Nova Scotia eases COVID-19 restrictions to allow visits inside nursing homes

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Nova Scotia is easing its COVID-19 restrictions to allow visitors back inside nursing homes.

Premier Stephen McNeil said Friday the restrictions were put in place to protect some of the most vulnerable people in the province, but it's time to bring back some normalcy to the lives of those in long-term care.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang said residents in long-term care will be able to have more visitors starting July 22.

"We are moving from two up to five visitors per resident for outdoor visits,'' he said at a news conference in Halifax.

"Visitors will need to keep physical distance or wear a mask. So if they want to go in and have a hug or put a hand on a shoulder, they can do that, but they need to wear a mask, otherwise they need to stay back that six-foot distance.''

Strang said up to three people can be designated as indoor visitors, but they can only visit one at a time and must book in advance.