COVID-19

Updated November 9, 2020

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to contain the virus spread, the Town of Oxford’s primary objectives are to keep everyone safe and healthy, provide essential services, and to maintain emergency response preparedness.

Adjusting programs and service levels to the developing situation may impact our customers. We regret any inconvenience and ask for your continued support and understanding through this challenging and unique circumstance.

The Town of Oxford has a recorded information line that is available 24/7 with current information on our response to this public health emergency. Please call 902-447-3129 to hear the recorded message.

Residents and members of the public are asked to please be patient and expect that there may be additional changes as we move forward.

Oxford & Area Food Bank remains open.  Please see attached poster. Food Bank Poster

Status of Town Services

Essential services of fire, police, water and sewer are not currently impacted.

Now, and until further notice, Town staff will not be entering residential or commercial premises except in the cases of emergency.

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

  • Black River Park - open for exercise
  • Skate Park - open (The Town is not cleaning or sanitizing the equipment at this location.)
  • Town Hall - open (10 am to 3:30 pm - Monday - Friday) - face masks are required upon entering
  • Fire Hall - open
  • Oxford Capitol Theatre - open
  • Oxford Arena - closed
  • Public Works Office and Garage - closed to the public
  • Oxford Pioneer Heritage Hall - open
  •  Ballfield (D.L George Henley Memorial Ballfield) - open (The Town is not cleaning or sanitizing the equipment at this location.)
  •  Tennis Courts - open (The Town is not cleaning or sanitizing the equipment at this location.)
  • Temporary location of the Oxford Public Library - located at the Oxford Medical Centre - Pick up only - may order books online or phone Megan at 902-447-2440 to make an appointment. There is a book drop located at the Oxford Medical Centre by the left hand door. The Cumberland Public Library is now "Fine Free"

Note: The Transfer Site is open. Residents are encouraged to limit their time at this location, to drop materials quickly and maintain social distancing.

Status of Programs and Events

All recreation activities and future programming are cancelled/postponed until further notice.

Status of meetings of Council and Committees

All in-person meetings of Council and committees are following COVID-19 protocols.  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:

 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 Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) 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.

The Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency on March 22, 2020, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We must all follow the Public Health Orders and Directions. Further information is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/.

For more information from the provincial and federal governments

Community

Let’s be caring and safely check on family, neighbours and friends, ensuring that they are well, have the resources they need, and are receiving public information. Please continue to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; stay home if you or someone in your home is sick; and cough or sneeze into your elbow sleeve. 

Thank you for working together to keep our community healthy and safe.

 

Municipal Property Tax Financing Program

Oxford residents and businesses, the Town of Oxford recognizes that many citizens and businesses have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Therefore, the Town is offering a one-time property tax financing program for owners of residential and commercial properties negatively affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Below is a link to more details on the Municipal Property Tax Financing Program

pdf Municipal Property Tax Financing Program (108 KB)