-306-463-6655
West Central Crisis after hours – 1-306-463-1860 (24 hour line)
Heartland Health Region - 1-866-268-9139
Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868
Kerrobert Food Bank - 834-5294 or 834-8292
Kerrobert KidSport – 834-2344
Kerrobert Handibus – 834-7464
Recreation on call phone – 834-8355

Bobbi Hebron
Recreation Director