MNL Taking Action to Support Communities Across Newfoundland and Labrador
March 20, 2020
St. John’s, NL – MNL is taking action to support communities across Newfoundland and Labrador as the COVID-19 public health emergency evolves and changes. MNL held conference calls with members in all regions over the past two days to hear about what they are doing and to listen to their concerns.
“As the organization representing the interests of municipalities, we are working diligently to find answers to the questions that they have,” says MNL President Sheila Fitzgerald. “We continue to work with our municipal, provincial and federal partners to share information and to identify the best actions that councils can take to protect their staff and communities.”
CEO Craig Pollett says MNL is committed to reducing the spread of infection by increasing awareness of COVID-19 and its symptoms and by implementing the recommended social distancing measures. “We have implemented a work-at-home protocol for our operational staff and postponed all upcoming events including the Municipal Symposium. Work at MNL has not stopped and we remain connected to our membership through alternate measures such as video conferencing.”
MNL is continually engaging provincial officials and providing municipalities with COVID-19 tools and resources to ensure that communities remain safe and that municipal councils are communicating effectively with residents and within their own councils. MNL is encouraging their members who have questions to reach out by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We have a role to play as municipal leaders,” said Fitzgerald. “Our municipalities are the places where people live, work and gather. We want to be sure that our members have the most accurate information and an opportunity to seek advice from each other and ask questions.”