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Municipal and provincial parks to reopen as Nova Scotia eases COVID-19 restrictions – CBC.ca

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The Nova Scotia government announced Friday it is immediately easing some public health restrictions around COVID-19. The province also reported an additional death and 12 new cases of the virus.

Some of the initial steps include:

  • Reopening provincial and municipal parks (excluding playgrounds and beaches), trails and community gardens. Skate parks are open.
  • Reopening garden centres, nurseries and similar businesses.
  • Sport fishing is permitted from shore or boat, but fishing derbies are not allowed.
  • People are now allowed to go to boating, yacht or sailing clubs to prepare boats for use.
  • Golf driving ranges can open, including those at golf clubs. Courses must remain closed, but golf clubs can perform the necessary preparation work for reopening.
  • People can use their cottages, but use is restricted to one household unit at a time. Travel must be directly to the cottage and back. Travelling back and forth frequently from cottage to primary residence is discouraged. This does not apply to cottage rentals.
  • Provincial and private campgrounds are still closed, but staff are now permitted to do maintenance work for reopening. An exception to this rule is recreational vehicles parked year-round at private campgrounds, which can be used but must follow the same rules.
  • Drive-thru religious services will be allowed as long as people stay in their cars and are parked two metres apart and there is no interaction between people in cars or between people in cars and others.

Rules around physical distancing and social gatherings remain in place. People must keep two metres apart and not gather in groups of more than five.

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Premier Stephen McNeil warned restrictions will return if public health measures aren’t followed.

“I’m worried about all of you and I’m worried about how we are coping,” McNeil said during a press briefing on Friday, referencing COVID-19 deaths, the mass shooting, and the military helicopter crash.

“We need to get over our heads and out of our houses and get outside. We need to feel that fresh air, a little freedom. The keyword is a little.”

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil warned that if public health restrictions aren’t followed, tougher ones will be put back in place. (CBC)

While the easing of those restrictions came into effect immediately, it could take a little while for some municipal parks to reopen.

Shortly after the announcement was made, Halifax Coun. Waye Mason said unlocking the gates to popular destinations like the Halifax Public Gardens may not be complete until the end of the weekend.

“Don’t look for loopholes and don’t bend the rules,” McNeil warned.

Beaches and playgrounds still closed

Beaches and playgrounds will remain closed.

“Most of us don’t have a beach in our community and would have to drive a fair distance to get to one. And we really don’t want people driving long distances if they don’t need to,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health.

“Playgrounds have many challenges to maintaining social distance for kids, plus have many high-touch surfaces that cannot be sanitized. So for those reasons for now, we’re keeping beaches and playgrounds closed.”

If a provincial park has a beach, the beach part of the park is closed, Strang said.

He said the province will be monitoring to see if there is an uptick in COVID-19 cases after the restrictions are eased. He said it could take two weeks to see the impact of this weekend.

‘We have not lost sight of the economy’

Mental health played a big role in the province’s decision to ease restrictions, McNeil said.

When it comes to people violating physical distancing rules, the premier said adults — not children — are the worst offenders.

He said talks about reopening the economy will begin soon.

Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang said if people are going to head to trails and parks, they should go to ones that are nearby. (CBC)

“We have not lost sight of the economy. We have not lost sight of how we’re going to work with our private sector,” McNeil said.

“Right now, this is about Nova Scotians and trying to help all of us deal with what we’ve been asked to deal with.”

State of emergency extended

The province also announced Friday that Nova Scotia’s state of emergency has been extended to May 17.

There have now been 29 deaths in the province due to COVID-19, with 23 of them happening at Northwood, including the death announced Friday.

As of Thursday, there were 237 residents and 105 staff at 10 long-term care homes and seniors facilities that had COVID-19.

A map of COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia released by the Nova Scotia Health Authority on Friday, May 1, 2020. (Nova Scotia Health Authority)

Ten people are currently in hospital because of the virus, with three of them in intensive care.

Nova Scotia has had 959 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 592 individuals now recovered.

The following is a list of symptoms for COVID-19:

  • Fever.
  • New or worsening cough.
  • Sore throat.
  • Runny nose.
  • Headache.

Anyone with two or more of those symptoms should visit 811’s website for a self-assessment questionnaire to determine if 811 should be called for further assessment.

Police enforcement

Police across Nova Scotia are continuing to charge people under the Nova Scotia Health Protection Act.

Nova Scotia RCMP have charged 190 people with offences related to the provincial state of emergency. Five of those charges have been since April 28.

Cape Breton Regional Police have so far issued 98 tickets, with 21 of those tickets handed out this week.

Halifax Regional Police have issued 152 tickets since the state of emergency was declared, with only one ticket issued since Monday.

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Nova Scotia reports 1 more death at Northwood, 1 new case of coronavrius – Globalnews.ca

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“Our thoughts are with those who are mourning at this time. I recognize how difficult it can be for family and friends to grieve with restrictions in place,” said Premier Stephen McNeil, in a press release.“As these restrictions are loosened over the next week, I ask all Nova Scotians to continue to respect the rules and follow public health advice.”As of Saturday, Nova Scotia confirmed one new case of novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 1,056.“This summer will look very different. I know there are things people want to do and can’t,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health.READ MORE: Nova Scotia to allow 10-person gatherings as no new coronavirus cases announced Friday“I continue to ask for people’s patience, understanding and cooperation. No matter what you do, please respect the rules – practise good hygiene, stay home if you’re feeling unwell, limit large groups and wear non-medical masks when and where appropriate.”The province said the QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 694 Nova Scotia tests on May 29 and is operating 24-hours.To date, Nova Scotia has 41,391 negative test results, 1,056 positive COVID-19 test results and 60 deaths.

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Newswatch COVID-19 Digest: Saturday May 30, 2020 – Cornwall Newswatch – Cornwall Newswatch

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(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

Here are the latest local, regional and national headlines on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for Saturday, May 30, 2020:

  • There have been 27,210 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Ontario, an increase of 344 cases (or 1.3 per cent) from the previous day. There are 20,983 people recovered from the virus while 2,230 people have died. The number of Ontario people tested is 680,687 of which 13,351 have pending results.
  • Canada’s coronavirus case total is 89,418. The country has 6,979 deaths from the virus – 164 in British Columbia, 143 in Alberta, 10 in Saskatchewan, seven in Manitoba, 2,230 in Ontario, 4,363 in Quebec, three in Newfoundland & Labrador and 59 in Nova Scotia.
  • A person who has been weeks in an Ottawa intensive care unit has been released and is on the regular floor of the hospital. There are still a total of three in hospital with one other person still in ICU. The number of confirmed cases stayed steady Friday at 147 with 11 deaths and 92 recoveries. Local testing jumped by 273 on Friday to 8,378 tests. The breakdown of cases are 15 in Cornwall (15 resolved), 25 in SD&G (20 resolved) and 107 in Prescott-Russell (57 resolved). There are two active nursing home outbreaks.
  • The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit added another case Friday to a total of 342 confirmed cases. There was also another death bringing that total to 50. Ninety per cent of COVID-19 cases (264) have recovered.
  • Officials with Public Health Ontario outlined their next phase of novel coronavirus testing across Ontario. Testing will concentrate on first responders, more essential workers and those in prison settings. It will also concentrate on hot spot areas, where Ontario Public Health would send a strike team into a business, for example, where there’s increased COVID-19 activity.
  • Premier Doug Ford says the government is looking at a regional reopening of the economy. “It’s an option that we’re looking at. Everything is on the table.” Ford says they are getting a better picture of the spread of the disease through more testing and mobile testing units.
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that the North Country and Central New York could move to the next phase – phase two – of reopening. That includes St. Lawrence County (home to Massena, Potsdam and Canton) and Franklin County (home to Malone). New York’s phase two includes reopening office-based business, in-store retail shopping, and limited barber and hairdressing services. St. Lawrence County has had 201 positive cases to date, which 183 recovered and two deaths.
  • The Children’s Treatment Center will resume in-person counselling with children and parents on Monday, June 8. The center says it will “implement all necessary measures” to provide safety for children, parents and staff members. Executive Director Robert Smith reduced his counselling hours and the center has hired another counsellor, Ashley Dicintio, who previously had a private practice in Cornwall and works at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Center as a women’s social worker.
  • A ban on cruise ships entering Canadian waters has been extended until October. The ban was to expire on July 1.
  • The federal government has rolled out an additional $650 million for First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities across Canada. It will go to public health, income assistance and shelters for women and children. That’s in addition to the $305 million already promised.
  • A health care worker in New Brunswick has been suspended after travelling to Quebec and not self-quarantining after returning, choosing instead to go to work. There’s now an outbreak in the Campbellton area with at least six new cases, including two in ICU. The RCMP is investigating.

Have a story or news release related to COVID-19? Send it along for possible inclusion in a future digest on Cornwall Newswatch. Email editor@cornwallnewswatch.com. Please put “COVID-19 Digest” in the subject line.

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Province surpasses testing targets for a second straight day, adds over 300 cases to Ontario-wide caseload – Barrie 360 – Barrie 360

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Public Health Ontario says the province has exceeded its daily testing target twice in a row. Over 18,500 tests were run to get yesterday’s batch of results. Yesterday, over 17,500 tests were detailed. The province is shooting for 16,000 daily and hopes to reach 25,000 in time.

There were 13,351 tests waiting to be run, in an apparent continued surge in people seeking out testing.

Friday’s update revealed another 344 cases of COVID-19 were added to the provincial caseload that now exceeds 27,000. Of those, over 77 percent are recoveries, at 20,983 people. That’s an increase of 310 recoveries since yesterday’s update.

Another 41 lives lost, 2,230 to date.

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