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Despite closures, daycare spots will be protected: Premier Stephen McNeil

McNeil is strongly recommending not sending kids to their grandparents as the coronavirus is having a major impact on the elderly
Children's backpacks and shoes are seen at a daycare (via The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)

Daycares across the province have shut down as of Monday amid concerns over COVID-19 but Premier Stephen McNeil wants to assure parents their spot in those facilities will be protected.

There are now four presumptive cases of coronavirus and one confirmed case in Nova Scotia. A number of measures have already been put in place including shutting down daycares across the province.

Premier McNeil is encouraging parents to send their kids to friends and neighbours.

"That is still allowed, we encourage you to make sure that you are limiting the number of children that are involved in that," says McNeil. "There's a number of five that allows you to have an unregulated environment, we would encourage you to do that, but you as parents have the right to send your children to where you wish."

However, he is strongly recommending not sending kids to their grandparents as the coronavirus is having a major impact on the elderly.

"I would also strongly encourage you that it not be your children's grandparents providing them that support, we have seen that it is the elderly, and those with other underlying health occurrences that this has had a major impact on," explains McNeil.

With a total of five cases now, the premier says it's more crucial than ever that anyone recently returned from travelling goes into self isolation.

"It's tough for me to say this, but if your grandparents are coming home from the United States after being there for a number of months, don't go see them for two weeks, if your parents are coming home, don't go see them for two weeks," says McNeil. "If you've been away do not go back into your family environment, isolate yourself from your loved ones."

He says by doing that, you're protecting not just yourself, and them, but also the wider community at large. As of Monday, March 16th, the province completed 676 tests for COVID-19, with 671 negative results. The four presumptive tests must have their results confirmed by the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg.

Chris Halef

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