- What do the Nova Scotia government’s latest COVID-19 restrictions announce on Monday mean for local sports participation and fan attendance?
All tournaments are off until at least the New Year, school sports will be limited to team skills sessions until further notice, and regular youth league games can resume with new attendance limits.
The total capacity for any sanctioned indoor minor sports game or practice, including the participants, is 60 people. However, medium-sized venues may accommodate up to 150 people with a maximum capacity of 50%. The modifications will take effect on Tuesday.
Specific plans for large venues such as the Scotiabank Centre, home of the Halifax Mooseheads and Halifax Thunderbirds, will be released soon.
Recreation and fitness facilities will continue to operate as usual beginning on Friday but with maximum capacity tailored to meet physical distancing requirements.
The changes were declared as part of a larger government plan announced Monday by Premier Tim Houston and Dr. Robert Strang. They expressed concern about a recent outbreak in the province and the discovery of the omicron variant in Nova Scotia.
On Monday, 114 cases of COVID-19 were reported, bringing the three-day total to 361.
“However, what we do in response to this will be no different than what we have done in previous waves and with other variants as they have occurred,” Strang explained.
“There is no need to panic, while caution is advised. We do not know enough about this variant to know what will happen. We cannot risk a wider spread into more vulnerable groups, such as seniors and immunocompromised people, putting strain on our healthcare system.”
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