Restriction Updates Dec.4,2020:

Premier Stephen McNeil and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang announced today, Dec. 4, that the current restrictions in areas of Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County are extended until at least Dec. 16. They also announced the launch of a period of asymptomatic testing across the province. The purpose is to limit the potential spread of the virus by detecting positive cases in people who do not have symptoms. Testing is recommended for people who:

  • are 16 to 35 years old, even if they previously tested negative
  • have attended an indoor social gathering without physical distancing in the last two weeks, especially if it was larger than the gathering limits in place for that community
  • have a large number of regular social interactions with different groups without physical distancing

In addition, pop-up sites will continue in different locations around the province. Anyone age 16 or older is welcome to get tested if they do not have symptoms and are not at higher risk of exposure, which means they:

  • are not a close contact of a known case
  • have not been at a location listed in an exposure notice that recommends testing
  • have not traveled outside the Atlantic provinces within the past 14 days

People getting tested through this process are not required to self-isolate while waiting for their test or results. People getting tested for other reasons can find their self-isolation requirements at The new restrictions came into force at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26, and will continue until at least Dec.16. Nova Scotians are being asked to avoid non-essential travel:

  • in and out of western and central HRM (which is defined as HRM from Hubbards to, and including, Porters Lake and the communities up to Elmsdale and Mount Uniacke in Hants County – see for boundaries).
  • to other Atlantic provinces

The following will apply to the parts of western and central HRM:

  • the gathering limit in public is five (or up to the number of members of an immediate family in a household)
  • mandatory masking now applies to common areas of multi-unit residential buildings, such as apartment buildings and condos
  • restaurants and licensed establishments are closed for in-person dining but may provide take-out or delivery
  • retail stores must restrict shoppers and staff to 25 per cent or less of allowable capacity
  • wineries, distilleries and breweries cannot hold tastin