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 up to 14 days or as directed by Public Health if you:

  • have COVID-19 symptoms and are waiting to be tested and get your test results
  • were at a potential exposure site and Public Health advises that you need to self-isolate while you’re waiting to be tested and for your test results
  • have been tested for COVID-19 and have been told by Public Health that you need to self-isolate while you’re waiting to get your test results
  • have tested positive for COVID-19
  • have travelled from outside Atlantic Canada and are not fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia

How long you need to self-isolate

If you’re legally required to self-isolate (including after travel), you need to self-isolate for up to 14 days or as directed by Public Health. Self-isolation requirements after travelling outside Atlantic Canada are based on vaccination status and testing.

Child custody protocol and self-isolation

Individuals travelling for child custody reasons, including dropping off, picking up or visiting, need to follow the COVID-19 Child Custody Protocol (PDF) when entering Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada. They need to apply to travel to Nova Scotia by completing the Safe Check-in Form before they travel to the province. They also may need to self-isolate based on vaccination status and testing for the period of time they’re in the province (up to 14 days), depending on their situation.

They need to follow public health measures while they're in Nova Scotia and follow the COVID-19 Child Custody Protocol (PDF) when a parent or child has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19.

Military, defence and police

Canadian Military and Defence Team, Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canadian Border Services Agency and Canadian Security Intelligence Service personnel and their spouse or partner can enter the province from outside Atlantic Canada to house hunt, but they may need to self-isolate for the period of time they’re in the province other than when they’re looking at properties and need to follow social distancing guidelines. Their families may also need to self-isolate once they move to Nova Scotia.

Rotational workers (working outside the province)

Rotational workers (like Alberta oil workers) are individuals who live in Nova Scotia and travel to work on a regular schedule to another Canadian province or territory (outside Atlantic Canada) or travel outside Canada on a regular schedule and are exempt from self-isolation under the federal Quarantine Act.

Self-isolation requirements are based on vaccination status and testing. Rotational workers need to follow the Health Protection Act Order and the COVID-19 Rotational Worker Protocol (PDF), including self-isolation and testing requirements.

Before each trip to Nova Scotia, rotational workers who are partially vaccinated or not vaccinated need to apply to travel to Nova Scotia by completing the Safe Check-in Form and wait for approval before travelling.

Rotational workers who are partially vaccinated or not vaccinated are required to get tested for COVID-19 during their stay in Nova Scotia. They need to get tested on day 1 or 2. If they’re still in Nova Scotia, they need to get tested again on day 5 or 6 and on day 12, 13 or 14.

When travelling to Nova Scotia, rotational workers who do not have COVID-19 symptoms and are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia can apply to travel to Nova Scotia as a regular traveller. Self-isolation isn’t required but testing is recommended.

International rotational workers

International workers entering Canada who are required to isolate under the federal Quarantine Act, including rotational workers who live in Nova Scotia and travel to work in another country on a regular schedule, must follow federal isolation and testing requirements in the Quarantine Act. They do not follow the COVID-19 Rotational Worker Protocol.

Exemptions from self-isolation

Some people are exempt from the self-isolation requirement. Most exempt travellers need to follow the COVID-19 Exempt traveller Protocol (PDF 165 kB) when entering Nova Scotia. You also need to apply to travel to Nova Scotia by completing the Safe Check-in Form before you travel to the province.

If you travel for personal reasons (like vacationing or visiting), you’re not exempt and may need to self-isolate when you arrive in Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada. Self-isolation requirements are based on vaccination status and testing.

Even if you’re exempt, you need to follow public health measures while you’re in Nova Scotia, including following social distancing guidelines, watching for COVID-19 symptoms and self-isolating if you start to feel sick.

People who are exempt from the self-isolation requirement include:

  • residents of Atlantic Canada when they travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador
  • people from outside Atlantic Canada who have already self-isolated for 14 days in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador before they enter Nova Scotia
  • visiting or leaving Nova Scotia to drop off or pick up children under a joint custody order or agreement if both the children and the person bringing them do not have COVID-19 symptoms; they need to follow the COVID-19 Child Custody Protocol (PDF)
  • people who travel from outside Atlantic Canada who are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arriving in or returning to Nova Scotia
  • people visiting or leaving Nova Scotia for essential health services, plus support people travelling with them; they need to follow the COVID-19 Exempt traveller Protocol (PDF)
  • people participating in a legal proceeding in Nova Scotia (including the accused, victim, witness, lawyer or party in the proceeding); they need to follow the COVID-19 Exempt traveller Protocol (PDF)
  • workers who are essential to the movement of people and goods, and who must enter Nova Scotia as part of their work duties or training required for their jobs (not for personal reasons or other types of work); they need to follow the COVID-19 Exempt traveller Protocol (PDF)
    • trade and transportation workers who are employed in the movement of goods or people across the Nova Scotia border, including truck drivers, crew, maintenance and operational workers on any plane, train or ship
    • airline crew who live in Nova Scotia and are required to deadhead as part of their work duties (flying as a passenger on one flight to work as crew on another flight)
    • Canadian Armed Forces and Canadian Defence Team personnel, Coast Guard, RCMP, Canadian Border Services Agency and Canadian Security Intelligence Service
    • first responders, including police, fire, Emergency Health Services (EHS) paramedic workers and essential healthcare workers
    • essential healthcare workers who travel to and from Nova Scotia and another province or territory to provide temporary support like locums

Compassionate exceptions

People from outside Atlantic Canada can request a compassionate exception to enter Nova Scotia and the self-isolation requirement for an end-of-life visit, attending a funeral or service (like a burial or celebration of life) or taking an exam.

Specialized worker exceptions from self-isolation

Workers from another Canadian province or territory (outside Atlantic Canada) and workers from outside Canada who are exempt from self-isolation under the federal Quarantine Act can receive an exception to the self-isolation requirement when work can’t be done by workers within the province for:

  • urgent work on critical infrastructure that’s crucial for the province to function
  • urgent work that’s necessary to preserve the viability of 1 or more Nova Scotia business

Specialized workers with an exception from self-isolation are allowed to work and travel to and from the workplace but must self-isolate based on vaccination status and testing for the period of time they’re in the province (up to 14 days), other than when they’re working. Self-isolation requirements are based on vaccination status and testing. Specialized workers need to follow the Health Protection Act Order and the COVID-19 Specialized Worker Protocol (PDF), including self-isolation and testing requirements.

Before each trip to Nova Scotia, specialized workers who are partially vaccinated or not vaccinated need to apply to travel to Nova Scotia by completing the Safe Check-in Form and wait for approval before travelling.

When you arrive in Nova Scotia, you need to show your approval letter to border officials and any additional required documentation.

Specialized workers who are partially vaccinated or not vaccinated are required to get tested for COVID-19 during their modified self-isolation. They need to get tested on day 1 or 2. If they’re still in Nova Scotia, they need to get tested again on day 6, 7 or 8 and day 12, 13 or 14.

When travelling to Nova Scotia, specialized workers who don’t have COVID-19 symptoms and are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia can apply to travel to Nova Scotia as a regular traveller.

International workers entering Canada who are required to isolate under the federal Quarantine Act must follow federal isolation and testing requirements in the Quarantine Act. They do not follow the COVID-19 Specialized Worker Protocol.

Businesses

Businesses located in Nova Scotia that have more than 10 specialized workers entering Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada within a 1-month period need to provide details about their Workplace COVID-19 Prevention Plan to before specialized workers travel to the province.

Fish harvester exceptions from self-isolation

Fish harvesters from another Canadian province or territory (outside Atlantic Canada) can receive an exception to the self-isolation requirement to carry out the commercial (not recreational) or licensed activity of catching fish and other seafood for market or other approved activities.

Fish harvesters with an exception from self-isolation are allowed to work and travel to and from the workplace but must self-isolate for the period of time they’re in the province (up to 14 days), other than when they’re working. Self-isolation requirements are based on vaccination status and testing. Fish harvesters need to follow the Health Protection Act Order and the COVID-19 Fish Harvester Protocol (PDF 85 kB), including self-isolation and testing requirements.

Before each trip to Nova Scotia, fish harvesters from outside Atlantic Canada need to apply to travel to Nova Scotia by completing the Safe Check-in Form and wait for approval before travelling.

When you arrive in Nova Scotia, you need to show your approval letter to border officials and any additional required documentation.

Fish harvesters who are partially vaccinated or not vaccinated should get tested for COVID-19 during their modified self-isolation. They should try to get tested on day 1 or 2. If they’re still in Nova Scotia, they should try to get tested again on day 6, 7 or 8 and day 12, 13 or 14. Fish harvesters need to self-isolate for the full 14 days other than when they’re working, even with negative test results.

When travelling to Nova Scotia, fish harvesters who do not have COVID-19 symptoms and are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia can apply to travel to Nova Scotia as a regular traveller.

International workers entering Canada who are required to isolate under the federal Quarantine Act must follow federal isolation and testing requirements in the Quarantine Act. They do not follow the COVID-19 Fish Harvester Protocol.

Gathering limits

You need to follow gathering limits, unless your group has an exemption identified in the Health Protection Act Order (PDF).

The following gathering limits are in place:

  • Informal social gatherings with household members (the people you live with) and close social contacts - up to 25 people indoors and up to 50 people outdoors without social distancing and masks. Masks may be required if you’re in a public place with mask requirements (like a restaurant or event).
  • Festivals, special events and arts and culture events (like performances) - 50% of the venue’s capacity up to 150 people indoors and up to 250 people outdoors with social distancing and mask requirements when hosted by a business or organization. Organizers must have a COVID-19 Prevention Plan (Government of Nova Scotia reviews plans for large venues).
  • Dancing at events, bars and restaurants - You need to follow the informal social gathering limit for household members (the people you live with) and close social contacts for dancing together at events, bars and restaurants with social distancing between groups. The indoor limit applies to dancing on patios at bars and restaurants. You also need to wear a mask when dancing.
  • Performing arts and sports - Participants and officials in organized performing arts and sports (recreational, amateur and professional) can gather with up to 25 people indoors and up to 50 people outdoors without social distancing for rehearsals, performances, practices, games and league play. Masks are recommended when you can’t maintain a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others. Tournaments are permitted if they’re run by an organization registered with Sport Nova Scotia and follow their Return to Sport Plan.

    Spectators are permitted (indoor and outdoor) for sport events and performances hosted by a business or organization that has an Event Plan. Spectators have a limit of 50% of the facility's capacity up to 150 spectators indoors and up to 250 spectators outdoors and need to follow social distancing guidelines and mask requirements.

    Virtual events hosted by a business or organization need to follow spectator gathering limits and required public health measures like social distancing and masks.
  • Sports - Informal competition (like friends organizing a ball game) needs to follow gathering limits for performing arts and sports. Spectators are included in event gathering limits and need to follow social distancing guidelines and mask requirements. Tournaments are not permitted.
  • Faith gatherings hosted by a business or organization - 50% of the venue’s capacity up to 150 people indoors and up to 250 people outdoors with social distancing and masks. Drive-in faith services have no limit on the number of vehicles.
  • Wedding ceremonies and funerals (including receptions and visitation) hosted by a business or organization - 50% of the venue’s capacity up to 150 people indoors and up to 250 people outdoors with social distancing and masks.
  • Wedding ceremonies and funerals (including receptions and visitation) that are not hosted by a business or organization need to follow the informal social gathering limit for household members (the people you live with) and close social contacts, plus the person conducting the ceremony.
  • Gathering limit with social distancing and mask requirements for meetings and training (indoor and outdoor) - 50% of the venue's capacity up to 150 people indoors and up to 250 people outdoors when meetings and training are hosted by a business or organization, including:
    • provincial and municipal governments
    • private businesses and organizations
    • first responder organizations (emergency first responders are exempt from social distancing when necessary)
    • mental health and addictions support groups
    • organized clubs
When necessary, emergency first response training doesn’t need to follow the gathering limit and social distancing.

Exemptions to gathering limits

Exemptions to gathering limits include:

Business and service restrictions

Business and service restrictions are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Arts and culture

  • Museums, public libraries and Art Gallery of Nova Scotia can operate at maximum capacity possible with public health measures like social distancing and masks.

Childcare and education

  • Licensed childcare facilities and family daycare homes can operate at 100% capacity.
  • Wearing a mask is required for staff and visitors when they’re in indoor childcare settings. Masks are not required for children 12 and younger in childcare settings.

Events

  • Any person, business or organization that hosts a permitted event needs to make sure everyone in attendance follows the Health Protection Act Order.
  • Businesses and organizations are permitted to host in-person events and activities (indoor and outdoor) if they follow event gathering limits and required public health measures like social distancing and masks. Permitted events include: Organizers must have a COVID-19 Prevention Plan (Government of Nova Scotia reviews plans for large venues). Virtual events are permitted and need to follow spectator gathering limits and required public health measures like social distancing and masks.
  • Drive-in or parking lot faith services and drive-in movie theatres can operate with no limit on the number of vehicles. They need to follow the Health Protection Act Order and gathering limits, including:
    • service or movie is conducted over speakers or by remote radio broadcast
    • vehicles must be parked 2 metres (6 feet) apart in the parking lot, with the engine turned off
    • no contact between vehicles and people can’t exchange items between vehicles
    • following informal indoor social gathering limit in your vehicle
    • people need to remain in their vehicle while attending the service or move, unless accessing a washroom facility or concession stand while following gathering limits, social distancing and mask requirements
  • Activities like cards, darts and pool hosted by licensed and unlicensed establishments (like community centres, clubs and charities) can resume and need to follow Guidelines for Games and Activities in Licensed Establishments (PDF).
  • Bingos with a Bingo Lottery Licence can resume and need to follow the same requirements as Liquor licensed (drinking) establishments and the Reopening Guide for Bingo Operations (PDF), including:  
    • minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) between people at different tables
    • maximum of 25 people (household members and close social contacts) per table
    • wearing a mask is required (except when you're eating or drinking)

Fitness and recreation

  • Businesses and organizations offering a wide variety of indoor recreation and leisure activities (like climbing facilities, dance classes, escape rooms, indoor arcades, indoor play spaces and music lessons) can operate at maximum capacity possible with public health measures like social distancing and masks. Wearing a mask is required (except during an activity that makes it difficult to wear a mask).
  • Fitness establishments (like gyms and yoga studios), sport and recreation facilities (like arenas, pools, tennis courts and large multipurpose recreation facilities) and organized clubs can operate at maximum capacity possible with public health measures like social distancing and masks.
  • Golf courses can operate at maximum capacity possible while maintaining a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) between each group on the golf course.
  • Overnight summer camps (indoor and outdoor) can operate with up to 15 people (excluding staff and volunteers) in each individual camp group without social distancing or multiple groups of 15 people each with social distancing between groups and need to follow COVID-19 Return to Overnight Camp Guidelines (PDF). Masks are not required for campers 12 and younger.
  • Provincial and private campgrounds can operate at maximum capacity possible with public health measures like social distancing and masks.
  • Recreational day camps (indoor and outdoor) can operate with up to 30 people (excluding staff and volunteers) in each individual camp group without social distancing or multiple groups of 30 people each with social distancing between groups and need to follow COVID-19 Return to Day Camp Guidelines (PDF). Masks are not required for campers 12 and younger.

Healthcare and continuing care

  • Residents in homes licensed by the Department of Community Services under the Homes for Special Care Act can resume visitation and are permitted to leave the facilities for work, therapy, recreation and family visits. They need to follow public health measures like social distancing and masks.
  • Community-based adult day programs for seniors and people with disabilities can resume and need to follow public health guidelines for their sector.
  • Long-term care facilities can resume outdoor visits without social distancing (including residents who are partially vaccinated or not vaccinated). Indoor visits can resume in a resident’s room for fully vaccinated residents. If residents are partially vaccinated or not vaccinated, indoor visits can resume in designated visitation areas.
  • Long-term care facilities – Residents can have 2 designated caregivers to help with their care at the same time. Designated caregivers can be family members, spouses, friends or other support persons, and they must have an established caregiving relationship with the resident before COVID-19.
  • Long-term care facilities – Residents can go for a walk off facility grounds and go through a drive-thru when going for a drive with a designated caregiver. Fully vaccinated residents at long-term care facilities can leave the facility to visit with family in their homes (including overnight stays). All residents can leave the facility to visit indoor and outdoor public places (like parks, stores and restaurants).
  • Long-term care facilities – All residents (fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated or not vaccinated) can resume recreational activities and personal services (like hairstyling) within the facility. Residents do not need to be in the same groups for dining and group activities.
  • Residential care facilities – Residents of residential care facilities licensed by the Department of Health and Wellness are permitted to leave the facilities for work, therapy, recreation and family visits if they follow public health measures like social distancing and masks.
  • Testing – COVID-19 Point of Care Screening Tests (PCTs) are not permitted unless the business or organization has Public Health approval and follows the Health Protection Act Order.
  • Unregulated and regulated and health professions can remain open if they have an approved Workplace COVID-19 Prevention Plan.
  • Volunteers can resume their activities at long-term care facilities.

Personal and wellness services

  • Personal services businesses (like hair salons, barber shops, spas, nail salons and body art establishments) can operate fully (appointments and walk-in service), including all services and following their sector-specific plan and the Health Protection Act Order.

Restaurants, bars and casinos

  • Casino Nova Scotia (Halifax and Sydney) can operate at maximum capacity possible with public health measures like social distancing and masks. They can return to regular hours of operation (indoor and outdoor) as per their licensing.
  • First Nations gaming establishments can operate at maximum capacity possible with public health measures like social distancing and masks and need to follow their sector-specific plan. Establishments that hold a liquor licence can return to regular hours of operation (indoor and outdoor) as per their licensing.
  • Video lottery terminals (VLTs) can operate at maximum capacity possible with public health measures like social distancing and masks and need to follow their sector-specific plan. Establishments that hold a liquor licence can return to regular hours of operation (indoor and outdoor) as per their licensing.
  • Liquor licensed (drinking) establishments (like bars, wineries, distillery tasting rooms, craft taprooms and liquor manufacturers) can return to regular hours of operation (indoor and outdoor) as per their licensing with a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) between people at different tables and food is delivered to tables by staff. There is a maximum of 25 people (household members and close social contacts) per table. Wearing a mask is required (except when you're eating or drinking). Bar service is permitted if you follow social distancing and mask requirements. You need to wear a mask and follow the informal social gathering limit for household members (the people you live with) and close social contacts for dancing together at events, bars and restaurants. The indoor limit applies to dancing on patios at bars and restaurants. Craft breweries, wineries and distilleries can operate at maximum capacity possible with public health measures like social distancing and masks.
  • Liquor licensed (drinking) establishments (like bars, wineries, distillery tasting rooms and craft taprooms) must collect contact information for all table service (dine-in) patrons. Contact information needs to include date and time of visit, name and phone number and must be kept for 30 days from date of visit for contact tracing purposes. Patrons can be fined $2,000 for providing false information.
  • Liquor licensed (drinking) establishments (like bars, wineries, distillery tasting rooms and craft taprooms) and unlicensed establishments (like community centres, charities and organized clubs) are permitted to host activities (like darts, cards, pool and bowling).
  • Liquor licensed (drinking) establishments (like bars, wineries, distillery tasting rooms and craft taprooms) can have live music (indoor and outdoor) with musicians following the COVID-19 Guidelines for Musicians (PDF). There can be up to 25 performers indoors and up to 50 performers outdoors. Wearing a mask is required when performing (except when you're singing or playing a wind instrument).
  • Restaurants can return to regular hours of operation (indoor and outdoor) as per their licensing with a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) between people at different tables and food is delivered to tables by staff. There is a maximum of 25 people (household members and close social contacts) per table. Wearing a mask is required (except when you're eating or drinking). Bar service is permitted if you follow social distancing and mask requirements. You need to wear a mask and follow the informal social gathering limit for household members (the people you live with) and close social contacts for dancing together at events, bars and restaurants. The indoor limit applies to dancing on patios at bars and restaurants.
  • Restaurants can have live music (indoor and outdoor) with musicians following the COVID-19 Guidelines for Musicians (PDF). There can be up to 25 performers indoors and up to 50 performers outdoors. Wearing a mask is required when performing (except when you're singing or playing a wind instrument).
  • Restaurants must collect contact information for all table service (dine-in) patrons. Contact information needs to include date and time of visit, name and phone number and must be kept for 30 days from date of visit for contact tracing purposes. Patrons can be fined $2,000 for providing false information.

Retail and shopping malls

  • NSLC can operate at maximum capacity possible with public health measures like social distancing and masks. In-person tastings and samplings are permitted and need to follow NSLC’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan.
  • Private liquor stores, craft breweries, wineries and distilleries can operate at maximum capacity possible with public health measures like social distancing and masks. In-person tastings and samplings are permitted and need to follow the establishment’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan.
  • Retail stores can operate at maximum capacity possible with public health measures like social distancing and masks. Retail stores need to follow the Health Protection Act Order, including:
    • maintaining a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) between patrons, except people living in the same household
    • lineups inside and outside of the store maintain a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) between patrons and patrons wear a mask
    • keeping music to 50 decibels maximum

Workplaces

  • Businesses and organizations can start to follow a phased approach to have employees return to the workplace and need to follow COVID-19 Protocols for Workplaces (PDF), Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Hazard Management and public health measures like social distancing and masks.
  • Businesses and organizations need to maintain a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) within all workplaces and meeting spaces, unless they’re exempt from social distancing or need to follow specific guidelines under the Health Protection Act Order.
  • Businesses and organizations that can’t maintain a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) because their physical space is too small need to limit customers or clients to 25 people maximum and keep as much social distancing as possible.
  • Wearing a non-medical mask is required at private indoor workplaces (like offices or warehouses) in all common areas, places where there’s interaction with the public, areas with poor ventilation and areas where people can’t maintain a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others.

Employers exempt from gathering limits and social distancing

Employers exempt from gathering limits and social distancing requirements include:

  • organizations funded by the Department of Community Services that are covered under the Homes for Special Care Act and the Children and Family Services Act
  • long-term care facilities licensed under the Homes for Special Care Act
  • home care agencies funded under the Homemaker Services Act
  • Independent Living Support, Supported Apartment and Supervised Apartment Programs funded by the Department of Community Services
  • hospitals and health authorities
  • courts, administrative tribunals and arbitration proceedings providing essential services
  • jails, prisons and community-based correctional services
  • unlicensed childcare facilities
  • homeless shelters
  • Emergency Medical Care Incorporated
  • people providing care under the Self-Managed Care Program, Supportive Care Program or Caregiver Benefit Program
  • businesses that provide, service or repair medical equipment, like wheelchairs, beds and home oxygen equipment
  • food production plants
  • fishing vessels
  • municipal entities and their contractors:
    • police and fire services
    • municipal utilities (water, wastewater, stormwater)
    • maintenance of utilities and municipal facilities
    • transportation
    • road maintenance and repair
    • municipal information and communications technology (ICT) systems and services
    • public transit
    • solid waste, garbage and litter collection and disposal
    • urban forestry
    • municipal logistic, distribution, storage, inventory and repair services
  • private non-profit community transportation providers
  • provincial entities and their contractors:
    • enforcement and compliance officers authorized to inspect, investigate and enforce provincial legislation
    • government building construction and repair
    • transportation and active transit
    • infrastructure and housing
    • road maintenance and repair

Travel

Information for international and interprovincial travellers, including how to apply to travel to Nova Scotia (Safe Check-in Form). Learn more: travel and travelling to Nova Scotia.

Enforcement

Police are authorized to enforce orders under the Health Protection Act like gathering limits, social distancing and self-isolation requirements. If you do not follow public health measures, you can be fined $2,000 (for example, the fine is $2,000 for each person at a large gathering). If businesses and organizations do not follow public health measures, they can be fined $7,500. Multiple fines can be given each day if an individual, business or organization fails to comply.

If someone isn’t following public health measures, talk to them first – they may need help. If you need to call the police, call a non-emergency number for the police in your community (do not call 911). You can also:

  • contact the business or organization, or ask to speak to a manager
  • contact the Department of Labour and Advanced Education (Safety Branch) at 1-800-952-2687 or for business or workplace issues