COVID-19

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For Federal COVID-19 Information
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and Canada’s response, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html


For Provincial COVID-19 Information
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and Nova Scotia’s response, visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus

Before calling 811, please use this screening tool if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms: https://when-to-call-about-covid19.novascotia.ca/en


COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
The Municipality of Clare encourages all businesses to review information related to available programs for workplaces impacted by COVID-19. These programs may be able to offer some assistance during the pandemic.

Our partner organizations, the Western Regional Enterprise Network and the Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse, have pertinent links, program summaries, resources and FAQs for all recently introduced support initiatives. We invite you to consult these pages.
Western Regional Enterprise Network
Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse


Municipality of Clare Updates
In order to limit the spread of coronavirus to the population and following the directives of the federal and provincial governments regarding social distancing, the Municipality of Clare is suspending the following services:

Clare Municipal Building

Starting Monday, June 15, we are happy to advise that the office of the Municipality of Clare will once again be open to members of the public (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). To ensure the safety of everyone we ask members of the public visiting the municipal office to:

  • practise physical distancing at all times;
  • respect that a maximum of 4 members of the public can line up inside the waiting area, both upstairs and downstairs; others can line up outside;
  • read and follow the directions on the signage;
  • make appointments in advance if you wish to speak to a specific staff member – go to www.clarenovascotia.com/en/contact for direct contact info;
  • refrain from visiting if you are feeling unwell.

As per the directives of the Nova Scotia Government, as of July 31, 2020 non-medical masks are mandatory in parts of offices where municipal government services are offered to the public.

Children under two are exempt, as well children aged two to four when their parent or caregiver cannot get them to wear a mask. People with a valid medical reason for not wearing a mask are also exempt.

Click here for tips on how to safely use a non-medical mask or face covering.

Click here for a COVID-19 daily checklist.

Given that the Université Sainte-Anne campus is still closed to the public, the Rendez-vous de la Baie Visitor Centre will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Taxes
We understand that many of you are concerned about the future, job security and your ability to pay your property tax.

The Municipality of Clare is here to help. We are pushing back our typical June 30 municipal tax deadline to July 31, 2020. In addition, until September 30, 2020, we are waiving interest fees on overdue payments for the 2020-2021 tax year. We are also committed to providing options for property owners. If you are struggling to pay your property tax, please contact the Municipal Office at (902) 769-2031 so that we can work together to arrange a payment plan.

Property taxes are vitally important for the operation of the Municipality of Clare and its services. We therefore encourage all residents and business owners who can pay their property taxes on time and on a regular schedule to continue doing so. This will help us support those who are most in need of financial assistance.
If you wish to pay your municipal taxes, please remember that the following remote options are available:

  1. Through most online financial institutions;
  2. By e-Transfer;
  3. By credit card (please note that a 1.75% service fee will be applied);
  4. By mailing a cheque (please make cheques payable to Municipality of Clare, 1185 Highway 1, Little Brook, NS B0W 1Z0).

Municipal facilities will be closed to community meetings and gatherings until further notice.

Building Inspections
Limited building inspection services will be available. Please contact the Building Inspection Department for more information.

Recreation Services
Please keep an eye on Clare Recreation’s Facebook page for special activities that respect physical distancing measures.

Non-profit groups and organizations offering recreational activities and services within the Municipality of Clare are eligible to claim a maximum of $1,000 in COVID-19 relief funding for any incremental costs they have encountered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For details, please go to https://www.clarenovascotia.com/en/what-s-new/1162-municipality-of-clare-introduces-covid-19-relief-funding-for-non-profits or contact Réanne Titus, Recreation Manager, at (902) 769-2031.

Council Meetings
To ensure the safety of our councillors, staff and residents, and following the directives of the federal and provincial governments regarding physical distancing, all Council Meetings for the Municipality of Clare will take place via conference call. Only members of Council and essential staff will be in attendance. As per the directives of the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing, a draft of meeting minutes will be made available to the public with 24 hours of all Regular and Council-in-Committee Meetings. Please note that the following information can be found online:

Clare Health Centre
Until further notice, Tuesday and Thursday blood collection services are suspended.

Effective Wednesday, April 8, 2020, only patients with appointments will be allowed to enter the building. These measures are necessary to protect you, the public and the personnel during this pandemic.

For any other information or service, please communicate with the Centre by calling 902-645-2777. Thank you for your understanding.

A reminder that, if you believe you have symptoms of COVID-19, please consult https://when-to-call-about-covid19.novascotia.ca/en to determine whether you should contact 811.

Patients are asked to respect the following protocols:

  1. If you believe you have symptoms of COVID-19, contact 811.
  2. If you have travelled outside of the province you MUST self-isolate for 14 days.

Clare Transfer Station
Effective Saturday, June 6, 2020, the Clare Transfer Station is once again open on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Please note that there is no change to regular curbside waste collection services.

Clare Veterans Centre
All activities at the Clare Veterans Centre are suspended until further notice.

Havelock Community Centre
All activities at the Havelock Community Centre are suspended until further notice.

Senator Ambroise H. Comeau Library
All activities at the Senator Ambroise H. Comeau Library are suspended until further notice.

Municipal and Provincial Parks and Beaches
Sanitization is the responsibility of the user. Protect yourself and your family with regular hand washing before and after using playground equipment and visiting our parks and beaches, and please practise physical distancing from others. Remember to follow cough and sneeze etiquette and please stay home if you are feeling sick. If there are more than 50 people in the outdoor area, turn around and go home.

Clare Visitor Information Centre
Given that the Université Sainte-Anne campus is still closed to the public due to COVID-19, the Clare Visitor Information Centre has moved to Joseph & Marie Dugas Municipal Park in Belliveau Cove for summer 2020.

The Clare Visitor Information Centre is located at 3239 Highway 1, Belliveau Cove, NS. It is open on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Sundays. For more information, contact the Clare Visitor Information Centre at 902-769-2345 or , or go to https://baiesaintemarie.com/en/.

As per the directives of the Nova Scotia Government, as of July 31, 2020 non-medical masks are mandatory in parts of offices where municipal government services are offered to the public.

Children under two are exempt, as well children aged two to four when their parent or caregiver cannot get them to wear a mask. People with a valid medical reason for not wearing a mask are also exempt.

Click here for tips on how to safely use a non-medical mask or face covering.

Click here for a COVID-19 daily checklist.

Open Fires
Burning permits can be acquired at no cost from the fire chief in your area. All fires requiring a permit must be set between 5 p.m. and midnight. In the event of a burning restriction, all burning permits will be invalid for that time period.

Havelock: Laurie Moses, 902-841-1818
Hectanooga: Louis Mazier, 902-769-7469
Little Brook: Michel LeBlanc, 902-769-2480
Meteghan: Alain Comeau, 902-769-7568
St. Bernard: Daniel Gaudet, 902-841-0413
Salmon River: Daniel Kiley, 902-307-9451
Southville: Doug Cromwell, 902-308-2258

Please check www.novascotia.ca/burnsafe daily for permission to burn. Always supervise your burning, have suitable equipment to extinguish the fire on site and be safe. For more information, please visit https://www.clarenovascotia.com/en/what-s-new/1134-your-burning-permit

Essential Services
EMO Clare, municipal staff and Séniors en Sécurité continue to monitor the situation regarding seniors and other individuals in isolation.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Séniors en Sécurité team will no longer be doing home visits. Our representatives will use telephone and online services to keep in touch with their clients. We will continue to be there for our seniors!

To reach Hélène Comeau of Séniors en Sécurité:
Tel.: 902-769-8790
E-mail:

If you are an individual in isolation and in difficulty of accessing essential services, please call the Municipal Office at 902-769-2031.


Announcements from the Municipality

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. Announcements will also be made on local radio stations Y95 CJLS (93.5 FM) and Radio CIFA (104.1 FM). These communications tools will be used for sharing all new information regarding COVID-19. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. May we continue to exhibit the kind and compassionate traits that the community of Clare is known for; we are all in this together.

We remind you that it is essential to be vigilant to reduce the spread of the virus. Anyone who has travelled outside the province is asked to self-isolate for 14 days upon return, even if you are symptom-free. If you develop a fever, with a temperature 38°C or higher, and/or cough, please use this screening tool to find out if you should call 811 about COVID-19. https://when-to-call-about-covid19.novascotia.ca/en. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and Nova Scotia’s response, visit 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.

Declaration of a State of Emergency
March 22, 2020: 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

Statement from the Municipality of Clare regarding the Canoe Trip 2020
With the Easter long weekend approaching and with the confirmation of community spread of the COVID-19 virus in Nova Scotia, the Municipality of Clare strongly discourages the residents of Clare and of neighbouring communities from participating in this year’s Canoe Trip social gathering event. Taking part in this activity would no doubt create an unnecessary and dangerous risk to the general public while the province is under a state of emergency.

Residents are reminded that under the Province of Nova Scotia’s Authority of the Health Protection Act, there are to be no social gatherings of more than 10 people. Nova Scotians are required to practise social distancing by staying 2 metres apart to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Police are authorized to enforce orders under the Health Protection Act and issue fines when warranted. Multiple fines can be given each day an individual fails to comply. These measures have been put in place to keep our community safe.

While the Municipality acknowledges the strong attachment that some may have to this annual event, the health and safety of all residents is far more important. There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against COVID-19. We strongly encourage the community to practise an abundance of caution and common sense during this time to limit the spread of this virus. Please visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/ for the latest information on COVID-19.

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.

Clare Community Hero Campaign
The Municipality of Clare is celebrating the positive contributions that our residents are making during this challenging period by launching the “Clare Community Hero" campaign. We are asking you to nominate individuals, families or groups in Clare that are doing amazing things in the community. Each week, we will highlight the good actions of one nominee and reward him/her/them with a prize. We hope this campaign will help shine a light of positivity and determination as we work together to keep our community safe. Click here for the nomination form: https://www.clarenovascotia.com/en/what-s-new/1082-nominate-a-community-hero

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1185 Highway 1

Little Brook, Nova Scotia
B0W 1Z0

Phone: 902-769-2031
Fax: 902-769-3773

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Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm

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