COVID-19 in Nova Scotia: Fines doubled, new gathering limits as province sets record of new cases
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In Halifax, Iain Rankin, the premier of Nova Scotia, and Dr. Robert Strang, the provincial chief medical officer of health, provide an update on the province’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic. The premier announces fines will be doubled from $1,000 to $2,000 for people who break gathering limits. Nova Scotians are also being told not to travel outside their community for non-essential reasons. This order will be in place until at least May 20. Indoor and outdoor gathering limits outside of the Halifax area have also been reduced to 10 people including household members.
The update comes as Nova Scotia breaks a provincial record for daily infections with 63 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number since the pandemic began over a year ago. Circuit-breaker restrictions went into effect on April 23 in the Halifax area and some surrounding communities due to increasing cases of COVID-19 in the region. All restrictions will remain in place until at least May 20. At least 12 schools have also closed and moved to at-home learning for a two-week period. Schools that remain open will have mandatory mask measures in place for all students starting April 26. (Note: Technical problems with this video originate at the source) (April 25, 2021)