Nova Scotia delays moving to Phase 5 until October 4th

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Nova Scotia is delaying the move to Phase 5 of its re-opening plan until October 4th.

Officials say Public Health measures, including physical distancing, mask-wearing and gathering limits will remain in place until then, due to the epidemiology of COVID-19 cases in the province and Atlantic region.

Starting October 4th, Nova Scotians aged 12 and older will be required to show proof of full vaccination to participate in most events and activities that bring groups of people together, including eating in restaurants, going to the gym and attending sports and cultural events.

Proof of vaccination will not be required for most places where formal gatherings are not facilitated, including retail stores, banks, and personal, professional and health-care services, though businesses can set their own vaccination policy.

Children who turn 12-years old before October 4th can attend events until the end of the year while they are getting vaccinated, and those with birthdays on or after October 4th will have three months from their birthday.

Government says an exception policy for people who cannot get vaccinated because of a valid medical or behavioural reason is being developed.