Updates from the Bishops Office
Please note that for the most up-to-date information visit the Government sites (linked below)

June 9th, 2021

PEI:

PEI’s Moving Forward plan began with Step 1 on June 6, 2021. See details here: Moving Forward Step 1 | Government of Prince Edward Island. These measures are in effect until June 27 or until otherwise stated. This includes a new gathering guidance. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Public Health or reach out to us at bishopsoffice@nspeidiocese.ca and we’ll try to help.  

NS:

NS’s Re-opening plan began on June 2nd and includes five phases. We are still in phase 1. See details here:NS Reopening - Phase One  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Public Health or reach out to us at bishopsoffice@nspeidiocese.ca and we’ll try to help. You can find the full reopening plan here:  Reopening plan - Government of Nova Scotia, Canada.

 

May 26th, 2021

Covid-19 update -

NS A gradual re-opening plan for the province is expected to be announced on Friday, May 28th, 2021. It’s not clear whether or how this will impact gathering restrictions or whether/when faith gatherings will be permitted. For up-to-date information please go to: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

Covid-19 update -

PEI Post circuit breaker measures are in place until further notice. The measures will be reassessed throughout. These restrictions override all other existing sector specific public health guidance. Faith gatherings are permitted in PEI following provincial government protocols. For up-to-date information please go to: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/covid19

May 21st, 2021

Covid-19 update - NS

While a provincial briefing has been scheduled for late this afternoon, when the NetNews was finalized there were no changes in the severe restrictions noted here last week. For up-to-date information please go to:  Coronavirus (COVID-19): restrictions and guidance - Government of Nova Scotia, Canada

Covid-19 update - PEI

Post circuit breaker measures are in place until further notice. The measures will be reassessed throughout. These restrictions override all other existing sector specific public health guidance. Faith gatherings are permitted in PEI following provincial government protocols. For up-to-date information please go to: COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Prince Edward Island | Government of Prince Edward Island

 

April 28th, 2021

Covid update – NS:

Below is information circulated to faith leaders today updating us on changes announced yesterday regarding enhanced lockdown measures throughout all of Nova Scotia. I recognize that for many of us, these measures will cause anxiety and concern. As I noted in an update to clergy last week, it has been a long year and these extended restrictions, while necessary, are nonetheless discouraging. This will be our reality for the next few weeks at least. Please do your part to keep yourself and others safe: stay home as much as possible, limit your social contacts as recommended, get tested for Covid-19 as part of your regular preventative strategy, and, as you’re able, get vaccinated. I know the recent number of positive cases of Covid-19 in our province is discouraging, but I also know that we have done well in responding to Public Health guidelines. Let’s do our best to take care of each other.

Dear Nova Scotia Faith Leaders,

I regret to say that due to rapid progression in the COVID situation in Nova Scotia, at 8 am, April 28rd the COVID restrictions were significantly increased across the entire province Unfortunately, a key prevention step needs to be closing all gatherings, including faith gatherings.  I appreciate how challenging this will be for you and your congregations but we are in a very serious situation.  I ask for continued prayer for the safety of all Nova Scotians at this time.

Here are further details of the restrictions:

The following restrictions are effective 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, and will remain in effect until at least May 12:

Gatherings, schools and daycare

-- Nova Scotians can only gather indoors or outdoors with their household bubble, which is the people they live with

-- households of two or less people can socialize with one or two others but they must be the same people for this two-week period

-- no unnecessary travel between communities; a community is defined as the municipality where you live - people should stay as close to home as possible when accessing essential or necessary services or products

-- all public and private schools are closed

-- day cares will remain open, with the focus on providing service to those providing essential services or have no other child-care option; essential workers who need help to access childcare supports can contact ECDSERVICES@Novascotia.ca  or call 1-877-223-9555

Masking

-- mandatory masking for staff, visitors and children over two years old in indoor child-care settings

-- mandatory masking outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained, including playgrounds and parks

-- in private indoor workplaces such as offices or warehouses, masks are mandatory in all common areas, places where there is interaction with the public, areas with poor ventilation, and areas where distance cannot be maintained

Retail and business

-- retail stores are closed for in-person service unless those stores provide services essential to the life, health or personal safety of individuals and animals. These stores can remain open at 25 per cent capacity and include those that provide:

     -- food

     -- pharmaceutical products, medicine and medical devices

     -- personal hygiene products

     -- cleaning products

     -- baby and child products

     -- gas stations and garages

     -- computer and cellphone service and repair

     -- electronic and office supplies

     -- hardware supplies

     -- pet and animal supplies.

-- restaurants and licensed establishments are closed for dine-in service, but contactless take-out or delivery is allowed   

--Nova Scotia Liquor Commission stores can remain open at 25 per cent capacity

-- personal services such as hair salons, barber shops and spas are closed

-- regulated and unregulated health professions can remain open with an approved COVID-19 plan

-- Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax and Sydney and First Nations gaming establishments and VLTs must close

Events, recreation, arts and culture

-- wedding and funeral ceremonies can have five people, plus officiants

-- no social events, special events, festivals, arts/cultural events, sports events, faith gatherings, wedding receptions, or funeral visitation or receptions

-- no meetings or training except mental health and addictions support groups, which can have 10 people with physical distancing and masks

-- virtual gatherings and performances can be held with a maximum of five people in one location

-- all fitness, recreational and sports facilities are closed

-- licensed and unlicensed establishments cannot host activities such as darts, cards, pool and bowling

-- indoor fitness facilities like gyms and yoga studios and sport and recreation facilities like pools, arenas, tennis courts and large multipurpose recreation facilities are closed

-- businesses and organizations offering a wide variety of indoor recreation activities are closed, such as indoor play areas, arcades, climbing facilities, dance classes and music lessons --outdoor recreation activities, including individual sports, are allowed and encouraged; outdoor fitness and recreation businesses and organized clubs can operate with a maximum of five people and physical distancing

-- museums, libraries and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia are closed, but libraries can offer pick-up and drop-off of books and other materials

Long-term care/special care

-- there will be no visitors or volunteers allowed inside long-term care facilities except for designated care providers and no visits to the community

-- all adult day programs for seniors closed

-- all homes licensed by the Department of Community Service under the Homes for Special Care Act cannot have visitors and residents cannot have community access

-- all adult day programs for persons with disabilities funded by the Department of Community Services will be closed except for scheduled vaccine clinics at three of these programs  

People who do not follow the public health measures can be fined. For example, the fine is now $2,000 for each person at an illegal gathering.

Sincerely,

Dr. Robert Strang

Chief Medical Officer of Health

Department of Health and Wellness

 

Covid update – PEI:

There are no changes from last week’s update for Prince Edward Island. While positive case numbers of Covid-19 remain low on PEI, please also do your part to keep yourself and others safe: stay home as much as possible, limit your social contacts as recommended, get tested for Covid-19 when required/recommended, and, as you’re able, get vaccinated. For up-to-date information go to: COVID-19 Post Circuit Breaker Measures: March 13, 2021 | Government of Prince Edward Island

April 21st, 2021

Covid-19 update - NS:
On April 20th, 2021 restrictions have changed for those entering Nova Scotia.  Please find updated information here.

Please note that there has been a delay in re-opening the Atlantic bubble until at least May 3rd. For the most up-to-date information please go to:  https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

Covid-19 update - PEI:

Post circuit breaker measures are in place until May 2021. The measures will be reassessed throughout. These restrictions override all other existing sector specific public health guidance. Please note that there has been a delay in re-opening the Atlantic bubble until at least May 3rd. For the most up-to-date information  goto: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/covid19 

April 14th, 2021

Covid-19 update - NS:

No changes from last week. Today's scheduled meeting between Dr. Strang and faith leaders was cancelled and will be rescheduled. Please note that there has been a delay in re-opening the Atlantic bubble until at least May 3rd. For the most up-to-date information please go to:  https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

Covid-19 update - PEI:

No changes from last week. PEI is in the Covid-19 Alert Level Caution (Yellow). Circuit breaker measures are in effect until mid-April. Please watch for updates. Please note that there has been a delay in re-opening the Atlantic bubble until at least May 3rd. For the most up-to-date information please go to: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/covid19 

 

March 24th, 2021

No changes from last week. Please note that for meetings and training the same restrictions apply as for worship (up to 50% of a building’s capacity with a maximum of 100 people). For detailed information go to: Coronavirus (COVID-19): restrictions and guidance - Government of Nova Scotia, Canada

Covid-19 Update: Prince Edward Island

Circuit breaker measures are in place until mid-April. These restrictions override all other existing sector specific public health guidance. For detailed information go to: COVID-19 Post Circuit Breaker Measures: March 13, 2021 | Government of Prince Edward Island

March 17th, 2021 - Bishop Sandra

Covid-19 Update: Nova Scotia - No changes from last week (although please note the error with respect to indoor gathering limits in last week). For detailed information go to: Coronavirus (COVID-19): restrictions and guidance - Government of Nova Scotia, Canada Covid-19

Prince Edward Island - Circuit breaker measures are in place from March 13th until mid-April. For detailed information go to: COVID-19 Post Circuit Breaker Measures: March 13, 2021 | Government of Prince Edward Island

Past Updates, 2021;

2020

 

NS Government Restrictions & Guidance PEI Government Health & Wellness
Property Insurance during COVID 19
from Peter Flemming, Diocesan Insurance Administrator

April 1, 2020

To All Parishes of the Diocese

The bigeest threats to our buildings right now are risks of Bursting Pipes, Vandalism and Fire.

Burst Pipes:  As you can see from the Vacant Building Checklist (linked below), if water is left on, then 72 hour inspeictions are ncessary.  Recommended (when at all possible) is that the toilets/sinks/pressure tanks/water pipes be drained and the water shut off.

Vandalism:  The RCMP Detachement nearest to the building should be asked to include the property in their inspection route.

Fire: Furnance inspectrions must be up-to-date/or updated.  Oil levels must be monitored.  In the event of a snow storm, access to the building must be maintained by the contractor/volunteer who normally keeps the entrances to the buildings and parking lots plowed.

I am happy to discuss any of your questions

Peter Flemming
insurance@nspeidiocese.ca

 

April 20, 2020

NOTE:  Please see attachments which we’ve received from Ecclesiastical Insurance Company in regards to unoccupied churches due to the covid-19 virus. 

COVID19 Idle Buildings Bulletin

COVID19 Idle Buildings Checklist

 

Vacant Building Checklist Contact Peter Flemming by email

Message from Archbishop Ron Cutler

March 25, 2020