Coronavirus (COVID-19): restrictions and guidance
Public health measures that everyone in Nova Scotia needs to follow to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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You need to wear a mask if you’re a designated caregiver or visitor at a long-term care facility. You can remove your mask in private areas or while visiting outdoors.
To protect yourself and others, Public Health recommends that you wear a mask if you're in a crowded, indoor place or feel sick. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19, Public Health recommends that you wear a mask if you can't self-isolate.
Mandatory vaccination in high-risk settings
As part of the mandatory vaccination protocol for high-risk settings, most people who work in the public sector providing services and supports to vulnerable people need proof of full vaccination.
Employers need to make sure that employees are aware of the COVID-19 Protocol for Mandatory Vaccination in High-Risk Settings and know when and how to show proof of vaccination. If you have questions about the protocol, you should talk to your employer.
The mandatory vaccination protocol for high-risk settings applies to:
- Hearing and Speech Nova Scotia
- workers in residential care facilities and day programs funded by the Department of Community Services (Disability Support Program) and adult day programs funded by the Department of Seniors and Long-term Care
- workers in Department of Community Services facilities and people providing placements for children and youth in the care of the Minister of Community Services (excluding foster family placements)
- paramedics, LifeFlight nurses and some staff at Emergency Health Services (EHS)
- correctional officers, youth workers, staff volunteers, contractors and service providers who work in or provide service to adult and youth correctional facilities
- physicians and other service providers to organizations that are required to follow the COVID-19 Protocol for Mandatory Vaccination in High-Risk Settings (PDF) (like hairdressers and contractors)