Public Service Announcement
Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Clarifies Response to COVID-19 Situation
Public Safety Message
Release Date: December 30, 2021

The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay advises the public that it closely monitors information related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As residents know, as of 12:01 AM, Thursday, December 23, 2021, the entire province moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 3.

Over the past week, Mayor Andrews, the 13th Council, and Management have consulted with officials at Labrador Grenfell Health and followed and promoted the guidance released by the Provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health’s office. The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay will continue to do so. However, residents need to understand that the Municipality of Happy Valley-Goose Bay has no jurisdiction over public health. All the Town can do and has done, and will continue to do is provide support to Labrador Grenfell Health whenever required, and at the same time promote the guidance and recommendations coming from public health.

Since December 26, 2021, the Town has put out 7 Public Service Announcements related to the current COVID-19 situation. The Town is committed to getting the message out as soon as available. We encourage residents to not rely on rumour based social media posts. The Town is communicating for clarity on information as needed. While Social Media may be an excellent platform for information sharing, it can also be a space where misinformation is spread and personal attacks perpetrated. These are challenging times; however, we must stick together and look out for one another as a community.

The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay has many communication channels available to the public, all at no cost, all with the correct information. Receive updates via the following options:

• Email: send an email to [email protected] and indicate that you wish to be added to the email list
• Download the Town App from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store (Note: New iPhone users may have an issue finding the app).
• Town website at www.happyvalley-goosebay.com
• Town Facebook Page Facebook.com/TownHVGB

The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay asks residents to please share this information, particularly with our seniors who may not have access to Social Media or the Internet in general.

The 13th Council understands residents are concerned and worried; however, we all must remain calm and follow the advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health. We must also remember that while we find it inconvenient to wait in long drive-thru testing lineups, dedicated frontline workers spend time away from their families during the holiday season. We are very fortunate to have such faithful men and women in our community.

As 2021 draws to a close, residents may decide to host New Year’s Eve gatherings; the Town discourages this activity and advises them not to host or attend any gatherings/party’s outside their regular household or outside of your steady 20.

As a community, Happy Valley-Goose Bay had been very fortunate in terms of COVID-19, however as advertised; the Omicron Variant has proven to be easily transmissible. If we don’t move then, it doesn’t move.

The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay strongly recommends that residents and businesses utilize a cautious approach and exercise recommended practices to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.

For more information on Alert Level 3 and to stay up to date on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit:

https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/alert-levels/alert-level-3/