Coronavirus update 21, May 1, 2020 | Thoughts with our neighbours in the CAF and their families, SOE update, more

This update was posted in the afternoon of May 1, 2020. The situation is changing by the hour. Please check the CanadaNova Scotia and Halifax websites for the most up to date information.

You can also check out my COVID-19 resources, with information on current Government ResponseIndividuals & FamiliesBusiness as well as Links to Resources including key social media to follow.


I grew up in a Navy family and know what it feels like to see a loved one sail away hoping they would stay safe & come back soon.

I’m so unspeakably sad for the families, friends, crew-mates and CAF colleagues of the six Cyclone crew members flying from HMCS Fredericton.

If you are a member of the CAF or their family, and you are in need of support and would like to speak to someone, please reach out to the  Canadian Forces Member Assistance Program at 1-800-268-7708, or the Duty Padre at 902-427-7788. Both are available 24/7 and completely confidential.

There is also this link for those who might need it: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/services/guide/programs-canadian-forces/cfmap.html

Anyone else feeling they need help or someone to talk to please take advantage of the resources listed here: https://wayemason.ca/coronavirus/resources-for-individuals-and-families/taking-care-of-yourself/

Today Dr Stang announced the first steps in Nova Scotia’s recovery plan.

I typed this as Dr Strang was speaking. Any errors are mine. The province’s website/media releases should be taken as correct.

Being active outdoors is important for our physical and mental health, but do it safely and in a way that continues to follow public health directives.

Municipal and provincial parks are open as of 3pm today (May 1), and trails have reopened. This includes school yards but not playgrounds.  

Do not drive to parks and trails outside your community, enjoy what is available in your local community, this applies to ATV users.  If you do need to drive, please do not crowd parking lots, if you see a parking lot full of cars, please don’t stop.

Additionally:

  • Community gardens can also open.
  • All provincial and short term private campgrounds remain closed (except for maintenance)
  • Fixed-term trailers/campgrounds and private cottages are open, but try not to travel.
  • If you have a boat launch, you can go boating, but it is not time to socialize outside your family.
  • Sportfishing is allowed, but only with people within your household.
  • Sailing and boating clubs may open so people can prepare their boats
  • Driving ranges are open.
  • Clubhouses are restricted to take out only.
  • Drive-in religious services are allowed with restrictions.
  • Beaches remain closed
  • Playgrounds remain closed
Wash your hands, 2m distance, stay home, self isolate

Wash your hands, 2m distance, stay home, self isolate, stay connected.

All core public health directives remain in place: Wash your hands, sneeze into your elbow, don’t touch your face, 2-meter distancing, non-medical masks.

Do your best, and use common sense.  Stay in household groups, minimize chances for the virus to spread from one group to another.

Sarah M on twitter noted that she “just signed up for the Northwood “Get Connected” Program where you get set up with a resident and have a weekly phone call during this difficult time for their community. If you’re not working and looking for some ways to volunteer from your home, this sounds like a good one!”  More info here: https://nwood.ns.ca/in-your-home/getconnected/

Transit service has been reduced and streamlined to try and align services with limited demand. With the new reduced service changes, all transit scheduling apps, the departure line, departure boards, and stop announcements will be functional and accurate.

There are significant changes and reductions to most conventional bus service. There are no changes to weekend service. Service will continue to operate on regular Saturday and Sunday schedules.

Both the Alderney and Woodside ferries will be reduced to a half-hour, peak period service on weekdays with a maximum of 25 passengers per trip. There will be no mid-day, evening, or weekend service until further notice.

Access-a-Bus service will continue to operate on its regular schedule, however, passengers are asked to limit requests to essential trips only, including physician appointments, grocery needs, medical services and dialysis, and prescription retrieval.

Details of changes here: https://www.halifax.ca/transportation/halifax-transit/coronavirus

Sunday 3rd marks the start of Emergency Preparedness week. Now more than ever, it is important to know are you ’emergency ready’? Take our quiz for your chance to win an emergency kit. https://www.halifax.ca/home/news/are-you-emergency-ready-emergency-preparedness-week-2020

As you have heard me and others say since the beginning of this thing, it is important to practice good information hygiene. There could be many reasons why some folks are captivated by the current round of conspiracy theories, but it is not helpful to go down these internet rabbit holes.  I found this article interesting outlining what seems to be happening. https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/04/14/as-the-coronavirus-spreads-conspiracy-theories-are-going-viral-too/

There are two big things that have been debunked in the last few days.

First is that health authorities in South Korea have reported that patients who appeared to have been reinfected with coronavirus had in fact returned false positives. The development may alleviate scientific concern that humans are unable to develop long-term immunity against SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen that causes Covid-19.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/coronavirus-south-korea-patients-infected-twice-test-a9491986.html

The second which is that “The office of the (US) director of national intelligence has released an unusual statement saying officials do not believe coronavirus was manmade, echoing many health experts.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/apr/30/coronavirus-us-live-federal-guidelines-social-distancing-expire-trump-cuomo-latest-news-updates?page=with%3Ablock-5eaaee808f08fcc89d8bb2e3#block-5eaaee808f08fcc89d8bb2e3

Finally, I found this video charming and on the nose: