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COVID-19 UPDATES & SERVICE NOTICES

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.

Core Services

The City’s first priority is to protect the health and wellness of our residents and employees. To do this, we have implemented a focus on core service offerings only, until further notice. The City will maintain the following core services:

  • Garbage collection, as per the regular schedule
  • Recycling collection, as per the regular schedule:
    • Place no more than six (6) bags of recyclables per household to the curb
    • Torn bags will not be accepted, and any loose recycling will be the responsibility of the resident
    • Due to the high volume of recyclables expected, collection may take longer than normal. Also, please note that containers and paper recyclables are being collected separately.
  • Water testing
  • Essential water and sewer operations
  • Municipal enforcement
  • Animal control (emergency lost and found incidents only)
  • Public council meetings (conducted virtually and streamed online via the City’s YouTube channel)

 

The City of Mount Pearl has activated a work from home approach wherever possible to ensure business continuity and maintain core services. Residents and businesses can call the City’s main phone line at 748-1000 or email us at info@mountpearl.ca, 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.

 

Waste Collection

Garbage & Recycling –  Collection continues as per the regular schedule.

Bulk Garbage – ALL Bulk garbage collection is suspended until further notice

Grass & Leaf Clippings – Collection of grass & leaf clippings is suspended until further notice.

 

Building and Facility Closures

The City of Mount Pearl has closed all City buildings and facilities until further notice, including:

  • City Hall
  • Neil Windsor Municipal Building (Depot)
  • All recreation and rental facilities, including: 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.

 

St. David’s Park Reopened

St. David’s Park will be reopening on Monday, May 11th. We all still need to do our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, so please remember the following:
– Remain 6 feet apart from anyone not in your bubble.
– Walk clockwise around the park.
Playgrounds remain closed.

Playgrounds and Tot Lots Closed

The City of Mount Pearl has closed all playgrounds and tot lots across the city in an effort to minimize public gatherings and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes the Mount Pearl Dog Park, all basketball courts and the skate park.

All walking trails remain open; however, we remind all users to practice physical distancing. We encourage residents to still get outside and enjoy fresh air. We cannot enforce these closures, but we are relying on our residents to be responsible and understanding in these unique circumstances.

 

Programming and Events

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.)

All City-hosted, in-person events for April and May are cancelled, including the Focus on Youth Awards Show.

Mount Pearl Seniors Independence Group has cancelled all programs and activities (including 60+ Fitness programs) until further notice.

 

Tax Relief for Residential Property Owners

The City of Mount Pearl will be waiving all interest on 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. Read more here.

 

Business Support

The City of Mount Pearl recognizes that COVID-19 is having a significant impact on our business community. We are committed to supporting businesses to the extent that we can and are taking the following initiatives:

  • Waiving all interest on business tax, commercial property tax, and water bills until September 30, 2020. Read more here.
  • Conducting a survey to understand the impacts on local businesses and determine if/where the City can provide support.
  • Promoting businesses operating during COVID-19 through our social media channels and website.
  • Created a list of available government resources, events, and news to assist your organization during this time. Find them here.

 

What can I do?

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within communities and across the country, all Canadians are advised to:

  • Stay at home unless you have to go to work. Talk to your employer about working at home if possible
  • Avoid all non-essential trips in your community
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Limit contact with people at higher risk, such as older adults and those in poor health
  • Go outside to exercise but stay close to home
  • If you leave your home, always keep a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others
  • Household contacts (people you live with) do not need to distance from each other unless they are sick or have travelled in the last 14 days
  • Practice proper hygiene, which can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:
    • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food (use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available).
    • when coughing or sneezing, cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards.
    • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

 

If you exhibit symptoms of the flu (coughing, fever, difficulty breathing, pneumonia in both lungs), 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