As it relates to COVID-19, the City of Mount Pearl believes it’s important to manage the risk for our community to the extent that we can. The City is supporting the direction from both Federal and Provincial Government, health authorities and agencies, and taking measures necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
March 31, 2020 – As part of our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, please note that recycling collection continues to be suspended until further notice. At this time, the City is focused on the health and safety of our employees and our community, which means delivering essential services only. Recycling collection requires more handling than regular garbage and increases the risk of transmission to our team. At this time, we are asking residents to store your recycling until collection resumes.
We appreciate your patience as we all work together to slow to spread of this virus.
City Events Postponed
March 25, 2020 – The City of Mount Pearl is cancelling the Easter Day Camp. Please note that staff will be reaching out in the coming week to arrange refunds. Staff are also reaching out to those with upcoming facility bookings.
The Focus on Youth Awards Show is postponed until further notice.
Tax Relief for Business and Residential Property Owners
March 25, 2020 – The City of Mount Pearl announced today that it will be waiving all interest on business tax, commercial property tax, residential tax, and water bills until September 30, 2020. The City is aiming to help offset some of the economic impact that has been felt by businesses and residents during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.
Parks, Playgrounds and Tot Lots Closed – Revised
Updated March 25, 2020 – The City of Mount Pearl has closed all parks, playgrounds and tot lots across the city in an effort to minimize public gatherings and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This now includes St. David’s Park, the Mount Pearl Dog Park, all basketball courts and the skate park.
The World Health Organization has stated that “…the novel coronavirus may remain on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days, depending on several conditions, including type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment.” Play structures are high touch surfaces and cannot be cleaned after each use, and while this was a difficult decision, their closure will help protect our community.
We encourage residents to still get outside and enjoy fresh air. All walking trails remain open; however, we remind all users to practice social distancing.
We cannot enforce these closures, but we are relying on our residents to be responsible and understanding in these unique circumstances.
City of Mount Pearl Closing All Buildings and Focusing on Core Services
March 17, 2020 – The City of Mount Pearl will be closing all City buildings, including City Hall, to the public effective close of business on March 17, 2020. The City’s first priority is to protect the health and wellness of our employees. To do this, we are implementing a focus on our core service offering only, until further notice.
Effective close of business Tuesday, March 17, 2020:
- All City facilities and buildings, including City Hall, are closed to the public
- The City will maintain core services including water testing, snow clearing and ice control, garbage collection (as per the regular schedule), essential water and sewer operations, and municipal enforcement
- Recycling collection and bulk garbage collection are suspended until further notice
- The City’s holding facility for animals is closed to the public, and we are responding to emergent calls only until further notice
- All City recreational programming and rentals are suspended until further notice, including birthday parties, user group rentals, etc. (Recreation staff will be reaching out to those with rentals directly and will work to reschedule for a later date.)
- The following facilities are closed until further notice: Summit Centre, Reid Community Centre, Glacier Arena, Admiralty House, Gloria Pearson Community Centre, Mount Pearl Legion, Mount Pearl Tennis Complex, Park Place Community Centre, Pearlgate Track & Field, Soccer Hut, Softball Hut
- All City-hosted events for the month of March are cancelled.
- Public council meetings will be closed to the public until further notice.
- Mount Pearl Seniors Independence Group has cancelled all programs and activities (including 60+ Fitness programs) until further notice.
The City of Mount Pearl has activated a work from home approach wherever possible to provide business continuity and maintain core services. Residents and businesses can call the City’s main phone line at 748-1000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, as all correspondence will be directed to the appropriate staff for response.
The City is working alongside other municipalities, levels of government, and health authorities to make the best decisions possible in response to COVID-19.
What can I do?
Practicing good hygiene habits – washing your hands often, refraining from touching your face and shaking hands with others, and frequently cleaning workspaces – are considered the best ways to stay healthy throughout this epidemic.
If you exhibit symptoms of the flu (coughing, fever, shortness of breath), please call 811 and adhere to the advice given.
We encourage everyone to stay informed by following credible sources of information.
To learn more, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/coronavirus