1. Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
  2. Alerts and notices

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

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

The Province of Nova Scotia, under the authority of the Health Protection Act, is requiring anyone who has travelled outside Nova Scotia to self-isolate for 14 days from the day they get back to the province, even if they do not have symptoms. Public health inspectors will be onsite at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport.

Atlantic travel bubble

Starting 3 July 2020, travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince 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.

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.

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.