It is community building at a distance as Mile Zero buckles down and self-isolates amidst COVID-19.
Municipal and RCMP offices are not taking face to face meetings or walk up customers, while many restaurants in DC have offered take-out and delivery options only. Grocery stores are limiting the amount of certain items individuals can purchase.
“I understand why stores are doing this , to stop hoarding but I’m here shopping for three other seniors and am told what I can buy and what I can’t. That isn’t right,” said shopper Amy Lund this morning.
Indeed support services and groups are also buckling down. Melvin Mohan at Axis Family Services said the local organization is following all provincial guidelines as it relates to distancing, and all public and community endeavors have been put on hold for now.
“We are looking out for our staff and clients and the community at this time,” says Mohan, a program manager at Axis.
President at Axis Family Services LTD. Rick Gibson said the company is being proactive across the province.
“We expect some 30 percent or more of staff will be effected and supported with daycare and staff schedules,” he said. “Our measures have been in place for some time now and we look at the concerns to be low.
Nicole DeVuyst with Nawican said the doors are closed but those who would stop by for soup and bannock regularly are still being taken care of.
"We have bleached the entire centre, as of now we are keeping the front door locked, but we will still be providing soup and bannock," she said.
Step Up N’ Ride is keeping their wheels on the road for those who need the community bus service.
“We are often times some people’s only transportation option,” said Mona McNally with the service Wednesday.