Great news today from Premier McNeill and Dr. Strang.
As part of the initial steps in the provincial recovery from the first wave of COVID-19, some restrictions are being lifted.
1. Nova Scotians can choose to create an immediate family bubble.
This means two immediate family households can come together without physical distancing. This could mean parents, siblings, grandparents – families will have to figure out who is in their bubble. The two households must be mutually exclusive. We are not encouraging large families to gather in large groups for barbeques and reunions. This is a first step to allow immediate family to gather in small groups. This change is effective immediately.
2. Public beaches in Nova Scotia will be allowed to be open for public access effective May 16, 2020, at 8 a.m
3. The following activities at outdoor facilities will be allowed to resume effective, May 16, 2020, at 8 a.m:
These activities are able to resume at this early stage with the understanding that people can safely participate in them without the need for an official sport program.
Please note that there can be no practices, coaching, etc; no spectators; and no tournaments, regattas, competitions, etc.
Resumption of these activities is approved under the following general conditions:
- Take place outdoors
- Can be done by an individual or by multiple people who can maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres
- Access to a facility (i.e. washrooms, changing rooms, equipment rooms) either before or after taking part in the activity must be limited, and the facility must be able to comply with all requirements of the COVID-19 Public Health order currently in place with respect to physical distance and maximum numbers
- Before, during and after activities while at the location where the activity occurs
- Individuals must maintain physical distancing of at least 2 metres from others except when two or more individuals are in the same immediate family bubble
- Immediate family bubbles must maintain physical distancing of at least 2 metres from other immediate family bubbles
- Activities must not include the sharing of common equipment unless the individuals are from the same immediate family bubble.
- Equipment should be cleaned with an appropriate disinfecting cleaner prior to and after use.
Personal Protective Measures
- Individuals who are unwell must not participate in the activity
- Participants should be reminded of the need for proper hand hygiene before and after their activity; this should be supported by providing access to water/soap or hand sanitizer as is feasible for the specific location
- Participants should be reminded of the need for cough etiquette and not touching their face
- The province-wide ban on open fires has been extended to Monday, June 1 at 11:59 p.m.
- Use of backyard appliances like chimineas and fire pits will be temporarily permitted for households.
For the most up-to-date information about coronavirus, please refer to the provincial government website.