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Letter from Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer of Health

22 Apr 2020 12:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

April 22, 2020 

Sent via email:   barry.barnet@ns.sympatico.ca 

Dear Barry, 

Thank you for taking the time for our phone call on April 21st. 

As we discussed, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation all Nova Scotians are being asked to stay at home as much as possible and avoid non-essential travel and activities.  This means that at this time outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, fishing and ATV riding should not happen.  It is also important that Nova Scotians know that at this time all provincial parks and trails are closed to the public. 

I recognize that what we are asking all Nova Scotians to do to limit the spread and impact of COVID-19 may be difficult, but at present it is critical to continue with these restrictive measures.  Please know that I will be looking to slowly open up outdoor recreational activities as soon as this can be done safely.  

I will be communicating this information directly to Nova Scotians in the coming days during my daily briefings. Your willingness to communicate directly to your members, and if possible, the ATV riding community in Nova Scotia is greatly appreciated. 

I have also asked my colleagues at Nova Scotia Environment to continue their compliance activities regarding outdoor recreational activities. 

Please contact me if you have any questions. 



Robert Strang MD, MHSc, FRCPC
Chief Medical Officer of Health

c:             Karen Wong-Petrie, Director, Environmental Health and Food Safety, NS Environment

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