1. Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
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COVID-19: alerts and notices

Information about the state of emergency, restrictions and closures.

Possible exposure to COVID-19

Nova Scotia Health Authority Public Health is advising of potential COVID-19 exposure:

Provincial State of Emergency

On 22 March 2020, the Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The state of emergency has been extended until noon on 12 July 2020.

Health Protection Act Order

Health Authorities Act Directions

Emergency Management Act Declaration and Orders

Police Act Order

Under the state of emergency police are authorized to enforce orders under the Health Protection Act. If Nova Scotians, businesses and organizations do not practise social distancing 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 provincial direction, talk to them first – they may need help. If you need to call police, please call a non-emergency number for the police that serve your community. Do not call 911.

Travel advisories and self-isolation requirements

Travel advisory

The Government of Canada has issued an official travel advisory asking Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.

Atlantic travel bubble (travel within Atlantic Canada)

Travel within Nova Scotia, New BrunswickPrince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador is permitted without the requirement to self-isolate for Atlantic Canadian residents. If you live in an Atlantic Canadian province, you need to show proof of residency when you enter Nova Scotia.

When Atlantic Canadians arrive in Nova Scotia, every adult needs to provide government-issued identification (like a Driver's Licence or Health Card) or a utility bill or bank statement that shows their permanent home address. A self-declaration form isn't required to enter Nova Scotia.

Atlantic Canadians also need to follow public health directives while they're in Nova Scotia.

Travelling into Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada

People from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days when they arrive in Nova Scotia. If they have already self-isolated in another Atlantic Canadian province, they may enter Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.

Every adult (18 or older) from outside Atlantic Canada needs to complete a Self-declaration Form - Tracking Travellers to Nova Scotia (PDF) before they travel to the province. You need to send the completed form to border@novascotia.ca and keep a copy for your records. When you arrive in Nova Scotia you need show that you submitted the form (copy of completed form and confirmation you receive after submitting the form). You also need to provide government-issued identification (like a Driver's Licence or Health Card) or a utility bill or bank statement that shows your permanent home address.

A paper copy of the Self-declaration Form is also available at entry points to Nova Scotia for people who don't have access to the form online.

People from outside the Atlantic Canada also need to follow public health directives while they're in Nova Scotia.

Traveling outside Atlantic Canada  

If you travel outside Atlantic Canada you must self-isolate for 14 days from the day you get back to Nova Scotia, even if you don't have symptoms.

Closures and restrictions

Public health directives are in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19. See what it means for Nova Scotians.

Check the closures page for up-to-date provincial government office and facility closures.

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