COVID-19

COVID -19 - Updated to March 27, 2020

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.

All Town facilities are closed to the public and any staff that can work remotely are doing so.

Residents and members of the public are asked to please be patient and expect there may be additional changes as we move forward.

Status of Town Services

 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.

For the time being, 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. 

Status of Town Facilities

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 will not be available until further notice. We encourage people to call the APD dispatch at 902-667-8600 for any non-emergency assistance or service. For emergencies, call 911. Access and bookings for the Francis Smith Community Room has been suspended until further notice.

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;

Town Hall is closed to the public. For the time being, we are staffing our main reception telephone line at 902-667-3352. Requests for service will be addressed on a priority and capacity basis.

As per the direction of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and pursuant to the Emergency Management Act, all municipal parks in Amherst are closed. Persons on park premises will be considered to be trespassing and subject to possible fines. This includes, but is not limited to :

  1. Dickey Park on East Pleasant Street
  2. Dog Park on East Pleasant Street
  3. Rotary Centennial Park on Elmwood Drive
  4. Strawberry Feilds Park on Abbey Road
  5. Harding Park on Summit Avenue
  6. Christie Park on Albion Street
  7. Beacon Street Park on Beacon Street
  8. Lions Park on Hickman Street
  9. Ernie Mills Park on Copp Lane
  10. Norther Telecom Park on Park Street
  11. Robb Complex on Laplanche Street
  12. Amherst Lions Skate Park on Church Street
  13. Tennis Courts on Church Street
  14. Victoria Square on Victoria Street
  15. Curry Park on Clarence street
  16. Soccer Fileds on Winston Avenue

Our Active Transportation Trails remain open, including the trail that starts at the corner of Willow and East Pleasant streets, continues along Willow St to Robert Angus Drive and then to South Albion Street. In addition, the trail between Donald Avenue and Willow Street remains open as does the Marsh Trail from Derby Street to Brownell Ave. 

In general, parks are closed and this includes tracks and portions of trails that go through parks. Trails, outside of parks, are open. 

While utilizing the trails, please adhere to the social-distancing requirements, which require people to be at least two metres (six feet) apart.

Events/Programs

 All March break activities and future programming will be cancelled until further notice. This includes:

  • Indoor walking and any other activities at the Amherst Stadium
  • Learn to Lead
  • Youth on the Move
  • Living Well
  • Multisport
  • Volunteer appreciation event and presentations
  • The French Toast Fest has been converted to a take out only event. This is subject to change given current circumstances.

Status of meetings of Council and Committees

All meetings of Council and committees are canceled for the month of March.

Information for Business and Employers

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:

https://www.cumberlandbusinessconnector.ca/covid-19.html

https://www.cfib-fcei.ca/en/small-business-resources-dealing-covid-19

Health Related Information and Reminders

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