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Calgary COVID-19 recap: property tax deferrals, drive-by birthdays, and social distancing fines

Last Updated Apr 6, 2020 at 4:25 pm MST

Mayor Naheed Nenshi provides an update on COVID-19 response measures in Calgary, Apr. 6, 2020. (Photo taken from a CityNews live stream)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – With the country’s medical experts predicting strict social distancing measures for a number of weeks to come, the City of Calgary is looking at how to support its citizens while avoiding a deficit for this year’s budget.

In an update Monday, Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Calgary is losing about $15 million each week, plus there’s an increase in expenses as the city manages the pandemic’s impact.

And with thousands of people in Calgary being laid off, Nenshi says the council is being asked to allow people to defer property tax payments.

“Today council will have a proposal before them as a first step in what we are able to do for citizens to at least take away the worry of those property tax payments that you’re paying every month or that are due.”

When it comes to following physical distancing rules, it seems for the most part Calgarians are sticking to the two-metre rule. So far only four tickets have also been issued out to people who have blatantly ignored the rules.

On a lighter note, the Calgary Fire Department has started doing drive-by birthdays for people stuck at home and unable to celebrate–and the CFD says it’s been incredibly popular.

Fire Chief Steve Dongworth says since Friday when it was announced the department has had around 5,000 birthday requests.