N.S. officials impose new restrictions in Halifax area amid rise in COVID-19 cases

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is imposing new restrictions in the Halifax area following a steady rise in the number of active COVID-19 infections in the region.

Premier Iain Rankin says starting Saturday, restaurants and bars will be forced to stop serving food and beverages at 9 p.m. and close by 10 p.m. — one hour earlier than under the previous health order.

The premier is also prohibiting sports, arts and cultural events and festivals in the region and says residents in long-term care homes can only receive visits from designated caregivers.

Rankin is calling the new health orders a "circuit-breaker" and says the measures apply to the greater Halifax area and some neighbouring districts.

Health officials say the new restrictions should last at least a month and that more could be added if new COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

Officials are reporting 10 new cases of COVID-19 today, nine of which were in the health region that includes Halifax. The province had 27 active known infections as of Thursday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 26, 2021.

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