My fellow Nova Scotians,
COVID-19 is an unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation, and I recognize this is a scary time for Nova Scotians. Public health officials are working closely with our colleagues across the country and our partners in Nova Scotia to limit the spread of the virus and increase capacity within the health system to respond.
During this state of emergency, we must all work together to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here are important steps we are requiring all Nova Scotians to take:
- Stay home as much as possible. When you are out, practice social distancing by limiting contact with other people (stay 2 metres (6 feet) apart) and have no more than 5 people together
- Shop only for essentials, such as groceries and prescription medication and only have one person doing the shopping
- If you’ve traveled outside the province, self-isolate for 14 days
- If you feel unwell, go to 811.novascotia.ca and use the self-assessment questionnaire to find out if you need to call 811
- Wash your hands often, avoid touching your face and clean surfaces regularly
I understand that this situation may be creating a lot of fear. This is normal. However, it’s important that we respond, not in fear, but with caring, a sense of community and common sense. No one person is responsible, but we can all be part of the solution. If someone in your community is self-isolating or ill, what they need is your support, compassion and understanding. I encourage you to:
- Check in with those closest to you by phone, text or social media
- Have a video chat with someone in isolation
- Make sure your neighbours have what they need
- Encourage people to get information from reliable sources, like: novascotia.ca/coronavirus
Following public health direction and supporting each other is how we will beat this virus.
For general information on novel coronavirus information, call:
For updates on social media, follow:
Government of Nova Scotia Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nsgov/
Government of Nova Scotia Twitter account: https://twitter.com/nsgov
Department of Health and Wellness Facebook page:
Department of Health and Wellness Twitter account: https://twitter.com/nshealth
We will continue to provide you with the latest information to help you protect yourself, your family and community members. Thank you for your help in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our province.
Dr. Robert Strang
Chief Medical Officer of Health
Province of Nova Scotia
[COVID-19] Message from the Office of the Municipality of Clare
Monday, March 23, 2020: In order to limit the spread of coronavirus to the population and following the directives of the federal and provincial governments regarding social distancing, the Municipality of Clare is suspending the following services:
CLARE MUNICIPAL BUILDING
Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., the Municipal building will be closed to the public until further notice. Residents are asked to use our telephone services (902-769-2031) and online services (www.clarenovascotia.com) for public inquiries regarding municipal services.
All Clare Recreation activities are suspended until further notice.
Limited building inspection services will be available. Please contact the Building Inspection Department for more information.
If you wish to pay your municipal taxes, please remember that the following remote options are available:
1) Through most online financial institutions;
2) By e-Transfer;
3) By credit card (please note that a 1.75% service fee will be applied);
4) By mailing a cheque (please make cheques payable to Municipality of Clare, 1185 Highway 1, Little Brook, NS B0W 1Z0).
Municipal facilities will be closed to community meetings and gatherings until further notice.
CLARE HEALTH CENTRE
Until further notice, Tuesday and Thursday blood collection services are suspended.
While the Clare Health Centre remains open, patients are asked to respect the following protocols:
1) If you believe you have symptoms of COVID-19, contact 811.
2) If you have travelled outside of Canada you MUST self-isolate for 14 days.
3) If you have travelled outside the province in the last 14 days, consider rebooking your appointment with the Clare Health Centre (902-645-2777).
CLARE TRANSFER STATION
Effective immediately, the Clare Transfer Station is no longer open on Saturdays until further notice.
A reminder that the Transfer Station is closed to the general public until further notice. Only regular waste collectors, private sector businesses and general contractors will have access to the Transfer Station.
Please note that there is no change to regular curbside waste collection services.
There shall be no burning permits issued within the Municipality of Clare until further notice so as to limit exposure to our first responders for non-emergency events.
RENDEZ-VOUS DE LA BAIE
All activities at the Rendez-Vous de la Baie visitors centre are suspended until further notice.
CLARE VETERANS CENTRE
All activities at the Clare Veterans Centre are suspended until further notice.
HAVELOCK COMMUNITY CENTRE
All activities at the Havelock Community Centre are suspended until further notice.
SENATOR AMBROISE H. COMEAU LIBRARY
All activities at the Senator Ambroise H. Comeau Library are suspended until further notice.
The following municipal sites are closed until further notice:
- Meteghan Family Park
- Cape Saint Mary Lighthouse Municipal Park
- Joseph and Marie Dugas Municipal Park
- Wentworth Municipal Park
- Major's Point Historic Site
We remind you that the following provincial sites are closed until further notice:
- Mavillette Beach Provincial Park
- Smugglers Cove Provincial Park
EMO Clare, municipal staff and Séniors en Sécurité continue to monitor the situation regarding seniors and other individuals in isolation.
If you are an individual in isolation and in difficulty of accessing essential services, please call the Municipal Office at 902-769-2031.
We remind you that it is essential to be vigilant to reduce the spread of the virus. Anyone who has travelled outside Canada is asked to self-isolate for 14 days upon return, even if you are symptom-free. If you develop a fever, with a temperature 38°C or higher, and/or cough, please use this screening tool to find out if you should call 811 about COVID-19. https://when-to-call-about-covid19.novascotia.ca/en. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and Nova Scotia’s response, visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus, and you can also read national information at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html.
The Municipality of Clare is following the situation very closely. Residents will be rapidly informed of any new measures that will be taken into effect. Please continue consulting the municipal Web site and Facebook page. Announcements will also be made on local radio stations Y95 CJLS (93.5 FM) and Radio CIFA (104.1 FM). These communications tools will be used for sharing all new information regarding COVID-19. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. May we continue to exhibit the kind and compassionate traits that the community of Clare is known for; we are all in this together.
[COVID-19]: Declaration of a state of emergency - Important details from the province on today's declaration of a state of emergency. Please read and ensure you do your part to help flatten the curve.
Nova Scotia declared a provincial state of emergency to help contain the spread of #COVID19. Nova Scotians should not leave the province and only leave home for essential items and services. A state of emergency gives government broad powers to do whatever is necessary for the safety and protection of Nova Scotians.
Nova Scotia borders will tighten to travellers and all entry points (land, sea, air) will be closely managed starting tomorrow, March 23, at 6 a.m. Anyone entering the province will be stopped, questioned and told to self-isolate for 14 days.
Travel exemptions include:
- healthy workers in trades and transportations sectors who move goods and people (e.g. truck drivers)
- healthy people going to work (e.g. health-care workers)
- people travelling into the province for essential health services (e.g. chemotherapy treatment)
Effectively immediately, provincial parks, beaches and tourist attractions are closed. Provincial trails will remain open for exercise. Gathering limits and social distancing guidelines must be followed.
Police will be authorized to enforce orders under the Health Protection Act. If Nova Scotians and businesses do not practice social distancing and self-isolation, they will face fines of $1,000 for individuals and $7,500 for businesses.
Police can also enforce offences under the Emergency Management Act. For example, fines for charging higher than fair market prices for goods and services.
There are several groups who are essential and exempt from gathering limits. They include but are not limited to grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies. If possible, one person per family should be designated to do these tasks. Others exempt from gathering limits include construction sites, health-care services, community services (e.g. child protection) and criminal justice services and law enforcement.
Effectively immediately, social gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. Any workplace or business that is not deemed essential can remain open as long as a two-metre distance can be maintained.
Dentists can no longer practice dentistry in their offices unless they deem it necessary to perform an emergency dental procedure in the best interest of the patient’s health (in effect March 21).
Do not call 911 to report individuals who are not self-isolating or social distancing. 911 is for emergency or life-threatening situations only. If you feel someone is not self-isolating or social distancing, first have a polite conversation with them. They may need support. If that fails and they are still not self-isolating or social distancing, call your local law enforcement non-emergency line.
There are seven new cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, all travel-related or connected to people who have travelled.
There are 28 positive cases of #COVID19 in NS, ranging in age from late-teens to mid-70’s. To date, Nova Scotia has 28 positive test results and 2088 negative cases. Testing results are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#cases
[COVID-19]: Impacts on Municipal Sewer System
With the rapidly rising use of sanitizing and disposable wipes amid the COVID-19 crisis, residents are reminded of the importance of NOT flushing wipes of any sort- including those labelled “Flushable” or “Biodegradable.”
Pump Stations can be blocked and disabled by wipes and the only way to clear the obstruction is to physically handle the pump and remove the sewer debris by hand. This unnecessary action puts you and your home at risk of a sewer backup. Also, it is an avoidable and unpleasant use of our staff resources. We ask that you please do your part and keep wipes of all sorts out of the sewer system. Thank you for your cooperation.
To ensure the safety of our councillors, staff and residents, and following the directives of the federal and provincial governments regarding social distancing, the Regular Council Meeting for the Municipality of Clare scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 2020, will take place via conference call. Only members of Council and essential staff will be in attendance. Please note that the following information can be found online:
- Agenda for the Regular Council Meeting (Wednesday, March 18, 2020): https://www.clarenovascotia.com/en/local-government/latest-council-agenda/council-in-committee-meeting-agenda/1040-march-18-2020-regular-council-meeting-agenda
- Motions to recommend for the Regular Council Meeting (Wednesday, March 18, 2020): https://www.clarenovascotia.com/en/local-government/motion-to-recommend
The Municipality of Clare is following the situation very closely. Residents will be rapidly informed of any new measures that will be taken into effect. Please continue consulting the municipal Web site and Facebook page. These communications tools will be used for sharing all new information regarding COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and Nova Scotia’s response, visit https://www.novascotia.ca/coronavirus, and you can also read national information at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html.