Long weekend Hours of Operation
CALGARY, April 9, 2020 - The City of Calgary remains under a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) and has already implemented several changes to our essential operations including some facility closures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) reminds citizens that frequent hand washing and physical distancing measures are our best defense to protect the health and safety of everyone in our community.“I’d like to thank all Calgarians for their continued support in staying home to prevent the spread,”said CEMA Chief, Tom Sampson. “I know these are difficult times for many in our city and around the globe, but these small adjustments to our daily lives are resulting in a big impact on the lives and to the families of the essential workers we rely on to keep our communities going.”
Things to do:
In advance of the Easter long weekend, The City encourages all Calgarians to take advantage of the time to catch up with family and friends – but please do so virtually. Enjoy dinner and practice religious observances through video chat or other methods that do not include gathering with anyone other than the people from your own home. Physical distancing is paramount during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City and our community partners have launched a new online tool to help Calgarians keep active and healthy, while staying home to prevent the spread: Calgary.ca/AtHome. Here you’ll find interactive how-to-videos and age-appropriate tutorials including science experiments from TELUS Spark, storytime with the Calgary Public Library, performances from the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, even a behind the scenes look at your favorite critters at the Calgary Zoo.
We understand that citizens may feel even more isolated especially on a holiday weekend, and how this is possibly taking a toll on our mental health and wellness. We encourage you to view the Neighbours Helping Neighbours page which shares resources to help citizens stay connected with their community during this time as well as the Emotional Wellness page.
Enjoy the outdoors
With 8,000 hectares of park space, there is tons of room for physical distancing. Do your part in helping us keep our parks safe and open by adhering to the recommendations of public health officials. Stay close to home by visiting your neighbourhood park (95 per cent of citizens live within a five-minute walk to their local park). Avoid crowded parks and be sure to step aside to stay at least two metres or six feet apart when passing other citizens on trails, pathways and sidewalks.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on ridership across Calgary Transit’s network resulting in service reductions as well as limited access to buildings at some CTrain stations. Please review our most recent route changes effective April 6 here. From Friday, April 10 at 2:13 a.m. to Monday, April 13 at 3:50 a.m. (73.2 consecutive hours), the Blue Line will be split into two segments. The Blue Line from the North terminates at McKnight-Westwinds Station and runs on a 10 minute schedule. The Blue Line from the South terminates at Marlborough Station inbound side and runs on a 15 minute schedule.
Shuttle buses will replace train service between McKnight-Westwinds and Marlborough Stations running every 5 minutes. Bus routes and shuttles have the potential to be delayed due to a lane closure on 36 Street adjacent to the work area.
If you need help planning your trip or finding out when your next bus is, reach out to us at 403-262-1000 or on Twitter @calgarytransit.
Pathways & Bikeways
All City of Calgary cycletracks and pathways remain open, but citizens are reminded of the public health order requirements to maintain a minimum of two metres apart from other users of any public space.
Calgary Roads Street Sweeping
Our residential street sweeping program begins Monday, April 20. More information including community schedules will be available on calgary.ca/sweep next week.
Calgary Parking Authority
Payment is not required for on-street ParkPlus zones on Good Friday, April 10, Easter Sunday, April 12 or on Easter Monday, April 13. Holiday rates will be in effect at select CPA surface lots and at the City Centre Parkade (340 – 10 Ave SW/221 9 Ave SW). All other parkades are accessible to monthly contract parkers only in support of COVID-19 measures.
The Impound Lot will be open Friday, April 10 from 12 – 4 p.m., Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Sunday, April 12, and open Monday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Around the house:
Starting April 6, some households may see a change in their pickup day for their blue, green or black cart. Please visit calgary.ca/collection to check your collection schedule and sign up for reminders by email, text message, telephone or download the Garbage Day app.
Spring yard waste
East Calgary, Shepard and Spyhill landfills are open on Good Friday (April 10), Easter Monday (April 13) and closed on Easter Sunday (April 12). Landfill hours and locations are available on calgary.ca/landfill.
Facility closures:*Note many of our facilities are closed in response to orders set out by the Alberta Emergency Management Act, but some essential services with in-person operations including tax and utility information counters and the Animal Services Centre are adjusting their hours of operation over the holiday weekend.Please visit calgary.ca/covid19 or contact 311 for the latest information on revised hours and procedures to access City services.