A Message from Mayor Wendy Donovan
Published: Friday, 27 November 2020 15:52
Wolfville and Covid-19 – Together We Can Get Through This Safely
This is certainly an unsettling time. After a stressful and challenging spring, we did quite well through the summer and early fall. Now, as Nova Scotia enters the second wave of COVID-19 we know our residents are growing increasingly concerned. There is so much about this situation that seems out of our control. We share your concerns and are taking steps to help keep us safe. While these steps will undoubtedly help, the biggest and most important things for us to do are the things we have been doing for the past eight months:
a) Wear a really good mask, three layers if you can, in all public places;
b) Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after any activity where germs are possible, use hand sanitizer when entering or leaving public spaces;
c) Pick a small bubble of people with whom to socialize;
d) Remember to keep at least 6 feet away from people who are not in your family or immediate bubble;
e) Stay at your home if you feel at all unwell and take care to keep your family members safe if you are feeling unwell;
f) If you think you have some of the telltale signs of COVID take the self-assessment on the Nova Scotia Covid-19 website, or call 811 for a guided assessment. Depending on your results you will be directed to testing options.
Since early spring our CAO has met twice each week with representatives of the Acadia Student Union, Acadia’s Safety and Security, the RCMP and members of the local community to discuss the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents. In response to the current rise in cases in our Province a number of new initiatives are underway in Wolfville.
1. Rapid Testing Location in Wolfville:
We support the Province’s decision to proactively host a local Rapid testing location for asymptomatic residents in Wolfville. We encourage all asymptomatic residents over 16 years of age who would like to be tested to do so. Details on this will be available shortly and the Town will share them once confirmed.
2. Wastewater Information:
Wolfville has leveraged resources through our partnership with Acadia to conduct weekly testing of our wastewater at several locations. This research is still in its early stages and it is difficult to quantify what positive tests results mean. We are grateful that despite the research being in the early stages of testing and development, we, along with our partners at Public Health and Acadia are able to share these results with our community as a reminder that it is important to not become complacent and to follow all public health guidelines.
3. Excessive Gatherings:
The Town supports the Province’s decision to increase the fine severity for all individuals that attend gatherings outside of the limits set by Public Health. Since Tuesday’s announcement Wolfville’s RCMP proactively visited residences previously been involved with COVID or Nuisance Bylaw infractions to provide a warning about the elevated risks associated with larger gatherings and the enforcement approach that will follow any infractions.
Acadia has, and will continue, to follow up on any COVID or Nuisance Party infractions involving students to ensure that those not complying with Acadia’s COVID-19 Pledge and Student Code of Conduct are appropriately addressed. Further information on Acadia’s COVID response can be found at https://www2.acadiau.ca/covid-19.html .
4. Wolfville’s Retail, Food and Beverage Services:
The Town works closely with our local businesses to put into practice the recent public health directions on non-essential travel to and from HRM. This year our local businesses need the support of our wonderful Wolfville community more than ever. While our Wolfville Glows celebrations may look a little different this year, our businesses are ready to welcome customers both in store, and through curbside services, in a safe manner. We encourage all residents to shop local this holiday season and to wrap our support around our amazing local business community.
In closing we understand and share your fears and concerns. Please always feel that you can call either the Mayor or any of your Councillors if you feel something has been missed. We are here for you. If we have our mutual health, safety and wellbeing in mind, we will get through this and be even better for the experience we have gone through together.
Mayor Wendy Donovan.