MODG unveils Coronavirus Pandemic Plan

By Katherine Murphy    
March 18 2020

GUYSBOROUGH – All municipal buildings are closed to the public until further notice as MODG rolls out their Coronavirus Pandemic Plan. Aspects of the plan, like social distancing, were already being observed when it was presented at Monday’s regular monthly meeting as councillors and staff maintained a distance of two metres from one another.

The Waste Management Facility, deemed an essential service by the municipality, will remain operational but there will be no public access onsite for the foreseeable future. On Mar. 17 and 18, the municipal office will be closed to everyone, including staff, as it is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Canso Seaside Manor and the Milford Haven Home for Special Care will remain closed to visitors, and municipal recreation programs have been cancelled through to the end of March.

The purpose of the plan is to ensure the continuation of essential government operations during the pandemic, so long as it is safe to do so. MODG will rely on the recommendations and directions from provincial and local health officials as they assess ongoing risk to public health.

Warden Vernon Pitts is urging the public to take preventative measures serious, saying, "People have to take this seriously and take responsibility for your own actions. Let's get ahead of it now rather than fall behind afterwards."

Adjustments to the MODG budget may be recommended in case of costs incurred due to the pandemic. Financial services will take steps like deferring issuing non-urgent documentation, and additional staff may be trained to maintaining financial transactions. Non-essential public property maintenance will be deferred should a reduction in staff availability occur.

To minimize illness among staff and residents, MODG is recommending prevention strategies such as hand washing for at least 20 seconds, coughing or sneezing into your elbow and most importantly, staying home if you’re feeling sick. MODG is also asking staff and residents to minimize, where possible, close contact with others and observing social distancing and not shaking hands.

The full MODG Coronavirus Pandemic Plan can be found at MODG.ca. To learn more about symptoms, testing, protecting your health and other updates, visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus.