N.S. broadcasts “close to full-lockdown measures” for Halifax space as COVID-19 instances proceed to climb

2021-04-23 00:23:00

As Nova Scotia studies 38 new instances of COVID-19 – the biggest single-day case enhance in practically one yr – the province’s premier introduced tighter restrictions within the Halifax space and a few surrounding communities so as to assist curb the unfold of the virus.

“We’re utilizing these restrictions as a circuit breaker to stop our case depend from rising,” stated Premier Iain Rankin. “We’re taking fast motion to restrict the chance for the virus to unfold any additional in native communities.”

Throughout a information convention on Thursday, Rankin stated efficient 8 a.m. on Friday tightened measures will probably be put into place, which apply to the Halifax Regional Municipality, in addition to the communities of Hubbards, Milford, Lantz, Elmsdale, Enfield, South Uniacke, Ecum Secum, and Trafalgar.

Public well being says folks ought to keep away from travelling to any of those areas until it’s mandatory journey, which incorporates for college, work, well being care, authorized necessities, and household visitation underneath the purview of the Division of Neighborhood Providers.

“Journey for procuring, social occasions, household visits, practices, or rehearsals aren’t thought of mandatory,” wrote the province in a information launch on Thursday.

The brand new restrictions, which will probably be in place till not less than Could 20, embody: 

  • the gathering restrict is 5, each indoors and open air
  • no social occasions, particular occasions, festivals, arts/cultural occasions, sports activities occasions, religion gatherings, wedding ceremony receptions, or funeral visitation or receptions
  • wedding ceremony and funeral ceremonies hosted by a acknowledged enterprise or group can have 5 folks, plus officiants
  • no conferences or coaching besides psychological well being and addictions assist teams, which might have 25 folks with bodily distancing and masks
  • no sports activities practices, coaching, video games, competitions or tournaments
  • no arts and tradition rehearsals or in-person performances
  • digital gatherings and performances could be held with a most of 5 folks in a single location
  • eating places and licensed institutions are closed to seated service
  • licensed and unlicensed institutions can’t host actions resembling darts, playing cards, pool and bowling
  • retail companies and malls can function at 25 per cent capability and should comply with different public well being measures
  • private companies resembling hair salons, barber retailers and spas are closed
  • unregulated well being professions resembling therapeutic massage remedy and different complementary or various medication suppliers are closed, aside from persevering with care employees, home-care employees, ocularists and podiatrists
  • indoor health services like gyms and yoga studios and sport and recreation services like swimming pools, arenas, tennis courts and enormous multipurpose recreation services are closed
  • out of doors health and recreation companies can function with 25 folks and bodily distancing
  • companies and organizations providing all kinds of indoor recreation actions are closed, resembling indoor play areas, arcades, climbing services, dance courses and music classes
  • museums, libraries and the Artwork Gallery of Nova Scotia are closed, however libraries can supply pick-up and drop-off of books and different supplies Nova Scotia Artwork Gallery are closed, however libraries can supply pick-up and drop-off of books and different supplies
  • there will probably be no guests or volunteers allowed inside long-term care services however designated care suppliers can proceed to offer regular service and out of doors visits could be organized
  • all properties licensed by the Division of Neighborhood Service underneath the Properties for Particular Care Act can’t have guests and residents can’t have group entry
  • all grownup day packages for individuals with disabilities funded by the Division of Neighborhood Providers will probably be closed apart from scheduled vaccine clinics at three of those packages
  • all grownup day packages for seniors stay closed provincewide
  • in non-public indoor workplaces resembling workplaces or warehouses, masks are obligatory efficient April 23 in all widespread areas, locations the place there’s interplay with the general public, areas with poor air flow, and areas the place distance can’t be maintained

“We perceive that is disruptive, however it’s essential to regain management of the virus,” stated Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of well being. “I am asking all Nova Scotians, particularly residents in these areas, to do their half to assist us combat COVID-19 by supporting and following these restrictions.”

Strang says out of doors actions are nonetheless inspired for “bodily and psychological wellbeing” so long as gathering limits are being adopted. Officers reminded Nova Scotians that anybody who doesn’t hearken to gathering limits could be fined. That fantastic is $1,000 for every particular person current at an unlawful gathering.


Amid a return of lockdown restrictions for the Halifax Regional Municipality, a number of colleges in Dartmouth, N.S. are shifting to digital studying for 2 weeks because of COVID-19 outbreak.

“Our colleges are being impacted by elevated COVID-19 exercise. That is why some colleges will probably be closed for 2 weeks beginning tomorrow,” stated Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Well being throughout Thursday’s replace.

Starting Friday, April 23, the next colleges, that are in an space of elevated COVID-19 exercise, will near college students and transfer to at-home studying for a two-week interval:

  • Auburn Drive Excessive household of faculties
  • Cole Harbour District Excessive household of faculties
  • Dartmouth Excessive household of faculties
  • École secondaire Mosaïque
  • École du Carrefour
  • École Bois-Joli

All different public colleges and daycares within the province will proceed with in-school studying at the moment, nevertheless, masks will probably be obligatory for all college students efficient April 26.


Nova Scotia reported 38 new instances of COVID-19 on Thursday.

Thirty-three instances are within the province’s Central zone – two are associated to journey exterior of Atlantic Canada, whereas two are related to worldwide journey.

Nineteen of the instances within the Central zone are shut contacts to beforehand reported instances. Ten of those instances stay underneath investigation – two of which have been recognized on Wednesday at Bell Park Educational Centre in Lake Echo and Shannon Park Elementary in Dartmouth, N.S.

Three of Thursday’s instances are within the Japanese zone and are associated to journey exterior of Atlantic Canada.

One case is within the Northern zone associated to journey exterior of Atlantic Canada.

One is being reported within the Western zone, associated to worldwide journey.  

Public well being says all travel-related instances are self-isolating, as required.

Six beforehand reported instances in Nova Scotia at the moment are thought of resolved, with the overall variety of lively instances rising to 111 — the best variety of lively instances the province has reported since December 2020.


Public well being is strongly encouraging Nova Scotians to hunt asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, notably if they’ve had a number of social interactions, even with their very own social circle.

COVID-19 exams could be booked via the provinces on-line self-assessment COVID-19 device, or by calling 811.

Folks may go to one among Nova Scotia’s many fast pop-up testing websites that proceed to function all through the province.

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