October 23, 2020
Public Service Announcement
For Immediate Release
Update – Coronavirus (COVID-19)
SACKVILLE, N.B. — The Town is pleased with the recent move of our Zone back to the yellow level on October 23, and we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation very closely and to follow the instructions given by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for New Brunswick.
In an effort to protect our employees and residents, and to continue to provide services to our community and help reduce the spread of the virus, the following measures have been implemented and are based on the information we currently have. Given the manner in which the COVID-19 situation is ongoing, we will look to provide further updates as this situation continues to develop.
UPDATE FROM THE PROVINCE
The Province of New Brunswick has initiated a recovery plan, which was updated on October 23, 2020. The latest update includes the shift of our zone (Zone 1) back to the yellow phase of recovery. This includes: the mandate to wear masks in all indoor spaces (an FAQ document on mandatory masks can be found here); the friends and family bubbles; and a limit on public gatherings to 50 people or fewer. Please note that it is always best to check the Government of New Brunswick website for updates. You can find the most recent version of the plan here. It is also a good idea to review the province’s emergency declaration on that page to avoid any confusion.
In addition, 211 NB, a free, bilingual, confidential resource to help New Brunswickers navigate the network of community, social, non-clinical health and government services was launched recently by the provincial government in partnership with the federal government and the United Way. Read more here.
The Provincial Department of Health has a guidance document on How to have a fun safe Halloween in yellow and orange levels, it can be accessed here.
UPDATE ON LOCAL ELECTIONS
New Brunswickers will be going to the polls to elect local council, regional health authority and district education council representatives on May 10, 2021. The elections had been scheduled for May 2020 but were postponed due to the global pandemic. Details on the upcoming local elections are available here.
TOWN FACILITIES OPERATIONS
Town Hall continues to be open to the public and is operating under regular business hours of Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. To ensure the health and safety of our staff and the public, a thorough operational plan that follows the requirements outlined by the province of New Brunswick has been implemented. Members of the public are required to wear a face mask in all Town facilities and on all Town public property. For questions about the Town’s operational plan, please contact Jamie Burke, CAO, at 1-506-364-4930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sackville Visitor Information Centre building continues to be open, but only for the Craft Gallery (travel counselling services have ended for the season). All appropriate COVID 19 safety protocols are being followed. The Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre has reopened to the public.
The Bill Johnstone Memorial Park Fieldhouse and our Public Works building are closed to the public until further notice.
All Town Parks are currently open to the public, but they are being closely monitored to ensure
that users are observing social distance guidelines.
REDUCING THE POSSIBILITIES OF TRANSMISSION
We all have an obligation to reduce the spread of the virus. Residents need to follow the prevention measures suggested by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for New Brunswick to reduce the possibility of spreading the virus as presented on the website of Health New Brunswick.
Key messages include:
- Wash your hands often.
- Cough and sneeze into the elbow.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
- Cough into a tissue and throw it away.
- Stay at home if you are sick.
- Avoid contact with a sick person.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if there is no soap and water.
- Avoid shaking hands.
- Practice social distancing, (maintain at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance between yourself and others)
If a person experiences any one symptom, they may complete the online self assessment or call Tele-care 8-1-1. Any person showing 2 or more symptoms, must self-isolate at home and call Tele-care 8-1-1 or complete the online self assessment. Symptoms include: Fever above 38°C, new or worsening chronic cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, new onset fatigue, new onset muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of taste or loss of smell, and individuals under the age of 18 experiencing purple fingers or toes.
Residents must follow good health practices and strict adherence to the measures as outlined by the Province of NB to help reduce the delay and spread of COVID-19. We are in contact with the Province’s Emergency Measures Organization and are continuing to review Town operations to ensure business continuity and service delivery (especially essential services) in the event of an emergency activation.
Additional measures may be added as directed by the New Brunswick Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. We will keep you informed through our social media sites and website.
For more information, please visit the following websites:
INFORMATION LINE AND EMAIL
A toll-free information line and email address, which offers services in both languages, has been established by the Province of New Brunswick to help answer non-health related questions, including questions about compliance with the state of emergency. The number, 1-844-462- 8387, is operational seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The email address is email@example.com. Concerns about workplace safety should continue to be directed to WorkSafeNB.
OTHER IMPORTANT NUMBERS
Tele-care: Patient Connect NB; 811
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
CHIMO Helpline (crisis line): 1-800-667-5005
RCMP: 911 for emergencies only
Sackville Memorial Hospital: 364-4100
COUNCIL MEETINGS AND BUSINESS
Both the monthly Special Council Meetings on the first Monday of the month and Regular Council Meetings on the second Monday of the month continue to be held virtually and streamed live on the Town’s website. Members of the Public are also able to participate in Council Meetings through Microsoft Teams. Council is also accepting questions from the public and questions can be submitted to the Town Clerk’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
E-MAIL AND PHONE SCAMS
Unfortunately, e-mail phishing and telephone scams are increasing, and we want to remind residents and business owners to be mindful to use caution when opening e-mails and providing personal information over the telephone.
The Chief Medical Officer of Health for New Brunswick has emphasized the importance of people taking care of themselves during this stressful time and has encouraged healthy eating, exercising and getting enough sleep.
UPDATES FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES
Most of our local businesses are now open and restaurants are providing both take-out and dine in service. Some of their processes and opening hours have changed. To access the most up to date and current information please contact the business directly.
While we encourage residents to take the necessary precautions to ensure their homes and belongings are clean, please do not flush these wipes as they can clog our sanitary sewer lift station pumps. These wipes belong in your clear bag.
FACILITIES, ACTIVITIES AND OTHER EVENTS
- Town Hall is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Please be mindful of
new operational changes that have been implemented.
- Public Works Facility, Bill Johnstone Memorial Activity Centre will remain closed to the public until further notice.
- The Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre has reopened to the public.
- The following recreational facilities are being sanitized periodically and are available for the public to use at their own risk:
- Lillas Fawcett Park Beach, Tennis and basketball courts, baseball fields, Town owned soccer fields, playground equipment, skate and bike park, the Visitor Information Centre, pickle ball courts, and the Community Garden.
- The washrooms at Bill Johnstone Memorial Park and Lillas Fawcett Park are now open and are being sanitized regularly.
- The boardwalk areas in the Waterfowl Park are designated one-way in order to respect social distancing requirements. Signage has been installed in the park and online with updated mapping and instructions on the one-way areas. Please do not run or stop on the boardwalks so that the 2-meter mandatory social distancing requirements can be adhered to.
- Town parks and trails remain open.
- The Sackville Public Library is open.
As we have entered the yellow phase, Town recreation programs are being held again. Updated will be posted on our social media or contact Ron at email@example.com for updates.
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Sackville