Note: The following content was sent via email to CANS Members on Friday, February 4, 2022.
COVID-19 Update for CANS Members February 4, 2022
For the week of February 7-11, CANS Dartmouth office will continue offering the following in-person services: print orders, the sale of CCDC & CCA Standard Documents, and the signing of Statutory Declarations. These services are available from Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.
Please note: CANS Business Centre and board rooms remain closed.
To ensure the health and safety of CANS staff, our members and visitors coming into our office, you will only be able to enter the main entrance vestibule.
Below you will find detailed instructions on how to access CANS Projects & Documents services.
How to access CANS Projects & Documents Services
Upon arrival at CANS, please ensure proper masking before entering and sanitize your hands once inside the door. From there, ring the bell and a CANS staff member will confirm your name, company and the service you require.
Depending on what services you require, CANS staff will instruct you on next steps. Note: Payment for services can be made over the phone using a credit card, cheque or EFT payment. We will not be accepting cash or debit at this time.
Print Orders —
- You will receive a notification that your order is ready. Upon arrival, your print order will be on the table in the vestibule area for you to pick-up. Please limit touch of any other orders in the vestibule. Please note that print orders can be couriered or mailed to you via Canada Post.
CCDC & CCA Standard Documents —
- You will receive a notification that your order is ready. Your document order will be on the table in the vestibule area for you to pick-up. Please limit touch of any other orders in the vestibule. Please note that document orders can be couriered or mailed to you via Canada Post.
Statutory Declarations —
- Place your document(s) on the table and hold up your photo ID. The Commissioner of Oaths will remain on the inside of the door for the full process and will issue the declaration from there.
- Once agreed, sign the document and pass your document through the slot in the door to the Commissioner.
- The Commissioner of Oaths will stamp and sign the document(s), and pass them back to you via the slot in the door.
Note: We are still encouraging the use of our virtual Commissioner of Oaths services for signing Statutory Declarations. For more information or to book your appointment, contact Lesley Whynot.
Questions about CANS Projects & Documents Services?
If you have any questions, please contact Lesley Whynot by phone 902-880-6046 or email.
Current Provincial COVID Restrictions
Provincewide Restrictions Extended —
Nova Scotia has extended current COVID-19 restrictions until February 14 to help limit the spread of COVID-19. No new restrictions have been added. Click here to read the full news release.
Community Vaccination Clinics Closing —
By the end of January, more than 400,000 people received a booster dose in Nova Scotia. Given this progress, community clinics across the province have closed, or will close by the end of day today.
The following clinic(s) will close as of:
- Friday, February 4 – Dartmouth.
Modified Isolation Requirements for Close Contacts
Effective Tuesday, February 1, everyone sharing a home — irrespective of age or vaccination status — must isolate until they test negative if someone in that household tests positive for COVID-19. Isolation must last at least 72 hours after the first positive case was confirmed.
If someone else in the home tests positive, the isolation and testing requirements reset for everyone and become based on the infection date of the most recent case.
LEARN MORE: Read more on CBC News about this update.
For complete guidance on what to do if you test positive for COVID-19, or are a close content, please click here.
Both Throat and Nose Swabs Recommended for Rapid Tests
Nova Scotia Health is now recommending that people in the province swab both their throat and nose while collecting samples for a COVID-19 rapid test.
“‘Nova Scotia researchers have determined that collecting samples from both the throat and nose provides a more accurate rapid test result than a nose swab alone, which is the instruction provided by the manufacturer,’ the release said.” Read more about this update from Global News.
CANS COVID-19 Information
Wearing a mask can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. How well a mask works depends on the materials used and how well it fits.
Double Masking Recommended —
Trying to decide between cloth masks and medical masks? Double masking is achieved by wearing a cloth mask over a medical-grade mask. The medical-grade mask has good filtration qualities, while the cloth mask allows for a closer fit to the wearer’s face.
Update on N95s and KN95s —
Epidemiologists are recommending the use of N95s and KN95s for everyone. Production increases have allowed the public to take advantage of the increased protection afforded by these respirators while not diminishing supplies in healthcare/medical settings.
CHOOSING YOUR MASK: For full guidance on picking a mask, please visit: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/masks/#choosing
Vaccine & Testing Information
Vaccination & Booster Information —
To protect yourself, your family and your colleagues from COVID-19, it is important to get vaccinated. You can book an appointment for yourself or someone else (like a parent, grandparent or child). You can also book an appointment if you’re eligible for an additional dose or booster dose.
Testing Information —
Public Health has changed their testing program to make sure people get the kind of test that they need. Visit Nova Scotia Health Authority for testing requirements, when you need to self-isolate, and what you need to do if you’re a close contact or have tested positive for COVID-19.
Funding Support for Businesses
Provincial Support —
The Sector Impact Support Program provides a one-time grant of up to $7,500 to help small business owners that have been impacted by the new province-wide public health restrictions. Applications opened on Monday, January 10, 2022.
Nova Scotians who need to take time off work because of COVID-19 may qualify for up to four paid sick days through the COVID-19 Sick Leave Program. Applications opened on Monday, January 10, 2022.
Federal Support —
Learn more about federal funding support available to your business, including information on the Local Lockdown Program and the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit.