Today, Friday June 26, Premier Stephen McNeil and Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Strang announced further easing of restrictions related to COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.
- Effective today, restaurants and bars can operate at 100% capacity. Patrons must leave by 1:00am.
- Private campgrounds can operate at 100% capacity.
- Public pools can open.
- Outdoor events organized by business or event planners can have 250 people attend following social distancing.
- Indoor events organized by businesses or event planners can have up to 200 people attend, up to a maximum of 50% capacity. Social distancing must be followed.
- Backyard events maintain a 50 person maximum.
- People living in homes funded by disability support programs can resume going out into their communities, although it may take time for homes to make arrangements.
“We’ve now had more than two weeks with no new cases of COVID-19, and Nova Scotians are getting back to normal activities while maintaining precautions,” said Premier McNeil.
“Continuing the core measures of physical distancing and hand hygiene is how we will keep our case numbers low, especially as we increase gathering limits and welcome Atlantic Canadian visitors to Nova Scotia.”
Expanded gathering limits apply to:
- social events
- faith gatherings,
- other cultural events
- arts and culture events like theatre performances, dance recitals, festivals and concerts.
Guidelines for these types of events are available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/docs/Events-theatres-and-venues-COVID-19-prevention-guidelines.pdf
Nova Scotians can continue to gather in close social groups of up to 10 without physical distancing. The people in a social group are not required to be exclusive but they are strongly encouraged to maintain consistency. You should continue not to gather in random or spontaneous groups of 10.
Businesses that are too small to ensure physical distancing can still have no more than 10 people on their premises at a time with as much physical distancing as possible.