Emergency Response

 

Regional Communication

 

December 27, 2020 Service

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December 17, 2020

Dear Regional Council 15 Members (Ministry Personnel and Lay Members),

Please see below the information received today from Dr. Strang. I have highlighted and bolded information important to our Faith Gatherings.

At the December 16, 2020 briefing with Premier McNeil, the following was announced:

  • the current restrictions in areas of Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and Hants County are extended until 11:59 p.m. on December 20, 2020
  • the closure of restaurants and licensed establishments for dine-in service in these areas is extended until 11:59 p.m. on January 10, 2021; they can continue to offer takeout and delivery service
  • the Halifax casino will also remain closed until 11:59 p.m. on January 10, 2021
  • new provincewide restrictions for gatherings, businesses and activities, as well as changes to long-term care restrictions will start December 21, 2020 and be in place until January 10, 2021

Effective 12:01 a.m. on December 21, 2020 to 11:59 p.m. on January  10, 2021, the following restrictions are in place provincewide:

For gatherings and events:

  • gatherings in your home can have 10 people total, including the people who live there
  • people can have a close social group of 10 without physical distancing
  • social events, festivals, special events, arts/cultural events and sports events are not permitted
  • faith gatherings, wedding ceremonies and funeral services can have a maximum of 150 people outdoors or 50 per cent of an indoor venue’s capacity, to a maximum of 100
  • wedding and funeral receptions are not permitted

For businesses:

  • restaurants and licensed establishments, outside the areas of HRM and Hants County noted above, must stop service by 10:00 p.m. and close by 11:00 p.m.
  • fitness and sport and recreation facilities can open
  • fitness facilities like gyms and yoga studios can operate at 50 per cent capacity and must ensure three metres distance between participants during high intensity activities
  • outdoor fitness classes can operate at full capacity and must ensure three metres distance between participants during high intensity activities
  • personal services such as hair salons and spas can resume providing services that can only be done if the customer removes their mask, such as facials
  • retail and shopping mall rules currently in place for areas of HRM and Hants County will extend to the entire province, including operating at 25 per cent of their capacity; their food courts can remain open with public health measures in place including physical distance between tables

For sports, museums, libraries and long-term care:

  • sports practices, training and arts and culture rehearsals are limited to 25 participants without physical distancing but games, tournaments and performances are not permitted
  • the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, museums and libraries can reopen at full capacity with physical distancing and other public health measures in place
  • each long-term care resident can have two designated caregivers and facilities can allow a limited number of visitors

Nova Scotians are still asked to avoid any unnecessary travel. There is no longer a recommendation specifically around travel into and out of areas of HRM and Hants County.

The restriction most relevant to faith communities is the ability to hold faith gatherings with a maximum of 150 people outdoors or 50 per cent of an indoor venue’s capacity, to a maximum of 100. In recognition of the importance of faith gatherings these are the only type of gatherings that will be allowed over the next 3 weeks.

I recognize that for some of you this is good news, as it allows you to have some limited in-person services once again, but for others it reduces the maximum capacity from 200 to 100. I do know that this may bring frustration or disappointment, but I ask for your understanding and patience as we make these difficult decisions.  I also want to recognize that almost all other gatherings are not being allowed and that an important distinction to allow faith gatherings, even in a limited way, has been made.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to be in contact.

Blessings to all for a safe and happy Christmas,

 Faith

Faith March-MacCuish

Executive Minister

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Emergency Coordinator

Emergency Coordinator for Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council and Regional Council 15 Office is Tracey Rose and she will be the person who will send out communication to the Regions.

Tracey Rose
Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council / Regional Council 15
Phone: 1-800-268-3781 | Ext. 6142
Email: trose@united-church.ca