Phase 4 reopening

During phase 4 of Nova Scotia’s reopening plan, we continue to expand access to social connections and capacity for businesses, services, events and activities. Plan phases are based on ongoing progress of vaccination rates and improvements of public health and healthcare indicators.

Last updated: 17 June 2021

Reopening safely

During phase 4 we can continue to have more social connections and access to expanded services, activities and events. Phase 4 will allow more travel into Nova Scotia with less restrictions and increased visitation with long-term care residents.

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. If required, a phase may be paused to respond to trends at county or provincial levels. Additional plan details will be released as each phase starts.

Phase 4
  1. Phase 1 Moved to phase 2 16 June
  2. Phase 2 We are here
  3. Phase 3 Expected date 30 June
  4. Phase 4 Expected date 14 July
  5. Phase 5 September

New things you can do

Businesses and services

Restaurants, bars and casinos

  • Casino Nova Scotia (Halifax and Sydney) and video lottery terminals (VLTs) 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.
  • Liquor licensed (drinking) establishments (like bars, wineries, distillery tasting rooms and craft taprooms) 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.
  • 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.

Retail and shopping

  • All retail stores can operate at maximum capacity possible (shoppers and staff) with public health measures like social distancing and masks.

Continuing care

Long-term care facilities

  • Indoor visits can resume in a resident’s room at long-term care facilities for fully vaccinated residents. If residents are partially vaccinated or not vaccinated, indoor visits can resume in designated visitation areas.
  • Fully vaccinated residents at long-term care facilities can leave the facility to visit with family in their homes (including overnight stays).

Gatherings and social contacts

Festivals, special events and arts and culture events

  • 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 when hosted by a business or organization. Organizers must have a COVID-19 Prevention Plan (plans will be reviewed by Government of Nova Scotia for large venues).

Indoor and outdoor social gatherings

  • Informal social gathering limit indoors is up to 25 people without social distancing and masks.
  • Informal social gathering limit outdoors is up to 50 people without social distancing and masks.

Meetings and training

  • Meetings and training (indoor and outdoor) - 50% of the venue's capacity up to 150 people indoors and up to 250 people outdoors with social distancing 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

Sports and performing arts

  • 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 outdoors when you can’t maintain a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others.
  • Spectators are permitted (indoor and outdoor) for sports and performing arts hosted by a business or organization that have an Event Plan. Spectators are included in event gathering limits and need to follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Tournaments are not permitted.

Weddings, funerals and faith gatherings

  • Faith gatherings that are run 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.
  • Informal faith gatherings can have up to 25 people and the person conducting the ceremony indoors and up to 50 people plus the person conducting the ceremony outdoors without social distancing.
  • Informal wedding ceremonies and funerals (including receptions and visitation) can have up to 25 people plus the person conducting the ceremony indoors and up to 50 people plus the person conducting the ceremony outdoors without social distancing.
  • Wedding ceremonies and funerals (including receptions and visitation) - 50% of the venue’s capacity up to 150 people indoors and up to 250 people outdoors with social distancing when hosted by a business or organization.

Recreation activities

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.
  • Day camps (indoor and outdoor) can operate with up to 30 people (including staff and volunteers) in each individual camp group without social distancing.
  • Fitness establishments (like gyms and yoga studios) and sport and recreation facilities (like pools, arenas, tennis courts and large multipurpose recreation facilities) can operate at maximum capacity possible with public health measures like social distancing and masks.

Museums and libraries

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

Travel

Travel to Nova Scotia

  • Travellers from outside Canada can enter the province and may need to self-isolate for 14 days when they arrive in Nova Scotia.
  • Travellers from provinces and territories outside Atlantic Canada can enter the province and may need to self-isolate when they arrive in Nova Scotia. The period of time you need to self-isolate may be based on your vaccination status and testing. More details to come.

Public health measures

Continue to follow all public health measures to keep everyone safe. Stay up to date on restrictions and guidance and restriction alerts by county.