Easing of Some Public Health Measures (May 1st, 2020):

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health, announced today, May 1st, 2020, the easing of some public health restrictions around COVID-19. Existing public health directives around social distancing and social gatherings remain in place. People must keep two metres apart and not gather in groups of more than five.

The initial steps are:
• provincial and municipal parks can reopen, but playground equipment will continue to be off limits
• trails are allowed to open
• people are allowed to use and visit community gardens
• garden centres, nurseries and similar businesses can open
• sportfishing is permitted from shore or boat, but fishing derbies are not allowed
• people can attend boating, yacht or sailing clubs for the purpose of preparing boats for use
• golf driving ranges can open, including those at golf clubs, but the course must remain closed; golf clubs can perform necessary maintenance and preparations for opening
• people can use their cottages. Use is restricted to one household unit at a time, travel must be directly to the cottage and back, and travelling back and forth frequently from cottage and primary residence is discouraged
• provincial and private campgrounds remain closed, but they can perform necessary maintenance and preparations for opening. An exception is recreational vehicles parked year-round at private campgrounds, which can be used but must follow the same rules as cottages
• drive-in religious services will be allowed, as long as people stay in their cars, they are parked two metres apart and there are no interactions between people in cars or between people in cars and others

These measures take effect immediately.Details on these adjustments can be found at, https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

For more information, please see the full notice:  pdfEasing of Some Public Health Measures May 1, 2020 (114 KB)


The Province has made the following announcments that will help vulnerable Nova Scotians:

Income Assistance

Every individual and family member on income assistance will receive an additional $50 starting Friday, 20 March. People do not need to apply. The province is also extending the hours of their toll-free line for income assistance supports, including weekends.

Feed Nova Scotia

The government is giving $1 million to help Feed Nova Scotia purchase food and hire more staff, and $55,000 to support 12 smaller community food banks.

Cell Phones for the Most Vulnerable

The government is partnering with Telus to provide 100 phones and calling plans to the most vulnerable Department of Community Services clients who have no other means of communication, and who may be self-isolated and alone.

Transition Houses

The government is giving $200,000 to support transition houses and other organizations that serve vulnerable women and children.

Suspending Student Loan Payments

Nova Scotia Student Loan payments are suspended until 30 September 2020. You don't need to make any payments, and your loans won't accrue interest. The suspension is automatic – you don't need to apply.