Province declares State of Emergency, Seven New Cases of COVID-19 Identified

The Nova Scotia government has declared a State of Emergency, including limiting public gatherings to five people in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Premier Stephen

Premier Stephen McNeil

McNeil says many Nova Scotians are adhering to the advice of provincial health officials by self isolating following international travel, and adhering to social distancing. However, McNeil says he saw and heard of far too many instances over the weekend of Nova Scotians gathering in large groups, blatantly disregarding the social and physical distance rules of six feet or two metres apart.

Provincial parks are also closed. Provincial border restrictions are also being tightened. As of 6 a.m. Monday, anyone who has travelled outside of Nova Scotia must self isolate for 14 days upon their return. There are some exceptions to the new self-isolation rules, including those providing essential services such as trucking, health care, child protection workers and law enforcement

Nova Scotia Health officials have also identified seven new cases of COVID-19, either travel related or close contacts of previous cases. That brings the number of confirmed and presumptive cases of the virus to 28.