Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced that the province will reopen gradually under a five-phase plan.
Each phase is based on COVID-19 activity, public health and testing capacity, hospitalizations and vaccination rates. Phases are expected to last between two and four weeks as long as certain criteria are met in these areas.
Nova Scotia entered Phase 1 of the reopening plan on Wednesday, June 2.
Travel is permitted within Nova Scotia, while adhering to public health guidelines such as physical distancing, gathering limits, etc.
Private campgrounds are open for seasonal and short-term camping and need to follow their sector-specific plan (including distance between campsites). Provincial campgrounds are open.
Outdoor patios at restaurants and liquor licensed establishments (like bars, wineries, distillery tasting rooms and craft taprooms) may open with a minimum physical distance of 6 feet between tables. There is a maximum of 10 people per table. Wearing a mask is required (except when you're eating or drinking).
All retail stores can operate at 25% of the store’s capacity (shoppers and staff) and need to follow the Health Protection Act Order, including public health measures like social distancing and masks.