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Community Advisory – COVID-19 Update #28 – Wednesday, May 13th, 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 20th, 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 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 no immediate planning to change this status as a mitigation measure under the Phase 1 or Phase 2 of the Government Recovery Plan. The town has now requested a copy of each Operational Plan from our stakeholders using Town Facilities. 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 are no immediate plans to change this status as a mitigation measure under Phase 2 of the Government Recovery Plan. An Operational Plan is currently under development for the Town of Sussex facilities. A final draft of the Town’s Operational Plan has been forwarded to the Town’s Administration Committee on Tuesday May 12th, 2020. A final recommended plan is expected to be adopted by Sussex Council at the Tuesday May 19th, 2020 scheduled council meeting.

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.

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 under development by the Senior’s Group and each stakeholder’s Operational Plan prior to authorizing the occupancy of the spaces.

  • 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 13th, 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.

  • Town’s Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) are in the process of finalizing the development of a Covid-19 Operations Plan. A meeting was completed on May 11th, 2020 to complete their recommendation. The Document will be recommended to the Sussex Town Council at their next committee meeting scheduled for May 19th, 2020.
  • 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 available by link on 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 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-seven (57) 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 for the week of 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 on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020. 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 11:00 AM local time Friday May 15th, 2020. It is our intent, unless otherwise warranted, to provide the next Public Update report on Wednesday May 20th, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

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

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