1. Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
  2. Alerts, orders and directives

COVID-19: alerts, orders and directives

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

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 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 23 August 2020.

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 – stay 2 metres (6 feet) apart 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.

Restriction updates

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

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. Don't call 911.

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.