Vaccination proof will be imposed early next month for participation in non-essential activities in Nova Scotia, while the mask requirement and limited gatherings will be removed by next week.
From October 4, the Maritime Province will become the sixth country in the country to require full proof of vaccination to participate in non-essential activities, following in the footsteps of Quebec, British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador.
In addition, from the first hour on 15 September, wearing masks inside public places will no longer be mandatory, although it will be strongly recommended during gatherings. The latter will no longer be a limit and physical distancing will be a thing of the past, the province’s public health reported on Wednesday.
Healthcare facilities will continue to set their own mask and visit policies. Businesses and other organizations will also be free to set their own policies regarding face coverings.
By September 20, masks will be mandatory and highly recommended in schools to allow students, staff and teachers to go into Phase 5 of the deconfinement.
Only restrictions relating to the management of COVID-19 cases will remain in force.
While border measures will remain in place, regular asymptomatic testing will be available for inbound travelers who need it, or for those who have had close contact with confirmed cases.
Currently, only one person in Nova Scotia is hospitalized for treatment for COVID-19, while 71.7% of the population is fully vaccinated.