State of emergency: coronavirus (COVID-19)

A state of emergency is in effect to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

The Government of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency on 22 March 2020 to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The state of emergency lasts until 14 November 2021 and can be renewed.

The state of emergency gives government the powers and flexibility it needs to help protect people and enforce self-isolation and social distancing measures.

State of emergency measures

You should not leave the province and only leave home for essential items and services. During the state of emergency, you need to follow the instruction and safety measures given by authorities.


Keeping our community safe is a shared responsibility. State of emergency measures are precautionary, preventative steps, made in the best interests of our community. The Health Protection Act authorizes police to enforce state of emergency orders.