COVID-19 Restrictions: New Rules For Shopping in Nova Scotia Effective May 8

Nova Scotia has announced tougher rules to combat the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases in the province.

New Rules For Shopping & Essential Retailers in Nova Scotia Effective May 8th

Effective at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, Nova Scotians will have to designate one shopper per household and retail stores that offer in-person shopping will impose a limit of one shopper per household. Exceptions will be made for children and caregivers.

Retail stores that primarily offer products and services that are essential to the life, health or personal safety of people and animals can continue to provide limited in-person service only to a maximum of 25 per cent of the store capacity in order to limit the number of people inside the store.


Essential product categories are:

  • food
  • pharmaceutical products, medicine and medical devices
  • personal hygiene products
  • cleaning products
  • baby and child products
  • gas stations and garages
  • computer and cellphone service and repair
  • electronic and office supplies
  • hardware supplies and home appliances
  • pet and animal supplies
  • gardening supplies
  • workplace safety supplies
  • automobile purchases (by appointment only)
  • laundromats

These are in addition to the tougher controls for visitors to Nova Scotia and closure of the border to all non-essential travel.

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