Low COVID-19 count prompts Nova Scotia to start easing restriction on gatherings

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia says it will ease some COVID-19 restrictions because case numbers in the province remain low.

Health officials are reporting zero new cases today and say the province has eight active reported infections.

Premier Stephen McNeil says as of Monday and for the next month, gathering limits will be increased to 150 people outdoors and to 50 per cent of an indoor venue's capacity, to a maximum of 100 people.

As well, retail and fitness businesses will be able to welcome up to 75 per cent of their legal client capacity.

Spectators will be allowed back at sporting events and entertainment venues, except when the events are held at schools.

McNeil says the next month will be a test for the province's ability to keep COVID-19 numbers down and warns that restrictions will return if cases start to climb.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 5, 2021.

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