Revised Update for HRM and CBRM AREAS
Our first email this evening indicated that HRM and CBRM were not included in Phase-1 opening up of equestrian activity/lessons/training. That was incorrect. Please refer to this revised email for the correct information.
Please accept my apologies for this error. So sorry if this caused you further confusion as you navigate your way through these updates.
May 28, 2021 - 9:20 pm (REVISED)
These past few weeks have been challenging for everyone and we hope that you are all safe and healthy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Today's NS Public Health announcement provides us with a bit of breathing room as the province is permitted to slowly "open-up" under the guidelines presented in Phase-1 of the 5-phase re-opening plan.
EFFECTIVE Wednesday, June 2nd @ 8:00 a.m. for two weeks, equestrian activity, lessons and training may resume across the province under the following conditions (as per the sport sector conditions outlined in today's Province of Nova Scotia Press Release):
Must be held OUTDOORS;
Maximum of ten (10) or less people, including the coach/trainer and support personnel. However, it must be same ten (10) or less people at all times to be considered a "bubble". If you can ensure that this is part of your schedule and plan, physical distance is not required during that specific training/activity period;
No competitions/clinics/events permitted during Phase-1
Travel Restrictions - *Travel will no longer be restricted within most of Nova Scotia. Please avoid non-essential travel into and out of Cape Breton Regional Municipality and into and out of areas of Halifax Regional Municipality, Hubbards, Milford, Lantz, Elmsdale, Enfield, Mount Uniacke, South Uniacke, Ecum Secum and Trafalgar. (A final decision will be made about travel for those areas of the province, based on COVID-19 activity)
*Excerpt taken from NS Gov't Press Release
Registered recreation businesses and organizations operating under Section 28.2 of the NS Health Protection Act are permitted to offer 1-on-1 indoor personal training as per the following excerpt from the Gov't Re-opening Plan "Gyms, fitness, and sport and recreation facilities can have outdoor programs with groups of 10 people and one-on-one personal training indoors, The intent of this proviso is related to fitness and gym training not sport lessons/training. As NSEF follows the Sport Sector guidelines as outlined above, it is our recommendation that you offer outdoor activity only until such time that the re-opening plan permits indoor sport training (Phase-2 of re-opening plan).
If you choose to operate under Section 28.2 and offer 1-on-1 indoor personal training, please take extreme caution to ensure that you are in compliance with Public Health to avoid fines and risk losing insurance coverage. It is your due diligence as a business owner to ensure compliance. All Government of Nova Scotia restrictions, mandates and directives take precedence over NSEF's information to members.
In closing, as the province begins this first phase of re-opening, please take good care to be cautious; continue to follow all protocols to ensure that the next phase will provide more opportunities! The Province of NS Re-opening Plan can be accessed here and as the state of this public health emergency changes, we will remain focused on keeping you informed.
Stay safe and thank you for your continued efforts in avoiding the spread! As always, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your concerns/questions, along with your contact number.
Please be kind and empathic to each other as we get through this together. Have a wonderful weekend.