COVID-19 Updates

Hello Everyone,

During this difficult time, it is important that we stand strong as a community (as we always do) and take care of ourselves and others. As such, the constituency office is closed until further notice.

I will be using this space to help keep you all up to date on information as it is available. I will also be sharing important links to the official sites.

If you think you need to be screened, please review this tool before calling 811.

The most important thing we can do is stay informed.

Stay safe!   Barbara

Provincial State of Emergency

All people who have traveled outside of Nova Scotia are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.

Nova Scotians should not leave the province and only leave home for essential items and services. Under the state of emergency:

  • Nova Scotia borders will tighten to travellers and all entry points (land, sea, air) will be closely managed. Anyone entering the province will be stopped, questioned, and told to self-isolate for 14 days. Exemptions for cross-border travel include healthy workers in trades and transportations sectors who move goods and people (e.g. truck drivers); healthy people going to work (e.g. health-care workers); and people travelling into the province for essential health services (e.g. chemotherapy treatment).
  • Provincial parks, beaches, and tourist attractions are closed. Provincial trails will remain open for exercise. Gathering limits and social distancing guidelines must be followed.
  • Police are authorized to enforce orders under the Health Protection Act. If Nova Scotians and businesses do not practice social distancing and self-isolation, they will face fines of $1,000 for individuals and $7,500 for businesses. Multiple fines can be given each day an individual or business fails to comply. Police can also enforce offences under the Emergency Management Act. For example, fines for charging higher than fair market prices for goods and services.
  • There are several groups who are essential and exempt from gathering limits. They include but are not limited to grocery stores, gas stations, and pharmacies. If possible, one person per family should be designated to do these tasks. Other groups include construction sites, health-care services, community services (e.g. child protection) and criminal justice services, and law enforcement.

Law enforcement enforce orders under the Emergency Management Act and Health Protection Act. If you are aware of someone not following provincial direction, have a conversation with them first – they may need help. If a call to police is needed, please call a non-emergency number for the police that serve your community. Do not call 911.

Closures, cancellations and service changes:

  • Driver licences and vehicle registrations
  • GED tests
  • Hunting education
  • Insurance exams
  • Nova Scotia Student Loans
  • Public schools
  • Water and Wastewater Operator Certification exams
  • Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal hearings
  • MSI (Medavie Blue Cross
  • Correctional facilities
  • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Archives
  • Nova Scotia Museum
  • All provincially operated museums in Nova Scotia are closed until further notice.
  • Shubenacadie Wildlife Park
  • Access Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Geomatics Centre
  • Registry of Motor Vehicles
  • Tourism Contact Centre
  • Visitor information centres
  • Year-round visitor information centres in Amherst and the Halifax Stanfield International Airport are closed until further notice.

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