Social Media/Media Release – 2020 03 16
The Town of Oxford is working diligently on its response to the coronavirus outbreak, to ensure the safety of its employees and the public. Further to the Nova Scotia cases of COVID-19, and as this has been categorized as a pandemic outbreak by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Town of Oxford takes the health and safety of our employees and broader community very seriously. The Chief Medical Officer for Canada stated yesterday that this is a serious public health threat and it is everyone’s responsibility to take strong action to delay the spread of COVID-19 to protect as many people as possible. As such, the Town is updating plans to attempt to ensure the continuity of essential municipal services, while at the same time as minimizing any potential spread of the virus.
We are accepting the recommendation of the Province of Nova Scotia and requiring all of our employees who travel outside the country to self- isolate for 14 days on their return. Where it is practical, they will be required to work from home during self-isolation if they are able to do so. Sanitation efforts are being increased, and general gatherings in all of our facilities are being restricted to core essential service delivery purposes only.
The Town has cancelled March Break programming, will not be hosting English as a Second Language classes or other public uses of the Town Hall until further notice. We have closed the Arena to the public for the remainder of the ice surface season, and further to the Cumberland Libraries announcement, the set up of the temporary location for the Oxford Library is on hold. Other facilities owned by the Town, such as the Capitol Theatre and Oxford Pioneer Heritage Hall may also be closed to public gatherings pending future developments. By doing so, we take the strong mitigating step of restricting access and slowing the progress of the virus. It is important to slow the spread and protect our most vulnerable citizens. The safety of the public and our employees is our number one concern.
The public is urged to consult the provincial website for official and updated information on the progress of COVID-19 at https://novascotia.ca/CoronaVirus/#protect. You can also call the Government of Canada novel coronavirus information line toll free at 1-833-784-4397. 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.
Keeping everyone safe and healthy, providing essential services, and maintaining emergency response preparedness are the primary objectives for the Town of Oxford. Adjusting programs and service levels to the developing situation may impact our customers. We regret any inconvenience and ask for your support and understanding through this challenging and unique circumstance.