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COVID-19 Updated May 6, 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.

DOUBLE BUBBLE

Households may now choose to spend time with one other household.

  • Your household can join up with one other household, if both households mutually agree.
  • You should not have close contact (within 2 metres) with anyone outside your two-household bubble.
  • You should not join up with more than one household or bubble.

ALERT LEVEL 4

On Monday, May 11th, Newfoundland and Labrador will move from Alert Level 5 to Alert Level 4. The focus is to begin relaxing public health measures to allow more social and business activities, while minimizing the risk of outbreaks. It will take at least 28 days to determine whether or not it is safe to move to Alert Level 3.

Your responsibility:

Public Spaces and Gatherings:

  • Gatherings are expanded to 10 people as long as physical distancing can be maintained.
  • Gatherings at funerals, burials and weddings are restricted to no more than 10 people.
  • Visitations and wakes remain prohibited.

Recreational Activities:

  • Recreational angling and hunting are permitted.
  • Golf courses can open with restrictions in place.
  • Municipal parks are open.
  • Playground equipment in municipal parks is not to be used.
  • Campsites remain closed.
  • Gym and fitness facilities, yoga studios, tennis and squash facilities, arenas, dance studios and performance spaces remain closed.
  • Outdoor activities, including walking, hiking, or riding your bike, are encouraged as long as physical distancing can be maintained, and you are not required to self-isolate for any reason.

Health care services:

  • Regional health authorities will begin to allow some health care services to resume.
  • Private health care clinics remain closed, except for urgent and emergent care, with virtual care options available for non-urgent care.
  • All visitor restrictions in health care remain in place.
  • Orders for long term care, personal care homes, and assisted living facilities remain in place.

Businesses and Services:

  • Limited expansion of childcare services.
  • Professional services such as accounting firms, law firms, and financial services can offer in-person services. Work from home policies are encouraged, where possible.
  • In-person worker and workplace safety training will be permitted (e.g. Standard First Aid, Basic Safety Training, food safety, etc.).
  • Gardening centres can open for in-person sales and service.
  • Landscaping and lawn care services can operate.
  • Animal daycares can resume operations.
  • Retail stores that do not offer essential services, bars and lounges, cinemas, and personal service establishments remain closed.
  • Restaurants remain closed for in-person dining.

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. All Town of Holyrood recreation programming has been cancelled. The Town will be making a call regarding our Easter Camp and Easter events in the coming weeks, however we are not taking any more registrations at this time. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 64 and the Holy Cross Parish have announced the closure of their facilities.

As a public safety measure, playgrounds in the Town of Holyrood are closed immediately. This includes:
 
– 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 Newfoundland are 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.

CAMPING INFORMATION

  • Camping, group activities and events at all national parks, historic sites, heritage canals, and national marine conservation areas are suspended until at least May 31. The current suspension of visitor services and vehicle access by visitors, as well as the temporary closure of visitor facilities, will remain in place until further notice.

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