Nova Scotia is making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory starting October 4th for those who want to access select facilities and activities.
The province is also delaying full reopening or Phase 5 which was supposed to start Wednesday, Sept. 15. until then.
The province says people who are 12 and older will need to provide proof of full vaccination to participate in most events and activities that bring groups of people together.
The government is also encouraging businesses and organizations to set their own vaccination policies.
List of Places Where COVID-19 Vaccination Proof Required:
The Province says while the policy is not yet final, vaccine proof is required at the following places starting Oct 4th.
- Full-service restaurants where patrons sit at tables to be served, both indoors and on patios
- Liquor licensed establishments, casinos and other gaming establishments, both indoors and on patios
- Indoor and outdoor fitness and recreation facilities such as gyms, yoga studios, pools and arenas, as well as fitness classes
- Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities and businesses such as dance and music lessons, climbing facilities, escape rooms, pottery painting, indoor play places, arcades, shooting ranges, go-carts and outdoor adventure
- Indoor and outdoor festivals, special events, and arts and culture events and venues such as theatre performances, concerts and movie theatres, unless they are outdoor events held in public spaces with no specific entry point, such as Nocturne
- Participants and spectators for indoor and outdoor sports practices, games, competitions and tournaments
- Indoor and outdoor extracurricular school-based activities, including sports
- Bus, boat and walking tours
- Museums, public libraries and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
- Indoor and outdoor events and activities such as receptions, social events, conferences and training that are hosted by a recognized business or organization
- Indoor and outdoor wedding and funeral ceremonies, receptions and visitation that are hosted by a recognized business or organization
Places & Activities Exempt From Requiring Proof of Vaccination:
Proof of vaccination is not required for those who cannot get vaccinated because of a valid medical or behavioural reason and the province is in the process of developing further guidelines to reflect this.
Children who turned 12 between Jan. 1 and Oct. 4 of 2021 are allowed to attend events and activities until Dec. 31, even if they are not vaccinated. Those who turn 12 after Oct. 4 will have three months from their birthday to take the necessary doses against COVID-19.
Proof of vaccination will also not be required for most places that don’t facilitate formal gatherings, such as:
- Retail stores
- Financial institutions
- Food establishments that primarily offer fast food, takeout and delivery
- Professional services such as accountants and lawyers
- Personal services such as hair salons, barber shops, spas and body art
- Health-care services and health professions such as doctors’ offices, dental care, massage therapy and physiotherapy
- Rental accommodations such as hotel rooms, cottages and campgrounds
- Faith services
- School-based activities that take place during the school day, before and after school programs and school buses
- Business meetings and other activities where the general public is not present
- Places where government services are offered
- Food banks, shelters, Family Resource Centres and adult day programs for seniors or people with disabilities
- Informal gatherings at a private residence
Proof of vaccination is also not required under the provincewide policy for employees of businesses and organizations that offer these events and activities.