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Social Groups of Ten Now Legal in NS

UPDATED WITH MORE GUIDELINES FOR CHURCHES

Nova Scotians may now gather in groups of ten as the province further relaxes the public health restrictions imposed to limit the coronavirus pandemic.

Premier Stephen McNeil made the announcement today during a press conference broadcast live on Six Rivers Radio.

For the last number of weeks, public gatherings limited groups to five or fewer, while at the same time insisting that people keep two metres between them.

Premier Stephen McNeil says, “This next step to allow people to gather in slightly larger groups is good for our mental health and well being.” 

The new gathering limit of ten is effective immediately. Physical distancing of two metres or six feet is still required, except among members of the same household or family household bubble. 

Outdoor weddings and funeral services will be allowed up to 15 people, excluding the officiants. 

While churches are allowed to gather in groups of ten, they are not allowed to pass collection plates or communion elements. Dr. Strang also suggested no singing, as evidence suggests the practice causes a greater spread of air-born water droplets which may carry the coronavirus.

The gathering limit applies to things like social gatherings, arts and culture activities like theatre performances and dance recitals, faith gatherings, and sports and physical activity. It also applies to businesses whose main function is gatherings, such as theatres, concerts, festivals and sporting activities, and to businesses that are too small to ensure physical distancing. 

Other steps being taken include:

  • private campgrounds can open starting June 5 for all types of campers. They can only operate at 50 per cent capacity and must ensure public health protocols are followed including adequate distance between campsites
  • provincial campgrounds will open to Nova Scotians on June 15, with the reservation line opening June 8. They will operate at a reduced capacity to ensure a minimum of 20 feet between individual campsites
  • pools can start maintenance work to prepare for reopening, likely in time for summer
  • sleepover camps are not permitted this year 

The chief medical officer says, “As we create more opportunities for Nova Scotians to regain some normalcy in their lives, it’s important that we all continue to take protective measures like good hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and staying home if you’re sick.” Dr. Robert Strang added, “It’s also important for people to think about their own health and circumstances in order to make good decisions about the activities they choose to do.” 

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Steve McCabe

In reading the update as mentioned in the news conference there appears to be somewhat of a staggered thought approach when it comes to church activities. One gets the over-all jest of the social distancing approach however it is a bit baffling of why churches would be on the list for reopening when not being allowed the obvious of why one would be attending church in the first place. We can read the word itself for ourselves,,,, however the idea of church fellowship beyond receiving the message are the obvious reasons one congregates in fellowship, therefore, having the ability to participate in singing, communion and embracing others is church in and of itself. Maybe it’s time we redefine the word church in order to disperse some clarity if this is going to be the new norm. Perhaps churches are like enjoying our parks and campgrounds as one goes there for a particular outcome. A suggestion for the churches might have been to have submitted their return plans to the province outlining their celebratory practices as being a functioning role of the church therefore willing to have waited until the church could be properly reinstated.

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Events This Week

Monday, October 26, 2020 10:00 AM

Rug Hooking at Northport Community Centre. CANCELLED till further notice.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 8:00 AM

Fresh Baked Beef Pies in support of Big Lake Camp. Order by Tuesday, eat on Wednesday. Click HERE for details.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 10:00 AM

Quilting at the Northport Community Centre. CANCELLED till further notice.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 6:00 PM

Pugwash Fire Department Toonie Draw, the 50/50 community fundraiser. Click HERE for details.

Thursday, October 29, 2020 7:00 PM

Bingo at the Wentworth Recreation Centre. Limited to the first 50 people. Public health rules in place.

Saturday, October 31, 2020 3:00 PM

Chase the Ace at the Royal Canadian Legion in Pugwash. Click HERE for details. CANCELLED till further notice.

Saturday, October 31, 2020 5:00 PM

Halloween Trunk or Treat at the Oxford Church of the Nazarene. Click HERE for details.

Sunday, November 1, 2020 7:00 PM

Bingo at the Northport Community Centre. CANCELLED till further notice.

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