If cases and hospitalizations continue to drop and vaccination counts continue to rise, we could see Nova Scotia moving into Phase Three of re-opening as early as Wednesday, June 30th.
Under Phase Three, in some situations, Nova Scotians can gather in larger groups. Bars and pubs will also be permitted to serve food and alcohol until midnight. Retail stores will be permitted to operate at 75% of the stores capacity.
Indoor visits can resume at long term care facilities and you won’t need to social distance when visiting a relative outside. Residents will also be permitted to visit parks and other outdoor spaces.
We will also likely see the resumption of some ticketed festivals and outdoor events because gatherings of 150 people will be permitted outside with social distancing. The same goes for outdoor weddings hosted by a recognized business or organization.
If the festival, special event or wedding is happening indoors, you can have 50% of the venues capacity up to 100 people with social distancing.
Informal wedding ceremonies and funerals, including receptions and visitation can have up to 10 people plus the person conducting the ceremony indoors and up to 25 people plus the person conducting the ceremony outdoors without social distancing.
When it comes to sporting events and the performing arts, you must abide by a gathering limit of 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors without social distancing for rehearsals, performances, practices, games and league play. Spectators are permitted for sports and performing arts hosted by a business or organization that have an Event Plan. Spectators are included in event gathering limits. Tournaments are still not permitted.
Gyms and sports and recreation facilities will be permitted to operate at 75% capacity. Businesses and organizations offering a variety of indoor rec and leisure activities like climbing, dance, escape rooms, indoor arcades, indoor play spaces and music lessons can operate at 50% capacity.