The Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency on March 22, 2020, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We must all follow the Public Health Orders and Directions. Further information is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/.
During this extraordinary time, the Town of Amherst is focused on providing the essential services of fire and police protection as well as water and sewer services and the basic supports that those services require as we prepare and respond to the impacts of COVID-19 infections in Nova Scotia and to our community.
Keeping everyone safe and healthy, providing essential services and maintaining emergency response preparedness are the primary objectives for the Town of Amherst. The measures that we and others have taken WILL impact our customers. We regret any inconvenience and ask for your support and understanding through this challenging and unique circumstance.
Residents and members of the public are asked to please be patient and expect there may be additional changes as we move forward.
The Town of Amherst is offering a property tax financing program for qualifying Amherst residential and commercial taxpayers who have been significantly impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who qualify may apply to pay their current year interim and final property tax bills over 30 months at a low interest rate of 1.35 %. The deadline to apply is July 31. To learn more about the program, determine if you qualify and to apply, please go to: https://amherst.ca/Property-Tax-Financing-Program/ or call the town's main reception line at 902-667-3352.
Essential services of fire, police, water and sewer are not presently impacted.
At the present time, Town staff will not be entering residential or commercial premises except in cases of emergency or an urgent service need.
Building inspection services are impacted. For details please follow this link: https://amherst.ca/building-inspection.html
We are staffing our main reception telephone line at 902-667-3352. Requests for service will be addressed on a priority and capacity basis considering the safety of the public and town staff.
The Amherst Fire Hall is closed to the public, including the main meeting room on the second floor and the Russell Hunter Room;
The Amherst Police Department – Front counter/reception services are now available for the following services:
To make an appointment, the public is encouraged to call (902) 667-8600 at which time, admin/dispatch staff will advise of the particular requirements for the service required. Our intention is to complete the requests within the time frame of the appointment.
Anyone calling to make an appointment or attending the police station will be asked a series of screening questions in relation to Covid-19 infection and risk. Access to the foyer will be limited. As a result, people attending the police station may be required to wait outside the locked doors until other parties have left. In some cases, event applications or other documents can be provided and returned via email. Appointments for Local Criminal Record checks and Trailer Verifications will be made during regular office hours only.
The Public Works Garage is closed to the public;
The Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre is closed to the public;
The Amherst Stadium is closed to the public, including the walking track and meeting room;
Amherst. Town Hall is open to the public, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.with some modifications in place to accomodate COVID-19 public health protocols.
To ensure the protection of customers and staff , the following will apply to those entering the town hall:
Parks and trails within the Town of Amherst boundaries and the tennis court on Hickman Street are now open. Playground equipment is now accessible. Whenever possible, please respect other users while having fun in our parks by physical distancing. To report any issues in a park please call 902-667-3352.
All March break activities and future programming will be cancelled until further notice. This includes:
All in person meetings of council and committees have been canceled until further notice due to the Minister's Order. Council will be meeting virtually. Minutes will be posted to the town's website.
The Cumberland Business Connector, on behalf of all three municipal units in the Cumberland Region is co-ordinating the flow of information to business and employers. This effort is also being supported by the Business Development staff in each of the municipalities. This information is available on the Connector’s website by clicking on the following links:
To view a list of community supports - everything from grocery stores to mental health, in the Cumberland region, please click on this link. Community Supports Cumberland County COVID 19 April 2020
Nova Scotia Health Authority has established COVID-19 assessment centres. If you need in-person assessment, please call 811 and they will refer you to a centre. Do not go to a COVID-19 assessment centre unless 811 has referred you.
Visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus/ for information about protecting yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19.
Follow any advice and recommendations from your personal health care provider and governing bodies such as Public Health Agency of Canada regarding COVID-19.
For More Information from the provincial and federal governments:
• NS Health and Wellness Novel Coronavirus website
• Public Health Agency of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak updates
• Public Health Agency of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Awareness resource
The Nova Scotia Health Authority has established a virtual clinic for people who do not have a family doctor or nurse practitioner in Cumberland County to receive care for their more immediate primary health care needs. For more information please go to: http://www.nshealth.ca/news/interim-primary-care-access-people-without-family-practice-cumberland-county