Municipal Closures and Service Updates
(As of 3:00 p.m. November 25, 2020)
Second waves of COVID-19 are happening across Canada and it has now reached Nova Scotia, with a spike in cases in HRM in recent days. Given this, we are closely monitoring the situation and have developed a phased plan to help us prepare for the kinds of restrictions that may be required to be put in place to protect us from COVID-19.
At this time, there are no municipal closures or service updates to announce but we will be implementing the two following visitor protocols beginning tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.:
- All visitors will be asked whether they have travelled to HRM in the last two weeks. If they have, we will ask that they reschedule their appointment/booking, contact us by phone or email or pay only.
- We will begin recording the name, phone number, date and time of all visitors entering our facilities. This is to help us contact trace in the event of an exposure in one of our facilities.
Masks continue to be mandatory in most indoor public places in Nova Scotia. All Municipality of Barrington facilities including the Administrative Centre, Recreation Centre, Sandy Wickens Memorial Arena and Library are considered indoor public places and visitors are required to wear masks in these spaces.
The Province has exempted children under two and children aged two to four when their caregiver cannot get them to wear a mask. People with a valid medical reason for not wearing a mask are also exempt.
Information about wearing a non-medical mask can be found here.
Although we are open to the public, we encourage visitors to limit their visits to essential or urgent needs, to avoid visiting if feeling ill or have traveled recently, to follow the physical distancing visual aids within the buildings and avoid lengthy visits or gathering.
- We encourage you to follow our the Recreation Department's Facebook page for recreation activities and department updates at https://www.facebook.com/BarringtonRecreation/.
- All recreation programming and activities have been cancelled until further notice.
- on May 1, the Province announced the easing of some public health restrictions relating to outdoor and recreational activities. These measures take effect immediately and include:
- Provincial and municipal parks can reopen, but playground equipment will continue to be off limits
- Trails are allowed to open
- People are allowed to use and visit community gardens
- Garden centres, nurseries and similar businesses can open
- Sportfishing is permitted from shore or boat, but fishing derbies are not allowed
- People can attend boating, yacht or sailing clubs for the purpose of preparing boats for use
- Golf driving ranges can open, including those at golf clubs, but the course must remain closed; golf clubs can perform necessary maintenance and preparations for opening
- People can use their cottages. Use is restricted to one household unit at a time, travel must be directly to the cottage and back, and travelling back and forth frequently from cottage and primary residence is discouraged
- Provincial and private campgrounds remain closed, but they can perform necessary maintenance and preparations for opening. An exception is recreational vehicles parked year-round at private campgrounds, which can be used but must follow the same rules as cottages
- Drive-in religious services will be allowed, as long as people stay in their cars, they are parked two metres apart and there are no interactions between people in cars or between people in cars and others
- Existing public health directives around social distancing and social gatherings remain in place. People must keep two metres apart and not gather in groups of more than five.
- On May 15, the Province eased more of its COVID-19 restrictions ahead of the Victoria Day long weekend, provided social distancing, environmental cleaning and participant hygiene can be maintained.
- Nova Scotians can choose to create an immediate family bubble. This means two immediate family households can come together without physical distancing. This could mean parents, siblings, grandparents – families will have to figure out who is in their bubble. The two households must be mutually exclusive. Public Health is not encouraging large families to gather in large groups for barbeques and reunions.
- Public beaches in Nova Scotia will be allowed to open for public access effective May 16, 2020, at 8 a.m.
- The following activities at outdoor facilities will be allowed to resume effective, May 16, 2020, at 8 a.m: Archery, Equestrian, Golf, Paddling, Sailing/boating, Tennis.
- Please note that the province wide ban on open fires has been extended until June 1 at 11:59 p.m. However, the use of backyard appliances like chimineas and fire pits will be temporarily permitted for households. The fire ban does not apply to private campgrounds.
- On June 1, the Province announced a new gathering limit of 10 and more steps toward reopening the province. On June 8, the following recreational facilities will be reopened for limited hours for bookings:
- Ballfields - Sherose Island, Barrington and South Side Fields.
- Arena - *NEW* Batting Cages.
- Sherose Island Recreation Centre - large hall only.
- The municipal pool is being prepared for the summer and will be ready to open when permitted in late June/early July. details about booking and availability will be released soon.
- Day camp style activities (even limited full day day camps in August!), preschool and youth pop-up play events, activity hikes for all ages, music events, special parks and beach events and more are also being planned! Full registration details will be coming in the next 2 weeks.
- Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the 2020 Nova Scotia Marathon committee has made the difficult decision to postpone the event until July 25, 2021. For more information, visit www.seamerun.ca.
- As of June 1, the Municipal Administrative Centre and Construciton and Demolition Landfill are open to the public during their regular operating hours. Although we will be open to the public, we encourage visitors to limit their visits to essential or urgent needs, to avoid visiting if feeling ill or have traveled recently, to follow the physical distancing visual aids within the buildings and avoid lengthy visits or gathering.
- We kindly remind residents that we have many alternative payment and communication methods and ask that they do business with the Municipality online or over the phone wheneber possible. You can reach us by phone at 902-637-2015 or 1-877-815-7809, by email at and online at www.barringtonmunicipality.com.
- Property Services continues to maintain municipal infrastruture, monitor wastewater facilities, perform testing, clean garbage, remove snow and maintain roads.
- As of June 1, the municipal Construction & Demolition is open to the general public on during its regular operating hours of Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon.
- Weekly curbside waste collection continues as normal.
- The collection of clothing donation bins has been suspended until further notice.Please do not place materials in or around the bins until further notice.
- Urgent building inspections continue to be prioritized and completed. If you have an urgent building inspection or dangerous premises inspection, please call (902) 635-1296.
Finance & Taxation
- In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19 and in order to offset the financial impact on residents and businesses, the Municipality had temporarily suspended billing and interest charges until further notice. We have now finalized a revised billing schedule for the interim tax bill:
- The "interim bill" was sent out the first week of May.
- We will allow 60 days before interest begins, rather than 45. This means interest will begin on July 1st.
- Interest on all other accounts will be unfrozen beginning May 1st.
- Additionally, the Municipality will offer a deferral of PACE and water supply upgradfe loan payments of up to 30 days upon request. Please email Leah d'Eon at l
- Although we are open to the public, taxes can be paid online through your banking institution by searching for “Barrington” as a payee, through our website at https://ipn.paymentus.com/rotp/mob or by phone through your financial institution. You can also mail your payment or drop it in the outside drop box at the Municipal Administrative Centre.
- In light of COVID-19, we have made a small change to the application process to the low-income tax exemption program. The existing application process required the signature of a Commissioner of Oath, Councillor or Justice of the Peace as the form was an “affidavit”. In order to reduce the requirement for physical interaction and make it easier to submit applications, we have removed that requirement and replaced it with the simple need for a witness. All other documents and information required in the previous process remain.
- The Shelburne County Senior Safety & Services Society, in partnership with all 5 municipal units and towns in Shelburne County, the Barrington Salvation Army, Sou West Nova Transit and Barrington EMO, has launched a Senior Connection Line. The number is 902-903-0491 and the line will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and will be available to help seniors (65+) looking for:
- information on access to food, meals on wheels, deliveries, medications and other essentials
- information/help concerning their own or another’s safety and security
- recreation ideas at home to stay physically and mentally engaged
Fire & Emergency Management
- Local fire departments are implementing safety precautions and measures to keep all members safe. Members are being closely monitored and have kept the Municipality apprised of their status and adjusted response protocols that have been initiated.
- A ban on open fires is in effect until May 15, 2020 to protect Nova Scotia's forests during the pandemic. No open fires are allowed in woods or within 305 metres (1,000 feet) of woods in any part of the province. The ban does not apply to private campgrounds. Wildfires can be reported by calling 1-800-565-2224.
- As the incidence of COVID-19 continue to rise across Canada, it has become increasingly complex to determine the optimal infection prevention and control requirements for Medical First Response (MFR) agencies. Their safety is our number one priority, which is why Emergency Health Services (EHS) has made the decision to move all MFR agencies to a modified Level 5 response model. This means that MFR units will only respond to motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) and difficult extrication. This new response model means that they will not be going to any medical calls except MVCs or unless paramedics request the MFR unit for a problematic extrication. MFRs will not be requested to assist on a medical call for any patient screened in as a possible, presumed and/or confirmed COVID-19 patient.
- For more information on any emergency mangement of fire related inquiry, please contact Dwayne Hunt at .
- As per the Direction of the Minister under a Declared State of Emergency, municipalities have been directed to discontinue holding their meetings in person, and instead only hold virtual meetings by video or telephone. These meetings must be recorded, and the minutes posted on a public website within 24 hours of the meeting. Therefore, after each meeting, we will post the audio recording and minutes online for easy access. Meeting agendas and minutes can be found at the usual place on our website: https://barringtonmunicipality.com/council/upcoming-meetings-agendas and https://barringtonmunicipality.com/Council/council.
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