FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Release Date: April 23, 2020
Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay Takes Further COVID-19 Precautions
“Activation of Checkpoints”
The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay is advising the public that it is closely monitoring information related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
To help further protect the health, safety, and welfare of all residents of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and other communities within Labrador, in connection with the continuing and evolving threat posed to public health by COVID-19, the 12th Council of the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay passed a motion (6 votes to 1) in an April 23, 2020 meeting of Council. With immediate effect, the below measures are in place:
- The Town of Happy Valley-Goose encourage all residents of Upper Lake Melville – which includes Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Mud Lake, North West River and the Innu First Nation of Sheshatshiu – to not travel to other communities within or outside Labrador unless it is deemed absolutely essential;
- The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay encourages all persons residing outside of Upper Lake Melville not to visit the area unless it is deemed absolutely essential; and
- “Roadside Information and Public Awareness” checkpoints be established at entry points into Happy Valley-Goose Bay, namely on the Trans-Labrador Highway and at the main gate to 5 Wing Goose Bay, to advise visitors and the public at large of the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay’s desire to discourage all non-essential travel to and from Upper Lake Melville.
Results of the Vote to pass the above motion:
Mayor Wilson (Wally) Andersen – Yes
Deputy Mayor Bert Pomeroy – Yes
Councillor Jackie Compton Hobbs – Yes
Councillor Lori Dyson Edmunds – Yes
Councillor Michelle Baikie – No
Councillor Joe Tremblett – Yes
Councillor Shawn Crann – Yes
These unprecedented measures, though unfortunate, are necessary to be proactive against the potential spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay extends thanks to the public for their understanding at this time.
In consultation with officials at Labrador Grenfell Health and guidance released by the office of the Provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health, the 12th Council of Happy Valley-Goose and Management will monitor updates relating to the pandemic and update residents regularly.
The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay strongly recommends that residents and businesses utilize a cautious approach and exercise recommended practices to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.
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