Nova Scotia is lifting its border restrictions and opening to the rest of Atlantic Canada on June 23, Premier Iain Rankin announced on June 15.
This means that residents of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador can travel to Nova Scotia and will not be required to self-isolate for 14 days on entering the province.
The decision came in consultation with Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, and his public health team, who are constantly reviewing and evaluating the epidemiology.
In addition, conversations with the three other Atlantic premiers are ongoing, and the province is continuing to work on coordinating timing to open to the rest of Canada. Currently, Nova Scotia is on track to open to the rest of Canada by no later than July 14.
Phase 2 of the provincial reopening plan begins Wednesday, June 16, at 8 a.m., on schedule and with more easing of restrictions, including increasing informal gathering limits outside to 25 people, and 10 people inside.
Restaurants can open to patrons for indoor dining with a maximum of 10 people per table. All retail businesses can open to 50 per cent capacity with public health protocols being followed, and gyms and fitness facilities can also operate at 50 per cent capacity. Museums, libraries and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia can open at 25 per cent capacity. Events hosted by a recognized business or organization can have 25 per cent capacity to a maximum of 50 people indoors or 75 people outdoors; organizers need a plan following guidelines for events.
More information on reopening is available at: novascotia.ca/coronavirus/reopening-plan.