Further COVID-19 Restrictions Announced

Further Provincial Restrictions Announced

Today, Premiere Tim Houston and Dr. Strang announced further provincial restrictions due to the Omnicrom variantand are effective 6 a.m. on Wednesday, December 22 until at least January 12, 2022

The list of restrictions includes, but is not limited to:

Gathering limits

  • physical distance and mask requirements remain in place
  • indoor and outdoor informal gatherings are limited to 10 people from the same household or consistent social group
  • there are to be no in-person events such as festivals, special events (including receptions), sports games or tournaments, or arts and culture performances
  • a limit of 10 participants indoors and 25 outdoors applies to sports practices and training; physical distance is not required, and masks are recommended when possible indoors and outdoors; spectators are not allowed
  • a limit of 10 participants indoors and 25 outdoors applies to professional and amateur arts and culture rehearsals and virtual performances
  • gathering limits of 25 per cent of capacity to a maximum of 50 people indoors and outdoors apply to social gatherings, such as faith services, wedding ceremonies, funeral ceremonies


  • places like retail businesses, malls, museums, libraries and recreation and leisure businesses and organizations can operate at 50 per cent capacity with physical distance; some examples under recreation and leisure include dance and music lessons, climbing facilities, escape rooms, indoor play places, arcades, golf, shooting ranges and dog training
  • fitness and recreation facilities can operate at 50 per cent capacity with physical distance; personal training is allowed with as much physical distance as possible
  • personal services like hair salons can operate at the maximum capacity possible with physical distancing but cannot offer services that require removing masks
  • food establishments and liquor-licensed establishments can operate at 50 per cent capacity, they must have physical distance between tables; barriers may only be used to achieve 50 per cent capacity but not exceed it; there is a limit of 10 people per table; they must stop dine-in service at 11 p.m. and close by midnight; takeout, drive-thru and delivery can operate later; only one performer is allowed

There is no change in the requirement for proof of full vaccination for discretionary activities. It is still required for attendees and volunteers, even in places where gathering limits and physical distance will apply.

For the full list of restrictions and for more details please visit: Further Provincewide Restrictions to Slow Omicron Variant – Government of Nova Scotia, Canada

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