COVID-19

COVID-19 - Updated to Oct. 5, 2021

The Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency on March 22, 2020, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On April 27, 2021, the province ordered a two-week circuit breaker lockdown. 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.

Status of Town Services

Essential services - fire, police, water and sewer - are not presently impacted.

Building inspections and in-building water and sewer services conducted by town employees will be by appointment only. Adherence to COVID-19 protocols will continue. Appointments can be arranged by calling the main reception line at 902-667-3352. 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. 

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 –  With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in the province, the Amherst Police Department has made several administrative changes, effective June 2, 2021. With these changes, we will continue to utilize screening questions to mitigate health risks in relation to COVID-19 when communicating with community members, staff and our officers.

The changes are: 

  1. Front counter/reception services are available by appointment or in cases of an emergency. We encourage people to call APD dispatch at 902-667-8600 for any non-emergency assistance or service. For emergencies, call 911. 
  2. Services, such as local criminal record checks and other applications, are available by appointment. This includes licensing applications under the taxi bylaw and civil fingerprinting for work/volunteer purposes until further notice.
  3. Access and bookings for the Francis Smith Community Room remains suspended until further notice.

Information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

The Public Works Garage is closed to the public;

The Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre is closed to the public. The public should check with the individual tenants to see what their protocols are during the lockdown..

The Amherst Stadium - The walking track reopened on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. The hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Proof of double vaccination and government ID is required for those 12 and older to enter the stadium. Masks must be worn while entering and leaving the building. The track will be closed during holidays and paid events.

Amherst Town Hall is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Due to COVID-19 protocols, a maximum of five customers are permitted inside the lobby at town hall at any one time. We ask that customers respect all public health guidelines including wearing a mask, personal hygiene and physical distancing. Customers are not permitted in offices, however appointments can be made to meet with staff by calling 902-667-3352.

Parks and trails within the Town of Amherst boundaries and the tennis court on Hickman Street are 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.

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

Status of meetings of Council and Committees

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.

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

Community Supports

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

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

Nova Scotia Health Authority - Interim Primary Care Access

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