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COVID-19 Updates & Information

COVID-19 Updates from Summerside Mayor, City Council and Senior Management

May 15, 2020 - Announcement - City Hall plans to reopen to the public on Monday, June 15, 2020.

May 1, 2020 -
The Community Services Department has developed a website link to update residents on what facilities are open or closed due to COVID-19, along with any restrictions that may be included.
Although Phase 1 of the Province's Renew PEI plan begins today, residents are reminded to continue using social distancing measures and to be respectful of the restrictions in place for the various facilities, parks, sports fields and outdoor courts throughout the City.

April 8, 2020 - 
When Summerside City Hall closed to the public on March 17, we stated that we would be closed until April 6. However, following the guidance provided by the Chief Public Health Officer and other health authorities, City Hall and other municipal facilities will remain closed until further notice. Many city staff are working from home as we do our part to flatten the curve. Stay home and stay safe.

March 31, 2020 - 
Summerside Economic Development Survey

Thank you for helping with our survey about how the COVID-19 Virus is impacting your business. Your responses will help us better understand how government and industry associations can support your business in both the short and long term and work together to deliver the support. Your feedback is important to ensure Summerside has a coordinated response to how best to support business in these challenging times.

All your feedback will be consolidated as we work together to help them shape their response to the crisis. 

Summerside Economic Development Business Survey –
Here is the link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfmHwJtr5c8B2GxgVzbc7XpQQwf11EM-YE-bXdd3--3sPwaSg/viewform

In the meantime, there are several Business Resources that may be helpful for you:

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/resources-for-canadian-businesses.html

https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/icgc.nsf/eng/h_07670.html

http://www.chamber.ca/resources/pandemic-preparedness/BusinessPrepGuidePanPrep2020

If you have any questions or concerns you can reach out directly to Mike Thususka or 902-432-0103 to chat.

March 28, 2020 - The City of Summerside announced today a $25 rebate to all Summerside utility customers within the City for the month of April.

“Our residents are dealing with unprecedented circumstances and Council unanimously agreed that we should do our part to assist them during this time,” said Mayor Basil Stewart. “Today’s statement is in addition to an announcement made last week that the City of Summerside would suspend all penalty charges on utility bills and would not implement any disconnections for non-payment until further notice.”

Deputy Mayor and Finance Chair Norma McColeman noted, “We know that for some of our residents finances have been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Now is not the time for our utility customers to be concerned about shut offs.”

Utility customers can expect the rebate to be applied directly to their April statement.

March 23, 2020 Based on direction from the Public Health Office, the City will be closing all play structures in public parks throughout Summerside effective immediately.

Our crews will begin cordoning off the play structures as early as this afternoon or tomorrow morning. We ask the public to please adhere to these closures and avoid all play structures.

All City parks, trails and the boardwalk will remain open. To help maintain and improve one's mental and physical health, we encourage people to get outdoors and be active. That said, please abide to all social distancing guidelines put forth by Health Canada and the Public Health Office.

For more information regarding the City's parks and trails, please visit: https://www.summerside.ca/…/parks__playgroun…/parks___trails

For PEI's latest Covid-19 updates, please visit: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/covid-19


March 17, 2020 - Summerside City Hall will be closed to the public in our attempt to flatten the curve of COVID-19.

Information regarding your utility bill and how you can make payments:

• Utility bills will still be generated and mailed
• Penalty charges will not be billed for the next four weeks
• Payments can be made as follows:
City’s online portal: https://www.summerside.ca/i_want_to_pay_for___/electricity_
Your financial institution
Secure drop box at City Hall
By mail
Pre-Authorized Payment (this process will still be run as scheduled)
• If you require a connection or disconnection of utility service please call 902-432-1230 or email customerservice@city.summerside.pe.ca

Permit applications will be handled on a case by case basis and vetted through staff by calling 902-432-1262 or follow the online submission portal found here: https://www.summerside.ca/cms/one.aspx…

For any questions or general inquiries relating to City Hall related needs, please contact us by emailing publicrelations@summerside.ca or by calling 902-432-1230 during regular business hours.

Please also note: All Culture Summerside, Community Services (Credit Union Place) and Municipal Services facilities remain closed to the general public.

We ask all residents to follow the guidelines from Public Health, stay home and practice social distancing.

Future updates will be made when more information becomes available.


March 17, 2020 - A Message from Summerside Economic Development

Our Summerside Business Community is Resilient
With the current global crisis, uncertain times and tough decisions having to be made by our business community, we want to express our collective concern and commitment to our business family. As Covid-19 spreads globally and is now impacting us locally, we want to let our business family know you are not alone and that together we will get through this. We know there will be direct and significant negative economic impact on your business and the lives of your valued employees and empathise that decisions being made daily are some of the most difficult for your organization to make.

The Summerside Economic Development Office will do its very best to work directly with you to navigate these very trying times and be as open and responsive as possible in whatever capacity we can. We understand that this coronavirus epidemic will have an inevitable and profound effect on our economy, our business and those valued employees that are the hallmark of our ethos in Summerside.

While we don’t know what tomorrow will bring, we are confident that the City of Summerside, our Provincial and Federal partners, along with our collective business community will find a way to get through this together and, to that end, we will be readjusting some of our programming to ensure we achieve just that. Our goal and actions will be focused on ensuring our business community will be supported and assisted in the most positive way it can be and we are dedicated to finding every way possible to supporting our business community as we move through this crisis.

As business leaders in our community, we must all play a vital role in ensuring the health and safety of the workforce and residents and ensure we stick together as a proud Summerside community. We are also cognizant that preparing now for a world post-virus is critical to all our long-term success and happiness. 

The Office of Economic Development is monitoring the situation daily, conferring with municipalities across Canada, and networking with our Provincial and Federal Leaders on how best to address the current and long-term impacts of this situation on our economy. We are working on ensuring we find unique and substantive ways to navigate through this crisis and finding ways to come out of this crisis stronger and even more resilient than we are today.

We are requesting as we adapt to these new realties that we keep in touch and that you keep us informed of how your business is being impacted and the challenges you are facing or answers you might be seeking; we will try our best to address and work together on solutions. As we develop new paths, programs and actions to deal longer term we want to find ways to work directly with you to help our collective community. We are working very closely with our partners, agencies and networks to develop ways in which we can support and coordinate a positive path forward. 

Our office recognizes the sacrifices we collectively are making and understands that the playbook for dealing with such a crisis does not exist, but we hope that we can work together to find a way to make the post-coronavirus business community in Summerside stronger. 

To reach our office with questions, concerns or ideas, please feel free to contact us directly at mike@summerside.ca

Stay Safe and Summerside Strong
Mike Thususka and Neil Moore


March 16, 2020
- Readout: Premier King speaks with Mayor Stewart

March 15, 2020 - Culture Summerside has, for public safety, closed to the public, effective Monday, March 16 until further notice. Further updates will be posted to the Facebook page @CultureSummerside or www.culturesummerside.com or please call 902-432-1298.

March 13, 2020 - As a result of our ongoing efforts to support the containment efforts of COVID-19 please note that effective tomorrow morning the Credit Union Place and
 all Community Services Department facilities and programs will be closed until further notice.

March 13, 2020 - Summerside City Council and Senior Management are staying actively connected to the fluid situation regarding COVID-19. The City of Summerside continues to ask its residents to stay connected and informed on all related COVID-19 and Coronavirus updates from the Chief Public Health Officer.

For information from the Government of PEI, please visit: www.princeedwardisland.ca/coronavirus

For information from Health Canada, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/…/2019-novel-coronaviru…/symptoms.html

Senior Management have been and will continue to meet to have plans in place to ensure all essential City service providers remain operational.

“City council is pleased to see the measures taken by our senior leadership team at the city and will continue to stay connected to the reports from both the Chief Public Health Officer and Health Canada. We urge residents to practice due diligence relating to this very fluid situation,” commented Mayor Basil Stewart.

Residents are encouraged to follow the below hygiene guidelines from Health Canada relating to the spread of COVID-19:
- wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food
- use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
- when coughing or sneezing, please cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
- dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
- avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- clean the following high-touch surfaces frequently with regular household cleaners:
- toys
- toilets
- phones
- electronics
- door handles
- bedside tables
- television remotes

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