Health & Wellness Information

Province Easing Some Recreation Restrictions

The Province announced the easing of some recreation restrictions. 

"We know that getting outdoors for recreation is important for people's physical and mental health," said Premier McNeil." That's why we are easing some restrictions, while still keeping the majority of our public health directives in place to continue fighting the virus. But I need to be clear: if we see an increase in positive cases or people not continuing to adhere to all the public health measures, the restrictions will return."

Existing public health directives around social distancing and social gatherings remain in place. People must keep two metres apart and not gather in groups of more than five. People are asked to stay within their household unit, not drive to access outdoor spaces, and not go to a place if a parking lot looks full.

These measures take effect immediately, as of 3pm, Friday May 1st. 
-- provincial and municipal parks can reopen, but beaches and playground equipment will continue to be off limits
-- trails are allowed to open
-- people are allowed to use and visit community gardens
--sports fields and school fields are open, but not playgrounds or beaches
• -- garden centres and similar businesses can open
-- sportfishing is permitted from shore or boat, but fishing derbies are not allowed
-- people can attend boating, yacht or sailing clubs for the purpose of preparing boats for use
-- golf driving ranges can open, including those at golf clubs, but the course must remain closed; golf clubs can perform necessary maintenance and preparations for opening
-- people can use their cottages. Use is restricted to one household unit at a time, travel must be directly to the cottage and back, and travelling back and forth frequently from cottage and primary residence is discouraged
-- provincial and private campgrounds remain closed, but they can perform necessary maintenance and preparations for opening. An exception is recreational vehicles parked year-round at private campgrounds, which can be used but must follow the same rules as cottages
-- drive-in religious services will be allowed, as long as people stay in their cars, they are parked two metres apart and there are no interactions between people in cars or between people in cars and others

Beaches and playgrounds remain closed

Details on these adjustments can be found at, https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

"Our ability to open things up further - for example, beaches, golf courses and campgrounds -- depends on how each of us does with these adjustments, how well Nova Scotians comply and how the pandemic continues to impact people's health," Dr. Strang said. "We can't let our guards down. We need to continue to flatten the curve."

A phased plan to further lift public health restrictions is under development. It is based on science and the timing of each phase will be determined by the result to the easing of restrictions.

Sport Fishing Season Delayed

Nova Scotia’s sportfishing season is on hold until at least May 1.

The season normally begins on April 1, however with the current state of emergency around COVID-19, Nova Scotians are encouraged to stay at home.

“Nova Scotians love to fish, however this delay is consistent with closure of parks, beaches and other activities where people gather,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “Some Nova Scotians have already purchased 2020 sportfishing licences and I want them to know those licences will be valid once the season opens.”

Learn to Fish activities have been cancelled this year and no permits will be issued to host trout derbies.

See press release: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200327006

REMINDER: Beaches & Parks Closed, Trails Open

REMINDER: Beaches & Parks Closed, Trails Open

Trails are OPEN. Parks & Beaches are CLOSED. This includes ALL beaches, whether municipal or provincial. There is only one Municipal maintained beach – Welkum Park. The rest are all provincial beaches (i.e. Roseway beach, Louis Head beach, etc.).

TRAILS - You can walk, run and bike on the trails and several are also for motorized use (OHVs). Only use trails that you live close to, that you can walk or ride to get to (not drive to). And whether you are on foot or riding make sure to follow social distancing guidelines (keep 6 feet/2 metres away from others).

The Government of Canada app has all the latest on COVID-19 in Canada.

  • Self-assessment tool
  • Resources
  • Statistics
  • Updates

For more information, visit: https://ca.thrive.health/.

Locations of Potential Exposure to COVID-19 - March 15, 2020

NSHA Public Health is advising of potential exposure to COVID-19 on Sunday, March 15 at Eagles Funeral Home in Westville, and the Alma Fire Hall.

This notification is being made out of an abundance of caution as Public Health now starts contact tracing 48 hours before symptom onset. These events fell within that 48-hour period.

Learn more: http://www.nshealth.ca/news/nsha-advising-potential-covid-19-exposure-westville-funeral-home-and-alma-fire-hall

Test numbers are updated daily at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#cases

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

Staying Home Saves Lives

We know Nova Scotians want to:

  • Slow the spread of COVID-19
  • Protect our most vulnerable
  • Support our health workers

That is why we all must stay home as much as we can.

Nova Scotia is in a State of Emergency during a global pandemic.

Good weather does not change public health orders.

Staying home and practicing social distancing saves lives.

We must all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Staying home saves lives