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Community Advisory – COVID-19 Update #30 – Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

The Town’s EOC Group met today at 1:45 PM local time on a virtual online platform.

ACTIVATION STATUS:
The EOC remains at a Level 1 Status –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 and will be reported internally. Beginning the week of May 04th, 2020 our public updates will be provided on Wednesday’s only unless other developments warrant additional advisories.

Next teleconference with the District Medical Officer of Health has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 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 will publish the most recent guidance in the recovery Phase 2 (orange) reduction in restrictions announced on Friday May 08th, 2020 by the Province of New Brunswick. Specific details on Town owned Facilities are listed below. The most important message needs to be communicated is this is not business as usual, and, to that end the “Guidance Document of General Public Health Measures During Covid-19 Recovery” dated May 08th, 2020 developed by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health is attached to this update and to provide more detailed information. Further updates by the Province of New Brunswick will be posted at www.gnb.ca/coronavirus.
  • Public access to the Town’s Tennis Courts, Basketball Court, Ball fields, Skate park, Playground Play Structures, Bark Park and each of their facilities remain locked from use. There is preliminary planning underway and review of submitted Operational plans for stakeholder facilities underway to change these facilities status as a mitigation measure under the Phase 1 or Phase 2 of the Government Recovery Plan. The Town is now in receipt of the draft Operational Plan from our stakeholders using Town Facilities. The Town appreciates everyone’s patience with this necessary measure.
  • Public access to the Sussex Fire Station, Sussex Works Garage, Sussex Regional Library, Jubilee Hall, and 8th Hussars Sports Centre remain restricted. There is no immediate plan to change this status as a mitigation measure under Phase 2 or Phase 3 of the Government Recovery Plan. An Operational Plan is been adopted by Town Council of Sussex for the above noted facilities. A final draft of the Town’s Operational Plan has been adopted by Sussex Council at the Tuesday May 19th, 2020 council meeting.
  • Preparations are underway to open Town Hall with strict Operational Plan and physical distancing practice for the patrons visiting the town Hall Facility. The Town will advise on the Town’s social media feed and the Town’s website of the opening date for Town Hall.

While the facilities are occupied by staff to maintain critical and essential infrastructure throughout the Town contact with The town can be accessed by telephone at our main telephone line (506) 432-4540 during regular business hours and 24/7 though the Town’s answering service at the same telephone number. Our focus of maintaining the operations of the Town’s water, wastewater and transportation systems remain our priority and our Town is working to bringing other services to operation moving forward. The Town appreciates everyone’s patience with these necessary measures.

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

Given the Phase 2 announcement the Town will review the Library and 8th Hussar’s Military Museum, the Stiles Collection, Sussex Tennis Association, The AX Group and the Plan for the Jubilee Hall are all under various stages of development by the Stakeholders Groups and each stakeholder’s Operational Plan will be reviewed and approved by the Town prior to authorizing the occupancy of the spaces as the Town next phased opening planning.

  • Town Parks and trails have had signage placed at all entrances to the Town’s Trail system, and Parks. The Town has and will continue to undertake regular patrols on our trail system located within the municipal boundaries of the Town of Sussex as required by the Provincial emergency directive to maintain public safety.
  • As of today’s date Wednesday May 20th, 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 advises the public to stay spaced, stay safe and always stay healthy as we all work through this provincial emergency.

  • The Town has completed its committee meetings on our virtual online platform for our meeting schedule the week of May 11th, 2020 with a successful second Council meeting streamed live online on a virtual feed on Tuesday May 19th, 2020. We wish to thank the number of viewers that participated in our online council meeting.
  • A teleconference meeting of the Town of Sussex Planning Advisory Committee was completed on Wednesday May 13th, 2020. The meeting’s teleconference platform work as expected.
  • The town has received sufficient shipment of infrared equipment. We are requesting the status of the delivery delays for the shipments of PPE.
  • The EOC Group reviewed with each department any operational issues experienced during our essential service operation. Now in day sixty-four (64) of our operational changes.
  • Town staff complements are now up to full complement as of today’s date the first day of our operations under the Council approved Operational Plan adopted by Sussex Council on May 19th, 2020.
  • Works department will begin the process of spring cleanup of the Leonard’s Gate site as well as finalizing the planning for the May 26th and 27th dates for the Town’s spring clean-up pickup.
  • 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 has completed a request under the Canada Summer Student Program and will now await a response prior to planning to make a formal recommendation to Sussex Council. The Town has not received formal notification of the complement numbers under the federal program.
  • The Town continues to assess the Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the New Brunswick Recovery Plan and will provide more specific detail when available. The provincial news conferences will now only be conducted Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week unless the situation warrants otherwise.

Next EOC meeting is scheduled for 10:00 AM local time Friday May 22nd, 2020. It is our intent, unless otherwise warranted, to provide the next Public Update report on Wednesday May 27th, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

Guidance Document of General Public Health Measures During Covid-19 Recovery

Community Advisory – COVID-19 Update #25 – Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

The Town’s EOC Group met today at 1:45 PM local time on a virtual online platform.

ACTIVATION STATUS:
The EOC remains at a Level 1 Status –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 assembling at the Town’s Emergency Operations Centre. These meetings will continue on Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s for the foreseeable future and will be reported internally. Beginning the week of May 04th, 2020 our public updates will be provided on Wednesday’s only unless other developments warrant additional advisories.

Next teleconference with the District Medical Officer of Health has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 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 published the most recent guidance in the recovery Phase 1 reduction in restrictions announced on Friday April 24th, 2020 by the Province of New Brunswick. Specific details on Town owned Facilities are listed below. The most important message needs to be communicated is this is not business as usual, and, to that end the “Guidance Document of General Public Health Measures During Covid-19 Recovery” dated April 24, 2020 developed by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health is attached to this update and to provide more detailed information. Further updates by the Province of New Brunswick will be posted at www.gnb.ca/coronavirus.
  • It is believed a revision of the guidance document will be issued as early as May 07th, 2020. The Town will provide the updated document upon receipt on our web presence feeds.
  • Public access to the Town’s Tennis Courts, Basketball Court, Ball fields, Skate park, Playground Play Structures, Bark Park and each of their facilities remain locked from use. There is no immediate planning to change this status as a mitigation measure under the Phase 1 of the Government Recovery Plan. The Town appreciates everyone’s patience with this necessary measure.
  • Public access to Town Hall, The Sussex Fire Station, Sussex Works Garage, Sussex Regional Library, Jubilee Hall, and 8th Hussars Sports Centre remain restricted. There is no immediate plans to change this status as a mitigation measure under Phase 1 of the Government Recovery Plan. While the facilities are occupied by staff to maintain critical and essential infrastructure throughout the Town contact with The town can be accessed by telephone at our main telephone line (506) 432-4540 during regular business hours and 24/7 though the Town’s answering service at the same telephone number. Our focus of maintaining the operations of the Town’s water, wastewater and transportation systems remain our priority. The Town appreciates everyone’s patience with this necessary measure.

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

  • Town Parks and trails have had signage placed at all entrances to the Town’s Trial system, and Parks. The Town has and will continue to undertake regular patrols on our trails system located within the municipal boundaries of the Town of Sussex as required by the Provincial emergency directive to maintain public safety.
  • As of today’s date Wednesday May 06th, 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’s Trail system experienced damage late Friday early Saturday May 02nd, 2020. The RCMP have been notified and continue to investigate. This development is disheartening given the need and public use of the Town’s outdoor trail system during the pandemic.

  • The Town will continue to conduct its committee meetings on our virtual online platform for our meeting schedule the week of May 11th, 2020 with planning of its second Council meeting streamed live online on a virtual feed beginning at 7:00 PM local time on Tuesday May 19th, 2020 due to the holiday. The Town will provide the online link to this meeting at a date closer to the scheduled meeting. The live stream will also be linked through the Town’s website. www.sussex.ca.
  • A teleconference meeting of the Town of Sussex Planning Advisory Committee will take place on Wednesday May 13th, 2020 beginning at 4:30 PM local time.
  • The EOC Group reviewed with each department any operational issues experienced during our essential service operation. Now in day fifty (50) of our operational changes.
  • The Town has begun utilizing two work crews during normal business hours to begin the seasonal street sweeping of Town Streets. Other task that can be achieved using physical distancing are being actively assessed and set to ramp up beginning on May 04th, 2020. Preplanning is underway this week to bring the staffing up to full complement once the operational plan is complete.
  • Works department will begin the process of spring cleanup of the Leonard’s Gate site as well as finalizing the planning for the May 26th and 27th dates for the Town’s spring clean-up pickup.
  • 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 has completed a request under the Canada Summer Student Program and will now await a response prior to planning to make a formal recommendation to Sussex Council on Tuesday, May 12th, 2020.
  • The Town continues to assess the Phase 1 New Brunswick Recovery Plan and will provide more specific detail when available. At the Province’s news conference held on May 04th, 2020 it would appear a further reduction in restrictions are expected this week. The provincial news conferences will now only be conducted Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week unless the situation warrants otherwise.

Next EOC meeting is scheduled for 10:00 AM local time Friday May 08th, 2020. It is our intent, unless otherwise warranted, to provide the next Corporate update report Friday May 08th, 2020 at 3:30 PM, and our next public update report Wednesday May 13th, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

Guidance Document of General Public Health Measures During Covid-19 Recovery

Advisory to Residents of the Town of Sussex Regarding the Potential for Flooding – Tuesday April 14, 2020 3:43 am.

Residents in low lying areas should be advised that there has been a significant rise in river levels nearing flood stage. Due to the Covid 19 situation, the Fire Department will not be going door to door. If the situation warrants, fire trucks will be visible in your neighborhood, please reach out to them if you require assistance keeping in mind the need for social distancing.

The Town of Sussex Emergency Operations Center has been activated to Level 3 – Full Activation.

Please take all necessary steps to secure your home and belongings and have ready any medications and essentials you require in the event that you are asked to evacuate.

You may also want to arrange for care of your pets should you have to leave your home.

Please monitor local media and weather forecasts for further details.

Community Advisory – COVID-19 Update #33 – Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

The Town’s EOC Group met today at 2:00 PM local time on a virtual online platform. Our meeting have been reduced to a Wednesday meeting schedule unless the situation warrants further meetings.

ACTIVATION STATUS:
The EOC remains at a Level 1 Status –Enhanced Monitoring, unchanged.

The Town’s EOC Group has reduced its schedule of regular meetings utilizing a virtual platform to minimize close contact during the meetings. These meetings will continue on Wednesday’s for the foreseeable future and will be reported internally. Beginning the week of May 04th, 2020 our public updates will be provided on Wednesday’s only unless other developments warrant additional advisories.

Next teleconference with the District Medical Officer of Health has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 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:
Under Phase 3 (Yellow) announcement by Premier Higgs, May 22nd, 2020:
Under Phase 3 (Yellow – Week 1), several activities and openings are now permitted, subject to maintaining physical distancing measures, general guidelines from Public Health and the Guidelines for New Brunswick Workplaces issued by WorkSafe NB.
Under the Current public health alert level, May 22, 2020, New Brunswick has moved to an adjusted Yellow level. Attached is the May 29, 2020 version of the Emergency Order issued by the Province of New Brunswick. During this time, Public Health measures and guidelines must still be followed.
In the announcement revised Order the following are now allowed:
• Your household bubble can be extended to close friends and family.
• Non-regulated health professionals and businesses can open, including acupuncturists and naturopaths.
• Personal services businesses can open, including: barbers, hair stylists, spas, estheticians, manicurists, pedicurists, and tattoo artists.
It is believed, beginning on Friday, June 05th, 2020, New Brunswick will loosen additional restrictions under the Yellow level following a one (1) week delay due to the Region 5 flare-up. At that time, it is expected the following will be permitted beginning on June 5th, 2020:
• Outdoor gatherings of 50 people or fewer with physical distancing. Religious services of 50 people or fewer can take place indoors with physical distancing.
• Elective surgeries and other non-emergency health-care services will increase.
• Low-contact team sports can be played.
• The following will be allowed to open:
o Swimming pools, saunas and waterparks
o Gyms, yoga and dance studios
o Rinks and indoor recreational facilities
o Pool halls and bowling alleys
Beginning on Friday, June 19, 2020, overnight camps will be able to open.
OTHER ACTION ITEMS – ISSUES AT TODAY’S MEETING:

  • The Town will publish the most recent guidance in the recovery Phase 3 (Yellow – Week 1) reduction in restrictions announced on Friday May 22nd, 2020 by the Province of New Brunswick. Specific details on Town owned Facilities are listed below. The most important message needs to be communicated is this is not business as usual and, to that end the Guidance of General Public Health Measures During Covid-19 Recovery developed by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health should continue to be followed.
  • Planning is in place, if the expected restrictions are lifted by PNB that effective on Friday June 03rd, 2020 at 5:00 PM public access to the Basketball Court the facility will be permitted subject to 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. The Town will “promote” good hand hygiene practices and the Town will require all patrons using these facilities bring the necessary hand sanitizer with them prior to arrival at these facilities.
  • The Town continues to work with Sussex Minor Baseball and Sussex Softball to review and approve an Operational Plan for the Town’s Baseball fields. This field facilities will remain closed to the Public until further notice.
  • Effective Friday, May 22, 2020 public access to the Town’s Tennis Courts are now permitted. All patrons are required to follow the Operational Plan of the Sussex Tennis Association and the strict direction of the association.
  • Effective Friday May 22, 2020, 4:00 PM local time public access to the Skate park, with an access limit of five (5) patrons at any one time will be permitted subject to all patrons being 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.
  • Effective Friday May 22, 2020, 4:00 PM local time public access to six (6) Park locations with Playground Play Structures (O’Connell, Malone, Oak, Pearson, Barbour’s, Sunnyside Drive Parks), Bark Park and each of their facilities, with the exceptions of the new O’Connell Park Kiwanis Comfort Station and the parks splash pad will be permitted subject to all patrons being 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.
  • The Town’s O’Connell Splash Pad is currently undergoing a modest upgrade while we connect and upgrade both the water and sewer services for the Splashpad and the Kiwanis Comfort Station. Our work is schedule to be complete on Friday June 05th, 2020. An opening will be announced shortly thereafter to coincide with the opening of the new Kiwanis Comfort Station in mid – June and provide recognition of the significant contributions by the Sussex Kiwanis Club and the Province of New Brunswick.
  • For our public’s convenience the town’s playground structures, touch surfaces in our parks, courts, and skate park are spray sanitized once a day, seven (7) days a week for the protection of our patrons using Town facilities.
  • Signage of the best practices will be posted by the Town at all facilities advising patrons of the requirements to use these Town Facilities. The Town will “promote” good hand hygiene practices and the Town will require all patrons using these facilities bring the necessary hand sanitizer with them prior to arrival at these facilities, physical distancing and patience to the fellow park users.
  • Public access to the Sussex Fire Station, Sussex Works Garage, Jubilee Hall, and 8th Hussars Sports Centre remain restricted until further notice. There is no immediate plans to change this status as a mitigation measure under Phase 2 or Phase 3 of the Government Recovery Plan.
  • An Operational Plan is been adopted by Town Council of Sussex for the above noted Town owned facilities. The Town’s Operational Plan has been adopted by Sussex Council at the Tuesday May 19th, 2020 council meeting.
  • Town Hall has opened with a strict Operational Plan requiring physical distancing practice for the patrons visiting the Town Hall Facility on Thursday May 21st, 2020.

While the facilities are occupied by staff to maintain critical and essential infrastructure throughout the Town contact with The town can be accessed by telephone at our main telephone line (506) 432-4540 during regular business hours and 24/7 though the Town’s answering service at the same telephone number. Our focus of maintaining the operations of the Town’s water, wastewater, and transportation systems remain our priority and our Town is working to bringing other services into operation moving forward. The Town appreciates everyone’s patience with these necessary measures.

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

  • Given the Phase 2 and now Phase 3 announcements the Town will review the 8th Hussar’s Military Museum, the Stiles Collection, and the Plan for the Jubilee Hall are all under various stages of development by the Stakeholders Groups. Each stakeholder’s Operational Plan will be reviewed and approved by the Town prior to authorizing the occupancy of the spaces as the Town next phased opening planning.
  • The AX Group and Knock’s Café have developed Operational Plans and have begun operations effective Monday June 1st, 2020.
  • The Sussex Regional Library have developed an Operational Plan and have begun operations internally. An announcement on the resumption of modified operations is expected shortly.
  • 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 EOC Group reviewed with each department any operational issues experienced during our essential service operation. Now in day seventy-eight (78) of our operational changes.
  • The EOC Group has engaged the Town’s normal compliment of summer students who assist the Town with parks maintenance.
  • The Town will conduct its committee meetings in person for our meeting schedule the week of June 08th, 2020. It is planned that the third Council meeting will be streamed live online on a virtual feed beginning at 7:00 PM local time on Monday June 15th, 2020. The Town will provide the online link to this meeting at a date closer to the scheduled meeting. The live stream can also be accessed through the Town’s website. www.sussex.ca. Any change to this schedule will be announced as soon as possible.
  • A teleconference meeting of the Town of Sussex Planning Advisory Committee will take place on Wednesday June 10th, 2020 beginning at 4:30 PM local time.
  • The Town continues to assess the Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the New Brunswick Recovery Plan and will provide more specific detail when available. The provincial news conferences will now only be conducted Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week unless the situation warrants otherwise.

Next EOC meeting is scheduled for 2:00 PM local time Wednesday June 10th, 2020. It is our intent, unless otherwise warranted, to provide the next Public Update report on Wednesday June 10th, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

New Brunswick’s Recovery Plan

Community Advisory: COVID 19 Update #7- March 27, 2020


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

ACTIVATION STATUS:

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

The Town’s EOC Group continues with a schedule of regular meetings at the Town’s EOC on Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s for the foreseeable future.

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 tenth (10) of our operational changes, minor changes continue to be implemented. 

–          Public access to the Town’s Tennis Courts, Basketball Court and Skate park have been locked from use following public complaints. Continued use have indicated the sites promoted places of where groups had been gathering. Contact will be made with the Sussex Detachment of the RCMP to advise Town staff if issues are identified during the RCMP patrols.

–          The EOC Group have begun the process of setting up a virtual meeting platform for Sussex Town Council. This process is anticipated to be complete by Tuesday March 31st, 2020. A test meeting will follow to identify issues with the electronic platform in preparation of our upcoming meeting schedule.  

–          A non-mandatory Town staff meeting is now scheduled for 1:00 PM Monday March 30th to bring staff up to date and seek operational improvement input from each staff member.

–          Our review with Town staff continues to develop adjustments necessary for Town staff to deliver essential services to Town residents in each department. We have updated a protocol where duties that require multiple staff to complete the process, it will now become necessary that the staff involved use additional PPE. The requirement of using a N95 mask will now be mandatory for such operations. The Sussex Fire Department provided the necessary supply of masks to begin this protocol.

–          A new protocol to operate the Town’s fuel pumps where mandatory use of gloves will now be necessary. We are requesting the staff wipe the nozzle before and after use for the foreseeable future.

–          Resource information and guidance websites developed by the Canadian Public Works Association and the American Public Works Association have been forwarded to Town Staff. The following are the resource information links: 

o   https://www.apwa.net/MyApwa/Apwa_Public/Coronavirus_and_the_Public_Works_Community.aspx

o   https://www.cpwa.net/CPWA/COVID-19_Updates_and_Resources.aspx

–          The group discussed issues related to multiple staff commuting to job sites in Town in a single vehicles. Department heads are requested to advise staff the necessity of traveling alone to a job site to maintain social distancing.

–          The EOC Coordinator advised the group contact has been made with the executive of Sussex Sharing Club related to their operation. No issues identified to date other than the changes in operations imitated by the Club.

Next EOC meeting is scheduled for 1:00 PM local time Monday March 30th, 2020. It is our intent, unless otherwise warranted, to provide the next update report Monday March 30th, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

Community Advisory – COVID-19 Update #35 – Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

The Town’s EOC Group met today at 11:00 AM local time on a virtual online platform. Our meetings have been reduced to a Wednesday meeting schedule unless the situation warrants further meetings.

ACTIVATION STATUS:
The EOC remains at a Level 1 Status –Enhanced Monitoring, unchanged.

The Town’s EOC Group has reduced its schedule of regular meetings utilizing a virtual platform to minimize close contact during the meetings. These meetings will continue on Wednesday’s for the foreseeable future and will be reported internally. Beginning the week of May 04th, 2020 our public updates will be provided on Wednesday’s only unless other developments warrant additional advisories.

Next teleconference with the District Medical Officer of Health is currently being reviewed for a reduced frequency schedule. The next teleconference will be scheduled following an internal review of frequency by Public Safety.


ACTION ITEMS – ISSUES ADDRESSED AT TODAY’S MEETING:
Under Phase 3 (Yellow) announcement by Premier Higgs, May 22nd, 2020:
Under Phase 3 (Yellow – Week 1), several activities and openings are now permitted, subject to maintaining physical distancing measures, general guidelines from Public Health and the Guidelines for New Brunswick Workplaces issued by WorkSafe NB.
Under the Current public health alert level, May 22, 2020, New Brunswick has moved to an adjusted Yellow level. Attached is the May 29, 2020 version of the Emergency Order issued by the Province of New Brunswick. During this time, Public Health measures and guidelines must still be followed.
In the announcement revised Order the following are now allowed:
• Your household bubble can be extended to close friends and family.
• Non-regulated health professionals and businesses can open, including acupuncturists and naturopaths.
• Personal services businesses can open, including: barbers, hair stylists, spas, estheticians, manicurists, pedicurists, and tattoo artists.
Restrictions, beginning on Friday, June 05th, 2020, New Brunswick has loosened additional restrictions under the Yellow level. At that time, the following are now permitted:
• Outdoor gatherings of 50 people or fewer with physical distancing. Religious services of 50 people or fewer can take place indoors with physical distancing.
• Elective surgeries and other non-emergency health-care services will increase.
• Low-contact team sports can be played.
• The following will be allowed to open:
o Swimming pools, saunas and waterparks
o Gyms, yoga and dance studios
o Rinks and indoor recreational facilities
o Pool halls and bowling alleys
Beginning on Friday, June 19, 2020, overnight camps will be able to open.
OTHER ACTION ITEMS – ISSUES AT TODAY’S MEETING:
– The Town’s O’Connell Splash Pad is currently operational with minor deficiencies still to be addressed.

To provide recognition of the significant contributions by the Sussex Kiwanis Club and the Province of New Brunswick a ribbon cutting ceremony is being planned for the near future.

– A review of signage of the best practices will be posted by the Town at all facilities advising patrons of the requirements to use these Town Facilities consistent with a regional approach of municipal playgrounds. The Town will “promote” good hand hygiene practices and the Town will require all patrons using these facilities bring the necessary hand sanitizer with them prior to arrival at these facilities, respect physical distancing and show patience to the fellow park users.

– Public access to the Sussex Fire Station, Sussex Works Garage, Jubilee Hall, and 8th Hussars Sports Centre remains restricted until further notice. There is no immediate plans to change this status as a mitigation measure under Phase 2 or Phase 3 of the Government Recovery Plan.

– The Town has developed and posted online guidelines and an approval process for the general use by family groups, community events, corporate entities wishing to gather on Town owned lands / out of door facilities to establish the requirements of any user or occupier of the lands and / or facilities to abide by and follow such reasonable steps as to limit / prevent gatherings of people more than fifty (50) people whereby a person, group or entity where the gathering implies common intent or purpose associated with socializing, celebration, ceremony, or entertainment for use of Town lands or out of doors facilities.

– Town Hall has opened with a strict Operational Plan requiring physical distancing practice for the patrons visiting the Town Hall Facility on Thursday May 21st, 2020.

While the facilities are occupied by staff to maintain critical and essential infrastructure throughout the Town contact with The Town can be accessed by telephone at our main telephone line (506) 432-4540 during regular business hours and 24/7 though the Town’s answering service at the same telephone number. Our focus of maintaining the operations of the Town’s water, wastewater, and transportation systems remain our priority and our Town is working to bringing other services into operation moving forward. The Town appreciates everyone’s patience with these necessary measures.

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

– The 8th Hussar’s Military Museum and Stiles Collection, have scheduled their seasonal opening for Tuesday June 23rd, 2020 under their current operational plan.

– Given the Phase 2 and now Phase 3 announcements the Town continues to review the Plan for the Jubilee Hall and the final stages of development by the senior’s stakeholders group.

– The Sussex Regional Library has developed an Operational Plan and has begun operations internally.

– As of today’s date Wednesday June 18th, 2020; the Town continues encourage individuals and families to take time to exercise and be outdoors, but please do so responsibly. Our trails, parks and out of door facilities 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 and facilities 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 advises the public to stay spaced, stay safe and always stay healthy as we all work through this provincial emergency.

– The EOC Group reviewed with each department any operational issues experienced during our essential service operation. Now in day ninety-two (92) of our operational changes.

– The Town has conducted its committee meetings in person for our meeting schedule the week of June 08th, 2020. The third Council meeting was streamed live online on a virtual feed at 7:00 PM local time on Monday June 15th, 2020.

– The Town continues to assess the Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the New Brunswick Recovery Plan and will provide more specific detail when available. The provincial news conferences will now only be conducted Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week unless the situation warrants otherwise.


Next EOC meeting is scheduled for 2:00 PM local time Wednesday June 24th, 2020. It is our intent, unless otherwise warranted, to provide the next Public Update report on Wednesday June 24th, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

New Brunswick’s Recovery Plan

Community Advisory: COVID 19 Update #6 – March 25, 2020

The Town’s EOC Group met today at 1:00 PM local time at the Town’s Emergency Operations Centre following the teleconference with Dr. Barker, District Medical Officer of Health.

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

The Town’s EOC Group continues with a schedule of 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, April 1st, 2020 tentatively scheduled for 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 eight (8) of our operational changes, minor changes continue to be implemented.
  • Public access to the Town’s playground structures has been restricted beginning on March 23rd, 2020.
  • The Town has developed a web presence portal utilizing Youtube to undertake virtual Council meetings in the future and if necessary.
  • A non-mandatory Town staff meeting is planned for 1:00 PM Monday March 30th to bring staff up to date and seek operational improvement input from each staff member.
  • The EOC group has recommended to the Town’s Building Inspector that for building inspections for the foreseeable future that the guidance document provided through the Fire Marshall’s office for Fire Inspections be followed by the Building Inspector.
  • Our review with Town staff continues to develop adjustments necessary for Town staff to deliver essential services to Town residents in each department.
  • A review of surface cleaning protocol and a check list of necessary surface cleaning has been provided to the Town’s janitorial contractor.
  • 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 accessing today’s meeting remotely from home. The group will undertake and record this Friday’s meeting to secure a record and provide valuable feedback post event review.
  • Monitoring the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province continues. Up to date information issued by the Province of New Brunswick can be found at the following link: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/ocmoh/cdc/content/respiratory_diseases/coronavirus.html

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

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