With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Nova Scotia, Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and Premier Stephen McNeil have announced stricter rules for travelers entering Nova Scotia for non-essential reasons. This also includes new rules for people living with persons who are isolating.
Starting today, if a person travelling for non-essential reasons comes to Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada, everyone in the home where they are self-isolating will have to self-isolate as well.
Nobody in that home can leave the property for 14 days and they cannot have visitors.
“As we see the surge in COVID-19 cases in other parts of Canada, we need to take further steps to slow the spread here,” said Premier Stephen McNeil.
“I am worried people are becoming complacent. We all have our part to play in keeping each other safe and I remind everyone again to follow public health protocols – wash your hands, wear a mask, practice social distancing and limit social contacts.”
Dr. Strang said Nova Scotians should be sticking close to home and avoid travel outside of Atlantic Canada.
“Nova Scotians should be sticking close to home, sticking to their close social groups, and sticking with all the public health measures to keep each other safe,” said Dr. Robert Strang.
“That includes masks, physical distancing, good hand hygiene/cough etiquette, small social circles, staying home when you’re sick, self-isolation when required and avoiding non-essential travel.”
There is no change for:
- rotational workers who continue to have modified self-isolation, which includes contact with people in their households until further notice
- specialized workers who must self-isolate when they are not performing their critical, urgent work
- people who have exceptions to attend a funeral or be with an immediate family member who is nearing end of life but must self-isolate when not doing these activities
- people who are exempt from self-isolation under the public health order, such as military, police, first responders, truckers, flight crews, and others