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Community Advisory – COVID-19 Update #23 – Friday, May 1st, 2020

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

ACTIVATION STATUS:
The EOC remains at a Level 1 Status –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 06th, 2020 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 .
  • 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 9am-4:30pm 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 Friday May 01st, 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 recommended Close Proximity and Screening Protocol recommended to the Town’s Administration by the Town’s Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) has been adopted by the Sussex Town Council on Monday, April 27th, 2020. Staff have been begun the requirements of the protocol on Tuesday April 28th, 2020.
  • Town’s Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) are in the process of developing a Covid-19 Operation Plan the week of May 04th, 2020 to be recommended to the Town’s Administration Committee at their next committee meeting scheduled for May 14th, 2020.
  • The EOC Group reviewed with each department any operational issues experienced during our essential service operation. Now in day forty-five (45) 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 tasks 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 Monday May 04th, 2020. It is our intent, unless otherwise warranted, to provide the next corporate update report Monday May 04th, 2020 at 3:30 PM and our next public update report Wednesday May 06th, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

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

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