Calgary Recognizes National Day of Observance for Covid-19

The Government of Canada has designating March 11, 2021, as a National Day of Observance to commemorate the people who lost their lives and the significant impacts we have all felt because of COVID-19.

“A year ago, we were told this was a global pandemic, and everything changed overnight. But as we look back on this difficult year, and as we remember all of those we’ve lost to this virus, we know that hope is on the horizon,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “It’s what we do now, to protect ourselves, to protect others, and to keep our community safe, that will define the year ahead.”

One year ago, on March 11, 2020, The World Health Organization officially declared Covid-19 a pandemic. Here in Calgary our community was just learning about the first presumptive cases of COVID-19 in our city, and our lives would be changed forever. The incredible response that followed has been the longest duration of any emergency event in our city’s history.

“Now is the time to reflect on the incredible toll this pandemic has had on our lives, we have lost 594 friends and neighbours to Covid-19,” said CEMA Chief Sue Henry. “This National Day of Observance is an opportunity to reflect on the lives lost, to give thanks to our fellow Calgarians for making sacrifices to keep each other safe, and really has shown us the power of working together.”

As Calgary and the whole world now looks to the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccines as a positive step to normalcy, we encourage everyone to reach out to talk to family and friends you haven't talked to in a while. Let them know you're thinking of them and that together we can get through this pandemic.

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