Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says the province is lifting additional restrictions after going more than two weeks without a new case of COVID-19.
The premier told a news conference today that effective July 3, limits on public gatherings will be increased, and effective immediately, bars and restaurants will be allowed to operate at full capacity.
Public pools are allowed to reopen, and private campgrounds can now operate at full capacity, as long as they follow sector guidelines.
McNeil stressed the importance of physical distancing and hand hygiene, and provincial health officials are now recommending that non-medical masks be worn when distancing is not possible, such as in stores, on public transit or at gatherings.
Beginning July 3, the limits for gatherings run by a recognized business or organization, such as weddings, funerals and cultural events and performances, will increase to 250 if they are outdoors and 200 — with maximum 50 per cent capacity — if they are indoors.
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Following restrictions are being eased, effectively immediately:
- Restaurants and licensed liquor establishments can operate at 100 per cent capacity and serve patrons until midnight with appropriate distancing between tables. Patrons must leave by 1 a.m. They must continue to follow their sector plans
- Private campgrounds can operate at 100 per cent capacity. They must continue to follow their sector plan
- Public pools can reopen with physical distancing for lane swimming and aquafit classes, and one or more groups of 10 for other activities based on pool size. They must follow the Nova Scotia Lifesaving Society plan for change rooms and washrooms. It will take municipalities and other public pools time to prepare for reopening
- 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