UPDATE #3: COVID-19 Health & Safety Precautions
- Published: March 23 2020 10:38
STELLARTON, NOVA SCOTIA – Given the declaration that Nova Scotia is now in a State of Emergency, we have been continuing to adjust Town protocols. This is to ensure optimal safety for both Town staff as well as for Town residents.
The latest updates are as follows:
1. Public Works staff is to be split into two crews. These crews will alternate work weeks in order to reduce exposure.
- Public Works staff will NOT be interacting with the public unless proper social distancing protocol is possible. By no means are staff to enter private dwellings.
- Town staff will be providing extensive cleaning/disinfecting services to the Public Works area.
- Town vehicles will also receive increased cleaning from the staff using those specific vehicles. Staff are to travel separately whenever possible.
2. Town staff will be on conference calls with external municipalities, police departments, etc., on a daily basis to consolidate information, updates, and to ensure all roles and responsibilities within the Town are covered should there be a need.
Please be reminded that the updates highlighted by Mayor MacGillivray on March 23, are still in effect:
1. Stellarton Town Hall will be operating with reduced staff and reduced hours.
- Town Hall REMAINS CLOSED to the public.
- Town Hall hours will be reduced to 10AM-2PM.
- There will be one administrative staff member in the Town Hall during operating hours Monday to Friday.
- In-person bill payments will not be accepted. We encourage those who can make payments utilizing online banking.
- Calls can still be made to Town Hall during 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at (902) 752-2114, outside of office hours at (902) 752-6160.
2. Police will be increasing their use of personal protective equipment (PPE) when responding to emergent calls.
- This may include, but is not limited to, wearing face masks and disposable gloves to calls.
- PPE is not to cause panic to residents; it is to ensure the safety of both our officers and the citizens who have emergent calls.
- The Stellarton Police Department are in constant contact with other police departments and RCMP both locally and provincially to ensure the safety of all.
The Town of Stellarton will continue to post and share updates from the Government of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness as they are available. We encourage everyone to be vigilant of the information they are reading and sharing regarding COVID-19. The most accurate and up-to-date information can be found at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/.
Please be conscious of your actions, ask questions, help others if you are able, and wash your hands. If we all take preventative measures to reduce the spread of this highly contagious disease, we’ll have a safer community for all.