Coronavirus | Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia loosens COVID-19 restrictions regarding retail capacity and tightens the border with New Brunswick

January 8, 2021

Good news for Nova Scotia retailers: Beginning January 11, 2021: A loosening of COVID-19 restrictions will enable retail businesses and malls to operate at 50 per cent of the building occupancy code.

Nova Scotia tightens border with New Brunswick: As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia has taken steps to lessen exposure for its residents.  Beginning January 9, 2021, New Brunswickers must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form before arriving in Nova Scotia.  Upon arrival,  they must self isolate for 14 days.  Nova Scotians returning from New Brunswick must also self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. 

There are exceptions for work related activities and thus, the movement of retail goods will not be affected.  People who regularly travel across the border 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. Further details can be found in the Nova Scotia government press release

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Jim Cormier, Director (Atlantic) at or 902-422-4144.

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