Mayor Don Iveson announced late Friday afternoon that city council voted to declare a local state of emergency in response to the deepening COVID-19 crisis. Councillors also agreed to take steps to ease financial burdens many Edmontonians are facing because of the pandemic.

“This decision was not made lightly,” Iveson said, referencing the state of emergency, adding it ensures “we are as agile as possible during these fast-moving times… to keep people safe.”

“This is an unprecedented situation for our city and for the world.”

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