On Sunday, March 22nd, the province invoked a State of Emergency (SOE) in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. One element of the SOE is the closure of all provincial parks, and trails within provincial parks. Provincial beaches include all “ocean beaches”.
This past week, our Constituency Office responded to over 40 phone calls or phone messages; and over 120 emails, specific to the closure of beaches and trails. Most of these specific to Crescent Beach at the Head of Green Bay in Lunenburg County.
In addition to these calls, our constituency office continues to manage the balance of calls and emails, in response to the everyday needs of constituency residents. This work must continue as well, and is more challenging by the remote operations of our constituency office, at this unprecedented time.
Given the SOE, and the need to close all beaches to prevent large gatherings of people; and inherently to prevent, mitigate and reduce the spread of this deadly virus; our constituency office will no longer respond to calls or emails questioning or challenging the closure of ocean beaches.
We pride ourselves on returning every phone call; and responding to every email in as timely a matter as is possible – I have to trust you understand our need to focus our time on those matters of uncertainty around COVID-19, as well as day to day, now remote operations of our constituency office.
Should you have other inquiries or questions, relative to our response to COVID-19, I would ask that you review the full content of the provincial government COVID-19 website at novascotia.ca/coronavirus. You will find many of your questions will be answered here. This website is very detailed, and has all of the most recent daily up to date information, as well as links to provincial and federal government programs in response to COVID-19.
Should you have further questions or inquiries, please direct these questions/inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org; or call our office at 902-530-3883. Our team on the ground, with support from Halifax, will get back to you at the first opportunity. For your information, we do not use Facebook, Messenger or other social media platforms for purposes of constituency work and communications. It is impossible to monitor, and risks getting missed. Please direct your questions and inquiries to email@example.com, or call us at 902-530-3883.
What can you do for your fellow Nova Scotian….I ask you and encourage you to “Self-Isolate” for 14 days if you have travelled and returned to Nova Scotia; and to “Social Distance”, if and when you find it necessary to be in the general public for essentials of food and medication. These twos impel steps will help us get through this deadly virus….together.
Thank You……Stay Safe.