Municipal FAQs

  • Click here for all municipal legislative requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Click here for COVID-19 Alert Level System- Implications for Municipalities (updated March 2021)
  • Click here for more information on the Alert Level System in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Community Food Programs

Community food programs play an important role in ensuring all residents of Newfoundland and Labrador can access food during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Click here for information for the safe operation of community food programs (e.g. food banks, meal programs etc.) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Download the PDF: Community Food Programs
Municipal Governance in Alert Level 2

By-elections may proceed with all public health measures being followed, including plans for physical distancing, wearing of masks, hand hygiene, etc., and that arrangements be made for those individuals who are in isolation to vote. We would also recommend that municipalities engage public health if there are further questions as required.


  • Click here for all municipal legislative requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Click here for UPDATED March 2021- COVID-19 Alert Level System- Implications for Municipalities
  • Click here for more information on the Alert Level System in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Municipal Operations in Alert Level 2

At Alert Level 2, the focus is to control transmission while maintaining health system capacity throughout further re-opening of social and business activities while continuing to follow the public health guidelines.

Click here for Workplace Information on conducting business during a public health pandemic that includes:

  1. Physical distancing
  2. Business-related visitors/customers
  3. Handling of money and supplies
  4. Supplies
  5. Food
  6. Washrooms
  7. Handwashing Stations
  8. Worker Health/Preventative Measures

 

Click on the links below for additional workplace guidance:

 


  • Click here for all municipal legislative requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Click here for UPDATED March 2021- COVID-19 Alert Level System- Implications for Municipalities
  • Click here for more information on the Alert Level System in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Municipal Services in Alert Level 2

In Alert Level 2,

Effective, Saturday, April 17, Newfoundland and Labrador will return to a maximum of 100 people for formal gatherings. As a reminder, this is not for social or informal gatherings. Informal gatherings should be limited to your close contacts in your steady 20.

The 100 maximum applies to formal gatherings that are run by a recognized business/organization. This would include funerals, burials, weddings, and religious and cultural ceremonies and services.

Large venues with normal operating capacities of 500 people or more may request approval to host larger gatherings by submitting a proposed operational plan to the Department of Digital Government and Service NL. Larger venues with previously-approved operational plans may resume hosting larger gatherings in accordance with their plans, provided that they now follow the new mask requirements where individuals keep their mask on when seated and not eating.

The following CAN open following public health guidelines.

  • Outdoor playgrounds and equipment can be used, where owner/operators allow. Click here for the Canadian Playground Safety Institute recommended cleaning procedures.
  • Outdoor pools are permitted to open with capacity limits and physical distancing. Guidance can be found here.
  • Indoor pools are permitted to open with capacity limits and physical distancing. Guidance can be found here.
  • Gym and fitness facilities are permitted to open with capacity limits and physical distancing. Guidelines can be found here.
  • Group and team sports are permitted with capacity limits and physical distancing. Guidelines found here.
  • Performance spaces are permitted to open with capacity limits and physical distancing. Guidance can be found here.
  • Summer day camps can operate, with restrictions. Guidance can be found here.
  • Public markets can continue as per public health guidelines. Guidance can be found here.
  • Community Museums and Historic Sites can operate as per public health guidelines. Guidance can be found here.
  • Bingo halls are permitted to open with capacity limits and physical distancing. Guidance can be found here.

The following is NOT recommended.

  • Traditional parades and large-scale outdoor ceremonies or events, including community fireworks and bonfires, are NOT recommended at this time.

  • Click here for all municipal legislative requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Click here for UPDATED March 2021- COVID-19 Alert Level System- Implications for Municipalities
  • Click here for more information on the Alert Level System in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Municipal Elections
Click here for our Municipal Elections website.

 

By-elections may proceed with all public health measures being followed, including plans for physical distancing, wearing of masks, hand hygiene, etc., and that arrangements be made for those individuals who are in isolation to vote. We would also recommend that municipalities engage public health if there are further questions as required.


  • Click here for all municipal legislative requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Click here for UPDATED March 2021- COVID-19 Alert Level System- Implications for Municipalities
  • Click here for more information on the Alert Level System in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

Masks in municipal buildings

Mask wearing is recommended as much as possible, especially around people not within your household. A mandatory mask special measures order was issued on August 24, 2020. It can be found here. Under this order, there are exemptions. MNL has provided additional guidance related to masks, in consultation with Public Health.

Click here for MNL's guidance document on non-medical mask use in indoor public spaces.


  • Click here for all municipal legislative requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Click here for UPDATED March 2021- COVID-19 Alert Level System- Implications for Municipalities
  • Click here for more information on the Alert Level System in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Essential and Emergency Services

Click here for public health guidance for First Responders
Click here for guidance on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Employers
Click here for guidance on removing PPE

If a municipality is looking to purchase new or more personal protective equipment (PPE) please click here for a list of PPE suppliers or contact the MNL at covid19@municipalnl.ca.


  • Click here for all municipal legislative requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Click here for UPDATED March 2021- COVID-19 Alert Level System- Implications for Municipalities
  • Click here for more information on the Alert Level System in Newfoundland and Labrador.
How else can I protect myself and others who travel in the same vehicle?
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home and use the Self-Assessment and Testing Referral tool or contact 811 if online services are not accessible.
  • Wear a non-medical mask that covers the nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use a Health Canada approved hand sanitizer (these often contain at least 60 per cent alcohol) if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces such as car door handles, arm rests, buttons for windows and locks, and seatbelts. COVID-19 may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions such as the type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment.
  • Guidance on how to clean frequently touched surfaces and on appropriate grade disinfectants is available at: https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/files/factsheet-covid-19-environmental-cleaning-NL.pdf.
  • Where possible, open windows to promote air flow through the vehicle.

Additional guidance for traveling in vehicles can be found here.


  • Click here for all municipal legislative requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Click here for UPDATED March 2021- COVID-19 Alert Level System- Implications for Municipalities
  • Click here for more information on the Alert Level System in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Essential Workers

Effective Monday, April 19, 2021: Self-Isolation and Testing Information for Employers and Essential Workers

Click here to read the policy.

All international essential workers entering Canada must also follow the rules set out by the Government of Canada under the Quarantine Act. These workers would also be required to follow provincial Special Measures Orders, which may be more stringent.

Self-isolation recommendations for essential workers have been updated to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. Given the increased COVID-19 activity in other provinces and the expected continued increase in COVID-19 variants of concern, the risk of COVID-19 entering Newfoundland and Labrador remains high.

Rotational workers

Click here for self-isolation information for rotational workers and guidance for household members.

 


  • Click here for all municipal legislative requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Click here for UPDATED March 2021- COVID-19 Alert Level System- Implications for Municipalities
  • Click here for more information on the Alert Level System in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Travel

Click here for public health guidance for travellers.

Travel within the province.

People may move about the province. Those at higher risk of complications due to COVID-19 should stay at home as much as possible, except to get essentials like groceries and medications.

Travel from outside the province.

⚠️ There are travel restrictions in place. You are only permitted entry into the province if your purpose of travel meets extenuating circumstances outlined by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Atlantic Bubble

The reopening of the Atlantic Bubble has been delayed until May 3rd, 2021. The decision was made by the Council of Atlantic Premiers based upon expert advice from the region’s Chief Medical Officers of Health. Premiers will meet during the last week of April to review the status of outbreaks and determine if a further delay to May 10th, 2021 is required. Click here to read the release.


  • Click here for all municipal legislative requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Click here for UPDATED March 2021- COVID-19 Alert Level System- Implications for Municipalities
  • Click here for more information on the Alert Level System in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Businesses and Services in Alert Level 2

Click here for updates and guidance for businesses and workplaces.

Effective Saturday, April 17, 2021, the following may operate with a capacity of 100 people including participants, staff, instructors and volunteers on a single ice surface, provided physical distancing can be maintained and physical distancing guidance is followed.

  • Arenas
  • Bingo Halls
  • Cinemas/Theatres
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • Fitness Centres, Dance and Yoga Studios
  • Funeral Homes
  • Indoor Entertainment
  • Indoor Pools
  • Indoor Recreation
  • Sports - inter-division, inter-league inter-association and inter-squad competition
  • Performance Venues
  • Trade Shows and Events
  • Weddings

The Provincial Government continues to work with businesses to identify opportunities where it can support the provincial business community during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Click here for more information on Business Supports.


  • Click here for all municipal legislative requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Click here for UPDATED March 2021- COVID-19 Alert Level System- Implications for Municipalities
  • Click here for more information on the Alert Level System in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Supports for people who are experiencing violence.

The Violence Prevention Initiative of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador reflects government’s commitment to addressing the problem of violence in this province. The Initiative is a multi-departmental, government – community partnership to find long term solutions to the problem of violence against those most at risk in our society – women, children, youth, older persons, persons with disabilities, Indigenous women and children and other people who are vulnerable to violence because of their ethnicity, sexual orientation or economic status. The Violence Prevention Initiative is coordinated by the Office for the Status of Women.

Click here to visit the website for information on:

  • Supporting individuals experiencing violence.
  • Helping a child experiencing violence.
  • Spot the warning signs of violence and abuse.
  • Where to get help in your area.
COVID-19 Variants

Click here for what we know about COVID-19 variants and how you can protect yourself.


  • Click here for all municipal legislative requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Click here for UPDATED March 2021- COVID-19 Alert Level System- Implications for Municipalities
  • Click here for more information on the Alert Level System in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Vaccines

Click here for the COVID-19 Immunization Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador

The most up-to-date vaccine data and the number of vaccine doses administered can be found on the provincial COVID-19 data hub. Newfoundland and Labrador’s COVID-19 vaccination plan is available online here. Additional information on the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out can be found on the websites for each of the regional health authorities.

If you have already pre-registered, the regional health authorities will contact you via your preferred option for communication, once an appointment becomes available.


  • Click here for all municipal legislative requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Click here for UPDATED March 2021- COVID-19 Alert Level System- Implications for Municipalities
  • Click here for more information on the Alert Level System in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Community case information

Local leaders will not be advised by Public Health of outbreaks in their communities. The recommendation is that municipal governments work with local community groups and offer your support through them.


  • Click here for all municipal legislative requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Click here for UPDATED March 2021- COVID-19 Alert Level System- Implications for Municipalities
  • Click here for more information on the Alert Level System in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Resources for young people

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on our world.

It’s hard for everyone in different ways. The young people in our communities may be worried about how this affects them, their friends and their family. The provincial government has created a site to answer their questions and provide some ideas and support to get them through this.

Click here to visit the site.

When will life get back to normal?

We don’t know quite yet. It all depends on how we act now and how many cases of COVID-19 we have. Slowly but, surely things will get back to normal. Bit by bit, we are starting to see more activities happening. We just have to keep doing our part and keep working together. ♥