Nova Scotia declares a Provincial State of Emergency - as of March 22, 2020 -EXTENDED TO MARCH 7, 2021 - Also included - orders and directives (updated 02/19/2021)

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On 22 March 2020, the Government of Nova Scotia declared a provincial state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The state of emergency has been extended until noon on 7 March 2021.

Health Protection Act Order

To slow the spread of COVID-19, a Health Protection Act Order and public health directives are in effect, including:

  • social distancing guidelines – keep a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from other people
  • immediately self-isolate for 14 days if you enter or have returned to Nova Scotia from outside Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island
  • reduce your business or organization operations, if required

See what the Health Protection Act Order means for Nova Scotia.


Restrictions and restriction updates

Public health directives are in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Learn more: restrictions and guidance.

The measures put in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19 are gradually changing. Keep up to date as restrictions change. As restrictions change, you need to continue to follow public health directives.

Directions and declarations

Health Authorities Act Directions

Emergency Management Act Declaration and Orders

Police Act Order

In a state of emergency police are authorized to enforce orders under the Health Protection Act. If Nova Scotians, businesses and organizations do not follow social distancing guidelines and self-isolation, they will face fines of $1,000 for individuals and $7,500 for businesses and organizations. Multiple fines can be given each day an individual, business or organization 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.

If you're aware of someone who isn't following government restrictions and guidance, 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 (don't call 911).

Videos and podcast

To help you stay informed, watch archived Government of Nova Scotia coronavirus (COVID-19) news conferences (webcasts) on YouTube (make sure to note the date of the video you’re watching). You can also listen to the Government of Nova Scotia COVID-19 Updates podcast.

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