In Nova Scotia, a province in the eastern part of Canada, an injunction granted on May 14 made in-person gatherings and gathering to publicly protest illegal.
The injunction was originally intended to stop two anti-mask protests. Still, it was expanded to include other gatherings and events and the promotion of them on social media.
According to Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, the order prohibiting in-person gatherings has a purpose other than preventing the spread of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus (COVID-19).
If people are allowed to be together, they may intentionally distribute false information that poses a risk.
Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang answered various questions via a live-streamed webcast on May 31, 2021, updating the public on the current COVID-19 regulations, reported the life site news.
One caller said they were curious about the injunction forbidding public meetings and whether there was a need for such a far-reaching one.
Strang responded, “So I mean, I think it’s still there. We still have uh, the, uh, bringing large numbers of people together, uh, it can present some risk. We will continue to look at that.”
Stammering, he continued, “But I think the other purpose of the injunction is to, uh, is to, uh, prevent uh, you know, groups that are spreading, uh—deliberately spreading, uh, false information that … can actually create risk. The information itself, if listened to, creates risk to the public as well so, and … that certainly is a need to manage that misinformation campaign as well.”
A new low.— Roman Baber (@Roman_Baber) June 25, 2021
A Canadian Office Holder (NS CMOH) seeks to prevent gatherings so people don’t put others at risk by spreading (mis)information.
This is to be expected of Iran, China or my country of birth the Soviet Union. Canadians must condem this! 🇨🇦 #onpoli #nspoli #cdnpoli https://t.co/BNytW6C8Rh
After a legal challenge, the injunction was lifted on June 22. The injunction was overturned by the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, which ruled that it was excessively wide because it was applied to all social events.
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has criticized the court’s judgment as overbroad, and an appeal of the original order will be heard on June 30.
According to Scott Norton, the supreme court of Nova Scotia justice, the demonstration organizations are “uninformed or willfully oblivious to the scientific and medical data” used to support the public health limits.
“Their plan to gather in-person in large numbers, without social distancing and without masks, in contravention of the public health recommendations and orders shows a callous and shameful disregard for the health and safety of their fellow citizens,” the judge said.
According to Norton, the province’s hospitals are overflowing with COVID-19 patients, who also stated that healthcare personnel worked relentlessly for 14 months to address the health problem.
He claimed that numerous schools and businesses had been forced to close, putting people out of employment.
Nova Scotia is currently in the third of five rounds of “reopening.”
Phase 3 will make it easier for Atlantic Canadians to get to Nova Scotia and will expand capacity for businesses and services. During this phase, testing continues and is closely monitored.
Festivals, special events, and arts and culture events (like performances)—50% of the venue’s capacity up to 100 people indoors and up to 150 people outdoors with social distancing and mask requirements when hosted by a business or organization.
Organizers must have a COVID-19 Prevention Plan (plans will be reviewed by the Government of Nova Scotia for large venues).
Informal social gathering limit indoors is no more than your household (the people you live with) plus 10 people without social distancing and masks.
Informal social gathering limit outdoors remains up to 25 people without social distancing and masks.
The 5-phase reopening plan lays out how restrictions will be lifted while the healthcare system is safeguarded and vaccination rates across the province are raised.
Continued immunization rates and achievements in public health and healthcare indicators determine the plan’s phases.
The transmission of the CCP Virus (COVID-19) will be tracked in the future. If necessary, a phase may be halted to react to trends at the county or provincial level. As each step progresses, more information about the strategy will be revealed.