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Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 COVID Update Report #39 – 3:30 PM.

The Town’s EOC Group met today at 1:30 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 has increased its schedule of regular meetings utilizing a virtual platform to minimize close contact during the meetings over the last several weeks. These meetings will continue on Wednesday’s for the foreseeable future and will be reported internally. Additional meetings will be added should circumstances or other developments warrant additional advisories.

ACTION ITEMS – ISSUES ADDRESSED AT TODAY’S EOC MEETING:
Under the Red Phase announcement by Premier Higgs on January 19th, 2021, and subsequent announcement of additional restrictions / amendments to the Mandatory Emergency Order this update is provided by the Town of Sussex.

The Town requests all citizens assist in the mitigation efforts implemented by our Public Health Professionals in our Region. We are in this together and let’s all assist in their efforts. To that end the following has been reviewed and approved by Sussex Town Council.

2021 RED CHANGES TO TOWN OF SUSSEX OPERATIONS:
News today (January 19th, 2021 news release) from the Province of New Brunswick is that there is evidence that the virus is currently being transmitted in Health Zone 2 which requires our Region to return to the Red Phase. The Town of Sussex is requesting a heightened cooperation from all residents to follow the directions from the professionals at Public Health to help mitigate the spread of Covid-19, now more than ever.

The following measures are being implemented for the Town of Sussex Municipal Operations and Town Administration.

Town Parks, playgrounds and Dog Park within the Municipal boundaries of the Town of Sussex where we do not provide maintenance services during the winter months, as well as our skate board and basketball courts that have seen period use in a very mild winter thus far will be closed to public use for the duration of the Red Phase.

SUSSEX FIRE – RED ACTIONS IMPLEMENTED:
Sussex Fire Department has implemented a response complement change to limit exposure and provide effective emergency response services.

Chief Wanamaker has provided the following recommendations to Sussex Town Council for Fire Operations during a Red Phase:

  • Fire Station has been closed to public and will remain that way during the Red Phase.
  • Full time fire staff will be staggered so never working together
  • Will keep firefighters to a minimum on each apparatus when responding to calls
  • Fire Members are present at fire station to answer calls only
  • Fire Station Gym will be closed during the Red Phase.
  • Fire Members to be at fire hall no longer than required when answering calls.
  • Wearing of masks and vehicle sanitization will continue
  • Firefighters working casual days will be stopped while in Red Phase

TOWN OWNED FACILITIES – RED ACTIONS IMPLEMENTED:

  • Effective at 12:01 am local time, January 20th, 2021 the Town will limit / restrict public access to the Sussex Fire Station, Town Hall, the 8TH Hussar’s Sports Centre, and the Town’s Works Garage.
  • The ice surface in the sports centre will be held for the immediate future while the Red phase response unfolds.
  • Service at the each site / Town owned facility’s will be been undertaken remotely via the telephone, cellphone, facsimile, email and other electronic means where possible, but will be occupied by Town Staff. Public will be allowed access to Town Hall by appointment only.
  • Given the operational processes established over the first 10 months of the COVID-19 pandemic our workplaces are now secure, staff are capable of working safe and workspaces can be occupied with limited additional measures implemented.
  • Rotational access to work centres in the Works Garage and Community Services to permit staff to carry out duties will begin when the health zone is deemed to go Red.
  • Progress on discussions with implementing a two (2) shift rotational work sequencing to limit overlap of shifts while maintaining normal staffing hours will be implemented beginning on January 20th, 2021 and be carried out throughout the Red Phase.. Any adjustments to this schedule will be evaluated at each future EOC meeting.
  • All services deemed essential are being carried out / scheduled to provide minimal staff clustered within Town facilities. At this time of year winter maintenance will remain our primary service / planning.

CONSULTATIONS WITH CUPE LOCAL 2163:

  • A meeting was held at 2:45 pm January 19th, 2021 to review with Union Local 2163 President related to the current emergency situation and the upcoming teleconference with PNB at 6:00 pm January 19th, 2021. Town Administration requested this union meeting and requested consideration of revamping staffing using a two (2) shift proposal while maintaining 40 hours a week operations during a Red Phase. Union Local 2163 President reviewed with the union executive, and reported to Town Administration their position prior to end of day.
  • At 3:45 pm the Union Executive believes the best path forward is to maintain a two (2) shift per day rotation. One week early shift, next week the late shift and this method would be implemented and rotated only in a Red Phase of this current emergency.
  • A group meeting with all union members was undertaken at 9:30 am January 20th, 2021 to review this shift planning.

STAFFING, ESSENTIAL / NON-ESSENTIAL SERVICES:

  • Department Heads have been working on the development of and categorizing all services into essential and non-essential.
  • A two (2) shift system will be implemented to maintain extended hours of service while maintaining a two shift complement to provide risk management of a potential exposure immobilizing our complete staff complement.
  • A Staff meeting will be been completed on January 19th, 2021 at 3:30 pm local time. Many topics on maintaining our mitigation efforts / measures and our effort to be part of the Covid-19 solution will be discussed with Town staff.
  • The Town has remained committed to the operation of our Municipal Water System as an essential service. The following operational changes will be undertaken:
    o No issues experienced nor identified with our Sewer system. Operational testing will remain unchanged, but the system will be operated as a critical public service.
    o No issues have been identified with our winter maintenance operations that would adversely affect a two shift normal day operation. Winter maintenance will be operated as an essential service uninterrupted for the remainder of the 2020 / 2021 winter.
    o Staff rotational sequencing to maintain operations daily, but multiple contacts with others in 2 shift day of our operations will be limited.
    o Our efforts are to have two separate teams as a measure to control potential exposure, thus preventing a full staff complement response.

PUBLIC CONTACT:

  • The Town will maintain the existing process of guidelines used over the last 10 months to assist Town Staff and residents to maintain social distancing and to provide confidence and comfort to both the Sussex resident and the Sussex staff addressing the service needs of the resident.

VIRTUAL MEETING PLANNING / PRE-PLANNING:

  • The Town will continue to use the Zoom Cloud meeting application during all Red phase operations. Although not perfect, at this point we are now able to complete / participate in a meaningful meeting remotely.
  • Community Services Director and the Assistant Town Clerk had developed operational requirements of conducting virtual Council meetings. It is Administration’s opinion this method will address any Red phase requirements and will meet the requirements of the Local Governance Act of New Brunswick, specifically Section 69 of the Local Governance Act, and given the circumstances of the Covid-19 mitigation effort. This area is currently covered under the amended Mandatory Order permitting our use of the virtual platforms under this provincial emergency.
  • The Town will however eliminate all delegations at meetings during any Red Phase Zone 2 requirements.

RED MESSAGING:

  • The Town requests all citizens to assist in the mitigation efforts implemented by our Public Health Professionals in our Region. We are in this together and let us all assist in their efforts.
  • Public access to the Town’s Tennis Courts, Basketball Court, Ball fields, Skate park, Playground Play Structures, Bark Park and each of their facilities will be closed to public use. There is no immediate planning to change this status as a mitigation measure given the winter has made the facilities less than ideal for public use.
  • Public access to Town Hall, The Sussex Fire Station, Sussex Works Garage, Sussex Regional Library, Jubilee Hall, and 8th Hussars Sports Centre remain restricted. 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 signage placed at all entrances 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 January 19th, 2021; 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. Mask use is mandatory under the RED PHASE. 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, wear a mask, stay safe and always stay healthy as we all work through this provincial emergency.

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 Update Report #38 – 10:30 AM.

The Province advised it had scheduled a press conference for a Provincial COVID-19 update at 2:30 PM local time November 23, 2020.

The Town participated in this Zone 2 teleconference with Health Zone 2 Municipal officials, Department of Health Medial Officer of Health and the Department of Local Government Officials at 3:00 PM local time November 23rd, 2020.

The Town’s EOC Group met yesterday at 3:45 PM local time on a virtual online platform to review and discuss the provincial press conference and Zone 2 teleconference and to review the Town’s Operational Plans given the Zone 2 Orange Phase restrictions.

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

Health Zone 2 – Is currently at the Orange Level effective midnight, November 20, 2020.

The Town’s EOC Group will increase its schedule of regular meetings utilizing a virtual platform to minimize close contact during the meetings. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday November 25th, 2020 at 2:00 PM local time.

This teleconference highlighted the following:

  • Our Health Zone remains in a delicate state / situation described as in a combustive state, and the need of everyone’s active participation in all Public Health measures is needed now more than ever.
  • Events on the November 13th weekend have contributed in placing a couple of hundred people at risk.
  • 40 cases now active in Zone 2 related to the weekend of November 13th exposure.
  • Outbreak at the Shannex Campus in Saint John.
  • St. Joes Hospital and the Regional Hospital have been impacted due to staffing currently in isolation.
  • Evidence of extensive and rapid acceleration of cases that prompted consideration to place our Health Zone 2 in RED.
  • The next Two Weeks:
    o It is believed the Zone will see more cases in this period.
    o The message from Health is get tested even if experiencing mild symptoms.
    o Limit the size of gatherings. Maintain the one household bubble.
  • Enforcement efforts expanded during the ORANGE Phase:
    o 35 to 45 additional enforcement officers fully engaged to enforce compliance to the Mandatory Order and mask use.
    o Objectives of the enforcement are centered around mask use compliance.
    o Active presence in the Sussex Area.
  • Christmas guidelines appear to be nearing completion that could assist municipalities and organizations dealing with gatherings and the necessary protocols to schedule compliant safe events, if possible.

The Town has will continue to request public assistance in the following messaging:

  • Follow current public health guidelines. It is necessary we all follow these simple measures to protect everyone’s health.
  • Take the necessary time to refresh the new requirements in the ORANGE Phase.
  • Stay home if you are sick, and do not assume this is just a simple cold.
  • Get tested, if you have symptoms.
  • The Online assessment tool is the quickest method to schedule testing. https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/ocmoh/cdc/content/respiratory_diseases/coronavirus/coronavirusexposure.html#/app/symptom-checker/guides/399/what-to-do
  • Keep your numbers to a minimum to close contacts, in a small groups, and be as consistent as possible.
  • Mandatory masking is critical to address our current ORANGE Phase.
  • Follow Health directives. Your help is needed now more than ever.

The Town will announce the following changes to upcoming events:

  • The Mayor’s Christmas Tree lighting ceremony scheduled for Friday November 27th, 2020 has been cancelled.
  • The Town will reassess the scheduled Santa Claus parade prior to December 01, 2020.
  • As of today’s date Tuesday November 24th, 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 put 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 the ORANGE Phase requirement of wearing a mask while using the Town’s Trails, and 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 wear a mask while on our trails, stay spaced, stay safe and always stay healthy as we all work through this provincial emergency.

  • The EOC Group is currently reviewed with each department any operational issues experienced during our essential service operation and have begun preplanning related to service changes should the Zone 2 require more restrictive measures in the near future.
  • The Town’s Fire Station, and Works facilities remain closed to the public. This status has remained unchanged since March 2020.
  • The Town will advise, at this time, Town Hall, The Sussex Regional Library, and the 8th Hussar’s Sports Centre remain open, with additional restrictions introduced by the ORANGE Phase Provincial Mandatory Order. Mask use and social distancing is mandatory in these facilities.

Next EOC meeting is scheduled for 3:00 PM local time Wednesday November 25th, 2020. It is our intent, unless otherwise warranted, to provide the next Public Update report on Wednesday November 25th, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

Community Advisory – COVID-19 Update #37 – Friday, November 20, 2020

Friday, November 20th, 2020 Update Report #37 – 2:56 PM.

The Town’s EOC Group met today at 2:30 PM local time on a virtual online platform with Health Zone 2 Municipal Officials, Department of Health Medical Officer of Health and the Department of Local Government Officials. The Province has advised it has scheduled a press conference for a COVID-19 update for Health Zone 2 at 3:30 PM local time today.

Health Zone 2 – will move to the Orange Level at midnight tonight, November 20, 2020.

ACTIVATION STATUS:
The Town’s 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.

This teleconference highlighted the following:

  • Our Health Zone is in a delicate state / situation described as in a combustive state, and the need of everyone’s active participation in all Public Health measures is needed now more than ever.
  • Evidence of extensive and rapid acceleration of cases that prompted consideration to place our Health Zone 2 in RED.
  • ORANGE Phase restrictions have been approved by the Provincial Cabinet Committee effective at midnight November 20, 2020.
  • Doubling of cases in a very short time in our Health Zone.
  • Outbreak in care facility that is concerning.
  • A number of health care professionals currently in isolation.
  • There has been evidence of public noncompliance with the required public health measures adopted by the Provincial Mandatory Order. Concern highlighted.
  • Evidence of noncompliance to supply correct contact information when asked. This interferes in accurate information to Public Health.

The Town has been asked to assist in public messaging:

  • Follow current public health guidelines. It is necessary that we all follow these simple measures to protect everyone’s health.
  • Take the necessary time to review the new requirements in the ORANGE Phase.
  • Stay home if you are sick, and do not assume it is just a simple cold.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms.
  • Keep your numbers to a minimum to close contacts, in small groups, and be as consistent as possible.
  • Mandatory masking is critical to address our current ORANGE Phase.
  • Follow Health directives. Your help is needed now more than ever.

The Town will announce the following changes to upcoming events:

  • The Mayor’s Christmas Tree lighting ceremony scheduled for Friday November 27th, 2020 has been cancelled.
  • The Town will reassess the scheduled Santa Claus parade prior to December 01, 2020.

Next EOC meeting is scheduled for 2:00 PM local time Wednesday November 25th, 2020. It is our intent, unless otherwise warranted, to provide the next Public Update report on Wednesday November 25th, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

Masks are now Required in all Town of Sussex Facilities.

This Notice to all patrons who enter Town of Sussex owned buildings currently open to the Public is in response to the Changes to the Mandatory Order announced today by Premier Higgs, effective midnight tonight, October 08, 2020.
Masks will become mandatory in most indoor places and will include:

• public spaces where the public and employees interact (retail businesses, malls, service centres, places of worship, restaurants and bars except while eating, etc.) and organized indoor gatherings in public spaces (e.g. weddings, funerals, etc.);

• common areas like lobbies, elevators and hallways, and public shared spaces including those in private sector and government workspaces; and

• public transportation.

Continuous mask use is still required in seated venues with one metre physical distancing.

Previously existing mask policies continue to apply in hospitals, health care settings, public schools and early childhood learning facilities.

As approved by the Pandemic Task Force, children under two are exempt from wearing masks, as well as those with a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask.

Community Advisory – COVID-19 Update #36 – Friday, July 3rd, 2020

The Town’s EOC Group met today at 11:00 AM local time on a virtual online platform, rescheduled to Friday as a result of the Canada Day Holiday. Our meeting scheduled 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.

A previously scheduled teleconference with the District Medical Officer of Health for Tuesday June 30th, 2020 has been postponed to a future date. The next teleconference with the District Medical Officer of Health is currently being reviewed for a reduced frequency schedule and will be rescheduled in the near future.

ACTION ITEMS – ISSUES ADDRESSED AT TODAY’S MEETING:
Under Phase 3 (Yellow) announcement by Premier Higgs, May 22nd, 2020, and subsequent reductions in restrictions / amendments to the Mandatory Emergency Order:
Under Phase 3 (Yellow), 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, all of New Brunswick has now moved to an adjusted Yellow level. During this time, Public Health measures and guidelines must still be followed.
In the announcement and revised Mandatory Order the following are now allowed:
• The Atlantic Bubble began on today’s date.
OTHER ACTION ITEMS – ISSUES AT TODAY’S MEETING:
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 on Saturday July 04th, 2020 and a virtual recording of this opening will be posted online following the ceremonial opening for public view.

  • 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, 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.
  • 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 Town residents respect the direction and the above noted closures necessary under this provincial Emergency for the safety of everyone.

  • Given the 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.
  • As of today’s date Friday July 03rd, 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 put 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 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.
  • The Town will conduct its committee meetings in person for our meeting schedule the scheduled week of July 13th, 2020. Our fourth Council meeting will be streamed live online on a virtual feed at 7:00 PM local time on Monday July 20th, 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 July 15th, 2020. It is our intent, unless otherwise warranted, to provide the next Public Update report on Wednesday July 15th, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

New Brunswick’s Recovery Plan

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 #34 – Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

The Town’s EOC Group met today at 2:00 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 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 17th, 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. 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 being inspected for completeness following our modest upgrade to undertake connections and upgrade both the water and sewer services for the Pad and the Kiwanis Comfort Station. Our work is scheduled to be completed on Thursday June 11th, 2020. A facility opening will be announced shortly thereafter to coincide with the opening of the new Kiwanis Comfort Station. To provide recognition of the significant contributions by the Sussex Kiwanis Club and the Province of New Brunswick.
  • For the 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.
  • Effective on Friday June 05th, 2020 public access to the Basketball Court and the Town’s Ball fields are now 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Town is currently developing guidelines 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 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 continues to 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 has developed an Operational Plan and have begun operations internally. An announcement on the resumption of modified operations is expected shortly.
  • As of today’s date Friday June 10th, 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 EOC Group reviewed with each department any operational issues experienced during our essential service operation. Now in day eighty-five (85) of our operational changes.
  • The Town has conducted 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 link to the live stream can be accessed on the Town’s website. www.sussex.ca. Any change to this schedule will be announced as soon as possible.
  • 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 17th, 2020. It is our intent, unless otherwise warranted, to provide the next Public Update report on Wednesday June 17th, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

New Brunswick’s Recovery Plan

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 #32 – Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

The Town’s EOC Group met today at 2:00 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 its schedule of regular meetings utilizing a virtual platform to minimize close contact during the meetings. 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.

The teleconference with the District Medical Officer of Health that had been scheduled for Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 at 1:15 PM was cancelled due to the Doctors availability on short notice. Next teleconference with the District Medical Officer of Health has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 03rd, 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 the Yellow level. During this time, Public Health measures and guidelines must still be followed.
In the announcement by Premier Higgs 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.
Beginning on Friday, May 29, 2020, New Brunswick will loosen additional restrictions under the Yellow level. At that time, the following will be allowed:
• 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.
ACTION ITEMS – ISSUES ADDRESSED 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.
  • Effective Friday May 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM 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 Pad and the Kiwanis Comfort Station. Our work is scheduled 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.
  • 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 are 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 strict Operational Plan and 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 Library and 8th Hussar’s Military Museum, the Stiles Collection, The AX Group 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.

  • As of today’s date Friday May 27th, 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 EOC Group reviewed with each department any operational issues experienced during our essential service operation. Now in day seventy-one (71) of our operational changes.
  • 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 10:00 AM local time Friday May 29th, 2020. It is our intent, unless otherwise warranted, to provide the next Public Update report on Wednesday June 03rd, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

New Brunswick’s Recovery Plan

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