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COVID-19 Updates

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.

CURRENT ALERT LEVEL: 2. For more information on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Alert Level System please visit www.gov.nl/covid-19

PANDEMIC UPDATE: For more information regarding the number of COVID-19 cases in our province please visit: https://covid-19-newfoundland-and-labrador-gnl.hub.arcgis.com/

REPORT FORM:  If you wish to report concerns about an individual or business who you think is acting contrary to orders issued under the Public Health Protection and Promotion Act, please visit: https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/public-report-form/

COVID-19 SELF ASSESSMENT TOOL: Please use the following link to access the self-assessment tool to help determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19: 
https://www.811healthline.ca/covid-19-self-assessment/

MANDATORY MASK ORDER- The province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health is making the use of non-medical masks mandatory for all those in indoor public spaces effective Monday, August 24.

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. We hope to provide an update soon as to when we will be accepting appointments at our front desk.

Holyrood Municipal Staff are working 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.

The Holyrood Heritage Museum remains closed to the public at this time.

The Holyrood Public Library is open to the public. For full details on library visitations and hours of operations please visit https://www.nlpl.ca/component/jumi/library.html?site_id=ahd

Playgrounds- All Town of Holyrood Playgrounds are now open to the public. We ask all users to please follow all signage at the facilities and use proper social distancing practices while at play. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 at our playgrounds, Town Staff disinfect these facilities once per day.

Please note: The Playground at Holy Cross Elementary is property of the NLESD and remains closed at this time.

Dog Park- The Holyrood Dog Park is open to the public. We ask all users to please follow all signage at the park and use proper social distancing practices while  watching your dogs at play.

Town trails 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.

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 right of the main door.

EXTENDED BUBBLE

Your double bubble may now choose to spend time with up to 6 more 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 more information, please see Bubble Expansion.

ALERT LEVEL 2

Your responsibility:

  • Follow Public Health Guidance for All Alert Levels.
  • People can move about more. Those at higher risk of complications due to COVID-19 should stay at home as much as possible, except to get essentials like groceries and medications.
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, contact 811.

Public Spaces and Gatherings:

  • Gatherings at funerals, burials and weddings are expanded to 50 people as long as physical distancing can be maintained. Wakes remain prohibited.
  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted as long as physical distancing can be maintained.
  • Places of worship are permitted to resume operations with restrictions.

Recreational Activities:

Health care services:

  • Regional health authorities will continue to allow some health care services to resume.
  • Further expansion of visitation in health care to be determined.

Businesses and Services:

CANADIAN EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT (CERB)

For full details regarding CERB please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html

Extra 8 weeks available – CERB extended from 16 weeks to 24 weeks for workers who:

  • stopped working due to COVID-19 or
  • are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or
  • have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits or Employment Insurance fishing benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020.

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).

MENTAL HEALTH

If you are finding it difficult to cope or feel anxious, Bridge the Gapp offers many services to support you and your well-being. 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, counter tops, 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 DistancingWe 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.

ATLANTIC BUBBLE

Effective Friday, July 3, 2020, interprovincial travel for residents of Atlantic Canada without the requirement to self-isolate is permitted in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

People are encouraged to review the local entry requirements in place in each of the four jurisdictions before travelling.

Residents entering Newfoundland and Labrador must:

  • Be a permanent resident of one of the Atlantic Provinces;
  • Be asymptomatic at the time of travel;
  • Have not travelled outside the Atlantic region within the last 14 days; and,
  • Have not been in close contact with a person with COVID-19.

When entering Newfoundland and Labrador, visitors will be required to produce two pieces of government issued identification to verify that they are a permanent resident in one of the Atlantic Provinces.

One piece of identification must include a home address.

In addition to the identification required, visitors from the Atlantic Provinces must also complete the contact information section on the province’s Travel Declaration Form.

Those people who have been granted a travel exemption from Public Health and are coming to Newfoundland and Labrador from other Canadian provinces or territories are still required to complete 14 days of self-isolation upon arrival in the province.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF EXHIBITING SYMPTOMS?

If you have a cough or a fever, please do not go to a Medical Clinic. Please phone the Healthline at 811 if you have have any reason to believe you have been in contact with COVID-19.

If you do not have these symptoms but are unsure of contact with COVID-19 and need direction, please fill out the self-assessment tool available at www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19.

If you have trouble breathing, please call 911 or proceed to the Emergency Room immediately.

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