[COVID-19]: Declaration of a state of emergency - Important details from the province on today's declaration of a state of emergency. Please read and ensure you do your part to help flatten the curve.
Nova Scotia declared a provincial state of emergency to help contain the spread of #COVID19. Nova Scotians should not leave the province and only leave home for essential items and services. A state of emergency gives government broad powers to do whatever is necessary for the safety and protection of Nova Scotians.
Nova Scotia borders will tighten to travellers and all entry points (land, sea, air) will be closely managed starting tomorrow, March 23, at 6 a.m. Anyone entering the province will be stopped, questioned and told to self-isolate for 14 days.
Travel exemptions include:
- healthy workers in trades and transportations sectors who move goods and people (e.g. truck drivers)
- healthy people going to work (e.g. health-care workers)
- people travelling into the province for essential health services (e.g. chemotherapy treatment)
Effectively immediately, provincial parks, beaches and tourist attractions are closed. Provincial trails will remain open for exercise. Gathering limits and social distancing guidelines must be followed.
Police will be authorized to enforce orders under the Health Protection Act. If Nova Scotians and businesses do not practice social distancing and self-isolation, they will face fines of $1,000 for individuals and $7,500 for businesses.
Police can also enforce offences under the Emergency Management Act. For example, fines for charging higher than fair market prices for goods and services.
There are several groups who are essential and exempt from gathering limits. They include but are not limited to grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies. If possible, one person per family should be designated to do these tasks. Others exempt from gathering limits include construction sites, health-care services, community services (e.g. child protection) and criminal justice services and law enforcement.
Effectively immediately, social gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. Any workplace or business that is not deemed essential can remain open as long as a two-metre distance can be maintained.
Dentists can no longer practice dentistry in their offices unless they deem it necessary to perform an emergency dental procedure in the best interest of the patient’s health (in effect March 21).
Do not call 911 to report individuals who are not self-isolating or social distancing. 911 is for emergency or life-threatening situations only. If you feel someone is not self-isolating or social distancing, first have a polite conversation with them. They may need support. If that fails and they are still not self-isolating or social distancing, call your local law enforcement non-emergency line.
There are seven new cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, all travel-related or connected to people who have travelled.
There are 28 positive cases of #COVID19 in NS, ranging in age from late-teens to mid-70’s. To date, Nova Scotia has 28 positive test results and 2088 negative cases. Testing results are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#cases
[COVID-19]: Impacts on Municipal Sewer System
With the rapidly rising use of sanitizing and disposable wipes amid the COVID-19 crisis, residents are reminded of the importance of NOT flushing wipes of any sort- including those labelled “Flushable” or “Biodegradable.”
Pump Stations can be blocked and disabled by wipes and the only way to clear the obstruction is to physically handle the pump and remove the sewer debris by hand. This unnecessary action puts you and your home at risk of a sewer backup. Also, it is an avoidable and unpleasant use of our staff resources. We ask that you please do your part and keep wipes of all sorts out of the sewer system. Thank you for your cooperation.
To ensure the safety of our councillors, staff and residents, and following the directives of the federal and provincial governments regarding social distancing, the Regular Council Meeting for the Municipality of Clare scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 2020, will take place via conference call. Only members of Council and essential staff will be in attendance. Please note that the following information can be found online:
- Agenda for the Regular Council Meeting (Wednesday, March 18, 2020): https://www.clarenovascotia.com/en/local-government/latest-council-agenda/council-in-committee-meeting-agenda/1040-march-18-2020-regular-council-meeting-agenda
- Motions to recommend for the Regular Council Meeting (Wednesday, March 18, 2020): https://www.clarenovascotia.com/en/local-government/motion-to-recommend
The Municipality of Clare is following the situation very closely. Residents will be rapidly informed of any new measures that will be taken into effect. Please continue consulting the municipal Web site and Facebook page. These communications tools will be used for sharing all new information regarding COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and Nova Scotia’s response, visit https://www.novascotia.ca/coronavirus, and you can also read national information at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html.