Nova Scotia health officials reported 37 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday in the largest one-day increase since Jan. April

“If that’s not enough, I don’t know what it is,” Prime Minister Stephen McNeil said in a provincial update on Tuesday

Public Health announced new COVID-19 measures on Tuesday and urged Nova Scotians to limit travel to the Halifax Regional Municipality

All restaurants and bars will close for personal dining starting Wednesday, but takeaway and delivery may continue, McNeil


The limit for public gatherings is now five fitness centers, libraries, museums, casinos and similar establishments will be closed

Co-owner of Balance Fitness, a Dartmouth gym, said it is one of the many gyms to be closed due to the new measures announced at the briefing

“We were completely blind and completely unprepared the first time we shut down. Now we just had to prepare somehow. But it was definitely something we knew was going to happen,” said Erika French

French said this second shutdown won’t affect them as much as the first, given that they’ve already done their personal training and bootcamps virtually

She and her co-owner also started a second virtual company called Jade and Erika – The Honest Unicorns

“Because mental health and fitness go hand in hand, especially during this time, so we wanted to make sure that was still available,” said French

But despite the new virtual initiatives they’ve taken, French said this shutdown is likely to hurt them even more, “because people are more afraid of going back to the gym from the first wave, let alone from the second wave, so it will definitely affect us a lot ”

“We can just be hopeful and see what happens in the next two weeks and if that takes longer we just need to get things to our members virtually,” she added

Personal services such as hairdressers and beauticians remain open, but any procedures that require customers to remove masks are no longer allowed

Health officials say residents should expect stronger enforcement for illegal gatherings, including a fine of 1Previously, Halifax Police and RCMP stated that they would only charge the host

Head of Health Dr Robert Strang said an increase in cases was expected in a particular population group where social activity is important

New measures announced on Tuesday will have an impact, but the high numbers will continue for up to 10 days for the next week, Strang said in the briefing

To limit exposure, according to Strang, travel from the HRM to other parts of the province and vice versa will be limited

Sports teams within the HRM cannot travel for a game and teams cannot come to Halifax

Also, stores in shopping centers must limit the number of customers to 25 percent of the legal capacity and maintain a strict distance between customers

“If you think you’re coming to Halifax for Black Friday this weekend, please think again,” said Strang,

“HRM for the next two weeks is not a shopping destination for the rest of the province”

Starting Thursday, all long-term care facilities in Nova Scotia will be closed to visitors except volunteers and designated carers, said Strang

Strang encourages Nova Scotians to severely restrict travel in and out of the greater Halifax area and to limit travel outside of the province for only essential reasons

Strang recalled that the province was opening a series of tests for bar staff and night patrons. He said Tuesday afternoon that it was already 4000 people signed up for testing

The update comes a day after the governments of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador announced they were pulling out of the Atlantic Bubble due to increasing cases in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia

COVID Update for Nova Scotia

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