Town of Lunenburg COVID-19 Pandemic Information

COVID 19 page header Rev

Provincial State of Emergency 

On March 22, 2020 the Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The state of emergency has been extended until noon on Sunday, June 14, 2020. Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. 

On May 1, the Province announced some limited easing of some public health measures; applicable items to the Town are included below. For frequently asked questions on the current status, see the pdf NS Public Health FAQ May 15 2020 (65 KB) , and pdf Beaches & Parks FAQ May 15 2020 (40 KB) .

On May 15, the Province announced relaxing of self-isolation to "immediate family bubbles", i.e., two households can gather exclusively with each other only (no additional visitors).

On May 27, the Province announced permission to re-open for some business sectors - with modifications - as of June 5, 2020. For more information, visit: https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia/

Please note that Nova Scotia's criteria for determining if you need to be tested for COVID-19 has changed. See here.

For current Provincial information on the pandemic: www.novascotia.ca/coronavirus

For current Provincial information on re-openings: www.novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia

Town of Lunenburg Municipal Operations and Partial Closures 

In the interest of public health, the following operational changes have been made by the Town. Updates will be posted to this site as further information is available. 

The Provincial government has directed Municipal Councils to cease all in-person Town Council and Committee meetings, including public hearings, until further notice. Instead, these meetings must be held by video or telephone conference, recorded, and the minutes posted to the Town website https://www.explorelunenburg.ca/

Lunenburg Town Council broadcast its first video conference meeting on April 14 to Zoom and the Town of Lunenburg YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2UN0woH. (Zoom and YouTube Live meeting links will be shared with the agenda before each meeting.) Council is also preparing for scheduled public presentations to be made during Council meetings, a second public hearing in May, and additional meetings. If you wish to make a public presentation, please contact the CAO, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least a week in advance.

Project Lunenburg’s Comprehensive Community Plan work is continuing online – see www.projectlunenburg.ca for more information or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Town of Lunenburg Departments have made operational adjustments to provide as many municipal services as possible in compliance with Provincial directives to maintain physical distancing of a minimum of two metres/six feet. Below is a listing of individual Town Departments and updates in ways in which they are offering a wide range of municipal services to the public. 

Corporate Services

Town Hall staff are working on and off-site providing ongoing municipal services. Offices remain closed to the public to ensure physical distancing. All municipal services are still available by phone at 902-634-4410, ext. 0 during the week and after hours at 902-527-0150.

•  Building development applications and planning inquiries are being dealt with by staff on an ongoing basis. Please contact Dawn Sutherland, Planning and Development Manager, at 902-521-4311 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any planning or development matters. 

•  Building inspections are scaled back. If you have an urgent matter please contact the Building Inspection Office at 902-541-1325.

•  Burning permits are currently not being issued by the Town due to a pdf Province-wide burning ban (30 KB) , which has been extended to June 1. No burning is permitted, however, the use of fire pits which are no wider than 0.5 m in diameter, and backyard appliances (like chimineas) are permitted for households but must follow the posted burning restrictions updated at 2:00pm daily (https://novascotia.ca/burnsafe/) and take local conditions such as wind into consideration. CSA-approved appliances such as gas barbecues and propane fire pits are also permitted. The use of consumer fireworks is prohibited. For reference, see this link to Lunenburg's pdf Burning Bylaw (127 KB) .

•  The Electric Utility operations are generally unchanged although some aspects have been adjusted, such as wiring inspections, due to physical distancing requirements. If you have any questions regarding the Electric Utility, please contact Cali Beck, Electric Utility Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 902-634-4410, ext 3.

•  Finance: Town Property Tax and Utility Billings Update

Property Taxes and Sewer Charges - on April 14 Town Council approved immediate relief for both residential and business taxpayers, which includes:

- Waiving of overdue interest on tax/sewer bills up to and including June 30, 2020.

- Interest rate reduction on property tax and sewer charge arrears after June 30, 2020 from 2% per month to 1.5% per month.

- The Town will work with individuals and businesses having difficulty paying taxes to achieve reasonable repayment arrangements over time. 

- Unfortunately, the Province has advised that municipalities do not have the legislative authority to offer a tax deferral. We are, however, working with our Provincial and municipal colleagues to create potential payment plan options to make property tax payments more manageable. 

Electric and Water Utility bills - overdue interest charges will be waived on these accounts if customers are unable to pay in full up to and including June 30, 2020.

The outdoor drop-box at the Town Hall front entrance, 119 Cumberland Street, is available for Town bill payments. For additional payment options and account inquiries, please see pdf here (48 KB) .

•  Fire inspections are suspended until further notice. In the case of an urgent matter, please contact Bruce Parks, Fire Inspector at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

•  Heritage applications and general inquiries can be directed to Arthur MacDonald, Heritage Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

•  The Lunenburg Branch Library at the Lunenburg Academy is closed to the public, but many public services are still available online at www.southshorepubliclibraries.ca.

Public Works

Public Works staff continue to maintain all municipal infrastructure, water and wastewater services. Contact the Public Works Department at 902-634-8992 for more information.

•  The new solid waste bi-weekly “bulky items” collection program started April 28 as an alternative to the twice- per-year special collection service. This is an additional service to the regular solid waste collection program. Visit the Town’s Garbage Collection page for the 2020 solid waste collection calendar and more information. 

•  The Town's municipal compost site is open on Fridays only from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The entrance to the compost site is on Starr Street, near the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Town of Lunenburg residents are welcome to dispose of leaves, limbs and garden waste only at this site. Please be sure to observe social distancing of 2m/6ft at all times.

Recreation

Recreation staff are working on and off-site to maintain Recreation facilities and plan for future programs and events. The Recreation Director can be contacted at 902-634-4006 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

•  Recreation facilities including the Lunenburg War Memorial Community Centre and Arena are closed to the public. Recreation programs and rentals are suspended until further notice for public safety.

Although the Nova Scotia Government has announced that certain businesses, including fitness facilities, may re-open starting June 5, 2020 (provided they meet their sector-specific plan), the Lunenburg Community Centre will not be re-opening on June 5th.

Staff are working on re-opening plans that protect people in our facilities, and our aim is to ensure our return to operations is as smooth and safe as possible for our community members and staff. Public health and safety are essential to our reopening process. When facility operations and programs begin to open, we will also rely on our community members to follow all communicated health and hygiene procedures to ensure we are able to keep the facility safe for all users. More information to come; we look forward to welcoming you back to the Lunenburg Community Centre when we can safely return.

•  Municipal public parks including the community garden and outdoor soccer field, baseball field, and track, are re-opened. Enjoy what's available in our community within walking distance of your home, while maintaining physical distancing. For example, you may walk on the track or kick a ball with members of your own household, but you may not play a game with other people. Town playgrounds remain closed. Please note that the use of the skateboard park also requires physical distancing at all times.

•  The Back and Front Harbour Trails are allowed to remain open for exercise only. If you can walk to it, you can use it. Please do not drive to a trail. Users must maintain a two-metre/six-foot separation distance from all others at all times unless they are members of your own household (no more than five people). If you must pass someone on the Trail be sure to maintain physical distance by moving to the shoulder of the Trail on your far right – including those on bicycles. Please don’t socialize on the Trail – do that later by phone, email, etc. This applies to Town sidewalks as well.

•  The Broad Street Boat Launch will be re-opening later this month with Provincial physical distancing requirements for all users. Further information will be provided next week.

The Town’s after-hours contact number is 902-527-0150 for any urgent municipal inquiries.

The RCMP is also maintaining regular operations. The local Lilydale Detachment office number is 902-634-8674 for non-emergency matters. If it is a fire, police or medical emergency please call 911.

The Canada Border Services Agency has temporarily suspended service at certain small vessel reporting sites, small airports of entry and ferry terminals, effective as of May 12, 2020, at 23:59 EDT. This decision includes the following sites: Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Lunenburg Lunenburg Yacht Club.

Additional Resources

Government of Nova Scotia: www.novascotia.ca/coronavirus

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free).

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free).

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free).

Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/coronavirus / toll-free information line 1-833-784-4397.

Stay informed and well!