COVID-19

Letter and FAQs from Chief Medical Officer of Health of NS

Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health of the Province of Nova Scotia has issued a letter and a document on frequently asked questions to support the Public Health Protection Act Order.

 

Click here for the letter from Dr. Strang

 

Click here for the FAQ document 

Municipal Parks and Trails - Update

On March 22, 2020, the Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The province announced the closure of all provincial and municipal beaches and parks.Effective immediately, as directed by the Province of Nova Scotia, the Municipality of Cumberland parks, playing fields, and other such areas are closed to the public.

This includes, but is not limited to:

 

Springhill Lion’s Park Parrsboro Partridge Island Look-off and Trail
Springhill Basketball and Tennis Courts Parrsboro Dog Park and Playground
Springhill Baseball and Soccer Fields Parrsboro Don Yorke Baseball Field
Springhill Outdoor Skating Rink Parrsboro Tennis Courts
Springhill Gazebos - Main Street & Pit Pond locations Parrsboro Bandstand
Springhill Miners Memorial Park, including the trails in the Park   

Transfer Stations closing March 30, 2020

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, it has become necessary to close our transfer stations at Pugwash, River Hebert, and Advocate as of March 30, 2020. The primary reason for this closure is the safety of our staff.

The transfer stations do not have facilities available for handwashing. This makes compliance with the guidance to frequently wash hands impossible at these locations. We have also received reports from site attendants that users are disregarding the direction of the attendants or driving by them without stopping for direction.

Residents who normally make use of the transfer stations are asked to retain their materials until it is safe to re-open transfer stations. All by-laws remain in effect and any materials left will be considered illegal dumping.

Provincial Burn Ban

OPEN FIRE BAN IN EFFECT
• A ban on open fires is in effect to protect Nova Scotia’s forests during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• The ban prohibits open fires for any purpose in woods or within 305 metres (1,000 feet) of woods in any part of the province. The ban does not apply to private campgrounds.
• The fire ban will remain in effect until May 15, 2020.
• Lands and Forestry’s wildfire fighters are ready to respond to fire emergencies.
• The public can report wildfires by calling 1-800-565-2224.
What is the fire ban?
The ban prohibits open fires for any purpose in woods or within 305 metres (1,000 feet) of woods in any part of the province. Bans on open fires are enacted as needed to protect the heath of the province’s forests during periods of high risk.
Why are open fires banned?
The ban is a temporary measure to reduce the risk of wildfires and potential damage to homes and properties during the pandemic.
When does the ban come into effect?
The ban is in effect from March 23 to May 15, 2020.
Will the ban end before May 15?
The ban will be re-evaluated in April and may be lifted, continued or extended, depending on conditions at the time.
What about burning in chimineas, fire pits, and other backyard burning appliances?
If the fire is not in an enclosed CSA approved appliance, the fire is considered to be an open fire and is not permitted.
Does the ban apply to private campgrounds?
The ban does not apply to private campgrounds.
Do I still need to check burn restrictions each day?
No. The ban on open fires is in force all the time. We’ve also updated the provincial BurnSafe
map to show burning is no longer permitted.
Is the province prepared to deal with wildfires? What is the risk?
Nova Scotians are safe. The province continues to operate all essential services, including wildfire response, during the pandemic. Our fire crews are highly skilled and ready to respond
to emergencies.
The risk of wildfires is highest during the spring, and the ban on open fires is a precautionary measure that will reduce the number of calls they must respond to and help us maintain our firefighting resources.
How will the ban be applied?
Every Nova Scotian is asked to follow the burn ban and not create unnecessary risk in these
challenging times.
What should I do if I see someone burning during the ban period?
Call 911 if it is an emergency or the fire is out of control. Call 1-800-565-2224 to report an unsafe burning practice.
Who do I contact for more information on the ban?
Call your nearest Lands and Forestry office for assistance or more information on the burn ban or safe burning practices. 

 

See information here https://novascotia.ca/burnsafe/ 

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