Phase 3 reopening

During phase 3 of Nova Scotia’s reopening plan, we can continue to expand social activities and gatherings and start to remove restrictions from travel. 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 3 we can continue to expand social activities and gatherings and remove restrictions from travel. Phase 3 will allow easier travel into Nova Scotia for Atlantic Canadians and continues to expand capacity for businesses and services. Testing also continues and is monitored throughout this phase.

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 3
  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

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.

Restaurants, bars and casinos

  • Casino Nova Scotia (Halifax and Sydney) and video lottery terminals (VLTs) can operate at 75% capacity and need to follow public health measures like social distancing and masks. They can only serve food and alcohol until 12am and must close by 1am.
  • Liquor licensed (drinking) establishments (like bars, wineries, distillery tasting rooms and craft taprooms) can offer indoor and outdoor dining with a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) between people at different tables. There is a maximum of 10 people (close social group of 10) per table. Wearing a mask is required (except when you're eating or drinking). Liquor licensed (drinking) establishments can only serve dine-in customers until 12am and must close by 1am. They can continue to offer take-out, delivery and drive-thru service after 1am.
  • Restaurants can offer indoor and outdoor dining with a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) between people at different tables. There is a maximum of 10 people (close social group of 10) per table. Wearing a mask is required (except when you're eating or drinking). Restaurants can only serve dine-in customers until 12am and must close by 1am. They can continue to offer take-out, delivery and drive-thru service after 1am.

Retail and shopping

  • All retail stores can operate at 75% of the store’s capacity (shoppers and staff) and need to follow the Health Protection Act Order, including public health measures like social distancing and masks.

Continuing care

Long-term care facilities

  • Indoor visits can resume in designated visitation areas at long-term care facilities for fully vaccinated residents.
  • Social distancing is not required for outdoor visits at long-term care facilities (including residents who are partially vaccinated or not vaccinated).
  • Long-term care residents who are not fully vaccinated can leave the facility to visit outdoor public places (like parks).

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 100 people indoors and up to 150 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 no more than your household (the people you live with) plus 10 people without social distancing and masks.
  • Informal social gathering limit outdoors remains up to 25 people without social distancing and masks.

Meetings and training

  • Meetings and training (indoor and outdoor) - 50% of the venue's capacity up to 100 people indoors and up to 150 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 100 people indoors and up to 150 people outdoors with social distancing.
  • Informal faith gatherings can have no more than your household (the people you live with) plus 10 people and the person conducting the ceremony indoors and up to 25 people plus the person conducting the ceremony outdoors without social distancing.
  • Informal wedding ceremonies and funerals (including receptions and visitation) can have up to 10 people plus the person conducting the ceremony indoors and up to 25 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 100 people indoors and 150 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 50% capacity.
  • 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 75% capacity.
  • Overnight day camps (indoor and outdoor) can operate with up to 15 people (including staff and volunteers) in each individual camp group without social distancing.

Museums and libraries

  • Museums, libraries and Art Gallery of Nova Scotia can operate at 50% capacity and need to follow public health measures like social distancing and masks.

Travel

Travel to Nova Scotia

  • Travellers from provinces and territories outside Atlantic Canada can enter the province and need to self-isolate when they arrive in Nova Scotia.

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.