COVID-19 Press Releases

Provincial State of Emergency Declared

On March 22, 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 April 5, 2020.

The State of Emergency has very restrictive regulations and serious penalties. Here is an update on the details from today’s announcements:

⚠️ People cannot gather in groups of more than 5 people.

⚠️ Police are now authorized to enforce orders under the Protection Act related to self-isolation and social distancing, and can issue summary offence tickets for people who are not adhering to those orders. The fines for individuals found in breach of the order are $1,000 for each fine each day and for businesses, the fines are $7,500 for each fine each day.

⚠️ Anyone who has travelled outside the province will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

For more information on the declaration and the Province's response to the virus, visit

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