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.