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Comfort Station and Splashpad Operational

The Town is pleased to advise the park-going public that the splashpad and new Kiwanis Comfort Station in O’Connell Park are now open for the public to access from 9:00am to 9:00pm daily.

Stonedust walkways have been established approaching the new building as we work to complete the remaining landscaping in the park space. We appreciate your support in staying out of the areas which are taped off for future work.

A formal ribbon cutting ceremony, respecting the current COVID-19 measures, will be conducted at a later date with our funding partners, the Kiwanis Club of Sussex, and the Province of New Brunswick.

Please enjoy this wonderful new addition to our community.

Community Advisory – COVID-19 Update #20 – Friday, April 24th, 2020

The Town’s EOC Group met today at 10:00 AM local time on a virtual online platform.

ACTIVATION STATUS:

The EOC remains at a Level 1 Status – Active Enhanced Monitoring, unchanged.

The Town’s EOC Group will continue with a schedule of regular meetings, and will now utilize a virtual platform to minimize close contact during the meetings, unless conditions warrant assemble at the Town’s Emergency Operations Centre. These meetings will continue on Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s for the foreseeable future.

Next teleconference with the District Medical Officer of Health has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 tentatively scheduled for 1:15 PM. Immediately following this teleconference the Town’s EOC group will again conduct a situational update meeting using a virtual online platform.   

ACTION ITEMS – ISSUES ADDRESSED AT TODAY’S MEETING:

  • The Town has secured the necessary supply of PPE for use in Town vehicles and use by Town staff. The Town is now in receipt of non-medical masks for use by Town staff, half of the Town’s order has been secured. The remainder of the shipment is expected the first of next week.
  • The recommended Close Proximity and Screening Protocol recommended to the Town’s Administration by the Town’s Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) was reviewed and adopted by the Town’s Administration Committee at their meeting held via an online platform on April 23rd, 2020. This policy is scheduled for adoption by Sussex Council at its regularly scheduled Council meeting to be held on Monday, April 27th, 2020 beginning at 7:00 PM.
  • Sourcing is now complete for infrared thermometer devices. The first Shipment has been received by the Town. All deliveries are expected prior to April 30th, 2020.
  • The Town will conduct its first ever Council meeting streamed live online on a virtual feed beginning at 7:00 PM local time on Monday April 27th, 2020. The Town will provide shortly the online link to this meeting. The live stream will also be embedded in the Town’s website. www.sussex.ca   
  • The EOC Group reviewed with each department any operational issues experienced during our essential service operation. Now in day thirty eight (38) of our operational changes.
  • The EOC Group is beginning the discussion on how and when to engage the Town’s normal compliment of summer students who assist the Town with parks maintenance. The group will wait one (1) additional week prior to making a recommendation to Sussex Council.
  • Public access to the Town’s Tennis Courts, Basketball Court and Skate park, playgrounds, Bark Park and facilities remain locked from use. There is no change in status in this mitigation measure.  The Town appreciates everyone’s patience with this necessary measure.

The Town will continue to request Town residents respect the direction and closure necessary under this provincial Emergency for the safety of everyone.

  • Parks signage has been placed at all entrances to the Town’s Trial system and The Town has  undertaken regular patrols on the trails system located within the municipal boundaries of the Town of Sussex.
  • As of today’s date Friday April 24th, 2020; the Town continues encourage individuals and families to take time to exercise and be outdoors, but please do so responsibly. Our trails will remain open for use as we believe that they are a great resource for remaining physically and mentally well. The Town advises that if residents do choose to use our trails that they be mindful of maintaining appropriate distances between yourselves and others and also keeping control of your pets. Please observe the Town’s leash requirements and do not let pets run free for the safety of your fellow trail users.

The Town encourages responsible physical activity, and advise the public to stay spaced, stay safe and always stay healthy as we all work through this provincial emergency.

  • The Town will assess the Phase 1 New Brunswick Recovery Plan upon receipt.

Next EOC meeting is scheduled for 10:00 AM local time Monday April 27th, 2020. It is our intent, unless otherwise warranted, to provide the next update report Wednesday April 27th, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

Community Advisory – Town of Sussex Parks and Outdoor Spaces (UPDATE)

Pursuant to the announcement by Premier Higgs on today’s date, May 28th, 2020 the easing of the restrictions listed below have now been delayed to a later date.

  • Outdoor gatherings of 50 people or fewer with physical distancing are not permitted. Religious services of 50 people or fewer can no longer take place indoors with physical distancing.
  • Elective surgeries and other non-emergency health-care services will remain at Yellow at Phase 1.
  • Low-contact team sports cannot be played.
  • The following will continue to remain closed:
    • Swimming pools, saunas and waterparks
    • Gyms, yoga and dance studios
    • Rinks and indoor recreational facilities
    • Pool halls and bowling alleys

Accordingly the Town of Sussex will now delay the planned reopening of the Basketball Court and its immediate facilities to remain compliant with the provincial directive. All municipal facilities which were previously opened under the phased re-opening plan will remain open.

A friendly reminder to all users of Town’s Parks and Community Services facilities. The following Park requirements are necessary for safety practices and for the enjoyment of all:

  • All patrons are required to bring their own hand sanitizer. The Town will “promote” good hand hygiene practices and the Town will require all patrons using these facilities.
  • All Patrons are required to practice physical distancing when using these facilities.
  • Please be patient with fellow park users.
  • Enjoy responsible outdoor fitness and park use.
  • All patrons are then required to follow the Operational Plan of the Town of Sussex, the strict direction of the Town of Sussex employees, Public Safety Officials, and the Town’s RCMP Detachment.
  • Signage of the best practices will be posted by the Town advising patrons of the requirements to use these Town Facilities.

Community Advisory: COVID 19 Update #5 – March 23, 2020

Monday March 23rd, 2020  Update Report #5 – 3:30 PM.

The Town’s EOC Group met today at 10:00 AM local time at the Town’s Emergency Operations Centre.

ACTIVATION STATUS:

The EOC remains at a Level 1 Status –Enhanced Monitoring, unchanged, however the group discussed if a change in this status was warranted. Collectively a recommendation was adopted to remain at Level 1.

The Town’s EOC Group has scheduled regular meetings at the Town’s EOC on Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s for the foreseeable future.

Next teleconference with the District Medical Officer of Health has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 at 1:00 PM. Immediately following this teleconference the Town’s EOC group will again conduct a situational update meeting at the Town’s Emergency Operations Centre.   

ACTION ITEMS – ISSUES ADDRESSED AT TODAY’S MEETING:

  • The EOC Group reviewed with each department any operational issues experienced during our essential service operation. Now in day six (6) of our operational changes, a few minor changes continue to be implemented.
  • The EOC Group recommended to Mayor Thorne, in the abundance in caution, to close to the public the Town’s playground structures. On today’s date Town staff will complete the necessary steps to post notice of these closures.
  • The group continues to provide targeted messaging developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Town will continue a targeted launch of their community information posters distributed electronically on the Town’s web presence.  
  • The Town continues to use remote meeting software launch with the Town’s EMO Coordinator and a few department heads accessing today’s meeting remotely from home.

Next EOC meeting is scheduled for 1:00 PM local time Wednesday March 25th, 2020 immediately following the teleconference with the District Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Barker. It is our intent, unless otherwise warranted, to provide the next update report Wednesday March 25th, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

Community Advisory – Town of Sussex Parks and Outdoor Spaces (UPDATE)

Pursuant to the announcement by the Province of New Brunswick on June 4th, 2020 the Town is pleased to advise that the following recreational facilities are now available for public use effective immediately subject to the conditions outlined in the state of emergency mandatory order.

  • Basketball court in Princess Louise Park
  • Ball Fields in Princess Louise Park (available to user groups who have submitted copies of Operational Plans to the Town and have approved timeslots)

A friendly reminder to all users of Town’s Parks and Community Services facilities. The following Park requirements are necessary for safety practices and for the enjoyment of all:

  • All patrons are required to bring their own hand sanitizer. The Town will “promote” good hand hygiene practices and the Town will require all patrons using these facilities.
  • All Patrons are required to practice physical distancing when using these facilities.
  • Please be patient with fellow park users.
  • Enjoy responsible outdoor fitness and park use.
  • All patrons are then required to follow the Operational Plan of the Town of Sussex, the strict direction of the Town of Sussex employees, Public Safety Officials, and the Town’s RCMP Detachment.
  • Signage of the best practices will be posted by the Town advising patrons of the requirements to use these Town Facilities.

Community Advisory – Public Gatherings on Town-owned lands

Pursuant to the Mandatory Emergency Order of the Province of New Brunswick, the Town of Sussex is issuing additional requirements for persons and groups wishing to use park spaces and out of door spaces owned and operated by the Town of Sussex.

Given the current pandemic situation and the significant sacrifice by our community residents over the past number of months to contain COVID-19, the Town will not entertain any application nor permit any parade, march, or procession through the streets of the Town of Sussex for the foreseeable future. Out of door gatherings, on Town owned lands, will require strict adherence to the Town’s COVID-19 Operational Plan and the conditions set by Sussex Council. Our policy and application form to request the use of Town spaces can be found at the following link:

Special Event Application Form

The Town of Sussex Emergency Operations Centre is currently active to monitor the Town response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).More Information