NB Advise for Volunteer Drivers (Apr. 14, 2020)

The New Brunswick Government has provided some guidelines for volunteers providing transportation services during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic (here).

Meantime, as of noon today the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick is 116. Here is the link to the Government of Canada website for national and provincial case numbers and other important information. The New Brunswick Coronavirus information page is here.

NB Small Business Emergency Working Capital Program (Apr. 10, 2020)

Posted on behalf of CBDC Westmorland Albert (Community Business Development Corporation):
NB Small Business Emergency Working Capital Program
    At the beginning of March, 2020 few Atlantic Canadians could have predicted how drastically our lives would have changed in a month. We’ve all been adjusting to a rapidly changing world, and for us that has looked like providing our services to small business clients while we work from home. For many small businesses in New Brunswick that has looked like reduced customers, increased uncertainty and difficult times.
    While we’re still ironing out the growing pains of our staff working from home, know that we are always here for you and ready to meet your small business needs.To that end, based on our strong relationship with the Government of New Brunswick and our work within the small business community, we’ve been chosen to administer the Government’s Small Business Emergency Working Capital Program.
    This program is designed to help provide relief to businesses as they responded to the challenges posed by COVID-19. Impacted small business owners can apply for working capital loans up to $100,000, they will not be required to pay interest for the first six months. Interest payments will be required in months 7-12 and principal and interest payments will begin in month 13.
    During these challenging times we may be physical distancing, but we’re also coming together to support the small businesses that make this province thrive. If this working capital loan program could help your business during this difficult time, please contact us, we’re available online at www.cbdc.ca or by telephone at (506) 532-8312.
COVID-19 Updates:

EMO: No Gatherings (Apr. 9, 2020)

From the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization:
The Province would like to remind New Brunswickers that in-person church gatherings are prohibited under the State of Emergency order. Mass gatherings can have the potential for serious public health consequences. They can increase the spread of infectious diseases and cause additional strain on the health-care system when held during outbreaks, such as the current COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
The Village of Salisbury would like to extend wishes for a safe Easter at home.

For the latest COVID-19 case numbers, click here. Meantime, the New Brunswick Coronavirus information page is here.

COVID-19: Trail Etiquette and Homemade Masks (Apr. 8, 2020)

Some of the latest Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus:

- The case numbers, nationally and provincially, can be found here. The New Brunswick Coronavirus information page is here.

- Here in Salisbury, the Wetland Trail adjacent to Highland Park remains open at this time; however, the Highland Park play structures, as well as the play structures at all other playgrounds in Salisbury, remain closed to use in effort to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. As for using the trail(s) (this would apply to sidewalks throughout the village, as well), be prudent by maintaining physical distancing of two metres (six feet) and do not touch surfaces of benches and the like. Also, do not congregate in groups. We also ask that trail users walk, jog, or bike ONE-WAY as posted. If all trail users proceed TO THE RIGHT in a counter-clockwise direction upon entering the trail gates, whether at the end of MacDonald Road or upon entering via Highland Park, we will prevent passing by one another as much as possible. In areas where passing by one another is unavoidable, such as at the trail access points, give as much space as possible – hang back and wait, if necessary. The trails will be monitored periodically.

- The New Brunswick Government, this week, struck a pandemic task force to assume decision-making authority for all aspects of health-care in the province. Meantime, the province’s State of Emergency continues.

- Canada’s Special Advisory Committee on COVID-19 has come to a consensus that wearing a non-medical MASK, even if you have no symptoms, is an additional measure you can take to protect others around you. That said, wearing a non-medical mask in the community does not mean you can back off on the public health measures that we know work to protect you and others, ie. physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and regular disinfection of high-touch surfaces.

Spring Special Pick-Up Day

Salisbury Spring Special Pick-Up Day: The Village’s Spring bulk waste curbside/roadside collection remains scheduled for Monday, May 4th. Please be sure to have items at the curb early, as pick-up can commence anytime after 5:00am. Among the items accepted are: Appliances/Furniture, Lumber and yard waste (bundled in 4' lengths), and tires (limit: two). Not accepted are: batteries, paint products, chemicals, propane tanks, and other hazardous materials.

Meantime, the scheduled May 6-7 stop in Salisbury for Southeast Eco360's “Mobile Eco-Depot” (for hazardous waste, etc) has been cancelled ( link:_www.eco360.ca ). The next Mobile Eco-Depot in Salisbury will be on Wednesday, September 2nd and Thursday, September 3rd, located at the parking lot of Salisbury Baptist Church at 3128 Main St. Hours each day will be noon until 8pm.

Stay Home, says NB EMO (Apr. 6, 2020)

From the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization:

- Residents of New Brunswick are reminded to comply with restrictions imposed under the State of Emergency. This means keeping travel to a strict minimum. Enforcement officers are now fining people for violating the mandatory order. Failing to obey the order has serious consequences, with fines ranging from $292.50 to $10,200.
- Although all playgrounds in the province are closed, some municipal public parks and walking trails remain open as long as physical and social distancing measures are followed. People are reminded to keep at least two metres from others at all times, do not form a crowd, and, if they witness non-compliant gatherings, contact a peace officer by calling 1-844-462-8387 (8:30am to 4:30pm).
- New Brunswick is moving from education to enforcement to protect the lives of its residents. Those who are not following provincial orders and those gathering in closed parks will be fined.
The latest COVID-19 case numbers can be found here - https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html.
New Brunswick’s dedicated Coronavirus web page can be found here - https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/ocmoh/cdc/content/respiratory_diseases/coronavirus.html.

NB State of Emergency Extended (Apr. 3, 2020)

Infection numbers for COVID-19 in Canada and New Brunswick continue to climb ( the_latest ), prompting this reminder to adhere to direction provided by government, including by New Brunswick’s Chief Medical Officer of Health ( Coronavirus_Page ).

Meantime, the State of Emergency declaration issued by New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs on March 19th has been extended for another 14 days with the approval of the all-party cabinet committee on COVID-19 and the cabinet. The provincial government has revised the mandatory order under the Emergency Measures Act. The new sections include:
- campgrounds being prohibited from admitting patrons for a two-week period;
- landowners/occupiers are now responsible to take all reasonable steps to prevent gatherings;
- no open fires until May 1st;
- some adjustments have been made at border control points with regards to work/family/necessities;
- and physical distancing of 2m applies to -everyone-, except household members or as needed for work.
The latest version of the State of Emergency declaration is available online ( State_of_Emergency ).

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