Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced today, March 19, that the New Brunswick border is opening and remaining restrictions in parts of Halifax Regional Municipality and surrounding communities will be lifted. Both changes are effective at 8 a.m. tomorrow, March 20.
Just like residents of Prince Edward Island, residents of New Brunswick will no longer have to self-isolate upon arrival in Nova Scotia, and they won’t have to complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form. Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador must still follow these requirements.
There are a few changes to the provincewide restrictions:
- the general gathering limit remains at 10 indoors and outdoors
- household gatherings will be increased from maximum 10 to households plus up to 10 others
- immediate family members who live in the same household can be together outdoors even if that is more than 10 people
- restaurants and licensed establishments can stop service by 11 p.m. and close by midnight
- fitness facilities continue to operate at 75 per cent capacity but can return to two metres between people for all activities
With restrictions lifted, the following is also allowed provincewide:
- events hosted by a recognized business or organization can have 150 outdoors or 50 per cent capacity to a maximum of 100 indoors
- events include social events, special events, sport events, arts and culture events, festivals, faith gatherings, weddings with receptions, and funerals with receptions and visitation
- meetings and training hosted by recognized businesses and organizations can have 150 outdoors or 50 per cent capacity to a maximum of 100 indoors and organized clubs can break into cohorts of 15 following the day-camp guidelines
- physical distancing is required for meetings and training except when emergency responders need to be closer than two metres for training
- licensed establishments, unlicensed establishments such as community centres and charities, and organized clubs can host activities such as darts, cards, pool, bowling, bingo or karaoke following guidelines for these activities
- visitors are allowed in long-term care facilities
- visitors are allowed in adult residential centres and regional rehabilitation centres licensed by the Department of Community Services and residents can resume full community access
- retail businesses and malls operate at 75 per cent capacity and follow other public health measures
- sports practices, training and games and arts and culture rehearsals and performances can have 60 people without physical distancing
- sports games, competitions and tournaments are allowed within the team’s regular competitive schedule
- spectators are allowed if the business or organization hosting the event has a gathering plan that follows event guidelines and the process outlined within those guidelines
Adult day programs for seniors remain closed provincewide until seniors living outside long-term care facilities have an opportunity to receive COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 protocols in public schools continue to be guided by Nova Scotia’s Back to School Plan.
People who do not follow the gathering limit can be fined. The fine is $1,000 for each person at an illegal gathering.
Update Feb 26,2021: With cases rising, Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health, announced today, Feb. 26, that tighter restrictions will return in areas of Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and some neighbouring municipalities.
“Our case numbers are rising again, and the situation is serious. We need to act swiftly to stop it from snowballing,” said Premier Rankin. “We are reintroducing restrictions in the Halifax area to limit opportunities for the virus to spread through social interactions. Across the province, everyone needs to stick close to home and be extremely vigilant with all the public health measures.”
Restrictions are returning in areas of HRM up to and including Porters Lake, as well as the communities of Enfield, Elmsdale, Mount Uniacke and Hubbards effective 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 26, with an extension possible. The following restrictions will apply to communities listed at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/county-restrictions/ :
- restaurants and licensed establishments must stop service by 9 p.m. and close by 10 p.m.
- faith-based gatherings can have 150 outdoors or 50 per cent capacity to a maximum of 100 indoors
- wedding ceremonies and funerals can have 10 people including the officiant but there can be no wedding receptions and no funeral visitation or receptions
- sports events, special events, arts and culture events and festivals are not permitted
- sports practices and training and arts and culture rehearsals can have 25 people without physical distancing but there can be no games, competitions, tournaments or in-person performances and there can be no spectators
- there can be no more than 25 people involved in a virtual performance, including performers and people managing the recording or livestream
- business and organized club meetings and training can have 25 people – physical distancing is required except when emergency responders need to be closer than two metres for training
- residents in long-term care homes can only have visits from their designated caregivers and can only leave for medical appointments or for a drive
Nova Scotians are also being asked to avoid all non-essential travel within the province and elsewhere, especially to and from the restricted areas of HRM, Hants and Lunenburg counties.
“We had hoped we would not be back in the situation where these restrictions are necessary. We understand that they are disruptive but they are absolutely critical to contain the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Strang. “Everyone needs to behave with the same caution as they did last spring when the virus first arrived in Nova Scotia. Everyone needs to get tested even if they only have one mild symptom.”
The following restrictions remain in place provincewide:
- the general gathering limit is 10 indoors and outdoors
- gatherings at a person’s home are limited to 10, including people who live there
- retail businesses and malls operate at 75 per cent capacity and follow other public health measures
- fitness facilities such as gyms and yoga studios operate at 75 per cent capacity and maintain three metres between people doing high-intensity activities, including indoor and outdoor fitness classes
- schools, after-school programs and child-care centres remain open following their respective sector plans
- libraries, museums, casinos and the Nova Scotia Art Gallery remain open following their respective plans
- adult day programs for seniors remain closed
People who do not follow the gathering limit can be fined. The fine is $1,000 for each person at an illegal gathering. To protect Nova Scotia’s borders, additional testing will be in place for some groups who regularly travel. Effective Monday, March 1, three COVID-19 tests are required for rotational workers, specialized workers, and parents and children whose child custody visits involve travel outside Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island. A new child custody protocol details more requirements for visits and for situations where a parent or child has symptoms or a positive test result. The definition of rotational and specialized workers is changing on Monday, March 1 to only include those who work in Canada. International workers are subject to the federal Quarantine Act. More testing requirements are planned for other travellers.
- Retail businesses can operate at 75 per cent capacity
- Fitness facilities can operate at 75 per cent capacity and must maintain three metres between people during high-intensity activities both indoors and outdoors
- Recognized businesses and organizations can resume hosting events with 150 people outdoors, or 50 per cent of a venue’s capacity to a maximum of 100 indoors
- These events must stop any food or alcohol service by 10 p.m. and end by 11 p.m.
- These events include social events, arts and culture events, sport and recreation events, special events, festivals, faith gatherings, weddings with receptions, and funerals with visitation and receptions
- These events include bingo, darts and other similar activities hosted by licensed and unlicensed establishments
- These gathering limits also apply to meetings and training hosted by private businesses or organizations, provincial and municipal government, first responder organizations, mental health and addictions support groups, and organized clubs
- Organized clubs can host activities for all ages and follow the day camp guidelines to have cohorts of up to 15 within the larger indoor or outdoor gathering limit
- Spectators are allowed at events, including sports games and practices and arts and culture rehearsals and performances, except when they are held at schools
- Large facilities that already have approved plans can resume hosting events with multiple groups of 100 that are kept separate with their own entrances and exits and their own washrooms
- Centre 200 in Sydney and Scotiabank Centre in Halifax can have multiple groups of 150
Sports teams and individual competitors are still restricted to playing and competing with other teams and people with whom they routinely play or compete.
Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced today, Jan. 22, that most public health restrictions will be extended until at least Feb. 7.
Some restrictions for sports and arts and culture organizations will be eased starting Jan. 25. Changes include:
- sports teams can start playing games, but spectators are not permitted and there can be no games or tournaments involving teams that would not regularly play against each other
- non-team sports can also resume competition, but without spectators and only among competitors who would regularly compete against each other
- the limit for sports practices, training and games and arts and culture rehearsals and classes will return to 50
- arts and culture performances can only be virtual and cannot have in-person spectators
Also starting Jan. 25, residents of adult service centres and regional rehabilitation centres can resume community visits for work and volunteering.
Other provincewide restrictions are continuing until 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 7. They include:
- gathering limit of 10, both in your home and in the community
- restaurants and licensed establishments stop service by 10 p.m. and close by 11 p.m.
- retail businesses and malls operate at 50 per cent capacity
- fitness facilities operate at 50 per cent capacity and have three meters between people for high-intensity activities, including indoor and outdoor fitness classes
- social events, festivals, special events, arts and cultural events and sports events are not permitted
- faith gatherings, wedding ceremonies and funeral services can have 150 people outdoors or 50 per cent of an indoor venue’s capacity, to a maximum of 100
- wedding receptions and funeral receptions and visitation are not permitted
Restriction Updates Dec.4,2020: Premier Stephen McNeil and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang announced today, Dec. 4, that the current restrictions in areas of Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County are extended until at least Dec. 16. They also announced the launch of a period of asymptomatic testing across the province. The purpose is to limit the potential spread of the virus by detecting positive cases in people who do not have symptoms. Testing is recommended for people who:
- are 16 to 35 years old, even if they previously tested negative
- have attended an indoor social gathering without physical distancing in the last two weeks, especially if it was larger than the gathering limits in place for that community
- have a large number of regular social interactions with different groups without physical distancing
In addition, pop-up sites will continue in different locations around the province. Anyone age 16 or older is welcome to get tested if they do not have symptoms and are not at higher risk of exposure, which means they:
- are not a close contact of a known case
- have not been at a location listed in an exposure notice that recommends testing
- have not traveled outside the Atlantic provinces within the past 14 days
People getting tested through this process are not required to self-isolate while waiting for their test or results. People getting tested for other reasons can find their self-isolation requirements at http://www.nshealth.ca/what-do-i-need-know-about-covid-19-testing-and-self-isolation. The new restrictions came into force at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26, and will continue until at least Dec.16. Nova Scotians are being asked to avoid non-essential travel:
- in and out of western and central HRM (which is defined as HRM from Hubbards to, and including, Porters Lake and the communities up to Elmsdale and Mount Uniacke in Hants County – see https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/ for boundaries).
- to other Atlantic provinces
The following will apply to the parts of western and central HRM:
- the gathering limit in public is five (or up to the number of members of an immediate family in a household)
- mandatory masking now applies to common areas of multi-unit residential buildings, such as apartment buildings and condos
- restaurants and licensed establishments are closed for in-person dining but may provide take-out or delivery
- retail stores must restrict shoppers and staff to 25 per cent or less of allowable capacity
- wineries, distilleries and breweries cannot hold tastings or in-person dining and must follow retail rules in their stores (delivery and curbside pickup allowed)
- organized sports, recreational, athletic, arts and cultural activities, faith-based activities are paused
- profit and non-profit fitness and recreational facilities closed
- libraries and museums are closed, including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
- the casino and First Nations gaming establishments are closed
- stronger enforcement of illegal gatherings, including ticketing of all attendees (total fine of $1,000)
Schools, after-school programs and childcare will remain open while certain personal services businesses such as hairstylists, estheticians and nail salons in western and central HRM can continue except procedures that cannot be done while a patron is masked. The following new restrictions apply across the province:
- to protect our most vulnerable, there will be no visitors except volunteers and designated caregivers to long-term care facilities and Adult Residential Centres and Regional Rehabilitation Centres licensed by the Department of Community Services
- sports teams are restricted to local or regional play only
- no extracurricular activities between schools
To further protect our most vulnerable, staff, volunteers and designated caregivers at long-term facilities in HRM will undergo voluntary, bi-weekly testing. Testing will be phased-in starting Nov. 27.
“COVID-19 loves social and group activities because it can spread quickly and easily,” said Dr. Strang. “These measures are targeted to reduce the situations in which COVID-19 thrives. Go to work or go to school, then go home and stay there. One family member can shop for necessities. It will likely get worse before it gets better so don’t falter in following public health measures.”
Symptoms of COVID-19
Watch for symptoms. Symptoms can vary from person to person and in different age groups. Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. The severity of COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild to severe, and in some cases, can lead to death. Current information suggests most people don’t experience severe illness or need to be hospitalized.
When to call 811
Call 811 for assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had, or you are currently experiencing: Fever (i.e. chills/sweats) OR Cough (new or worsening) OR Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
- Sore throat
- Runny nose/nasal congestion
- Shortness of breath
You should also call 811 for assessment if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or have any other symptoms that concern you.
Regular COVID Testing means:
Nova Scotia Health Authority has established COVID-19 assessment centres. If you need in-person assessment, 811 will refer you to a centre (don’t go to a COVID-19 assessment centre unless 811 referred you). After testing, you’re legally required to self-isolate for 14 days if you:
- are waiting for your COVID-19 test results
- have tested positive for COVID-19
- have tested negative for COVID-19, but had close contact with someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-1
COVID-19 SELF-ASSESSMENT ONLINE
- You can now do a COVID-19 self-assessment online instead of calling 811. It is a faster option to get screened for testing. 811 will continue to take calls from people who cannot access the online self-assessment or who wish to speak with a nurse about their symptoms.
- gathering limit without social distancing – you can form a close social group of up to 10 people without social distancing; you’re not required to be exclusive but are strongly encouraged to maintain a consistent group (people shouldn’t gather in random or spontaneous groups of 10)
- indoor gathering limit with social distancing for social events, sports and physical activity, faith gatherings, weddings, funerals, arts and culture events, festivals and special events that are run by a recognized business or organization – 50% of the venue’s capacity up to 200 people maximum indoors
- outdoor gathering limit with social distancing for social events, sports and physical activity, faith gatherings, weddings, funerals, arts and culture events, festivals and special events that are run by a recognized business or organization – 250 people maximum outdoors
- gathering limit with social distancing for social events, faith gatherings, weddings, funerals, and arts and culture events that are not run by a recognized business or organization (like a family event in the backyard) – 50 people maximum indoors and outdoors
- gathering limit with social distancing for sports and physical activity that are not run by a recognized business or organization – 50 people maximum indoors and outdoors (participants can have incidental close contact with each other if it’s infrequent, brief and can’t be avoided)
- gathering limit for businesses and organizations that can’t maintain a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) because their physical space is too small – 10 customers or clients maximum without social distancing (keep as much social distancing as possible)
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La PCU est maintenant terminée
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