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Cancellations

Last Updated: March 30, 2020 2:01 pm

Sports

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Cape Breton Eagles

The remainder of the 2019-2020 season has been cancelled.

Schools

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Cape Breton University

Suspend all in-person classes, in-community programming and labs for the rest of the winter semester.

NSCC

NSCC is suspending classes from March 23 – April 3 to prepare for alternative forms of learning, such as online.

Nova Scotia

All provincial schools will remain closed for an additional two weeks following the scheduled March break. March 23rd- April 3rd

Recreation

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Cape Breton Regional Municipality

All recreational buildings are closed to the public. Ex. C200

Ski Ben Eion

Closing early this season due to Covid-19.

Ski Cape Smokey

Closing early this season due to Covid-19.

Organizations

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Breton Bowl For Kids

Bowl For Kids has been postponed to a later date.

Sydney Red Cross

For the safety of our staff and volunteers and the public, and as part of our efforts to encourage social distancing and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Sydney office is closed to the public until further notice.
Assistance will be provided by
APPOINTMENT ONLY during the hours of 9 a.m. to 12 noon Monday-Friday.

The Highland Arts Theatre

All performances that were slated to take place from March 16th until 27th have been postponed to later dates. For full details please check out the Highland Arts Facebook page.

The Whitney Pier Community Kitchen at the St. Mary’s Polish Church

Closed until further notice.

Government

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Access Nova Scotia

As of Wednesday, March 18th Access locations will be closed for one week.

Cape Breton Regional Municipality

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality will be closing all Municipal buildings to the public until further notice.

Facilities

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Cape Breton Regional Library

All branches of the Cape Breton Regional Library will be closed to the public starting, March 16th.

Sydney Mines & District Community Centre

Closed for the remainder of the season.

Event

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Monday Night Bingo at the East Bay Legion, branch 151 in Howie Centre.

Suspended until further notice.

Pier Legion Community programs

All exercise, meditation, yoga, tai chi, music, Living With Cancer Support Group for Cancer Patients and their support are postponed until later. As is drama program for cancer support at the Convent.

Thursday night tarabish at the East Bay Fire Hall

Cancelled until further notice.

Businesses

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All Bars

As of Thursday, March 19th, all bars in Nova Scotia will be closed until further notice.

All restaurants

As of Thursday, March 19th, all restaurants in Nova scotia will be take out only, until further notice.

Burns Vision Centre

All offices (Port Hawkesbury, Baddeck, Saint-Joseph-du-Moine) closed until further notice effective March 20th. If any of our patients are experiencing an eye emergency please phone 1-902-625-2065 for assistance. Details at burnsvision.com.

Cape Breton Massage Therapy

Closed until further notice.

Glace Bay Recycling

As of Monday, March 23rd, GB Recycling will be temporarily closed until further notice.

Keltic Recycling

Effective March 20, new temporary hours are Monday to Saturday 8 to 4, until further notice.

Regional Chiropractic Ltd.

Regional Chiropractic Ltd., Sydney. In light of the COVID-19 and social distancing and the safety of our patients, family and friends we will be closed indefinitely and will advise when we will reopen again. Sorry for any inconvenience, take care, stay safe and stay healthy.

Sydney Credit Union

The Sydney Credit Union will be closing their Whitney branch effective on March 19, 2020

COVID-19 News

Last Updated: April 08, 2020 2:10 pm

Thirty-two New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

April 8, 2020

As of today, April 8, Nova Scotia has 342 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Thirty-two new cases were identified Tuesday, April 7.

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Seventeen New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

April 7, 2020

As of today, April 7, Nova Scotia has 310 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Seventeen new cases were identified Monday, April 6.

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Nova Scotia Reports First COVID-19 Death

April 7, 2020

Nova Scotia has recorded its first death related to COVID-19. On April 6, a woman in her 70s with underlying medical conditions died in hospital in the Eastern Zone as a result of complications related to COVID-19.

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Thirty-one New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

April 6, 2020

As of today, April 6, Nova Scotia has 293 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Thirty-one new cases were identified Sunday, April 5.

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Twenty-six New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

April 5, 2020

As of today, April 5, Nova Scotia has 262 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Twenty-six new cases were identified Saturday, April 4.

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Twenty-nine New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

April 4, 2020

As of today, April 4, Nova Scotia has 236 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Twenty-nine new cases were identified Friday, April 3.

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Fourteen New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

April 3, 2020

As of today, April 3, Nova Scotia has 207 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Fourteen new cases were identified Thursday, April 2 and almost 900 COVID-19 tests were completed at the QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab.

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Twenty New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

April 2, 2020

As of today, April 2, Nova Scotia has 193 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Twenty new cases were identified Wednesday, April 1, and 900 COVID-19 tests were completed at the QEII Health Sciences Centre's microbiology lab.

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Twenty-Six New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

April 1, 2020

As of today, April 1, Nova Scotia has 173 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Twenty-six new cases were identified Tuesday, March 31, and more than 1,000 COVID-19 tests were completed at the QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab.

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Twenty New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

March 31, 2020

As of today, March 31, Nova Scotia has 147 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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Five New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

March 30, 2020

As of today, March 30, Nova Scotia has 127 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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Twelve New Cases of COVID-19

March 29, 2020

As of today, March 29, Nova Scotia has 122 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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Twenty New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

March 28, 2020

As of today, March 28, Nova Scotia has 110 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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Sportfishing Season Delayed until May 1

March 27, 2020

Nova Scotia’s sportfishing season is on hold until at least May 1.

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Seventeen New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

March 27, 2020

As of today, March 27, Nova Scotia has 90 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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Testing for COVID-19 Expands; Health System Preparations

March 26, 2020

Premier Stephen McNeil, Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Brendan Carr, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and Dr. Krista Jangaard, president and CEO of IWK Health Centre gave an update today, March 26, on the health system and efforts to help Nova Scotians dealing with COVID-19.

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Five New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

March 26, 2020

As of today, March 26, Nova Scotia has 73 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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New Order Makes Self-Isolation Mandatory for Individuals Entering Canada

March 26, 2020

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that requires any person entering Canada by air, sea or land to self-isolate for 14 days whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19.

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Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan - Support for individuals & businesses

March 26, 2020

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Seventeen New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

March 25, 2020

As of today, March 25, Nova Scotia has 68 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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Strengthening Health System and New Measures

March 24, 2020

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced further measures today, March 24, to strengthen the health system and help Nova Scotians dealing with COVID-19.

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Ten New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

March 24, 2020

As of today, March 24, Nova Scotia has 51 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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13 New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

March 23, 2020

As of today, March 23, Nova Scotia has 41 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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State of Emergency Declared in Response to COVID-19, Seven New Cases

March 22, 2020

Today, March 22, Nova Scotia declared a provincial state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Nova Scotians should not leave the province and only leave home for essential items and services.

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Six New Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

March 21, 2020

As of today, March 21, Nova Scotia has nine confirmed cases and 12 presumptive cases of COVID-19, for a total of 21.

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Measures to Help Nova Scotia Businesses, Students

March 20, 2020

Premier Stephen McNeil, Minister of Business Geoff MacLellan and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced today, March 20, measures to help Nova Scotians and Nova Scotia businesses dealing with COVID-19.

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One New Presumptive Case of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

March 20, 2020

As of today, Nova Scotia has five confirmed cases and ten presumptive cases of COVID-19, for a total of 15.

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Measures to Help Vulnerable Nova Scotians

March 19, 2020

Premier Stephen McNeil, Community Services Minister Kelly Regan and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced today, March 19, measures to help vulnerable Nova Scotians and to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the province.

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Two New Presumptive Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

March 19, 2020

As of today, March 19, Nova Scotia has five confirmed cases and nine presumptive cases of COVID-19, for a total of 14.

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5 New Presumptive Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

March 18, 2020

As of today, Nova Scotia has three confirmed cases and nine presumptive cases of COVID-19.

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Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

March 18, 2020

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.

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COVID 19 Audio update from Dr. Robert Strang

March 17, 2020

COVID 19 Audio update from Dr. Robert Strang: https://youtu.be/kKrApIcZJWg

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2 New Presumptive Cases of COVID-19 in Nova ScotiaDr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health has announced two new presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of positives in the province to seven.

March 17, 2020

Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health has announced two new presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of positives in the province to seven.

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Banning entry of foreign nationals by air travel from all countries except the U.S.

March 17, 2020

Under the Aeronautics Act, the Minister of Transport will require air carriers on flights to Canada to deny boarding to any passenger who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and has resided in any country other than the U.S. in the last 14 days.

For practical purposes, the denial of boarding would apply to:

- all foreign nationals on flights to Canada other than trans-border flights, and
- any foreign national on a trans-border flight who has resided outside the US and Canada in the last 14 days.

In simple terms, you cannot board a plane to Canada if you have been outside of Canada or the United States in the last 14 days, unless you are a Canadian Citizen, Canadian Permanent Resident or in transit to a 3rd country.

The measure will come into force on Wednesday, March 18, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EDT

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Consolidation of international inbound flights to four major hubs only

March 17, 2020

The Government will redirect some international passenger flight arrivals to four airports – Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Calgary International Airport.

Domestic flights, as well as flights from the United States, sun destinations such as Mexico and the Caribbean, and from St. Pierre-et-Miquelon, are not affected by this measure and can continue to operate on their regular routes and land at current Canadian destinations.

The change will come into effect on Wednesday, March 18, at 12:01 a.m. EDT.

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Preventing symptomatic passengers from boarding a plane to Canada

March 17, 2020

Under the Aeronautics Act, the Minister of Transport will require air operators to deny boarding of a traveller who is symptomatic (regardless of citizenship status) and keep them from going on an international flight to Canada (including a trans-border flight).

Airlines will be asked to begin implementing immediately and to have fully in place by Thursday, March 19, at 12:01 a.m. EDT.

Strengthening medical procedures in-flight and medical screening immediately upon landing, with enhanced cleaning and disinfection at airports

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Two New Presumptive Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

March 16, 2020

Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health has announced two new presumptive cases of COVID-19 bringing the total number of presumptive positives in the province to five.

The two cases are in Halifax Regional Municipality and are related. The case details include:

- a male and female, both in their 50’s, were in close contact with individuals who had recently travelled outside the country
- two other individuals in the household are now in self-isolation and being tested

The affected individuals are in self-isolation and recovering at home.

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How to use 811 and how testing for COVID-19 works

March 16, 2020

Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health, speaking about how to use 811 and how testing for COVID-19 works:

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Video Recap of today’s announcements regarding closures and other health measures

March 15, 2020

Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health, giving a re-cap of today’s announcements regarding closures and other health measures

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First Presumptive Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia; New Prevention Measures

March 15, 2020

Additional prevention measures for Nova Scotians are in effect immediately under the authority of the Health Protection Act and include:

-long-term care facilities closed to visitors effectively immediately
-public schools closed for two weeks following March Break (weeks of March 23 and March 30) and then will be reassessed
-regulated child care centres closed March 17 to April 3 and then will be reassessed
-March break camps cancelled
-casinos in Halifax and Sydney are closed as of 12 am March 16 and bar owners can no longer operating VLTs
-anyone who travelled outside of Canada must self-isolate even if symptom-free
-organizations and businesses must practise social distancing of two metres or six feet and keep gatherings below 150 or much smaller if possible. This applies to restaurants, bars, movie theatres and other gathering spots

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3 Presumptive Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

March 15, 2020

Nova Scotia has three presumptive cases of novel coronavirus COVID-19 all related to travel. The individuals have been notified and are in self-isolation. At 3 p.m., Premier McNeil, Dr. Strang and Min. Delorey will update the public via Facebook Live and live stream.

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Nova Scotia Museum Sites, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Closed

March 13, 2020

Given the concern of COVID-19 and the recent guidance from public health officials, all Nova Scotia Museum sites and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax will close to the public today, March 13, until further notice.

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Government of Canada announces intention to defer the start of cruise ship season

March 13, 2020

As a response to COVID-19, the Government of Canada will defer the start of the cruise ship season in Canada, from April 2, 2020, to July 1, 2020, at the earliest. This deferral will apply to cruise ships capable of carrying more than 500 passengers and crew members.

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New Travel Measures for Nova Scotia Public Sector Employees

March 13, 2020

Public sector employees who travel outside of Canada, including the United States, will be required to self-isolate upon their return. Government introduced the travel protocols today, March 13, to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the province.

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New National Screening Protocols for COVID-19

March 9, 2020

New national screening protocols have been established as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to expand globally.

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Coronavirus Preparations Well Underway

March 6, 2020

Nova Scotia’s health-care system is actively monitoring and testing for potential cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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