Phase 5 reopening

During phase 5 of Nova Scotia’s reopening plan, we start to move into living with COVID-19. This includes easing public health measures and supporting ongoing expanded travel into Nova Scotia. Plan phases are based on ongoing progress of vaccination rates and improvements of public health and healthcare indicators.

Last updated: 4 October 2021

Reopening safely

The 5-phase reopening plan outlines how restrictions will ease while protecting the healthcare system and increasing vaccination rates throughout the province. COVID-19 transmission will continue to be monitored.

During phase 5 we start to move into the new normal of living with COVID-19.

Phase 5 in effect
  1. Phase 1 Moved to phase 2 16 June
  2. Phase 2 Moved to phase 3 30 June
  3. Phase 3 Moved to phase 4 14 July
  4. Phase 4 Moved to phase 5 4 October
  5. Phase 5 We are here

New things you can do

Gatherings and social contacts

Events hosted by a business or organization

  • No gathering limits for events hosted by a business or organization (like arts and culture events, festivals, special events, sports, performing arts, weddings, funerals and faith gatherings).

Informal social gatherings

  • Informal social gatherings not hosted by a business or organization - up to 25 people indoors and up to 50 people outdoors without social distancing and masks. Masks may be required if you’re in an indoor public place with mask requirements (like a restaurant or event).

Continuing care

Long-term care facilities

  • Visitors at long-term care facilities need to wear a mask.

Public health measures


  • Mask requirements for indoor public places and public transportation remain in place.

Social distancing

  • No social distancing requirements for businesses, services and gatherings.

Testing and self-isolation


Travel to Nova Scotia


Proof of full vaccination

  • You need proof of full vaccination to participate in discretionary, non-essential events and activities that gather people together (like going to restaurants, movies, sports events, theatre performances, social events and the gym). Proof of vaccination isn’t required for children 11 and younger (they can attend events and activities with a fully vaccinated adult). Learn more: what’s considered fully vaccinated.

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

There will continue to be cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia. You should continue to take steps to help protect yourself and your community. These steps also help protect you and others from other respiratory illnesses like the flu and colds.

Vaccination, testing and self-isolation

Maintain everyday healthy habits