The Muncipality of the County of Victoria Council passed the Pandemic Preparedness Plan at the March 25, 2020 Emergency Council Session.
The purpose of this plan is to support the continuation of essential operations during a pandemic.
To learn more about how the municipality is operating under the global Coronovirus COVID-19 pandemic, read it here.
Under the Health Protection Act, the RCMP are authorized to enforce the following orders:
• A business that does not practice social distancing (there are exemptions for grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies).
• A business that hosts social gatherings of more than 5 people
• A workplace that does not maintain a two-metre or six-foot distance between people/staff
Businesses can face fines of $7500 a day for every day they do not comply.
The RCMP have informed the municipality they will be enforcing these State of Emergency orders. If you see something that is concerning, please contact the RCMP office in your community.
Baddeck RCMP: 902-295-2350
Ingonish RCMP: 902-285-2021
For more information on the State of Emergency: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#alerts
Trying hard to be physically distant but not socially distant from your neighbours? It's a good time to check out the Victoria County Seniors Party Line.
This is a service of the Victoria County Senior's Safety Office and it happens every MONDAY between 1 pm and 3 pm. Originally created to help people in rural areas combat social isolation, it is a perfect way to connect during a global pandemic. Our Senior Safety Office Cassandra Yonder is the moderator.
There are a few ways you can connect:
You can also find more info at our Senior Safety Officers Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/groups/seniorssafetycountyvictoria/?epa=SEARCH_BOX
and the Seniors Party Line Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2982692748416847/
See you later today!
PROVINCIAL STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED
Today, March 22, 2020, Nova Scotia declared a provincial state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Nova Scotians should not leave the province and only leave home for essential items and services.
For a complete list: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200322001
March 21, 2020
The Municipality of Victoria County’s goal for communications during the Covid-19 pandemic is to inform our residents, business owners and the greater community about any municipal impacts from this global event.
Our main priority is the health and safety of our staff and all residents of the Municipality of the County of Victoria.
Since earlier this week, the administration of the municipality has been operating under a Pandemic Preparedness plan. Delivery of essential services is a main concern. Non-essential services may be restricted in order to focus on providing the most necessary services to our community. During this time, we are following the advice and guidance of provincial and local public health officials who have the expertise to assess the level of health risk posed by a specific situation.
What you can expect to see on this page:
• Municipal operations update (as they occur)
• Links to federal and provincial resources
• Other pandemic information that is well sourced, accurate and of interest to Victoria County residents
As of Saturday, March 21, 2020:
• Transfer Stations in Baddeck and Dingwall are closed to the public. Only businesses and municipal collection vehicles will be given access to the sites. Residents are to use curbside collection services.
• Both Transfer station hours (effective immediately) are Monday to Friday 8 am – 4 pm.
• The Courthouse and all municipal offices are closed to the public. Property tax payments and water payments can be made online or by Canada Post.
• The Tax sale planned for March 24, 2020 is postponed. Once a new date is decided, it will be posted at www.victoriacounty.com and in local newspapers.
• The volunteer awards dinner planned for April is cancelled.
• The council session for March 23, 2020 is cancelled. A decision on April council sessions will be made in the days to come.
• Items for the ReUse Centre will not be accepted until further notice.
• Water Utility operation will continue as normal, but staff will be minimizing public interactions.
• Victoria County Transit has suspended operations as of Friday March 20, 2020.
As per public health officials, if you develop a fever, with a temperature of 38⁰C or higher, or a cough, please contact 811 for an assessment. If you need in-person assessment, 811 will refer you to a centre. Don't go to an assessment centre unless 811 referred you.
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus and at Health Canada (federal) https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html