2021-06-30

Potential COVID-19 site and other local briefs

by KEITH CORCORAN

Local YMCA flagged as potential COVID-19 exposure site

Nova Scotia Public Health identified the YMCA's High Street location in Bridgewater as a potential COVID-19 exposure risk. The provincial agency advises "anyone who worked at or visited" the Y - but not the child care centre there - between June 16 and 18 between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. each of those days should book a test for COVID-19. The same dates, times and advice apply for anyone who visited or worked on the main floor fitness centre. "It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, July 2," Nova Scotia Health said in a statement issued June 21. "We understand that this is unsettling news," YMCA Lunenburg County officials posted recently on social media. "We want to ensure you that we continue to do everything we can to minimize risk of exposure for anyone who works at or visits the YMCA of Lunenburg County. This is a reminder to everyone to not let our guards down. We must all do our part to keep each other safe."

Bridgewater Farmers' Market keeps access to former Empire Street arena

In case people had not noticed, civic politicians agreed in recent weeks to letting the Bridgewater Farmers' Market Association use the old arena for another season to house a weekly farm market. The association used the Empire Street site in 2020 for the same purposes so it could operate in the wake of restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dates for anticipated Christmas markets were added as part of the arrangement with town officials. A monthly craft market begins June 26. The regular market season wraps October 30 but a holiday market is available to the public into November and December. For up-to-date information about the market's operations, check out bridgewaterfarmersmarket.ca on the internet.

Fire truck lease extended to July

Bridgewater agreed to extend a fire truck leasing deal with the Municipality of Cumberland through to the end of July to give the municipality ample time to decide if it wants to start paying for use of the truck, buy it, or make alternative arrangements. Bridgewater agreed to a free loan of the volunteer fire department's reserve 1996 Volvo-chassis-built pumper to the Shinimicas volunteer fire department, which lost its station and apparatus in an April 2020 blaze. The deal, which contains clauses to recall the unit back to Bridgewater, along with provisions pertaining to insurance, licencing, maintenance and repair, was extended once already. Bridgewater sent a letter to the Cumberland County advising of the lease extension, under the same terms and conditions as the original signed in May 2020.

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