Anyone returning from travel outside of Canada or traveling into New Brunswick from another province is reminded that they must self-isolate for a period of 14 days. This means you must not leave your home or be out in the community during this period. If you require groceries or other essentials after returning from travel please contact a family member, a neighbor or a friend and have them get these supplies for you and deliver them to your home. This measure is necessary to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
On March 19, 2020, the Province of New Brunswick declared a state of emergency in response to Covid-19. A toll-free information line and email address have been set up to help answer non-health related questions, including questions about compliance with the state of emergency. The number, 1-844-462-8387, is operational seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, physical distancing remains the best way to prevent the spread of this virus. It is a measure which will help to flatten the curve to prevent over burdening the health care system with ill patients all at once. To ensure that this measure is successful only essential services that support critical infrastructure should continue. This means minimizing close contact with others and minimizing the amount of time spent in public spaces. The Province of New Brunswick has also directed that all public playgrounds are to be closed.
The Village of Hillsborough has activated our emergency response plan to Level 1; Enhanced Monitoring. This means that our emergency measures coodinator is continuously monitoring developments and is in regular contact with regional emergency measures personnel and our employees.
The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for New Brunswick recently introduced a self-assessment tool on their website. The tool is intended to help you determine if you should be tested for Coronavirus. Access COVID-19 Self Assessment online tool here.
You can stay informed of developments as they relate to the spread of Coronavirus in New Brunswick and what you can do to protect yourself and others by visiting the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health website at: https://www2gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/ocmoh/cdc/content/respiratory_diseases/coronavirus.html and the Public Agency of Canada website at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
All New Brunswickers are being asked to exercise SOCIAL DISTANCING and SELF-ISOLATION. SOCIAL DISTANCING is about keeping a distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from each other at all times. It’s an important measure which will help to flatten the curve to prevent over burdening of the health care system with ill patients all at once. To ensure that this measure is successful, only essential services that support critical infrastructure should continue. It also means minimizing the amount of time spent in public spaces. Also, New Brunswickers who have recently returned from travel outside of Canada are being instructed to SELF-ISOLATE for 14 days. It is important that they remain at home during this period and not come into contact with others.
White Rock Recreation Area and Village Walking Trails – CLOSURE
Hillsborough Village Council has made the difficult decision to close the White Rock Recreation Area and all Village walking trails. We apologize for any confusion, but we are constantly receiving new information from the Province and things are changing on a daily basis. As per the extended state of emergency, If a municipality cannot monitor and enforce the usage of their premises (parks and trails), then they must be closed. The signage on the trails will be updated on Monday. We appreciate everyone’s understanding. These are not easy decisions, but we must all do our part to try to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Everyone has a role to play in mitigating the impact of Coronavirus. It takes more than governments and action from the health sector to protect the health and safety of New Brunswickers. We all have a role to play. Please do your part!
If you have questions or concerns about the spread of Coronavirus in our community, please feel free to contact our emergency measures coordinator, Bob Rochon, by email at email@example.com.
Following the advice and recommendations from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Public Health), the Village Office, Public Works garage, and the Visitor Information Center remain closed to the public until further notice. We ask that residents make their water and sewer payments online at www.snb.ca or via Scotiabank online banking, or by mailing a cheque. You can still reach us at 734-3733 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, the Village of Hillsborough does not have the resources to monitor and respond to questions and conversations our Facebook posts generate. We are taking these steps to protect our employees and continue to provide critical and essential municipal services to our residents. On site and work from home options depending on the nature of employee’s role will be used. These measures are based on current information and may change as the situation continues to develop.We thank you for your continued support during this difficult time and remind everyone to refer to the Provincial Coronavirus Web Page at www.gnb.ca/coronavirus as a reliable source of current information.It should be noted that in the event of illness of staff, both the water and sewer system can be operated remotely to ensure continuous service/supply to our residents.
For a national perspective on what’s happening re: Coronavirus, here is a link to updates posted by the Government of Canada:
The following link, also posted by the Government of Canada, concerns public gatherings:
Please call before leaving for any appointments or events as they may be postponed. We have some cancellations listed below in our Community News & Events section.
Last updated March 25, 2020 10:00PM