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It's the weekend, but the rules haven't changed

We are still in the state of emergency because of COVID-19. We know the weather is getting warmer and people want to get out of their homes, but what can you do once you step outside the door?

Nova Scotians must practice physical distancing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. This means limiting your contact with other people and staying 2 metres (6 feet) away from them.

This means… There are to be no non-essential gatherings of more than 5 people.

This means… That neighbourhood children cannot come together inside or outside for playdates, ball games, etc.

This means…. Provincial and municipal parks and beaches are closed. Provincial tourist attractions are closed. Most trails are run by municipalities and community groups. Check whether they are open before you go. Only use trails that you can walk to from your home. You must follow gathering limits and social distancing guidelines on trails.

This means… That only immediate family should be travelling together in vehicles, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

This means… Don’t gather in parking lots to talk to neighbours or friends.

This means … That you should not be accepting visitors to your home. Chat with someone on the phone or internet, but don’t invite them into your house.

Limit essential travel to only necessary items and have only one person can go shopping.

This means… Only go to stores for groceries, medications or other essential items. Plan ahead, make a list, and leave as soon as you’re finished.

This means …. You should only leave your home when you need to. If you can, choose one person from your household to do all your shopping and other errands.

If you don’t obey social distancing rules, you risk being fined by police.

Under the state of emergency, police are authorized to enforce orders under the Health Protection Act. If Nova Scotians and businesses do not practice physical distancing and self-isolation, they face fines of $1,000 for individuals and $7,500 for businesses. Multiple fines can be given each day an individual or business fails to comply. Police can also enforce offences under the Emergency Management Act. For example, fines for charging higher than fair market prices for goods and services.

If you’re aware of someone who isn’t following provincial direction, talk to them first – they may need help. If you need to call police, please call a non-emergency number for the police that serve your community. Do not call 911 for these issues.

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