November 20th, 2020

Nova Scotia needs clear phased approach to changes in public health restrictions

HALIFAX -- The NDP Caucus is renewing its call for a clear phased approach to changes in public health directives.

“As cases continue to rise, there are many questions about what the government will do in response and how it will change the current restrictions in place. If we had a system, similar to all the other provinces in Canada, where a community can be moved into or out of a certain phase or stage of COVID-19 response, people and businesses would experience such changes with greater clarity and coherence,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill.

Yesterday, New Brunswick moved the Moncton area back to the ‘Orange Phase’ following a doubling of cases in the past week in that part of the province. In Manitoba, ‘Code Red’ restrictions have been in place following a serious spike in COVID-19 cases there.

"For people and businesses facing the possibility of renewed restrictions in our province, clarity on the type of restrictions to expect when cases increase could reduce anxiety and increase compliance with public health directives," said Burrill.

Nova Scotia has seen 21 new cases of COVID-19 in the last seven days.