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All five municipal units have made the decision to close their municipal offices until at least April 20th, 2020 in light of the extension of the State of Emergency issued by the Province due to COVID-19.
Although the offices remain closed all municipal units continue to provide the services it can during COVID-19. Residents are encouraged to call their municipal office if you they any questions or visit the municipal websites and social media channels for current updates. The following measures remain in place as they continue to work under a provincial State of Emergency:
The municipal units want to remind residents that this is a time in which we need to come together and think about each other. Helping our neighbors and those most vulnerable, along with our personal safety is important. There is no doubt that these challenging times can cause anxiety and stress but there is no need to panic. The residents of Shelburne County are resilient, considerate and supportive which will all help make the best of this situation. Please stay home when you can, wash your hands often and practice physical distancing of 2 metres or 6 feet. Stay Safe!
Finally, being prepared and staying informed is vital and we encourage everyone to continually visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus for up to date information.
This morning, all five municipal units in Shelburne County, involving the Mayors/Wardens, senior staff, Emergency Measures Operations (EMO) personnel and a staff representative from EMO NS, met again via teleconference to
discuss the implementation of additional measures to reduce the spread of the virus all while continuing to provide essential services.
Here is an update on the municipal measures being implemented as of 4:30 p.m. today, March 17, 2020:
➡️ All municipal offices and facilities will be closed until April 6th, 2020. This closure will be reassessed as necessary.
➡️ All non-essential services, such as by-law enforcement, shall be reduced, in favor of more critical municipal services.
➡️ All recreation related activities are suspended until further notice.
➡️ All municipal related travel is suspended until further notice.
➡️ Interest charges for the month of March are being waived.
➡️ The Regular Council meeting of March 23rd is cancelled.
The Municipality will continue to operate and provide the essential services to its residents. Here is what is continuing:
➡️ The main phone line of 902-637-2015 will remain open and will be answered by Staff.
➡️ Staff will have remote access to the phone system, their e-mails and the municipal server.
➡️ Property Services will continue to maintain wastewater equipment and perform testing, clean garbage cans and remove snow.
➡️ There will be no change in garbage collection.
➡️ The landfill will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
➡️ Taxes can continue to 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.
➡️ Urgent building inspections will be prioritized and completed during the closure.
➡️ Fire Services and EMO will continue as normal.
Residents are encouraged to visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus to stay up-to-date on the provincial response.
Thank you for helping with the community effort to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Shelburne County, NS, - Following the Province’s press conference on Sunday, March Shelburne County, NS, - Following the Province’s press conference on Sunday, March 15th, all five municipal units, involving the Mayors/Wardens, senior staff, Emergency Measures Operations (EMO) personnel and a staff representative from EMO NS, met via teleconference to discuss the coronavirus and to ensure measures are in place to provide essential services and protect staff and the public.
At this time, all municipal offices in Shelburne County remain open but this will continue to be monitored daily. For the protection of our staff, residents and visitors we are requesting that anyone visiting municipal offices or facilities respect the social distance of six feet and to continue to practice good hygiene, such as washing hands.
In the coming days, the Municipalities will meet regularly and continue to work togetheras the Federal and Provincial Governments provide updates on the status of the virus in our communities, the Province, the Country and abroad. As updates are published, we will share them on our municipal websites and social media platforms. We encourage everyone to be vigilant and do what you can to be prepared and stay informed. We appreciate how the people in Shelburne County have come together in this time of need and how they are always ready to support each other. We would also like to thank all the Health Care workers for their dedication and commitment.
Some key messages delivered by the Province at their press conference, is that we must work together; this is a time in which we need to think about others; and we must continue to protect those most vulnerable. Effective March 15th, under the authority of the Health Protection Act, the Province is requiring anyone who has travelled outside of Canada to self-isolate for 14 days upon return, even if you are symptom-free. If you are aware of anyone returning to the Country and refusing to self-isolate, we urge you to call Public Health at 902-875-2623. This is our opportunity to avoid the worst of this virus by working together. These types of actions will help slow the spread of the virus and reduce the size when it peaks. Minimizing interactions with others will also help control the virus and will help protect health resources, enabling them to respond effectively to those diagnosed with the coronavirus. Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, encouraged us all to avoid all non-essential travel and to continue to practice good hygiene by washing your hands often, covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue, avoiding touching your face and cleaning high touch surfaces often. Being prepared and stayinginformed is vital and we encourage you to continually visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus for up to date information.
Finally, at the press conference, the Premier stated that we need to rely on Public Healthand on evidence-based science to make decisions. It is important that we get ourinformation from reliable sources and 811 is a great source of information. To help youbetter understand if you need to talk to 811, please visit 811.novascotia.ca to take asimple questionnaire.
For further information the press release can be found athttps://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200315002.
Nova Scotia announced the province’s first three presumptive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), today, March 15. The province is also taking further measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The cases are not connected and are travel related. The individuals followed all the proper procedures when they started to feel unwell.
“My thoughts are with the individuals affected and I wish them a speedy and thorough recovery. Now, more than ever, all Nova Scotians must follow public health direction – that’s how we will reduce the spread of this virus in our province,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We need to work together to protect our most vulnerable.”
Two individuals are in the Halifax Regional Municipality and one is in Kings County. All three are managing their symptoms at home in self-isolation. Details include:
Public health has been in contact with these individuals and those who have come in close contact with them are also being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.
Additional prevention measures for Nova Scotians are in effect immediately under the authority of the Health Protection Act and include:
Starting Monday, March 16, public health inspectors will be onsite at the Halifax International Airport and the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. Work is ongoing with federal partners responsible for border security to strengthen the screening process. As well, both airports now have information on digital screens in all areas frequented by travellers.
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .
The Public Health Agency of Canada maintains a list of affected areas: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/covid-19-affected-areas-list.html.
Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus.
Government of Canada toll-free information line 1-833-784-4397
Nova Scotia Public Health offices: http://www.nshealth.ca/public-health-offices.
Are you looking to make a difference in your Community ? Why not consider serving as a volunteer member of the newly formed Accessibility Advisory Committee ?
The purpose of the AAC is to provide advice to Council on identifying, preventing and eliminating barriers to people with disabilities in municipal programs, services, initiatives and facilities. The Committee will play an important role in helping the Municipality of the District of Barrington become an accessible community and meet its obligations under the Nova Scotia Accessibility Act.