Post-secondary student strategy and enchanted border requirements

The provincial government announced on August 20, post-secondary students coming to Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic bubble will require three separate tests during their 14 days of self-isolation. Students that are isolating will not attend in-person classes until their testing and self-isolation is complete. This applies to all university and NSCC students. These schools are contacting their students directly with information about requirements and the process for getting tested. Any questions that students have should be directed to their institution.

Nova Scotia also announced they will be enhancing the border form for everyone arriving in Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic bubble. The new Nova Scotia Safe Check-in allows better data collection and tracking. A digital check-in will soon replace follow up phone calls to ensure people are self-isolating.

As of August 20, there are six active cases of COVID-19 in the province. A new case of COVID-19 was identified on Wednesday, August 19. The new case is in the Central Zone and is currently under investigation by Public Health.

If you have any one of the following symptoms, visit to determine if you should call 811 for further assessment:

  • fever (i.e. chills, sweats)
  • cough or worsening of a previous cough
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • shortness of breath
  • muscle aches
  • sneezing
  • nasal congestion/runny nose
  • hoarse voice
  • diarrhea
  • unusual fatigue
  • loss of sense of smell or taste
  • red, purple or blueish lesions on the feet, toes or fingers without a clear cause

Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives - practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required, and wearing a non-medical mask is strongly recommended when physical distancing is difficult.

As of July 3, interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, without the requirement to self-isolate for permanent Atlantic Canadian residents, is permitted.

As of July 31, wearing a mask in most indoor public places is mandatory.