16 Rules for Phase 3 of the Nova Scotia Reopening Plan | COVID-19 | Halifax, Nova Scotia
We succeeded in the third phase of the reopening of Nova Scotia, with over 72 percent of people having at least their first dose, and a rapidly increasing number (currently at about 20 percent) of people on a second dose.
Compare Phase 3 below with Phase 2, listed here.
Here’s what’s allowed – from social gatherings to shopping, dining out to travel – in Nova Scotia starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30.
1Restaurants, bars and Casino NS
Can offer food and drink until 12 noon and must close by 1 am. Bar service is permitted but you must wear a mask when leaving your table. Social distancing and masking rules should always be followed, with group maximums still at 10.
2Salons, spas and body art
Walk-in appointments can now be offered, provided the location meets industry guidelines for mask wearing.
There can be up to 15 performers indoors and up to 25 outdoors, who must wear masks unless they are singing or playing a wind instrument.
All retail stores can operate at 75% of capacity, in accordance with physical distance and mask requirements.
5 Long term care
Indoor visits may resume in areas designated for fully immunized residents. Outdoor visits no longer require physical distancing.
6 Parties and events
Can have up to 50 percent of the capacity of a venue for up to 100 people maximum, and 150 people maximum outdoors. Must meet physical distancing and mask requirements.
7 Informal gatherings
You can now have your home * plus * 10 additional people inside without physical distancing. The outdoor gathering limit remains the same as phase 2 to 25 people.
8 Offices, meetings and training
Meetings held by clubs, support groups, government and private companies can have up to 50% of the venue capacity with a maximum of 100 people indoors and 150 outdoors, as per requirements physical distancing and masking. Offices and workplaces can also begin a gradual return to work, but masks are required in all common areas, areas where there is interaction with the public, areas with poor ventilation, and areas where people are not. cannot maintain physical distance.
9 Performing arts
Can gather up to 15 people indoors and 25 people outdoors without physical distancing for performances. Masks are always recommended when physical distancing cannot be achieved. Spectators are allowed according to the capacity limits of the event (see 6).
Can bring together up to 25 people inside and 50 people outside for practices and games. Masks are always recommended when physical distancing cannot be achieved and tournaments are not permitted. Spectators are allowed according to the capacity limits of the event (see 6).
11 Religious gatherings, weddings and funerals
If they are run by a business or organization, they can have 50% of the venue capacity up to 100 people indoors and up to 150 people outdoors with physical distance. Informal events should follow the rules for informal gatherings, currently your foyer plus 10 people inside or 25 outside – plus the celebrant (see 7).
12 Indoor leisure
Dance classes, play spaces, escape rooms, climbing rooms, music lessons, and arcades can operate at 50% capacity with physical distance. Wearing a mask is compulsory “except during an activity which makes it difficult to wear a mask”.
13 Day camps
Can operate in cohorts of 20 people each without physical distancing. Night summer camps can operate with 15 people (excluding staff and volunteers) in each group. Must follow COVID-19 Return to Day Camp Guidelines (PDF).
14 Gyms, swimming pools and sports facilities
Including yoga studios, tennis groups and arenas, this sector can operate at 75% of its capacity according to their COVID plans. Golf courses can operate at full capacity with physical distance between separate groups.
15Museums, libraries and galleries
Can operate at 50% capacity and must follow physical distancing and mask rules.
For people visiting Nova Scotia, it is a bit of a mess depending on their country of origin and the number of vaccines they have received. But Nova Scotians who are completely vaxxed can travel outside the Atlantic provinces and come back without isolating themselves if they are completely vaxxed. See government site for all the info.