May 7, 2020 – Prioritizing community health & safety as essential work and maintenance programs begin

Prioritizing community health and safety as essential work and maintenance programs begin

We understand that you want to be kept informed about what’s happening in our community. We are working hard to ensure that all of our essential work and asset maintenance programs are completed as they should be, and we will keep you informed about what’s happening.

We want to assure you that community safety and well-being is our priority in responding to COVID-19 as we move forward with essential work and maintenance.

To complete some of our essential work, and maintain our facilities, we rely on contractors from within and outside of our province. While we are continuously exploring ways to minimize the number of contractors from out-of-province, some of our essential work and maintenance requires workers from outside of NL. Out-of-province contractors will be required to adhere to all of the public health measures and protocols in place.

Our Annual Biting Fly Program, scheduled to start next week, is one such program that requires contractors from out-of-province. The delivery of this program is necessary to our town as it significantly reduces the amount of flying insects and increases comfort for residents and allows us to enjoy outdoor activities during the summer months. As part of our response to COVID-19, any worker arriving from outside the province to work as part of the Biting Fly program will be required to self-quarantine for fourteen days in a self-contained unit immediately upon arrival.

As we continue our review of essential maintenance and operational requirements in the weeks and months ahead, we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community and adhere to the provincial public health measures.

Be well & stay safe.