Nova Scotia declares a Provincial State of Emergency - as of March 22, 2020 - (updates March 301, 2020)
Provincial State of Emergency
On 22 March, the Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The state of emergency will be in effect for 14 days and may be renewed. The emergency order is valid until noon on 5 April 2020.
- Health Protection Act Order by the Medical Officer of Health (PDF 174 KB)
- Declaration of Provincial State of Emergency (PDF 42 KB)
- Direction of the Minister under a Declared State of Emergency (PDF 91 KB)
- Direction of Minister – Municipal Meetings (PDF 50 KB)
- Direction of Minister – Municipal Public Transit (PDF 33 KB)
- Direction of Minister - Nova Scotia Police Act (149 KB)
Nova Scotians should not leave the province and only leave home for essential items and services. Under the state of emergency:
- Nova Scotia borders will tighten to travellers and all entry points (land, sea, air) will be closely managed. Anyone entering the province will be stopped, questioned, and told to self-isolate for 14 days. Exemptions for cross-border travel include healthy workers in trades and transportation sectors who move goods and people (e.g. truck drivers); healthy people going to work (e.g. health-care workers); and people travelling into the province for essential health services (e.g. chemotherapy treatment).
- Provincial parks, beaches, and tourist attractions are closed. Provincial trails will remain open for exercise. Gathering limits and social distancing guidelines must be followed.
- Police are authorized to enforce orders under the Health Protection Act. If Nova Scotians and businesses do not practice social distancing and self-isolation, they will face fines of $1,000 for individuals and $7,500 for businesses. Multiple fines can be given each day an individual or business fails to comply. Police can also enforce offences under the Emergency Management Act. For example, fines for charging higher than fair market prices for goods and services.
- There are several groups who are essential and exempt from gathering limits. They include but are not limited to grocery stores, gas stations, and pharmacies. If possible, one person per family should be designated to do these tasks. Other groups include construction sites, health-care services, community services (e.g. child protection) and criminal justice services, and law enforcement.