As N.S. COVID-19 cases rise to five, Lunenburg announces far-reaching cancellations

by Charles Mandel

A wave of cancellations has followed the news that the presumptive cases of COVID-19 found in the province has risen to five.

Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, announced two new presumptive cases of COVID-19 on March 16.

The two cases are in Halifax Regional Municipality and are related. The new cases are a male and female, both in their 50s, who were in close contact with individuals who had recently travelled outside the country. Strang said that two other individuals in the household are now in self-isolation and being tested.

The affected individuals are in self-isolation and recovering at home.

Public health has been in contact with these individuals and working to identify others who may have come in close contact with them. Those individuals are also being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

As of March 16 Nova Scotia has conducted 676 tests for COVID-19 with 671 negative results.

On the South Shore, the Town of Lunenburg announced that it is shutting down just about everything.

The most recent is the Town of Lunenburg, which has decided to shut down just about everything.

The town issued a news release on March 16, which read in part: "This is a unique global health crisis, and it is important that we have consideration for the most vulnerable amongst us. Thank you for your cooperation and support."

The release from Lunenburg Town Council and staff went on to say: "Following Sunday's Provincial update on preventative measures to reduce the spread of the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the following public closures are in place in the Town of Lunenburg, effective end of business today (March 16). Our current plan is to re-open April 6; however, we will be re-assessing as necessary.

The following is closed within the town:

• Town Council and Committee meetings are suspended until further notice, including public hearings.

• Any in-person engagement events have been cancelled, including Town events, workshops, and Project Lunenburg.

• All Lunenburg Recreation facilities – Community Centre and Arena – programs, and rentals are suspended.

• Town Hall offices will be closed to the public. The outdoor drop-box at the Town Hall, 119 Cumberland Street, for Town utility and other bill payments is available 24/7. For further information on bill payment options, please call 902-634-4410, ext. 221 or wmills@explorelunenburg.ca.

• Fire inspections are suspended. In the case of an urgent matter, please call the Fire Inspector at 902- 634-4410, ext. 222 or fireinspector@explorelunenburg.ca.

• Building inspections will be prioritised and completed during the closure, if possible. If you have an urgent building inspection matter, please call 902-541-1325 for more information.

• The Lunenburg Library at the Lunenburg Academy will be closed to the public.

On March 16, Queens County also announced the cancellation of Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw Public Meetings scheduled in various communities throughout Queens County over the next two weeks. These meetings will be re-scheduled when deemed safe to do so. In the meantime, we encourage residents to review the drafts and provide written comment.

The drafts, along with additional project information, can be found at: www.queensplan.com

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