1. Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  2. Restrictions and guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): restrictions and guidance

Public health measures that everyone in Nova Scotia needs to follow to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Self-isolation requirements

You’re legally required to self-isolate for 7 days if you have tested positive for COVID-19 and you live in a:

  • long-term care facility
  • home licensed by the Department of Community Services under the Homes for Special Care Act
  • congregate living setting (like a corrections facility, shelter or transition house)

To protect yourself and others, Public Health recommends that you self-isolate if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19 (wear a mask if you can't self-isolate).

Mask requirements

You need to wear a mask if you’re a designated caregiver or visitor at a:

  • long-term care facility
  • home licensed by the Department of Community Services under the Homes for Special Care Act
  • congregate living setting (like a corrections facility, shelter or transition house)

You can remove your mask in private areas or while visiting outdoors.

To protect yourself and others, Public Health recommends that you wear a mask if you're in a crowded, indoor place or feel sick. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19, Public Health recommends that you wear a mask if you can't self-isolate.

Mandatory vaccination in high-risk settings

As part of the mandatory vaccination protocol for high-risk settings, most people who work in the public sector providing services and supports to vulnerable people need proof of full vaccination.

Employers need to make sure that employees are aware of the COVID-19 Protocol for Mandatory Vaccination in High-Risk Settings and know when and how to show proof of vaccination. If you have questions about the protocol, you should talk to your employer.

Protocol: COVID-19 Protocol for Mandatory Vaccination in High-Risk Settings (PDF)

The mandatory vaccination protocol for high-risk settings applies to:

  • Hearing and Speech Nova Scotia
  • workers in residential care facilities and day programs funded by the Department of Community Services (Disability Support Program) and adult day programs funded by the Department of Seniors and Long-term Care
  • workers in Department of Community Services facilities and people providing placements for children and youth in the care of the Minister of Community Services (excluding foster family placements)
  • paramedics, LifeFlight nurses and some staff at Emergency Health Services (EHS)
  • correctional officers, youth workers, staff volunteers, contractors and service providers who work in or provide service to adult and youth correctional facilities
  • physicians and other service providers to organizations that are required to follow the COVID-19 Protocol for Mandatory Vaccination in High-Risk Settings (PDF) (like hairdressers and contractors)