Yesterday, Nova Scotia announced its third case of  COVID-19 this week. These three are the only known active cases in the province, and all three are related to travel outside of Canada. The new case is an individual who is a temporary foreign worker and they have been self-isolating since arriving in the province, as required.

“These new cases highlight the importance of our public health directives, particularly the 14-day self-isolation period upon arrival in Nova Scotia,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “These directives are in place to protect us and I ask all Nova Scotians to continue to take care and respect the rules.”

The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 284 Nova Scotia tests on July 1 and is operating 24-hours.

To date, Nova Scotia has 53,994 negative test results, 1,064 positive COVID-19 cases, and 63 deaths.

Welcome to the Atlantic Bubble

Effective today, those living in another Atlantic Canadian province can enter Nova Scotia if they show proof of residency upon entering the province. Officials at airports, ferries or the land border will consider a drivers’ licence, government identification card, health card, utility bill, or bank statement with a valid Atlantic Canadian address as proof of residency.  No self-declaration form is required.

Visitors who can prove their permanent home is within the four Atlantic provinces will not have to self-isolate for 14 days when coming into Nova Scotia.

While the Atlantic Bubble makes interprovincial travel easier for Atlantic Canadians, Nova Scotia’s border is restricted, not closed. Todays’ release noted that Visitors from outside the region “are welcome in the province,” but must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrivals. Visitors who self-isolated for 14 days in another Atlantic Canadian province may enter Nova Scotia without additional self-isolation.

“I know many people are still nervous about this virus. Our visitors may be, too,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health in a press release. “We can make their visits a safe experience for everyone by being patient and kind, by practising good hand hygiene, distancing and by wearing a mask when you can’t stay six feet apart.”

The release suggests Nova Scotians planning to visit another Atlantic province should check before they leave to ensure they have the information documentation required to cross the border.

Support for small businesses extended

The application deadline for the Small Business Reopening and Support Grant has been extended to July 17, to allow more time for businesses to apply.

The $25 million program provides grants of up to $5,000 to help eligible small businesses, non-profits, charities, and social enterprises to resume operations. It also includes a business continuity voucher of up to $1,500 that can be used for professional services to help the business become more resilient.

The program is open to businesses that were ordered to close or greatly reduce their operations by the Public Health Order, or who were significantly impacted by social distancing and orders to stay home.

Eligible businesses must have been established before March 15, 2020 and experienced a year-over-year revenue decline of at least 30 per cent from either April 2019 to April 2020 or May 2019 to May 2020.

Learn more here. 

Support your local indie theatre

Starting today, the National Film Board of Canada will virtually release its co-production Sovereign Soil, through Carbon Arc Cinema. While Carbon Arc is now offering streaming screenings you can watch from home, in the pre-COVID era the independent theatre operated out of the screening room at the Museum of Natural History on Bell Road.

The feature-length documentary by director David Curtis follows settler and Indigenous food producers in the remote boreal forest community of Dawson City, Yukon. The film offer reflections on the interdependence of culture, communities and nature in relation to food sovereignty and finding a better way forward.

Buy your ticket.

‘Tis the season for DIY

Looking to get crafty this weekend? Or sister publication, At Home on the North Shore, shares plans to build a simple backyard bench perfect for long nights by the fire. “To be clear,” writes writer Lori Byrne, “I am not a woodworker, a builder, or anything remotely similar.” This is the perfect project if you have scrap lumber laying about.    

Grow wild

In addition to being simple to grow, wild flowers offer bees, butterflies, and other pollinators a much needed food source all summer long. Learn more about how to plant these hearty plant at our sister title, East Coast Living. 

Help seniors stay at home longer

The COVID-19 outbreak at Northwood Manor forced every Haligonian to think deeply about what’s best for their elderly family members. Some experts advise pre-planning by making the home more accessible before it’s needed so seniors can stay in their own space longer. This piece from Saltscapes explains what to consider when seeking accessible renovations.

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