For Federal COVID-19 Information

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and Canada’s response, visit Public Health Canada's website.


For Provincial COVID-19 Information

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and Nova Scotia’s response, visit the Government of Nova Scotia's website.

Before calling 811, please use this screening tool if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.


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.


Municipality of Clare Updates

In order to limit the spread of COVID-19 and in accordance with federal and provincial government guidelines for social distancing, the Municipality of Clare is implementing the following measures:

Clare Municipal Building

Due to increasing cases of COVID-19 and the return of restrictions, we are closely monitoring the local situation and continue to take steps to stay safe, help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect others.

For those reasons, we will be implementing the following measures effective Monday, October 4, 2021, at 8:30 a.m.:

  • Proof of full vaccination is required for persons 12 years of age and older to access certain municipal services, namely activities offered by the Municipality of Clare, including Clare Recreation and Communauté francophone accueillante de Clare.
  • People who receive a medical exception for COVID-19 vaccination must show their Valid Medical Contraindication for COVID-19 Vaccination letter to access services.
  • Attendance at meetings that are legislated (Council meetings, public hearings, committee meetings, etc.) do not require proof of vaccination at this time.

The Municipality of Clare takes the health and safety of our residents very seriously and we will cooperate with the Public Health Office of Nova Scotia as we are required to do so by law. We ask that you please treat our staff with kindness and respect as they enforce the proof of vaccination orders.

For more information regarding Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Policy, please click here.

Masks continue to be mandatory in most indoor public places in Nova Scotia. All Municipality of Clare facilities, including the municipal building and Clare Health Centre, 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.

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

Although we are open to the public, we continue to encourage visitors to limit their visits to essential or urgent needs, to avoid visiting if feeling ill or have travelled recently, to follow the physical distancing visual aids within the buildings and avoid lengthy visits or gathering.

Taxes

Although the municipal office is open to the public, we encourage visitors to limit their visits to essential or urgent needs. If you wish to pay your municipal taxes, please note that the following 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 1M0).

For more information on the 2021-2022 budget, please visit www.clarenovascotia.com/en/governance/your-municipality/budget or call the municipal office at 902-769-2031.

Municipal Facilities

Room bookings and rentals within our indoor facilities are being taken on a case-by-case basis. COVID-19 protocols, including mask wearing and proper sanitization, are to be followed.

Building Inspections

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

Recreation Services

Effective Monday, October 4, 2021, proof of full vaccination is required for persons 12 years of age and older to access services offered by Clare Recreation. 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 "Municipality of Clare Introduces COVID-19 Relief Funding For Non-Profits" or contact Tori Comeau, Recreation Manager, at 902-769-2031.

Clare Health Centre

To ensure the health and safety of patients and staff, patients are asked to wear a mask when visiting the Clare Health Centre. When you arrive, a staff member will take your temperature and to ask COVID-19 screening questions. Due to a limited number of seats in the waiting room, we ask that you do not arrive too early for your appointment. Only patients with appointments will be allowed to enter the building.

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

Until further notice, Tuesday and Thursday blood collection services are by appointment only. Patients with a laboratory requisition form can book an appointment online or by calling toll-free 1-833-998-2722 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

A reminder that, if you believe you have symptoms of COVID-19, please consult the Nova Scotia Government's website 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. Everyone who travels from another Canadian province or territory (outside Nova Scotia) needs to complete the province's Safe Check-in Form and may need to self-isolate when they arrive in or return to the province.

Clare Transfer Station

Please note that there is no change to business hours at the Clare Transfer Station. To ensure the health and safety of residents and staff, please practise safe physical distancing. Mask wearing is mandatory when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Please note that there is no change to regular curbside waste collection services. A reminder regarding safety protocols for residential collections:

  • Don’t forget to sanitize the handle and lid of your cart after collection to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • For health and safety reasons, collectors will not collect bags that are ripped open and bags that have not been properly tied closed.

Clare Community Clean-Up Program

As a safety measure against the spread of COVID-19, we have paused all clean-ups at this time. Anyone who has a clean-up planned for this period will be contacted about rescheduling it for a later date. Thank you for everyone for your understanding and stay safe.

Clare Veterans Centre

Bookings and rentals for the Clare Veterans Centre are being taken on a case-by-case basis. COVID-19 protocols, including mask wearing and proper sanitization, are to be followed. Proof of vaccination policy applies for all discretionary activities/events taking place within the facility.

Havelock Community Centre

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

Senator Ambroise H. Comeau Library

As of Oct. 4, 2021, people accessing general services at the Senator Ambroise H. Comeau Library, such as browsing for books, magazines and other material and using our computers, will not have to show Proof of Vaccination. Nova Scotia Health protocols such as the wearing of masks will apply. The library continues to ask library users to social distance and be respectful of others. The library reminds people to stay home if you are feeling sick or have a fever or cough.

As of Oct. 4, 2021, people attending library programs or events will have to provide Proof of Vaccination before participating in the program or event. The library adheres to Nova Scotia Health protocols, and this is a provincial legal requirement.

At this time, the library’s community rooms remain unavailable for use by outside organizations.

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 the number of people in the outdoor area exceeds gathering limits set forth by the Nova Scotia Government, turn around and go home.

Rendez-vous de la Baie Welcome Centre

The Rendez-vous de la Baie Welcome Centre, located at 23 Lighthouse Road, Unit 1, Université Sainte-Anne, Church Point, NS, is open. For more information, contact Jean-Paul Kalwahali, Manager of the Rendez-vous de la Baie Welcome Centre, at 902-769-2345 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

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 Nova Scotia Burnsafe daily for permission to burn. Always supervise your burning, have suitable equipment to extinguish the fire on site and be safe. More information.

Essential Services

EMO Clare, municipal staff and Séniors en Sécurité continue to monitor the situation regarding seniors and other individuals in isolation. We will continue to be there for our seniors!

To reach Hélène Comeau of Séniors en Sécurité:
Tel.: 902-769-8790
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. 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 Public Health Canada's website.

Declaration of a State of Emergency

For details regarding the Nova Scotia Government’s Provincial State of Emergency, please click here.