COVID-19

Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre to Open

We are excited to announce that the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre will be open to the public on September 1, 2020. The municipality has created an operational plan specifically for the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre. The full plan can be found here.

Opening the facility will be done in a phased approach to help mitigate and reduce the risk of COVID-19 and to ensure we are providing a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all patrons and employees. All services and hours of operation are subject to change as provincial public health guidelines change.

Timeline and Services provided in Phase 1:

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Ways we are keeping you safe:

Physical Distancing and Signage- Signage has been placed throughout the facility to encourage physical distancing, flow of traffic, and proper hygiene practices. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the facility.

Mandatory Masks- Masks will be mandatory in the facility with the following exceptions: While participating in a sport or physical activity. For children under two or children age two-four when their caregiver cannot get them to wear a mask and people with valid medical reasons for not wearing a mask. Masks will be provided to patrons if they do not have access to one.

Booking Process – We will be implementing contact tracing for all patrons entering the facility. All users or user groups intending to use the facility must pre-book their time and provide a participant list. Users will be given 15 minutes before and after their booking to enter and exit the building.

Cleaning and Disinfecting- Strict cleaning and disinfecting practices will be implemented to ensure we are providing a safe environment for patrons and employees.

Ross Anderson PharmaChoice Teen Centre- Additional measures have been put in place in the Teen Centre to ensure we are providing a safe environment for all youth and employees. Teen Centre Coordinators are excited to see you all!

 

 

Finance update relating to COVID-19

The global pandemic of COVID-19 is unprecedented and has greatly impacted the economic reality of many businesses and families. The Municipality of Cumberland has strived to be responsive to the needs of our residents in numerous ways.

  • Service Centres installed drop boxes for payments while the buildings were closed to the public. The Service Centres in Upper Nappan, Springhill and Parrsboro are now open, although some with shortened hours.
  • Operating budgets were trimmed to reflect a more modest approach to offering services during a pandemic and to be good stewards of taxpayer monies.
  • A one-time COVID-19 Property Tax Financing program was established to help residents ensure they could continue to pay their taxes. This program received 13 applications.
  • Council decided that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Municipality of Cumberland waive interest for the months of March, April, May of 2020 for all outstanding tax and miscellaneous accounts and that accounts that remain outstanding after June 30 will attract interest.
  • Council also decided that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Parrsboro, Pugwash and Springhill Water Utilities and the Municipality of Cumberland waive interest for the months of March, April and May of 2020 for outstanding water accounts and that accounts that remain outstanding after June 30 will attract interest.
  • Water shut-offs for nonpayment were postponed during the spring period, but have now restarted as of June 30.

The Municipality of Cumberland continues to be aware of the COVID-19 situation and will communicate further changes to services as the pandemic continues.

Non-medical masks mandatory in indoor public places

Please be advised that as of July 31, 2020, the Province of Nova Scotia has mandated masks in most indoor public places. This includes municipal government buildings offering services to the public.

For your information, the following individuals are exempt from wearing masks in our facilities:

  • Children under two, as well as children aged two to four when their caregiver cannot get them to wear a mask;
  • and People with a valid medical reason for not wearing a mask.

 

The following document was prepared by the Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing:

Non-medical masks mandatory in indoor public places FAQ  -UPDATED JULY 30th.

 

For the most up-to-date information please remember to check the official Nova Scotia coronavirus page

Municipal Service Centres to reopen to the public

Service Centres within the Municipality of Cumberland will reopen to the public July 20, 2020. All residents and staff will be required to maintain public health guidelines including social distancing, hand hygiene and COVID-19 symptom monitoring.

Read more for specific hours and locations.

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