Mayor Dan Curtis provided words of encouragement to open up Monday night’s city council meeting conducted largely by phone.
“I want to ensure you the health of our citizens and visitors is our top priority,” Curtis said by phone from his home.
The council chambers were closed to the public, with the exception of a small number of reporters.
Acting deputy Mayor Dan Boyd was the only elected member of council present, with all others participating by phone.
There was a handful of senior city staff but measures were taken to ensure there were no more than 10 people in the council chambers at one time.
Staff who were scheduled to make a presentation waited in another room until it was their turn to present.
The city has suspending drop-in and front counter service.
“City services remain operational, and we are encouraging citizens and visitors to do as much of their city business online or by phone, when possible,” says Monday’s announcement.
“When that’s not possible, we’re asking that you make an appointment. Check the City’s website at www.whitehorse.ca for relevant department contact information.”
While parks, playgrounds and trails remain open, the city is asking residents to maintain physical distancing.
The mayor encouraged Whitehorse citizens to continue following the advice of Dr. Brendan Hanley, the Yukon’s chief medical officer of health.
“Know that your city leadership is meeting on a daily basis and actively put the safety of our community on a high priority,” Curtis said.
“During this time, remember our business community is suffering as well.
“Together, we will get through this,” the mayor said in his opening comments.