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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Nova Scotia COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination

Nova Scotia’s Proof of Full Vaccination Policy starts 4 October 2021. When the policy is in effect, if you’re 12 and older you need proof of full vaccination to participate in most events and activities that bring groups of people together.

Starting 4 October 2021 – As part of the Proof of Full Vaccination Policy, you need proof of full vaccination to participate in most events and activities that bring groups of people together (like restaurants, gyms, movies and performances). Proof of vaccination isn’t required for children 11 and younger (they can attend events and activities with a fully vaccinated adult).

Where proof of vaccination is required

Starting 4 October 2021, you need proof of full vaccination to go to or participate in:

  • full-service restaurants where patrons sit at tables to be served, both indoors and on patios
  • liquor licensed (drinking) establishments (like bars, wineries, distillery tasting rooms, craft taprooms and liquor manufacturers), casinos and gaming establishments, both indoors and on patios
  • fitness establishments (like gyms and yoga studios) and sport and recreation facilities (like arenas, pools and large multipurpose recreation facilities)
  • businesses and organizations offering indoor and outdoor recreation and leisure activities (like climbing facilities, dance classes, escape rooms, go-carts, indoor arcades, indoor play spaces, music lessons, pottery painting, shooting ranges and outdoor adventure)
  • indoor and outdoor festivals, special events and arts and culture events (like theatre performances, concerts and movie theatres), unless they are outdoor events held in a public space with no specific entry point (like Nocturne)
  • indoor and outdoor sports practices, games, competitions and tournaments (participants and spectators)
  • indoor and outdoor extracurricular school-based activities, including sports
  • bus, boat and walking tours
  • museums, public libraries and Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
  • indoor and outdoor events and activities like receptions, social events, conferences and training that are hosted by a business or organization
  • indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and funerals (including receptions and visitation) that are hosted by a business or organization

Proof of vaccination isn’t required under the Proof of Full Vaccination Policy for the staff of businesses and organizations that offer the events and activities.

Where proof of vaccination isn’t required

Proof of vaccination isn’t required for most places that don’t host formal gatherings, including:

  • retail stores
  • financial institutions
  • food establishments that offer fast food, takeout and delivery
  • professional services like accountants and lawyers
  • personal services like hair salons, barber shops, spas, nail salons and body art establishments
  • healthcare services and health professions like doctor's offices, dental care, massage therapy and physiotherapy
  • rental accommodations like hotel rooms, cottages and campgrounds
  • faith services
  • school-based activities that take place during the school day, before and after school programs and school buses
  • mental health and addictions support groups
  • business meetings and other activities where the general public isn't present
  • places where government services are offered
  • food banks, shelters, family resource centres and adult day programs for seniors and people with disabilities
  • informal gatherings at a private residence

Children and youth

Children who turn 12 between 1 January and 4 October 2021 have until 31 December 2021 to attend events and activities while they get vaccinated. Children who turn 12 after 4 October 2021 have 3 months from their birthday to get vaccinated.

If you’re 13 to 18 and have proof of vaccination that you received 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine you can participate in sport, recreation, arts and culture programming hosted by a business or organization. To continue participating, you must provide proof of full vaccination by 9 November 2021 (you need to get a first dose no later than 28 September and a second dose no later than 26 October).

Policy changes

Right now, Nova Scotia’s Proof of Full Vaccination Policy isn’t finalized. Information may change and more details will be available before the policy is in effect.

A process is being developed to give exceptions for people who can’t get vaccinated because of a valid medical reason.

Businesses and organizations

Vaccination policies

Businesses and organizations can set their own vaccination policies if proof of vaccination isn’t required under the Proof of Full Vaccination Policy and for their employees. People who are not fully vaccinated need to be able to access essential services. Policies should take legal and ethical implications into consideration.

Your Nova Scotia COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination

If you get a COVID-19 vaccine in Nova Scotia, your Nova Scotia COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination includes the date, time, location, type, brand and lot number of COVID-19 vaccine you received. Within the province, you can use your Nova Scotia COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination to show proof of vaccination. Learn more: proof of vaccination.