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Region of Queens Municipality

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Current COVID-19 Information Updates

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Region of Queens Municipality
RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Mayor David Dagley

Monday, March 30, 2020: We are living in unprecedented times. Not since the Second World War has our safety and security been more at risk than it is today. It was through working together and supporting our service men and women, being resourceful and innovative, were we successful in war. Now we are at war with a virus, but the same principle applies. If we work together and support our health care and emergency services workers, are kind and respectful to our front line retail employees at grocery stores, pharmacies, and other stores, we will become stronger as a community and help keep each other safe.

As a Municipality we are following all the directives of the Provincial Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Strang and Premier Stephen McNeil. The virus is a serious health concern and the safety of our facility users, staff and citizens is of our utmost priority. While we must continue to pull together to succeed in winning this battle; Covid-19 has severely impacted our normal way of life. Residents in Queens are known far and wide for our great hospitality; something to be proud of, but we must understand and delay that for a short time so we can persevere in the long term.

As Mayor, I take the safety of our community and its residents very seriously. I also understand that there are times when others are the spokesperson for our community when it comes to non-municipal issues. Health care is a provincial responsibility and that is why we are taking our directions from the Provincial Medical Director of Health. Only he can provide you with the most accurate up-to-date information daily and in some cases hourly. We are posting that information on our website and social media pages as we are made aware. You need to take responsibility for your own safety and keep up to date on the current regulations and restrictions. We are doing our part by working to keep our staff safe and maintaining our basic core operations only, while trying to keep as many staff employed as our operations allow.

We recognize that there are many in Queens without Internet or may have unreliable service, now compounded with the Library closure. There is inaccurate information being circulated. The updates and information provided to date have mostly been on-line, and with such a huge amount of information available, residents are not able to regularly access all information. We placed ads on QCCR and CKBW last week and over the weekend advising residents that if they don’t have Internet ability, to contact Heather Cook, our Communications and Engagement Coordinator, and she will mail them the most up-to-date package of information and resources. Telephone 902-354-5741. All we require is a name and a complete mailing address.

Over the last two weeks a number of preventative and cautionary measures were implemented to slow down the spread of Covid-19, should it be detected in Queens County. Those measures continue as a result of the State of Emergency declared by the Province on March 22, 2020. It should be noted that we take our direction in such matters to support actions determined by the Province through the Premier and the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Covid-19 is a province wide threat.

Our Council meeting scheduled for March 24th was cancelled and the Municipal Administration Building continued to remain open to the public until March 25th. All members of the public are requested to submit permit requests, applications, or information requests by telephone, email, fax, or regular mail only. As always, bill payments can be made on-line, through one’s bank, or regular mail. We are working to provide extensions to due dates to assist residents and business during this period of closures and job lay-offs, and will be sharing that information shortly. Where possible, staff in our Administration building are working from home to reduce our staff contacts.

Building permits and development permits will continue to be available, but we ask that you request or submit information electronically. Please call (902) 354-3455 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Municipal operations will be restricted to basic operations and maintaining our current infrastructure safely. No new initiatives, spending, or infrastructure upgrades will take place until our 2020-2021 budget is passed and it is safe to do so. An Order has been signed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs to allow electronic or teleconference Council Meetings and we will hold a Council Meeting when appropriate.

Queens EMO has held three evening virtual Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) meetings by tele-conference with our emergency partners on the EOC Committee to solicit feedback from various agencies concerning how their preparations and planning are going, and to understand if they require any assistance, as well as future opportunities to keep our communities and residents safe. Our Volunteer Fire Departments have been participating in these meetings as well.

As we try to maintain our basic services to you, I want to advise of the following closures:
* All Municipal, Provincial and Federal Parks, and trails within them, are closed. These closures are a result of the Provincial Declaration of a State of Emergency. Please remember to walk for exercise, not to socialise, to stay close to home, and to practise social distancing of at least 2 metres. The Premier requested enforcement officers to begin issuing fines immediately.

* Queens Place Emera Centre is closed and its scheduled 3-week maintenance shutdown is now taking place. Facility members who pay for their memberships monthly through PAD will not have any payments taken by the Municipality during the month of April.

* Public Works Building is closed to the public.

* Liverpool Public Market Shelter is closed to the public.

* Hillsview Acres Residential Care Facility is closed to all members of the public. The province recently announced the purchase of 800 iPads to be given to homes like Hillsview Acres so residents can talk with family members on-line.

* No new public vending permits are being issued effective March 25, 2020.

* The Trestle Trail bridge and connection from the west end at Main Street to Bristol Avenue is open to walkers, as well as the outdoor walking trail next to Queens Place.

* While many solid waste operations in the province are closed, our Queens Solid Waste Management Facility and waste collection at roadside is continuing as usual. We are ensuring our staff are working safely and allowing our contractors the ability to continue to use this facility so they can continue to work.

The province has also recently announced a province-wide ban on burning. We understand that several people were burning this past weekend and enforcement officials were required to visit those properties. Please respect the law and do not burn. Only CSA approved devices and propane are authorized for burning and most are not CSA approved. We have many in our community with respiratory problems who are self-isolating and cannot go outside, so please do not burn in our neighbourhoods.

While many businesses have been required to close or reduce operations, we expect all residents to be respectful of others including staff in our operating businesses and medical providers, who are all working above and beyond, to continue to provide the services which we require. Our compassion is extended to those who may be laid-off including those due to a federal or provincial directive. Our economic development staff have been distributing information to local businesses about provincial and federal programs to support them. Unfortunately, other than a modest façade program, the Municipality is prohibited by law from providing any financial support to businesses.

Many local businesses are accepting phone orders and electronic payments. One can sometimes have purchases delivered by the business or picked up by a friend or relative. Queens Transit at 902-356-2670 advises that they provide pickup and delivery services, and Queens’ Senior Safety Coordinator, Shelly Walker, also has volunteers helping. Please call her at 902-354-5721 to arrange deliveries by volunteers if required.

During this time of reduced travel and self-isolation, we ask residents not to hoard food or other household items as it will only harm others in our community who may need those items. When residents do require food or household items, we ask that you maintain the 2-metre social distancing rule and support local businesses. Please select one person from your household to do grocery shopping, and adhere to safe practices by washing hands frequently and refraining from touching your face, eyes or mouth. If you feel unwell, or are self-isolating, please have others deliver required supplies to you.

The federal government has announced several financial support programs for citizens and businesses and the link can be found here. https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html#Income_Support_for

And lastly, if you develop a fever, with a temperature of 38 C or higher, or a cough, and you have travelled from outside of the province, or been exposed to a traveller in recent weeks and suspect you may have contracted Covid-19, you are advised to complete the online 811 Screening Tool questionnaire, to determine if you should call 811. If the results advise you to do so, please call 811 for an assessment. Covid-19 assessment centres exist across the province, including one at the South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater. A referral through the 811 line is required prior to anyone being directed to Bridgewater. Self-isolating for 14 days is now mandatory for anyone who enters Nova Scotia. Those not adhering to this requirement are subject to a fine of $1000.

While Covid-19 changes are an inconvenience, they are necessary. We must be proactive and do what is in the best interest of residents and the staff of every business to ensure their safety. We are hopeful that these preventative measures will lessen the amount of time we are required to reduce services while continuing to provide essential services to our communities. It will take time to substantially reduce the disease risk, and we must all do our part to flatten the curve. We have 122 known cases of Covid-19 in N.S. as of Sunday. Evolving concerns will be monitored daily and our plans adjusted as required. With your cooperation, we will be successful in winning this battle.

Be safe, stay home, and wash your hands regularly.

 

Mayor David Dagley

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Administration Offices Closure - Effective 4:30 p.m., March 24, 2020

March 24, 2020:  Region of Queens Municipality’s  Administration Building will be closed to public access at the end of the business day today (4:30 pm, Tuesday, March 24, 2020), until further notice, to help limit the spread of COVID-19.  

Permit requests, applications, or information requests will be accepted by telephone, email, fax, or regular mail only. As always, bill payments can be made on-line, through one’s bank, or regular mail. Please contact the department offering the services you require:

* Administration Office general enquiries, Finance Department ... 902-354-3453

* Bylaw Enforcement, Building Inspection, Engineering & Works, Planning, Solid Waste Management ... 902-354-3455

* Economic Development, Recreation & Community Development ... 902-354-5741

* Administration Office Fax: 902-354-7473

We are all working together as a community to stop the spread of this virus.  Stay safe.

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Region of Queens Municipality
RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Sunday, March 22, 2020:
 Region of Queens Municipality continues to monitor the transmission and impacts of Covid-19 and are following all Nova Scotia Department of Health protocols. The virus is a serious health concern and the safety of our facility users, staff and citizens is of our utmost priority. Last week, a number of preventative and cautionary measures were implemented to slow down the spread of Covid-19, should it be detected in Queens County. Those measures continue for the upcoming week, as well as the following new measures as a result of the State of Emergency declared by the Province on March 22, 2020:

Municipal Administration Building remains open, but only for those wishing to drop off or pick up required permits or pay bills. ALL permits and bills can be transacted through email and on-line methods and we highly recommend that all residents and contractors use these methods whenever possible. Permits can be emailed, faxed or mailed, and they can be submitted the same way. Visiting the municipal building is not required.

All municipal parks and beaches are now closed including Beach Meadows Beach, Pine Grove Park, Tupper Park, Miriam Hunt Park, Milton Pool property, North Queens Aquatic Centre property, Cobb Park, Centennial Park, Privateer Park, and Mersey Skatepark.

Council Meeting scheduled for March 24, 2020, is now cancelled. Municipal operations will be restricted to basic operations and maintaining our current infrastructure safely. No new initiatives, spending, or infrastructure upgrades will take place.

No new public vending permits are being issued effective immediately, March 23, 2020.

Previous closures and cancellations continuing:

Queens Place Emera Centre is closed.

Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw Public Meetings have been cancelled. 

Public Works Building is closed to the public. 

Liverpool Public Market Shelter is closed to the public.

Hillsview Acres Residential Care Facility is closed to all members of the public.

Queens Solid Waste Management Facility and waste collection will continue as usual.

Building permits and development permits will continue to be available, but we ask that you request or submit information electronically. You can do this by calling (902) 354-3455 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

During this time of reduced travel and self-isolation, we are asking residents to not hoard food or other household items as it will only harm others in our community who may need those items. When residents do require food or household items, we ask that you maintain the 2-metre social distancing rule and support local businesses. Please adhere to safe practices by washing hands frequently and refraining from touching your face, eyes or mouth. If you feel unwell, please have others deliver required supplies to you.

While many businesses have been required to close, we expect all residents to be respectful of others including staff in our operating businesses and medical providers, who are all working above and beyond, to continue to provide the services which we require. Our compassion is extended to those who may be laid-off including those due to a federal or provincial directive.

If you develop a fever, with a temperature of 38 C or higher, or a cough, and you have travelled outside of the province, or been exposed to a traveller in recent weeks and suspect you may have contracted Covid-19, you are advised to call 811 for an assessment, or to call your local health provider for advice. Self-isolating for 14 days is now mandatory for anyone who has travelled outside of Nova Scotia and returns. Those not adhering to this requirement are subject to a fine of $1000. 

Mayor David Dagley said while these changes are an inconvenience, they are necessary. “We must be proactive and do what is in the best interest of our residents, visitors and staff to ensure their safety. We are hopeful that these preventative measures will lessen the amount of time we are required to reduce services while continuing to provide essential services to our communities. Evolving concerns will be monitored daily and our plans adjusted as required. With your cooperation we will be successful in winning this battle.”

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Region of Queens Municipality
RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Monday, March 16, 2020:  Region of Queens Municipality has been monitoring the transmission and impacts of Covid-19 for the past few weeks and we have noted the recommendations and directives of government bodies including the Government of Canada and Province of Nova Scotia. The safety of our facility users, staff and citizens is of our utmost priority. Therefore, effective immediately, the following preventative and cautionary measures will be implemented to slow down the spread of Covid-19 should it be detected in Queens:

Closures:

Queens Place Emera Centre, including the Community Room, is closed to the public effective 5:00 p.m. today. Members will have their memberships extended for the term of this closure and other paid programming such as fitness classes will be re-scheduled when it is deemed safe to do so. During this closure, staff will undertake a comprehensive cleaning of the entire facility. Additionally, the arena portion of the facility was scheduled for a 3-week shutdown from mid-June to early July in order to complete a significant maintenance program. This maintenance shutdown and work will commence shortly and continue into April, replacing the scheduled June / July 3-week closure.

Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw Public Meetings scheduled in various communities throughout Queens County over the next two weeks are now cancelled. These meetings will be re-scheduled when deemed safe to do so. In the meantime, we encourage residents when self-isolating to review these documents on our website and provide written comments via that method at https://www.queensplan.com/.

Public Works Building is closed to the public.
Liverpool Public Market Shelter is closed to the public.
Tax Sale Scheduled for March 18, 2020, is postponed and will be re-scheduled when it is deemed safe to do so.

Operating Changes:

Our parks, playgrounds, green spaces such as Pine Grove Park, and beaches will remain open as usual. We will endeavour to regularly clean and disinfect playground equipment, but this may be limited by the availability of cleaning supplies so we encourage families to ensure their own safe practices by washing hands immediately after use with their own supplies on-site or as soon as they get home, and refrain from touching your face, eyes or mouth when using these facilities.

Our municipal office will remain open however; some services may be limited as we provide an opportunity where possible for some staff to work from home to reduce the density of our work spaces and people interactions. We encourage residents to contact us by email and phone as a first option, and avoid visiting the municipal office unless absolutely necessary. As always, payments may be made by mail, by electronic e-post, or through on-line banking.

Building permits and development permits will continue to be available, but we ask that you call to make an appointment to ensure our staff will be available. You can do this by calling (902) 354-3455 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Queens Solid Waste Management Facility and waste collection will continue as usual. No disruption to collection of waste, organics and recyclables is expected and the Solid Waste Management Facility north of Milton will operate as usual with modest operational changes that will not be noticeable to the public.
Hillsview Acres Residential Care Facility is closed to the public, including family members.

We will be implementing the provincial directive that any staff member who travels outside the country during the next few weeks or has recently returned within the last few days will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return to prevent any possible transmission to co-workers and the general public. We will work with our staff to ensure our sick leave policies are flexible and fair.

Mayor David Dagley said while these changes will be an inconvenience, they are necessary. “We must be proactive and do what is in the best interest of our residents, visitors and staff to ensure their safety. We hope that these preventative measures will lessen the amount of time we are required to reduce services while continuing to provide essential services to our communities that they require. We will continue to monitor the situation daily and adjust our plans as required. Your cooperation in this regard is appreciated.”

During this time of reduced travel and self-isolation, we are asking residents to not hoard food or other household items as it will only harm others in our community who may need those items. When residents do require food or household items, we ask that you maintain the 2-metre social distancing rule and support local businesses. If you feel unwell, please have others deliver required supplies to you.

If you develop a fever, with a temperature of 38 C or higher, or a cough, and you have travelled outside of the Country, or been exposed to a traveler in recent weeks and suspect you may have contracted Covid-19, you are advised to call 811 for an assessment, or to call your local health provider for advice.

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