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Community Advisory – COVID-19 Update #22 – Wednesday, April 29th, 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.

Next teleconference with the District Medical Officer of Health has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 06th, 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 wishes provide more clarity and guidance in the recovery Phase 1 reduction in restrictions announced on Friday April 24th, 2020 by the Province of New Brunswick and as well provide specific details on Town owned Facilities. 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.
  • The Guidance Document of General Public Health Measures During Covid-19 Recovery provides specific details on all aspects of the necessary precautionary measures as we all begin the Phase 1 of the Provinces recovery plan. The document explains more fully the two household bubble concept.

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

  • 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 from 9:30am-12:30pm daily 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 April 29th, 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 forty-three (43) 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.
  • The Town continues to assess the Phase 1 New Brunswick Recovery Plan and will provide more specific detail when available.

Next EOC meeting is scheduled for 10:00 AM local time Friday May 01st, 2020. It is our intent, unless otherwise warranted, to provide the next update report Friday May 01st, 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