Easing of Restrictions and a Return to Events
Published: February / 05 / 2021

Public health restrictions have eased in Nova Scotia and venues and performing arts venues across Nova Scotia can now host live events again.

“With our case numbers coming down, we are now prepared to allow most events and gatherings to resume, with all the other public health measures still in place,” said Premier McNeil. “I thank Nova Scotians for their patience during the past few months of restrictions and ask you to please continue to be diligent and keep each other safe.”

This means recognized businesses and organizations can resume hosting events with 150 people outdoors or 50 per cent of a venue’s capacity to a maximum of 100 indoors. These events must stop any food or alcohol service by 10 p.m. and end by 11:00 p.m.

Large facilities that already have approved plans can resume hosting events with multiple groups of 100 that are kept separate with their own entrances and exits and their own washrooms. You must ensure you are following these guidelines.

Centre 200 in Sydney and Scotiabank in Halifax can have multiple groups of 150.

“As we start to be more social again with events, it’s important for Nova Scotians to continue all the layers of protection – clean hands, masks, physical distance, staying home when you’re sick, and getting tested,” said Dr. Strang. “In addition, everyone should make asymptomatic testing part of their regular routine to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially people with a lot of contacts.”

The general gathering limit remains 10. This applies to household and informal gatherings and events that are not hosted by a recognized business or organization.

If you have any questions or need assistance understanding these changes, please feel free to reach out to any member of the Events Nova Scotia team.

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