N.S. premier, chief medical officer to give update on COVID-19 planning

All Nova Scotia public sector employees who travel outside of Canada will now be required to self isolate for 14 days before returning to work.

“Isolated employees who can work from home, must [work from home]” Premier Stephen McNeil said during a news conference Friday morning.

There remain no cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, but health officials said they fully expect cases to arrive here.

In an effort to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, the premier also announced that any student or child in daycare who travels outside the country must self-isolate for 14 days before returning to class or daycare.

The premier said online education tools would be ramped up to help make sure students in Grade 12 are able to get what they need to graduate on time.

“If we wait until it’s here, it’s too late,” said Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of health.

Strang called on people to continue good handwashing and other hygiene practices. The province has doubled the number of lines for 811 as well as set up an online self-assessment tool.

McNeil said the province is recommending public gatherings be limited to no more than 150 people. He’s working with the federal government to delay the start of the cruise ship season and he encouraged the private sector to follow the government’s lead with how it deals with its employees.

“We need to work together, remain calm but deliberate,” said McNeil.

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