By order of the provincial government, non-medical masks are mandatory beginning July 31, 2020. All visitors to any municipal Victoria County site are required to wear a mask.
In addition to wearing a mask, please continue these very important Covid-19 safety measures:
(exerpt from Nova Scotia Government COvid 19 page:https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/staying-healthy/#masks)
Wearing a non-medical mask
New requirement to wear a non-medical mask in most indoor public places starts on 31 July 2020. Children under 2 are exempt, as well as children 2 to 4 when their caregiver can't get them to wear a mask. People with a valid medical reason for not wearing a mask are also exempt. Schools, day cares and day camps continue to follow their sector-specific plans.
When to wear a mask
All passengers and drivers on public transportation are required to wear non-medical masks. Children under 2 are exempt, as well as children 2 to 4 when their caregiver can't get them to wear a mask. People with a valid medical reason for not wearing a mask are also exempt. Public transportation includes:
Even if you don’t have symptoms, you should wear a non-medical mask whenever you’re in places where it’s hard to maintain social distance (like public transportation, stores, elevators and gatherings).
You should wear a non-medical mask unless you have a medical reason for not wearing a mask (like people with cognitive or developmental disabilities who can’t wear a mask). Children under the age of 2 shouldn’t wear a mask.
There are very few reasons not to wear a mask. Wearing a mask doesn’t worsen chronic lung conditions like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). If you have chronic breathing problems or a mental health condition that creates anxiety, you may need to work on ways to overcome the anxiety (like practicing wearing a mask for short periods of time at home).
How to wear and make a mask
Learn more about non-medical masks, how to make a non-medical mask and how to wear a non-medical mask.
Additional safety measures
Using a mask alone isn’t enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You should also make sure to keep your hands clean, follow cough and sneeze etiquette and social distancing guidelines and stay home if you’re feeling sick.
On June 18, the Nova Scotia government announced that people can now gather in groups of up to 10 without physical distancing. People in a group are not required to be exclusive but they are strongly encouraged to maintain a consistent group. This is especially important for Nova Scotians who are more at risk of complications from COVID-19. This change replaces the concept of family household bubbles.
Gatherings of up to 50 will now be allowed but people must observe physical distancing of two metres or six feet.
The larger gathering limit of 50 applies to social events, faith gatherings, sports and physical activity, weddings and funerals, and arts and culture events like theatre performances, dance recitals, festivals and concerts.
For more information: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200618004
As businesses prepare to reopen, here are some guidelines for best practises provided by the NS government: Safe Practise Guidelines for Work Places.
From the Province:
Effective June 5, most businesses required to close under the public health order can reopen. Businesses must follow protocols in the plan that is tailored to their sector.
This includes following public health protocols to ensure physical distancing, increased cleaning and other protective measures for staff and customers.
The following can open if they are ready and choose to do so:
Other health providers can also reopen on June 5, provided they follow protocols in their colleges’ and associations’ plans, as approved by public health. These include:
Nova Scotians are encouraged to continue to: