Over the last two weeks, I have been highlighting the resilience of our collective community. Focusing on kindness, hope, purpose, strength, and opportunity, we have reflected on the spirit of our people, the many challenges overcome in the last year – and the future promise of our province.
The resilience and ingenuity of our people, paired with decisive government action, have allowed our economy to remain stable through these challenging times. While we continually work to improve the wellbeing of all in our province, we can each be grateful for the quality of life and safety enjoyed right here in Nova Scotia.
Our colleagues at CNS have worked to produce an incredibly powerful video, titled We Bloom Amid the Snow – an expanded version of a series we released in October. It can be watched by clicking here.
Congratulations to Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, for his receipt of the 2020 Lieutenant-Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Administration.
During Dr. Strang’s time as chief medical officer of health for the province, he has shown excellence through his leadership and accountability during the province's public health response to both the COVID-19 and H1N1 pandemics.
We thank Dr. Strang for his tireless work in guiding Nova Scotia through challenging times while maintaining clear and open lines of communication with Nova Scotians. Congratulations, Dr. Strang!
In times of turmoil, people often find a new sense of purpose to help one another. For the volunteers throughout our province, giving back is what fuels them. These individuals have stepped up to ensure those in need get the support they deserve. In some cases, it has meant helping an older neighbour get their errands done safely or ensuring a friend in isolation has groceries waiting for them.
There are also many Nova Scotians who have given their time and energy to local food banks, to running pop-up testing sites and many other worthwhile initiatives. These people are change-makers and community heroes.. they have been there to build us up, and they have doubled their efforts to keep us safe.
Today, our government announced new public health measures to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe during the holiday season. Restrictions currently in place in HRM and Hants County are extended until December 21, while all restaurants and establishments in these areas will remain closed until January 10. Take-out and delivery services can continue.
New provincewide measures will also be in place effective December 21, including changes to gathering limits, business operations, and public facilities. The holidays will look different this year—we can still be with friends and family, but we need to continue to work together to make sure we don’t allow the virus to spread. For more details and a full list of updated restrictions, visit: https://bit.ly/3nurDkj
2020 has been a year of trial and tribulation. Nova Scotia has long been a place where we come together to tackle any challenges we encounter. Our cooperation and reliance on one another are deeply embedded in our culture. This year has not changed that. During the early weeks of COVID-19, and over the following months, many of us have been asked to stay apart from one another. As a result, Nova Scotians have resolved to find new ways to stay connected.
Friends and loved ones across the province have found their own ways to keep in touch – often with the help of a pane of glass, whether that means catching up through an iPad or
a window. Although nothing could replace the warm embrace of those we hold dear, Nova Scotians know that the more we work with one another to keep each other safe, the sooner we will all be back together.
Many Nova Scotians experience homelessness- and COVID-19 has brought even more challenges to some of our society’s most vulnerable individuals. Public health directives like social distancing have reduced the number of beds available in temporary housing. That’s why our government is investing up to $1.7 million to provide for 40 additional beds in the Halifax area. For more details: https://bit.ly/3mkiObh
We can all be comfortable in our home…..Winter and Summer!