1. Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  2. Alerts, news and data

Coronavirus (COVID-19): alerts, news and data

Information about the state of emergency, COVID-19 updates, possible COVID-19 exposure and the Health Protection Act Order.

Potential exposure to COVID-19

Keep up to date on potential COVID-19 exposures from Public Health. Exposure notifications include dates, times, places and advice on what to do.


COVID Alert is a free exposure notification app. The app lets you know if you may have been exposed to COVID-19. You can also use the app to let others know if you test positive without sharing any personal information.

Case data

Find information on COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia. Data includes age range, gender and location (by NSHA zone). Data is reported daily.

Provincial State of Emergency

On 22 March 2020, the Government of Nova Scotia declared a provincial state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The state of emergency has been extended until noon on 18 April 2021.

Health Protection Act Order

To slow the spread of COVID-19, a Health Protection Act Order and public health directives are in effect, including:

  • social distancing guidelines – keep a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from other people
  • immediately self-isolate for 14 days if you enter or have returned to Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada
  • reduce your business or organization operations, if required

See what the Health Protection Act Order means for Nova Scotia.


Restrictions and restriction updates

Public health directives are in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Learn more: restrictions and guidance.

The measures put in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19 are gradually changing. Keep up to date as restrictions change. As restrictions change, you need to continue to follow public health directives.

Directions and declarations

Health Authorities Act Directions

Emergency Management Act Declaration and Orders

Police Act Order

In a state of emergency police are authorized to enforce orders under the Health Protection Act. If Nova Scotians, businesses and organizations do not follow social distancing guidelines and self-isolation, they will face fines of $1,000 for individuals and $7,500 for businesses and organizations. Multiple fines can be given each day an individual, business or organization fails to comply. Police can also enforce offences under the Emergency Management Act. For example, fines for charging higher than fair market prices for goods and services.

If you're aware of someone who isn't following government restrictions and guidance, talk to them first – they may need help. If you need to call the police, call a non-emergency number for the police in your community (don't call 911).

News releases

Latest COVID-19 news releases and announcements:

Videos and podcast

To help you stay informed, watch archived Government of Nova Scotia coronavirus (COVID-19) news conferences (webcasts) on YouTube (make sure to note the date of the video you’re watching). You can also listen to the Government of Nova Scotia COVID-19 Updates podcast.

Healthcare and continuing care

The Government of Nova Scotia is working with healthcare and continuing care partners to increase health system capacity and control the spread of COVID-19. Learn more: how healthcare and continuing care are responding to COVID-19.