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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.

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 and parks 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

–  Dog Park

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.

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.

BUSINESS CLOSURES & PUBLIC GATHERING 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 10 people.
  5. Funerals must have a maximum of 10 people attending.
  6. I know that this is difficult, but funerals, wakes, and weddings must be limited to no more than 10 people.
  7. Taxi’s must not take more than 2 people per ride.
  8. 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.

ACCESS TO SERVICES & SUPPORTS

  • Pharmacists can extend prescriptions without the need for a doctor’s appointment.
  • The Government of Canada is rolling out an Economic Response Plan due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on workers, parents, and businesses. If you are facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, visit the Department of Finance website to see if you qualify for any of the supports available.
  • Businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak can view a list of federal, provincial, and municipal supports available at Support for Businesses During COVID-19.

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).

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 deadline for Summer Job Applications is Thursday, March 26 at 4:00pm.

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. Maximum 2 people per ride.

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.

IF YOU HAVE RECENTLY TRAVELLED

  • The Government of Canada has advised Canadians to curtail all non-essential travel. The Canada and United Stages border have jointly closed their borders to all non-essential travel. This will not impact the transport of goods.
  • All individuals arriving in Newfoundland and Labrador from outside the province must self-isolate for 14 days, including those individuals arriving from other provinces and territories in Canada. Anyone failing to comply with this order are subject to fines and/or jail time.

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.

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.

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