COVID-19 INFORMATION AND UPDATES:

Last updated: July 3, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
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What is the Town doing?

The Town of Gander is supporting the direction from both Federal and Provincial Government, health authorities and agencies, and taking measures necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The Town is working closely with community partners and agencies in response to a quickly evolving situation. The Town’s primary focus is the protection of staff and residents by interrupting chains of transmission of COVID-19 virus in the community and to delaying and reducing an outbreak where possible.

Closures/affected services during alert level 2 (effective June 25th):

  • The Town Hall, Public Works Depot and Fire Hall will re-open to the public on July 6th.
  • In order to ensure social distancing requirements are met, access to the Town Hall will be limited to one customer at a time, on a first come first served basis, for permitting and tax payments. Customers will be able to access the building from the main entrance on Elizabeth Drive only. All other services will be on an appointment basis. 

    Where possible, members of the public are encouraged to avail of services online at www.gandercanada.com. To make an appointment for services not related to permitting or tax payments, please call 651-2931 and select the appropriate department. A full staff directory is available here.

  • The Steele Community Centre will remain closed at this time.

  • The Cobb’s Pond Rotary Park and Elizabeth Drive playgrounds are open.
  • Washrooms at Cobb’s Pond Rotary Park and the Elizabeth Drive Playground are open.
  • The Ball Hockey Court is open.
  • The Town is in the process of re-opening the Splash Pad, as well as the other playgrounds. The public will be notified as they re-open.
  • Registration has begun for the children summer program, beginning July 6th. The program will be operated within guidelines set by the Provincial Government. Anyone who has questions may call 651-5927 or e-mail recreation@gandercanada.com.
  • The Town is working with user groups to resume sport activities at various facilities during Alert Level 2.
  • Public council meetings will be closed to the public until further notice. Meetings will be broadcasted live on RogersTV and the Town will be live tweeting as usual.
  • All Town-hosted, in person, events are cancelled during this level. Residents can visit the Recreation & Community Services Facebook page for virtual events and social distancing activities.
  • Residents and businesses placing service calls to the Town of Gander will be required to answer a short questionnaire to screen for flu like symptoms and recent travel. This will allow for Town staff to respond wearing the appropriate equipment for their protection.

  • The Annual Spring Clean Up event scheduled for May 4 – 16, 2020 has been postponed until the September 28-October 9, 2020, due to safety precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Waste Transfer Station will resume operations, with the event on May 30th. Users are asked to be patient as new procedures may add to processing time and a high volume of traffic is expected as the event resumes.

    As usual, only cash will be accepted and as a precautionary measure, users must provide exact change and leave money in a drop box. An attendant will be present at the drop box to provide receipts if necessary. Station attendants will guide traffic but will not handle garbage or be able to assist with unloading.

What can you 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. As per recommendations from the Chief Medical Officer, residents are advised to stay at home first and foremost. This means shopping outside of peak hours and practicing social-distancing when in public.

If you exhibit symptoms of the flu (coughing, fever, shortness of breath), please call 811 and adhere to the advice given.

Stay informed:

For disease prevention measures and updates visit:

Federal Government: www.canada.ca/coronavirus
Provincial Government: www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/
World Health Organization: www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Follow our Facebook page for frequent updates and communication. @townofgander
Follow our Recreation and Community Services Facebook page for social distancing activities and ideas! @recreationtownofgander

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