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Nova Scotia Easing some COVID-19 Restrictions on Outdoor and Recreational Activities

Friday, May 1, 2020

On May 1, the Province of Nova Scotia announced the easing of some restrictions around outdoor and recreational activities.

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. Everyone must continue to practice good hand-washing and hygiene practices.

However, the province is taking some small steps toward lifting some of the restrictions, including:

  • 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

For now, beaches, playgrounds, golf courses and campsites will remain closed.   

Details on these adjustments can be found at,

Tourism Nova Scotia will continue to update tourism operators on any changes related to the public health orders on our website at, and through our inTouch newsletter.