COVID-19 and Constituency Office Statement

March 13, 2020

STATEMENT
COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND EDMONTON MANNING CONSTITUENCY OFFICE

Dear Constituents,
 
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

As of March 13, 2020, health officials have confirmed 142 cases of the coronavirus in Canada including 19 in Alberta. 
 
The health and safety of Canadians is a top priority. Out of an abundance of caution and after receiving additional public health information today, a unanimous consent motion has been adopted in the House of Commons to suspend Parliament in accordance with a recommendation from the Board of Internal Economy. The House will remain suspended until April 20th, 2020.  

This is a precautionary measure to avoid the possible spread of COVID-19 while communities across the country are seeing increased rates of infection and other large national organizations are taking significant steps to promote social distancing and flatten the curve of this virus. 
 
That said, Members of Parliament, because of our travels and gatherings in various Parliamentary settings, are considered potential “Super Spreaders”.    Thus, we are advised to limit our attendance at large group events or close contact with vulnerable individuals.

For those reasons, as well as for the safety of my Hill Office and Edmonton Manning Constituency Office staff, we will operate those offices on a reduced basis for the immediate future with no face-to-face meetings.    

We will maintain availability by telephone (780-822-1540) and email (ziad.aboultaif.c1@parl.gc.ca) and will endeavor to respond on a timely basis and to provide services required by constituents here in Edmonton Manning or in locations abroad, should assistance be required.

Please follow the advice and updates from officials within the City of Edmonton, the province of Edmonton and Canadian Health authorities. Canadians are fortunate to have superb health agencies and services and we will, with the prudent cooperation of all citizens, residents and visitors, get through this difficult period.

Sincerely,
Ziad Aboultaif, MP Edmonton Manning