Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, announced on Friday, May 28, that Nova Scotia's reopening plan will be kicking off on June 2. Rankin also detailed each phase of the five-step plan.
Phase 1 is ready to move ahead because the target has been reached of having 50% of the population receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
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During this phase, informal outdoor gatherings can have up to 10 people from a consistent social group. Outdoor patios are also welcome to open with a maximum of 10 people per table. Travel is allowed between most communities in the province, some schools can resume in-person learning, and retail can open at 25% capacity with public health measures.
In addition, outdoor fitness and sport can resume with groups of 10 people, outdoor faith services can have up to 10 people, and weddings and funerals can have five people indoors and 10 people outdoors.* There are a few additional changes in Phase 1.
Each of the phases is expected to be two to four weeks apart, contingent on the percentage of the population that's been vaccinated.
What Happens In Phase 2?
Phase 2 can begin when 60% of the population has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.
During this stage, there will be no more restrictions on travel within the province. As for gathering, people will be able to gathering indoors in groups up to 10 and outdoors in groups up to 25 without physical distance.
Gyms and fitness facilities will be able to open to 50% capacity, households can have more than one designated shopper, museums and libraries can open at 25% capacity, and indoor dining can make a comeback with tables up to 10 people.
Personal services can resume at this point, retail can move up to 50% capacity, and sports practices can have groups of up to 10 people indoors or 25 outdoors, among other things.
The final phase will begin when 75% of the population has had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
*This article has been updated.