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COVID-19 Updated June 8, 2020

March 17, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Town of Holyrood is taking measures to support the public health advice and to proactively help prevent the spread of this virus. Please see the most recent information from the Town of Holyrood.

EXTENDED BUBBLE

Households may now choose to spend time with one other household plus an additional 6 people.

  • You should aim to keep your bubble as small as you can.
  • The new members of your extended bubble do not have to be from the same household.
  • You should not have close contact (within 2 metres) with anyone outside your extended bubble.
  • For full details regarding the extended bubbles please visit: https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/individuals-and-households/expansion-of-household-bubble/

ALERT LEVEL 3- Effective June 8

The focus of Alert Level 3 is to control the transmission of COVID-19, while further relaxing public health measures.

Public Health will carefully monitor each alert level to determine the pace at which restrictions can be relaxed or strengthened. Moving to another alert level depends on several factors including the number of new cases of COVID-19, an increase in community transmission, and health system capacity.

➡️ Gatherings and Public Spaces

Gatherings for funerals, burials and weddings are expanded to 20 people in Alert Level 3, as long as physical distancing can be maintained. Wakes remain prohibited.

The expansion to outdoor gatherings with 20 people means individuals who are not symptomatic can now hold activities like backyard get-togethers or family barbecues, as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

At all gatherings, individuals are reminded that:

 The maximum number of people allowed is 20;
 Those 20 people must be able to maintain physical distancing;
 Those people who are not in the same bubble should be six feet apart;
 Providing and sharing food is not recommended;
 People should practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette and good hand hygiene; and,
 If you are sick and invited to a gathering, you must stay home.

The rules for extended bubbles announced on May 29 continue to apply in Alert Level 3. People are reminded that if there is anyone self-isolating in a particular household, people living in that household cannot join bubbles with anyone else until the isolation period is over.

➡️ Outdoor and Recreational Activities

As long as people are well and not required to self-isolate for any reason, outdoor activities are encouraged. Activities, like walking, hiking, or bike riding, are all encouraged as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

Responsible travel within the province is permitted in Alert Level 3. People can go to their vacation or summer homes, cabins or cottages, hotel or commercial accommodations, and visit national and provincial parks. People are reminded; however, that intra-provincial travel is only permitted for those who are already in the province. Non-essential travel outside of the province is not recommended at this time.

Provincial, municipal and private campgrounds are permitted to open for limited overnight camping with restrictions. Overnight camping access will be limited to self-contained units, including RVs or cabins that have a water supply, holding tanks and personal washroom facilities. Except for pit privies, toilet and laundry facilities, all shared facilities, such as showers, cookhouses, clubhouses, communal fire pits and firewood distribution centres must remain closed. Laundry facilities can only be used by one household at a time.

Summer day camps can operate with restrictions.

Medium-risk outdoor recreational activities can resume in Alert Level 3. This means outdoor sports activities like soccer, baseball, and volleyball can take place with restrictions. These activities are for groups of 20 people or less, including coaches and athletes. Spectators must maintain physical distancing.

Outdoor pools can operate with a limit of 20 people in the pool/deck area, including staff, and they must be able to maintain physical distancing. Licensed outdoor pools have chemical treatment that provides protection against the potential spread of COVID-19 from pool water.

Gym and fitness facilities, yoga studios, indoor tennis and squash facilities, arenas, indoor pools, indoor gymnasium and court facilities, dance studios and performance spaces remain closed in Alert Level 3.

➡️ Health Care Services

The four regional health authorities will continue to allow some health care services to resume during Alert Level 3. Information on these services will be made available to the public through the regional health authorities in the coming days.

Private health care clinics can reopen in accordance with public health guidelines.

Virtual care options continue to be available. It is encouraged that virtual care be provided, as much as possible.

People are reminded that all visitor restrictions for health care facilities throughout the province remain in place. Public health orders related to long-term care homes, personal care homes, and assisted living facilities remain in effect. These are expected to change during Alert Level 3. Information on these changes will be provided in the coming days.

➡️ Businesses and Services

Retail stores, including those in shopping malls, can open in Alert Level 3 with restrictions. These retail stores can still continue to offer online or telephone sales with delivery or curbside pick-up options.

Retail stores are also allowed to sell scratch and break open lotto tickets in-store.

Personal service establishments including spas, esthetic services, hair salons, body piercing and tattooing salons, and tanning salons can open with restrictions.

Alert Level 3 will see the further expansion of daycare operations.

Restaurants can open at reduced occupancy. Buffets remain prohibited. Take-out, delivery and drive-thru options are still permitted.

Bars and lounges remain closed, as do cinemas.

➡️ Public or Private Transit Services

As businesses begin to open again, there may be an increase in public transit usage.

Transit users are encouraged to practice physical distancing from other passengers, where possible. When physical distancing is not possible, it is strongly recommended that passengers wear a non-medical mask or face covering that covers the nose and mouth.

Public transit buses may allow a maximum of 19 passengers on board a full-sized bus at any time and 50 per cent capacity for other sized transit buses or vans.

To be successful in Alert Level 3 and for the foreseeable future, all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians must continue to adhere to the proven core personal public health measures.

These measures include:

 Stay informed, be prepared, and follow public health advice;
 Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds;
 Use an alcohol based hand sanitizer in the absence of soap and water;
 Do not touch your face;
 Practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette;
 Maintain physical distancing;
 Wear a non-medical mask or face covering when you are in public and unable to maintain physical distancing;
 Increase cleanliness and ventilation of public spaces and worksites;
 Stay home if you are sick and avoid contact with others;
 Work from home, where possible; and,
 Shop online and use curb side pick-up, where possible.

A Business Response Team is in place to support businesses. Businesses who have questions can call 1-833-771-0696 or email covid19info@gov.nl.ca.

To help support businesses in educating their customers and employees on best practices to avoid the spread of COVID-19, a series of posters that can be printed and placed throughout workplaces or businesses is available online.

For more information on Newfoundland and Labrador’s COVID-19 Alert System, please visit www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/.

TOWN FACILITIES & ESSENTIAL CORE SERVICES

All Town facilities, including the Hubert A. Keough Municipal Complex and the Holyrood Fire Department will be closed to the public.

The Town has staff working remotely and on-site to provide business continuity and maintain core services such as garbage collection, snow and ice control, water testing, and essential water and sewer operations. The main Town telephone line 229-7252 ext. 201 and the Town’s general email info@holyrood.ca will be answered and appropriate staff will be available to respond to all inquiries. The Holyrood Fire Department and Fewer’s Ambulance would like to remind the public that in the case of an emergency please call 911. For general questions from our Fire Department please call 229-7278.

All recreation facilities including the Holyrood Public Library and Holyrood Heritage Museum will be closed to the public until further notice.  The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 64 and the Holy Cross Parish have announced the closure of their facilities.

Dog Park
Effective June 8, 2020 the Holyrood Dog Park is open with specific guidelines.
Playgrounds
– Kennedy’s Lane Extension Playground
– Marina Shore’s Playground
– Highland Park Playground
– Holy Cross Elementary Playground
Town trails and the dog park will remain open. Please continue to practice social distancing by keeping at least two meters away from others.

The situation on COVID-19 is continually evolving and the Town is constantly reviewing information as it becomes available. The Town is also liaising with neighbouring municipalities and both provincial and federal governments to ensure a coordinated approach and response to the COVID-19 situation.

PUBLIC COUNCIL MEETING

The next Holyrood Public Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5 at 12:00pm.

TAX PAYMENTS

Tax Payments will be accepted by the following means:

  • Cheque by mail: 34 Salmonier Line, Holyrood, NL, A0A 2R0
  • Credit Card Payment: call 229-7252 ext. 201
  • EMT: Please send to info@holyrood.ca
  • Royal Direct Payments: Online banking payments for RBC clients.
  • NEW! The Town of Holyrood has installed a drop-box located to the left of the main door.

Business Closure & Gathering Limit Order:

The following have been ordered by the Chief Medical Officer for the Government of NL:

  1.  Personal service establishments including spas, aesthetic services, hair salons, body piercing, tattooing and tanning salons.
  2. Retail stores, unless those stores provide services essential to the life, health or personal safety of individuals and animals. Exemption include:
    o Food
    o Pharmaceutical products, medicine and medical devices
    o Personal hygiene products
    o Cleaning products
    o Baby and child product
    o Gas stations
    o Hardware stores
    o Computer and cellphone service and repair
    o Electronic and office supplies
    o Pet and animal supplies.
  3. Restaurants are ordered to close in-person dining. Take-out, delivery, and drive-thru services are permitted.
  4. All prohibiting gatherings of more than 5 people.
  5. I know that this is difficult, but funerals, wakes, and weddings must be limited to no more than 5 people.
  6. Taxi’s must not take more than 2 people per ride.
  7. Visitation to personal care homes is also prohibited, unless for exceptional circumstances, including end of life

A full list will be available on our website at www.gov.nl.ca/COVID-19.

COVID TESTING

Testing is being extended to include those who have two or more of the following symptoms; fever (including chills and sweats) cough, headache, sore throat, and runny nose. Those who display 2 or more of the symptoms listed above are asked to call 811 for further instructions.

If you are tested for COVID-19 you it is mandatory that you isolate for 14 days.

TOWN UPDATES

The best way to receive updates from the Town is by downloading the Town of Holyrood App. This can be downloaded through your Apple App Store or Google Play. We will also be posting all Town related COVID-19 updates to our website: www.holyrood.ca and all social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).

WASTE MANAGEMENT

  • Garbage and recycling pick-up will continue as normal. If the MRSB cancel recycling services we will immediately update residents.
  • The bulk garbage pick-up slated for April 29 is cancelled.

SUMMER JOB APPLICATIONS

Although our Municipal Office is closed, we are still receiving resumes for all Summer Job opportunities through our info@holyrood.ca email. The application period has ended and the Town will be in touch to all successful candidates regarding interview information.

MENTAL HEALTH

If you are finding it difficult to cope or feel anxious, Bridge the Gapp offers many services to support you and your wellbeing. Please visit www.bridgethegapp.ca for more details.

If you are feeling isolated and alone during COVID-19, you are encouraged to reach out and speak with a trained mental health peer supporter. Call the Provincial CHANNAL Warm Line at 1-855-753-2560 9:00am to 12:00am daily.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, you should call the Mental Health Crisis Line at 1-888-737-4668, available 24 hours a day, or use the Crisis Text service by texting 686868.

WHAT CAN I DO?

Practice Good Hygiene:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds) especially after using the washroom and when preparing food (use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available).
  • Refrain from touching your face and shaking hands with others, cough or sneeze into a tissue (or into your elbow and dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards)
  • Frequently clean any high touch surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops, toys, toilets, mobile devices, etc.

Check on your Neighbour: Ensure your neighbours are aware of the most recent information announced by our Provincial and Federal Governments (see reliable site info below). Please check on the Elderly and those with Special Needs in the case they do require assistance with supplies.

Taxi Contact: For those without transportation please contact: Tobin’s Taxi at 229-7017

Social Distancing: We recommend everybody stay at home and avoid public spaces as much as possible. If you need to visit a public space, please stay at least 2 meters from the nearest person while in public.

IF YOU HAVE RECENTLY TRAVELLED

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians arriving from outside of Newfoundlandare asked to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days after arrival.

If you are not having symptoms, you should:

  • Stay at home and self isolate for 14 days.
  • Avoid close contact with people with chronic conditions, compromised immune systems and older adults.
  • You do not need COVID-19 testing if you do not have symptoms.
  • Monitor for symptoms (fever, coughing or difficulty breathing).

If you experience symptoms (cough, fever, and difficulty breathing), you should isolate yourself from others as quickly as possible, complete the government’s Self-Check Assessment Tool at www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19 and contact 811 for further direction.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

  • For Employment Insurance (EI) questions due to COVID-19, please call the special Employment Insurance line at 1-833-381-2725.
  • The deadline to submit your income tax to the Federal Government has been extended to June 1st and the interest-free deadline on any outstanding balances is now July 31.
  • For those operating a small business the new deadline to pay any corporate taxes or to schedule payments is July 31.
  • The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide workers who are financially affected by job losses and social distancing $2000/month to pay rent and groceries for up to four months.
  • The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is being expanded to include workers who make less than $1,000 a month.
  • The CERB is being expanded to include seasonal workers who have exhausted their employment insurance (EI) regular benefits and are unable to undertake their usual seasonal work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, and to workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits since Jan. 1 and are unable to find a job or return to work due to the pandemic.
  • The Canadian Emergency Business Account program will now be open to businesses that had payrolls last year between $20,000 and $1.5-million.

SQUIDFEST UPDATE

Due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the SquidFest 32 Beach Party announcement and ticket sale date, slated for March 31, are postponed.

We will continue to monitor the situation through our provincial and federal government and plan for a new announcement date when time permits.

GOVERNMENT UPDATES

It’s important that Holyrood follows directions from Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, Chief Medical Officer of Newfoundland and Labrador to help flatten the curve of those affected. For all government updates please visit:

Government of Newfoundland & Labrador: www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19.

Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health.html