A city in central Canada is celebrating the health and wellness of its residents with an ambitious plan to rid its streets of the deadly virus.
The city of Ottawa, located in southern Ontario, will launch a pilot project to eradicate the virus from its streets by 2019, with the aim of eradicating the virus entirely by 2023.
It will also install a 24-hour public quarantine for residents.
The Ottawa Project, a partnership between Ottawa Health, the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Public Health Agency, aims to reduce the spread of the virus through the city by using a novel, non-infectious public health approach, said Ottawa Health spokesperson Dan Martin.
The project is funded by the federal government and is one of the largest municipal health efforts in Canada.
Its goal is to eliminate the transmission of the Ebola virus by the end of 2019, according to the project website.
Ottawa is one one of more than 30 Canadian cities where residents have been urged to wear protective gear and stay indoors during the virus’ peak period.
The government has also asked residents to stay at home during the peak of the pandemic.
But some are already complaining about the restrictions.
“We’re trying to control it, not make it worse,” said John Zilak, who works at a hotel in the city.
Zilak works for a marketing company, and said he and his wife were planning to visit the city this week to celebrate their 40th anniversary.
He said he doesn’t think it will help much.
“I don’t see how we’re going to do anything to fight the spread,” he said.
“I’m not sure if it’s the right approach, and I’m not too worried about it.”
Zimkiewicz said it’s been his experience that if you can’t control it then it won’t spread.
If it’s contagious, he said, you’re better off not being exposed.
This story was updated at 3:06 p.m.