Edmonton’s interim city manager is calling for personal-service shops to close, including hair and nail salons, tattoo parlours and body-rub parlours, to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
At a meeting Thursday afternoon at city hall, Adam Laughlin asked council’s emergency advisory committee to support the request as one of three orders he plans to make.
Laughlin is also recommending the city order people to self-isolate under provincial and federal requirements.
He also wants to extend the city’s state of local emergency, declared last Friday.
The declaration must be renewed every seven days.
Under the declaration, the city manager can order extreme measures, such as shutting down non-essential businesses, though Laughlin said he would consult council before making decisions unilaterally.
Laughlin said he’s not yet recommending shopping centres or restaurants close, but reminded people to keep two metres apart.
Laughlin lists grocery stores, pharmacies, telecommunications providers, businesses supporting power, natural gas and drinking water, banking and financial services, and construction as essential services.
He also said he considers transit an essential service.
Mayor Don Iveson participated in the meeting over the phone, as he remains in self-isolation with mild flu-like symptoms.
Council is scheduled to meet again Monday and is expected to discuss the status of ongoing construction projects.