**Updated** No new cases of COVID-19 reported in N.S., more restrictions eased


**Updated at 12:29 p.m.**

The provincial government says Nova Scotia continues to have no active cases of COVID-19.

No new cases were reported Friday and the last new case was identified on June 9th.

To date, Nova Scotia has 52,553 negative test results, 1,061 positive COVID-19 cases, and 63 deaths.

Two people are currently in hospital. 

Both patients’ COVID-19 infections are considered resolved but they are being treated in hospital.

The province is also renewing the state of emergency, taking effect at noon on Sunday and extending to noon on July 12th unless government terminates or extends it.

At a press conference on Friday, Premier Stephen McNeil announced the further easing of restrictions.

Restaurants and licensed liquor establishments can operate at full capacity and serve patrons until midnight with appropriate distancing between tables.

Private campgrounds can also operate at full capacity.

Public pools can reopen with physical distancing for lane swimming and aquafit classes, and one or more groups of 10 for other activities based on pool size.

They must follow the Nova Scotia Lifesaving Society plan for change rooms and washrooms.

The premier says people living in homes funded by disability support programs can resume going out into their communities, although it may take time for homes to make arrangements.

Effective July 3, some gathering limits will increase.

If a recognized business or organization is planning an event outdoors, 250 people can attend with physical distancing rules in place.

For an indoor event, the limit is 50 per cent capacity to a maximum of 200, again with physical distancing. 

Gatherings not run by a recognized business or organization, for example a family event in the backyard, are still subject to the 50-person maximum limit with physical distancing unless you're in your close social group of 10. 

Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, says, "Reopening our economy and society is important but it also increases risk, so it is paramount that we continue our public health measures to minimize a second wave of COVID-19."

He also now recommends that all Nova Scotians wear a non-medical mask in situations where distancing may not be able to be kept, such as in stores, on public transit, or at gatherings.

The exceptions are children under two or anyone who has a medical reason for not wearing a mask.