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Carpooling (April 8, 2020)

It has come to our attention that the laws regarding carpooling remain unclear.As stated by Premier MacNeil and Dr. Strang, Nova Scotians are required to practice social distancing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing means limiting your contact with other people – stay about 2 metres (6 feet) apart. Unfortunately, this also includes vehicles. People should not be within 6 feet of each other unless they are from the same household.

Under this State of Emergency, the police will enforce these guidelines, and not respecting them will result in penalties. However, we can confirm that no tickets have been issued from the Town of Truro Police Service for carpooling at this time.

Thank you for understanding and stay safe.

Update (April 2, 2020)

Stay connected with us during the COVID 19 pandemic!

While Town facilities are closed to the public (with limited access to the Truro Police Station), we are still available to take your calls and provide the following services.

We encourage you to reach out with any questions or inquiries.


Update (March 26, 2020)

PLEASE BE ADVISED:The Province of Nova Scotia has issued an Open Fire Ban.
For more information visit: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

Updates (March 24, 2020)

Public Notice:

Blue Bag Recycling Collection Suspended During COVID 19
Beginning tomorrow morning, March 25th, 2020, there will be no collection of blue bag recyclables as the Colchester Recycling Depot will be closed until further notice.
Residual garbage (black bags & clear bags) and compost collection will continue as normal.
All residents are advised to store their blue bag recyclables at home until the Colchester Recycling Depot can reopen.

For your information:
 

Public Notice- COVID-19 (March 23, 2020)

Municipal Services Regarding Provincial State of Emergency
On March 22, 2020 the Province of Nova Scotia declared a State of Emergency. With this declaration the Province has additional authorities to better provide for citizens safety and security.

The Province has been providing updates and advice to municipalities regarding the authority of the Emergency Management Act as the result of the State of Emergency.

The Town of Truro supports the Province’s decision to declare a State of Emergency and will
continue to work with the Province to align the recommendations of health officials and orders issued under the Emergency Measures Act.

The Town of Truro is committed to taking important steps in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Announced yesterday, March 22, 2020, the Province of Nova Scotia made the decision to close all Provincial Parks. As a result, the Town of Truro also announced the closure of all parks, playgrounds, sports fields/courts, and trails that are under ownership of the Town of Truro until further notice. While it is understood that the Provincial position is not to close single trail networks, all of the trails within the Town of Truro, notwithstanding a small portion of the Cobequid Trail, is located within a park. Therefore, it is the position of the Town of Truro, to also close all trail networks within the Town of Truro.

Please note, services deemed to be essential under the Provincial order will continue to operate within the Town of Truro. All standard essential services of the municipality – including the Truro Fire Service, Truro Police Service, and the Town of Truro Public Works Department are all operational and adhering to the most updated guidance and precautions from the Province and health officials. A Provincial State of Emergency does not impact public safety service levels or the need to maintain a level of core public services.

It is important for all residents and businesses within the Town of Truro to note that under the new provincial authority individuals who are found to be in breach of the order will be subject to fines issued by the Truro Police Service.

For more information on the Town of Truro’s municipal services during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit https://truro.ca/living-in-truro/covid19.html or call 902-895-4484.

Thank you for helping with the community effort to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

 Park Closures (March 22, 2020)

Premier MacNeil as of 12PM today 22 March 2020 declared a State of Emergency for the Province of Nova Scotia. With this declaration the province has additional authorities to restrict travel and actions of its citizens, that in its view, better provide for their safety and security.

The Province has directed that both provincial and municipal parks be closed under the authority of the Emergency Management Act as the result of the State of Emergency. The Town of Truro is obligated to follow this direction and therefore must close all playgrounds and parks within the Town including Victoria Park. To enforce this closure, all municipal parking lots will be closed to vehicles with barriers being placed as soon as practical. Vehicles ignoring these barriers will be fined in accordance with provincial direction.

The Town had hoped to keep parks open to help the public deal with the feelings of social isolation during this unprecedented situation. Unfortunately as we continue to deal with this crisis, it has been clear that many are not heeding the requirement to maintain social distances and therefore further steps must be taken. We strongly encourage everyone that is able to walk in your neighbourhood while maintaining recommended social distance of 2 metres or 6 feet.

The Town would like to thank everyone for their understanding and cooperation while we all deal with this situation. We will continue to update you as the situation evolves.

Following the Public Notice issued Monday, March 16, 2020

please be advised of the following updates:

The well-being and safety of the general public, Town employees and those using our services are a top priority to us. We are committed to continuing to provide services to those that need them. Everyone is learning more about COVID-19 each day and we continue to develop and implement precautions to ensure we are providing a safe environment for those we service and our staff.
It is with this in mind that the following additional measures are being put in place:

1. Town Hall will be closed to the public effective 4:30 today (March 17, 2020). This change will be outlined on all social media channels. Signs will also be placed at each entrance to provide updated information for anyone that feels they need to talk to someone about an issue they are dealing with. Phone lines will continue to be open. Please call the main line for all inquiries: 902-895-4484.

2. Additional restrictions will also be put in place at the Truro Police Station to prevent individuals from entering the lobby area unless they have been cleared to do so;
These measures are meant to help us exercise social distance protocols suggested by both federal and provincial health authorities to reduce contact and limit potential exposure.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will be adjusting things based on advice from the local, provincial and federal health authorities and government agencies to ensure we are doing whatever is practical to keep people safe and help “flatten the curve”.

Thanks everyone for your patience and understanding as we work through this.

As a reminder:
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 novascotia.ca/coronavirus/ 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.

 

Public Notice- Update (March 16, 2020)

Following the Public Notice issued Friday, March 13, 2020, please be advised of the following updates.

The Town of Truro will take the following additional precautionary measures to prepare and respond to the impacts of COVID-19 infections in Nova Scotia and to our community.

The Town of Truro has made decisions on the following items:
• There will be very limited access to the Truro Police Service building, Truro Fire Service building, Douglas Street Recreation Centre, Truro Public Works facility, and the Colchester Legion Stadium. Please respect this and call ahead for access or inquiries. Access will only be granted in limited circumstances.
• Truro Public Works staff will be reduced to ensure all essential services and functions are covered and available moving forward. Staff will ensure services such as water treatment, pot hole patching, snow and ice operations, and emergency repairs (water breaks, sewer repairs) are maintained.
• The Town of Truro will be extending the deadline for the renewal of Taxi licenses from April 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020.
• Truro Police Service:
o Will have limited access to front counter services. All nonessential services such as criminal record checks have been temporarily suspended. People are encouraged to call the Police Station for administrative inquiries instead of showing up in person at the police station. The police station will remain open 24/7 to the public for emergencies.
o Are suspending the use of the Community Room for public meetings until further notice.
o All Truro Police Station tours that were scheduled over March Break have been postponed.
o When calling the Truro Police Station, dispatchers will be asking additional questions regarding travel and warning signs of potential COVID-19, before dispatching Police officers to non-priority calls.

At this time, these are the only changes being made to Municipal operations and services, but please be patient and expect there may be additional changes as we move forward.
While Town Hall remains open to the public, we are asking all residents to make phone or online inquiries whenever possible. The Town of Truro also accepts online payments. This is a precautionary measure to attempt to limit public exposure in Town owned facilities.

As a reminder, measures are being taken to ensure essential and emergency services will remain in place and be provided to the public.

There is a dedicated page on the Town of Truro website (www.truro.ca) to keep residents updated on our COVID-19 response. As the situation unfolds, this webpage will be updated.
As a reminder:
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 novascotia.ca/coronavirus/ 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.

For More Information from the Province:
NS Health and Wellness Novel Coronavirus website
Public Health Agency of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak updates
Public Health Agency of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Awareness resource

 Truro Police Service

 As the province of Nova Scotia continues to monitor and  prepare for coronavirus, the Truro Police Service would like to assure the community that we are continuing to provide 24 /7 frontline policing as usual.
The community will notice no changes to our regular patrol duties, or how we answer calls for service .
However, we have made the following administrative adjustments  : 

1) Limited front counter services, all non essential services such as criminal record checks have been temporarily suspended. We encourage people to call for administrative questions  instead of showing up in person at the police station.  The police station remains open 24/7 to the public for emergencies.

2)We are suspending the use of our Community Room for public meetings until further notice.

3)All station tours that were scheduled over March Break have been postponed.

4)When calling police, dispatchers will be asking additional questions regarding travel and  warning signs of potential Covid -19, before dispatching our officers to non-priority calls

Public Notice - COVID-19


Town of Truro Mayor Bill Mills released the following statement today on the Town’s response to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

The Town of Truro understands and empathizes with the growing concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) around the globe and in our own community.
Based on the position of the Province of Nova Scotia, announced today by the Chief Medical Officer, the Town of Truro will take precautionary measures to prepare and respond to the increased likelihood of COVID-19 infections in Nova Scotia and the potential impacts on municipal operations and to our community.

Following directives of the Chief Medical Officer and the Province of Nova Scotia, a decision has been made to not proceed with the following programs and events:

• All March break and free community drop in programs will be cancelled until further notice. This includes:
o Indoor walking
o Parent and Tot Open Gym
o Pickleball
o Skating
o Open Gym Programs
o Adult Basketball
o Badminton
• All Douglas Street Recreation Centre Room Rentals and Gym Rentals are cancelled until further notice.
• All Colchester Legion Stadium Rentals are cancelled until further notice.
• The Town of Truro Art Acquisition Program will be postponed until a future date.
• The Town of Truro Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be postponed until a future date.

We are asking all residents to make phone or online inquiries and payments whenever possible. This is a precautionary measure to attempt to limit public exposure in Town owned facilities.

Measures are being taken to ensure essential and emergency services will remain in place and be provided to the public.
There is a dedicated page on the Town of Truro website (www.truro.ca) to keep residents updated on our COVID-19 response. As the situation unfolds, this webpage will be updated.

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 novascotia.ca/coronavirus/ 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.

Finally, the health and safety of our community is always our top priority. I want to ask everyone for their patience and understanding during this uncertain time.

Thank you,

Mayor Bill Mills
Town of Truro

Current Status


There are currently no reported cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.

The Town of Truro is closely following the updates from provincial and federal government partners to prepare and respond to the increased likelihood of more COVID-19 infections in Canada.

Nova Scotia’s health care system is actively monitoring and detecting potential cases of novel coronavirus.

Practicing good hygiene remains the best defense against illness. We need to ensure that we are all taking the necessary precautions as we normally would for a flu season. Residents are encouraged to not panic but to always have 72 hours of supplies in case of emergency.

Impact on Town Services 


Following directives of the Chief Medical Officer and the Province of Nova Scotia, a decision has been made to not proceed with the following programs and events:

• All March break and free community drop in programs will be cancelled until further notice. This includes:
o Indoor walking
o Parent and Tot Open Gym
o Pickleball
o Skating
o Open Gym Programs
o Adult Basketball
o Badminton
• All Douglas Street Recreation Centre Room Rentals and Gym Rentals are cancelled until further notice.
• All Colchester Legion Stadium Rentals are cancelled until further notice.
• The Town of Truro Art Acquisition Program will be postponed until a future date.
• The Town of Truro Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be postponed until a future date

At this time, there are no other changes to Municipal operations and services. But town staff are ready in the event that changes need to be made.
We are asking all residents to make phone or online inquiries and payments whenever possible. This is a precautionary measure to attempt to limit public exposure in Town owned facilities.

Measures are being taken to ensure essential and emergency services will remain in place and be provided to the public.

What you can do:
Pay close attention to your health and know when to seek advice.

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 novascotia.ca/coronavirus/ 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.

For More Information
NS Health and Wellness Novel Coronavirus website
Public Health Agency of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak updates
Public Health Agency of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Awareness resource

 

Contact Us

  • 695 Prince Street, Truro, Nova Scotia B2N1G5
  • 902-895-4484
  • 902-893-0501