Gathering limits increased in N.S. amid low COVID-19 numbers

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Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health, have announced increases to gathering limits in Nova Scotia in wake of the province's low rate of COVID-19.

A release says people can now gather in groups of 10 without the physical distancing requirement.

Groups are not required to be exclusive, though consistency in group members is strongly encouraged.

Public Health says gatherings of up to 50 people are also permitted, but physical distancing guidelines must be followed.

This larger gathering limit applies to social events, faith gatherings, sports and physical activity, weddings and funerals and arts and cultural events, including concerts, festivals and theatrical performances.

Businesses that are too small to ensure physical distancing must have no more than 10 people on their premises at a time.

Playgrounds are also permitted to reopen effective Thursday, but the province warns municipalities and playground owners will need time to prepare them to open.