Halifax restaurant alleges staff abused by people who refuse to wear masks


A restaurant in Halifax alleged in a social media post that a group of people refused to wear masks and were abusive to restaurant staff on Sunday.

The Wooden Monkey said the people’s actions were “hurtful and frightening.”

“You should be ashamed of yourselves. Our staff are hardworking and dedicated people who come to work and follow public health orders as required by law,” said the restaurant in their release.

The people who came to The Wooden Monkey were protesting against vaccines and the province’s public health measures on Citadel Hill, the post said.

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Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang, was asked about the incident in a Global Morning interview Monday, and whether it would create further division amid the start of phase five.

He said it’s a “very small, but vocal minority.”

“How we’ve gotten through COVID so successfully so far in Nova Scotia is by everybody working together, coming together as communities, caring for each other and whether we agree with masking or vaccination or not,” Strang said.

“We just need to treat each other with kindness and respect.”

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He said the vast majority of businesses are cooperating with the government over the proof-of-vaccination policy and the public health orders.

“The people on the front lines who are monitoring this do not at all deserve to be treated unkindly and with disrespect and rudeness,” Strang said.

Nova Scotia’s final phase of its COVID-19 reopening plan took effect on Monday.

Now anyone aged 12 and up is required to prove they are fully inoculated against COVID-19 to access non-essential services and activities.

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Strang said that since the province announced its proof-of-vaccination policy, the number of people taking their vaccines has slowed down in the beginning, but in the last few weeks, there were about 1,000 people on average a day getting their first dose.

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Strang said so far the province has been seeing a “stable” pattern of cases, with the majority of those being in unvaccinated people.

“Our hospitalizations are stable,” he said. “What we really have to watch carefully is the impact on our acute care system and how many people are getting in hospital, in our ICU,” he said.

He said the province’s health care system does not have a lot of extra capacity, and that’s why more people are encouraged to get their vaccines.

“If you look at other provinces, if [the health care system] gets severely impacted, there’s a whole range of non-COVID health care that people can’t access and people need to realize that being unvaccinated puts everybody at risk for all sorts of other health care needs,” Strang said.

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