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For the wellbeing of our residents and Municipal staff due to the potential spread of COVID-19, the Municipality of Chester is taking these measures:

  • Municipal Offices in Chester are closed to the public;
  • Payments can be made online or in our dropboxes at the Main Office and Annex Building. The deadline for low income tax exemptions is extended until June 30. Call 902-275-3554;
  • All future Council meetings will be conducted online and minutes posted within 48 hours;
  • All recreational programming is cancelled until June. Call 902-275-3490;
  • All municipal parks, beaches, playgrounds and facilities are closed until further notice. Trails remain open.  Call 902-275-3490;
  • There is no change to waste collection; however, hours at the Public Drop-off are reduced to Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm. Call 902-275-2330;
  • Due to reduced staffing at Kaizer Meadow Landfill, the Household Hazardous Waste drop-off is closed until further notice. We are also asking that unless necessary, residents hold off on bringing their waste to the site. We will re-evaluate in early April.
  • The Safe Sharps program is suspended for the time being.
  • Call 902-275-3080 to schedule a building or fire inspection, or to file a building permit application.
  • Call 902-275-2599 for development and planning services or to file a development permit application.

Council also announced funding relief for non-profit organizations because of COVID-19 as well as development of funding programs to alleviate financial stress for the small business sector. Read it here or visit our Financial Relief page.

For all updates on COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) in Nova Scotia, visit the Nova Scotia Government website. There, you will find risks, prevention, symptoms, travel advice, how to prepare. Visit Government of Canada website for information on the steps our Federal Government are taking on our behalf.

If you have travelled outside of the country, you are required to self-isolate immediately for 14 days whether you have symptoms or not. If you are exhibiting symptoms, please call 811 for assessment options.

Local preparation

We are taking advisement from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and encouraging residents to prepare as much as they can and practice preventive measures. Preventive measures include:

  • wash your hands frequently
  • avoid touching your face
  • stay at home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness
  • do not share items that could have saliva on them
  • clean surfaces like taps, door knobs, light switches, etc.
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