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People Coming From New Brunswick Must Now Isolate For 14 Days Upon Arrival In Nova Scotia

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang have announced that starting tomorrow, January 9 at 8:00am the following will be in effect:

People entering Nova Scotia from New Brunswick must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form before arriving and self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

Nova Scotians returning from New Brunswick must also self-isolate for 14 days, unless they are exempt from the order. For example, people who regularly cross the provincial border for work do not have to isolate and can get a pass from border officials to display in their vehicle.

Permanent residents of Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador do not have to isolate if they drive straight through New Brunswick to Nova Scotia with no or minimal stops.

This new requirement is not retroactive. People that have arrived from New Brunswick or had visitors from that province in the past 14 days should get tested immediately and consider a second test five to seven days later.

The public health order exempts some people from self-isolation if they do not have symptoms:

  • certain workers who must travel for their jobs, including people who routinely cross the land border for work
  • people who are dropping off or picking up a child within about 24 hours as part of a legal custody agreement
  • people traveling to and from essential health services, with one accompanying support person
  • people can participate in a legal proceeding but must otherwise self-isolate

Specialized workers doing critical urgent work that cannot be done by anyone in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland Labrador can enter Nova Scotia to do their work but must otherwise self-isolate.

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