The City of Charlottetown wishes to reassure the public that its regular spring maintenance and cleanup will begin as soon as is possible and safe to do so.
The municipality is working closely with the province and following the order, guidance and recommendations from provincial and federal health officials on the coronavirus (COVID-19 strain) pandemic.
Only work that is considered essential and can be completed while maintaining physical distancing measures is currently underway, such as pothole repair within travel lanes, and maintenance on traffic signals, traffic control devices and streetlights.
Manual street sweepers will not begin until the provincial order is lifted. Sweeper machines will begin cleaning streets in the coming week, followed by the sidewalk sweeper shortly thereafter.
Spring lawn damage repair, bench distribution, sidewalk repairs and street line painting/refreshing has been delayed until the provincial orders are lifted. This work cannot be completed while maintain two metres (six feet) of distance between employees.
The public works and parks and recreation departments are reviewing grass cutting plans and, while mowing frequency may be reduced, the work may proceed if physical distancing can be maintained and growth becomes an issue.
It’s anticipated that necessary spring maintenance and repairs to trails, boardwalks and parks will begin in the coming weeks, with staff practicing physical distancing.
Paving projects are on hold until the frost is out of the ground, the weather warms up, the ground settles and the asphalt plants open. Public health authorities will be consulted to determine whether this work is safe to proceed at that time.
If experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, including a cough, fever or difficulty breathing, call 811. For health questions and information on the coronavirus, as well as services for Islanders and programs for business, call 1-833-533-9333. Concerns about those not following self-isolation directives can be directed to 1-800-958-6400.