Town of Lunenburg COVID-19 Pandemic Information

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Provincial State of Emergency 

The Province of Nova Scotia declared a "state of emergency" on March 22, 2020 to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The state of emergency's most recent extension is until noon on Sunday, May 16, 2021.

*LATEST* An extension of the province-wide shutdown was announced effective May 8, 2021 until the end of May, then re-assessed. The additional measures, including the border, are outlined here: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20210507006

Due to the updated Provincial public health restrictions, Town of Lunenburg offices and buildings will remain CLOSED to the public and we will support work from home operations. Services to residents will continue to be provided as efficiently as possible. Questions and concerns related to Town services can be addressed by phone or email. A complete staff contact list can be found here (click on a name to open an email link).

COVID-19 vaccinations are available from NS Health for all those aged 45+. COVID-19 vaccination appointments must be made online at https://www.novascotia.ca/vaccination or by phone at 1-833-797-7772.

With the recent spike in cases, travel restrictions within the province are in effect in all of NS - please stay in your own communities; gathering limits are back down to 10 indoors and outdoors and 5 in HRM. More information:

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

  1. Masks are mandatory in indoor and outdoor public places, including all common areas in your workplaces. Please remember that any restaurant, store, or service you visit is someone's workplace - be considerate. For more on the guidelines, types of acceptable masks and use, visit: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/masks/
  2. Restriction updates: As the Province announces updates to measures put in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19, they can be found on this NS Government page: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restriction-updates/
  3. Business operating guidelines can be found here: https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia
  4. See "Additional Resources" at the bottom of this page.

Town of Lunenburg Municipal Operations and 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 our practices change. 

As of April 28, 2021, the Town Office, Public Works buildings, Fire Department building, and all indoor Recreation facilities will be closed to the public.

As of April 27, 2021, all Town Meetings including Council, Committees, and public hearings will be ONLINE ONLY.

These meetings will be held on Zoom (accessible by video or telephone; each meeting's link is published in advance) and live-streamed on the Town's YouTube channel. The minutes are posted to the Town website here (Council) and here (Committees) within 24 hours, and video recordings remain archived on YouTube for later viewing.

Town Hall services are being conducted by email/phone and by appointment. Below is a listing of individual Town Departments and updates. 

Corporate Services

The Finance payment counter at Town Hall is closed to the public from April 28, 2021 for the duration of the Provincial lockdown order. While the Town Hall is closed for in-person payments, you can choose from the following payment options:

  1. Online or Telephone Banking. Use the account number from your bill to add a bill payee. Search “Lunenburg” and select the payee needed.  
  2. Bank Payment in Person. Check with your local branch hours 
  3. Drop payment in the mail slot at the front door of Town Hall (119 Cumberland St.). Label with name and account number.  
  4. Cheque or Money Order (payable to the Town of Lunenburg), mail to PO Box 129, Lunenburg, NS, B0J 2C0. 

Accessible curbside payments are available for customers paying by cash or cheque by appointment only. Contact Wendy Mills at 902-634-4410, ext. 221 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Note: Public washrooms in Town Hall are not available at this time. There is a portable toilet available in the parking lot next door to Town Hall for emergencies.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any planning or development matters. Please email your pdf building permit application (121 KB) or pdf development permit application (339 KB) . Applications and information packages are also available here. In-person meetings are by appointment only.

● Building inspections are scheduled through the Building Inspection Office in Bridgewater at 902-541-1325.

Burning permits are required for burns other than an outdoor appliance (per below).

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 2:00 p.m. 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 Burning Bylaw.

● 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. In case of power outage after hours, call 902-527-0150.

● Finance: See above for Finance counter operation. The outdoor drop-box at the Town Hall front entrance, 119 Cumberland Street, is available for Town bill payments 24/7. For additional payment options and account inquiries, please see pdf here (48 KB) .

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.. In-person meetings are by appointment only.

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. In case of emergency after hours, such as loss of water pressure, call 902-527-0150.

● Visit the Town’s Garbage Collection page for the 2021 solid waste collection calendars 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.

● The Town's public washroom on Bluenose Drive is CLOSED for the season, scheduled for re-opening on May 22, 2021. There is a portable toilet in the parking lot next to Town Hall for emergencies.

Recreation

The Recreation Department is closely following gathering protocols as they evolve. 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..

The Lunenburg Arena is CLOSED for the 2020/21 ice season. we want to thank all of our users for their continuous support, following the COVID-19 protocols, and playing an active role to keep users and staff safe. See you in the fall, with our new ice resurfacer!

● The Lunenburg Community Centre is closed to the public for scheduled programs and rentals at this time. It is important to review all of the facility  COVID-19 terms and conditions, This is in place to keep you, our community, and our staff safe. This guide is updated as Provincial guidelines evolve.

Please note that the Lunenburg Farmer's Market is still permitted to operate in Town facilities as an essential service - see their website for details.

Fitness classes require pre-registration - these are suspended for the time being.

The Weight Room requires pre-booking your visits - these are suspended for the time being.

The Lunenburg & District Community Pool is now CLOSED for the season (please note that the pool is not operated by the Town). Contact the society here: https://www.facebook.com/lunenburgswimmingpool/

Municipal public parks including the community garden and outdoor soccer field, baseball field, and track, are open. 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. Please note that the use of the skateboard park also requires physical distancing at all times.

Playgrounds are open, with the observance of physical distancing. Please wash/sanitize hands before and after use. Use at your own risk.

● The Back and Front Harbour Trails are open for exercise only. 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. This applies to Town sidewalks as well. Please note that there is NO winter maintenance on the trails.

● The Broad Street Boat Launch has CLOSED for the season, re-opening in May.

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

The RCMP is 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.

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 addiction 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!