COVID-19 UPDATES FROM THE MUNICIPALITY OF THE COUNTY OF INVERNESS
Municipality of the County of Inverness

Dear Resident Families, Friends and Visitors to Inverary Manor

An open letter to Resident Families, Friends and Visitors to Inverary Manor   

November 18th, 2020

COVID-19 Cases in Central Zone (Halifax NS)

We have been closely following the recent rise in COVID-19 cases reported in the Halifax/Dartmouth area (Central Zone).   As we track this on-going situation, we continue to take guidance from Dr. Strang and the Public Health Office.  At this time we are not introducing any additional restrictions for visitors or staff at Inverary Manor.  Having re-introduced visitors to Inverary Manor and welcomed you back into our Home only several weeks ago, we do not desire to restrict access again, unless deemed necessary.

We are now receiving 95 visitors each week at Inverary Manor.  Our residents have benefited greatly from in-person contact with family and friends and all have enjoyed the opportunity to renew these important relationships.  As we approach the Christmas Holiday period, we want to ensure residents and family will continue to have access to in-person visits during this special time of year.

We are therefore soliciting the support of family, friends and the community at large to partner with us in being hyper vigilant during this time of year, especially visitors to Inverary Manor who may live in the Halifax area or who may be contemplating a trip to the Halifax area. You can help us keep our Home free of COVID-19 and our residents and staff safe from the COVID Virus by taking the following precautions in your community:

  • Wear a Mask when out in public places, especially indoor spaces
  • Practice Physical/Social Distancing (6 feet)
  • Wash Hands/Use Hand Sanitizer frequently. It’s a good idea to carry hand sanitizer or wipes with you when you go out in public spaces.  (Consider keeping both with you and/or in your vehicle and use after each interaction in a public place).
  • Avoid/Minimize close contact with anyone (outside your work) who is not in your “10 Person Bubble”.
  • Be aware of “Covid-19 Hot Spots” in Halifax/Dartmouth (if living or travelling there) and make every effort to avoid those areas or minimize contact in those areas.
  • Avoid close contact with friends whose activities and behavior may inadvertently increase their risks of becoming exposed to the COVID-19 Virus. (For example: a friend who has attended several large gatherings or does not regularly wear a mask).
  • Plan your Christmas/Holiday activities and celebrations so to minimize the number of people with whom you will have close in-person contact.

I want to take this opportunity to thank visitors to Inverary Manor for your adherence to the restrictions and guidelines and for making a positive difference in the lives of our residents and staff.  Together, we have worked diligently to avoid the impact of a COVID-19 outbreak at Inverary Manor.  We will need to continue our efforts for the next few months, to ensure we are not impacted by a “Second Wave”.  It will require our collective focus to be successful.   There is good news on the horizon; with the recent announcements of successful vaccine trials….so the light is now shining in the tunnel ….. Even though the end of the tunnel is not yet visible!

Fall 2020 Heavy Garbage Schedule

Download the 2020 Heavy Garbage Pickup Schedule by clicking here.

Participaper Readership Survey

VIDEO: July 23 Committee of the Whole

For Immediate Release: Update on Strait Area Transit

July 24th, 2020

For immediate release:

Strait Area Transit is gearing up to resume service in a limited capacity, tentatively starting August 4th, 2020.

Initially our service will be limited to (but not exclusively) medical runs and smaller charters as per the guidelines from the Province’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Robert Strang.

COVID-19 has brought many challenges and changes to public transit that have impacted our day to day operations. Strait Area Transit will be following guidelines that limit the number of passengers per vehicle and all passengers will be required to wear masks while riding in all vehicles.

Our policies will require all drivers and passengers to follow Provincial guidelines which will include wearing masks and frequent sanitizing of the vehicles.

A full description of our COVID-19 policies can be found on our Facebook page and Website.

The board of Directors and Strait Area Transit staff have been working towards reopening over the last few months and our concern for the safety of our staff and riders is paramount. We continue to work towards making our vehicles secure from possible reoccurrences of COVID-19 and we will adjust our policies as conditions evolve.

As Chair of Strait Area Transit, I would like to thank our loyal riders for their patience during our service suspension and I look forward to seeing full service being restored in the future.

On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to welcome our new Executive Director, Amber Carrigan, to the Strait Area Transit team. Amber brings a positive new energy to our organization, and we are excited to see where she takes us. She has tackled this challenge of restructuring our service model to follow the Provincial guidelines and is dedicated to the success of rural transit in the Strait Area as well as Victoria County.

Amber and the staff look forward to connecting all our previous and new clients as we get ready to roll.

For more information please see our website at satbus.ca and our Facebook page.

Thank you

Chair Strait Area Transit

Councillor John Dowling

VIDEO: July 9th, 2020 Regular Council Meeting

Summer Job Opportunity: Strait Area Transit

Are you a student that resides in Inverness County and looking for summer employment?

Strait Area Transit is looking to hire a student for the summer to help with answering phones, taking messages, filing and more under the direction of the director.

Please forward your resume to:

director@satbus.ca

Resumes will be accepted until Noon, Monday July 27th, 2020.

Looking forward to having you work with us!

Are you hosting a community clean-up event?

The Municipality of the County of Inverness can assist by providing garbage bags and gloves. We may also be able to assist with hauling, depending on the location and the availability of equipment, and waiving of Kenloch Waste Facility tipping fees. Please fill out this form and send it to erin.gillis@invernesscounty.ca.

The Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up is Nova Scotia’s largest volunteer-driven community clean-up program, promoting litter clean-ups across the province. Since the program started in 1992, the Clean Foundation has provided supplies and support to participants who wish to carry out community-based clean-ups.

In 2019, the Nova Scotia Adopt-A-Highway took over the delivery of the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up Program. Now the Adopt-A-Highway will be able to broaden their reach and remove even more litter from Nova Scotia than ever before. The Adopt-A-Highway is excited for the future with this new endeavor and are eager to support community-based clean-ups in addition to their roadside litter clean-ups.

Litter is an eyesore, poses health risks, affects water quality, and is often mistaken as food by wildlife. As well,  studies show that litter begets litter, meaning people tend to litter in areas where there is already garbage on the ground.

Join thousands of other Nova Scotians in making our province beautiful and healthy.

Easter Pickup Schedule Update / Horaire de Pâques

All Municipal buildings and facilities will be closed Friday, April 10th and Monday, April 13th due to the Easter holiday.

Changes to solid waste collection are as follows:

April 10th collection will instead take place on Saturday, April 11th

April 13th collection will instead take place on Saturday, April 18th

For more information, please call GFL’s helpline at 1-888-863-1744.

The Municipality thanks residents for their understanding and wishes all a safe and meaningful holiday.

 

Tous les bâtiments et installations de la Municipalité seront fermés le vendredi 10 avril et le lundi 13 avril en raison des vacances de Pâques.

Les modifications apportées à la collecte des déchets solides sont les suivantes :

La collecte du 10 avril aura lieu le samedi 11 avril

La collecte du 13 avril aura plutôt lieu le samedi 18 avril

Pour plus d’informations, veuillez appeler le service d’assistance téléphonique de GFL au 1-888-863-1744.

La Municipalité remercie les résidents pour leur compréhension et souhaite à tous des vacances sécuritaires.

STRAIT AREA TRANSIT: Covid-19 Restrictions

Strait Area Transit will be limiting service to essential services only. ie Medical, access to food. If you are able to order food/supplies, they can deliver it to your house. Contact 902-625-1475 for more information.