Update on COVID-19: Further New Restrictions and Healthcare System Working to Increase Capacity

Further restrictions have come into place for Nova Scotia as of this evening. Additionally, the healthcare system is working to increase its capacity so that it can better respond to cases.

Effective immediately:
• Doctors and pharmacists will have new options for virtual care using telephone and secure teleconferencing.
• Pharmacists can renew prescriptions for most medications, and the government will cover the assessment fee.
• Employers cannot require a doctor’s note if an employee must be off work.
• The College of Physicians and Surgeons is waiving the fee for retired doctors to renew their licenses so that they can come back to work.
• Retired and other nurses are being brought into the system to assist with 811 staffing.
• All service providers funded through the Department of Community Services’ Disability Support Program – including social enterprises, day programs, and supported employment programs for adults with diverse abilities – will close to participants and the public.

Additional measures that will be effective at midnight on March 19th:
• Personal service and fitness establishments must shut down. This includes places such as hair salons, barbershops, spas, nail salons, body art establishments, and gyms.