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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

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