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COVID-19 Information and links -                      updated March 4th, 2022

COVID-19/Health and Wellness - Public Health restrictions to ease over Three Phases

Starting Monday, March 7th, Province-wide COVID-19 restrictions will move to Phase 2. 

Details of all three-phase are found at:


 Currently, the province is in Phase 1 restrictions:

    Border Restrictions

    -- all border restrictions for domestic travelers entering Nova Scotia will be lifted; there will be no isolation requirements or Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form

    -- International travelers will continue to follow federal rules.

    Gathering Limits

    -- the informal gathering limit indoors and outdoors will be 25 people from the same household or close social group; physical distance and proof of full vaccination are not required; masks are not required except in indoor public places

    -- the formal gathering limit for gatherings and events hosted by a recognized business or organization will be 50 percent of capacity indoors and outdoors

    -- examples of formal gatherings include festivals, special events, social gatherings, regular faith services, wedding ceremonies, funeral ceremonies and associated visitation, receptions, meetings, training, and spectators at sports events, performances and movie theatres.

    Sports, Arts and Culture

    -- professional and amateur sports participants (like players, coaches and referees) and arts and culture participants (like actors, performers and directors) are limited to 60 indoors and outdoors

    -- they can have practices, training, regular league games, rehearsals and performances; tournaments are not allowed 

    --  Dance competitions will be permitted under specific guidelines (contact Dance NS for information)

    -- physical distance is not required; masks are recommended when possible indoors and outdoors

    -- spectators are allowed following the formal gathering limit.

    Fitness, Recreation and Leisure

    -- fitness, recreation and leisure businesses and organizations can operate at 75 percent capacity

    -- these limits apply to fitness facilities like gyms, yoga studios, pools and arenas; to recreation and leisure activities like dance and music lessons, indoor play places, arcades, shooting ranges, dog training; and to museums and libraries

    -- personal training is allowed with as much physical distance as possible

    -- day camps and before and after school programs can operate with groups of up to 30 campers, staff and volunteers.


    -- retail businesses and malls can operate at the maximum capacity possible with physical distance and masks

    -- personal services like hair salons can resume offering services that require removing masks; they can already operate at the maximum capacity possible with physical distance

    -- food establishments and liquor-licensed establishments can operate at 75 percent capacity; they must have physical distance between tables and there is a limit of 25 people per table; they must stop dine-in service by midnight and close by 1 a.m.; takeout, drive-thru and delivery can operate later; performers follow the limits for arts and culture participants.


    -- enhanced public measures, such as classroom cohorts and not allowing non-essential visitors, will remain in effect in all schools

    -- singing and use of wind instruments can resume

    -- schools will follow the community guidelines on sports, arts and culture, but spectators will only be permitted after school hours.


 Additional Resources:

COVID-19 vaccination appointments:

COVID-19 testing appointments:

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit:

Government of Canada:

Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Anyone with a non-crisis mental health or addiction concern can call Community Mental Health and Addictions at 1-855-922-1122 (toll-free) weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)


To all members of our dance community:

Dance Nova Scotia continues to work tirelessly in an effort to deliver pertinent information regarding COVID-19 and its effect on the dance community. We have continued to seek out and share links from national and provincial dance and service organizations, the federal and provincial governments that will be helpful to the dance community. It continues to be a testament to the cultural sector that we have worked together during this period to help and support each other. Dance Nova Scotia is proud to be part of the cultural fabric of our province and to advocate for the health of our dance community, emotionally and as a collective.

Dance Nova Scotia will continue to populate this COVID-19 INFORMATION LINKS AND UPDATES webpage as our members and dance schools work collectively to participate in our provincial response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Remember, it is still vital to closely monitor official government announcements and make informed decisions for your organization's response.

We would encourage everyone in our sector to read through the "Building Back Better" document (see link in the section below in  For the Professional Community section. We have a lot of rebuilding to do and the entire cultural sector will need to come together to ensure that the government will be supporting our recovery and rebuilding as change comes.


PROOF OF VACCINATION POLICY (Issued October 4th, 2021) 

People who are 12 and older will need to provide proof of full vaccination to participate in most events and activities that bring groups of people together. While the policy is not yet final, it will apply to the following:

  • indoor and outdoor festivals, special events, and arts and culture events and venues such as theatre performances, concerts and movie theatres, unless they are outdoor events held in public spaces with no specific entry point, such as Nocturne
  • participants and spectators for indoor and outdoor sports practices, games, competitions and tournaments
  • indoor and outdoor extracurricular school-based activities, including sports
  • museums, public libraries and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
  • bus, boat and walking tours
  • indoor and outdoor events and activities such as receptions, social events, conferences and training that are hosted by a recognized business or organization
  • full-service restaurants where patrons sit at tables to be served, both indoors and on patios
  • liquor-licensed establishments, casinos and other gaming establishments, both indoors and on patios
  • indoor and outdoor fitness and recreation facilities such as gyms, yoga studios, pools and arenas, as well as fitness classes
  • indoor and outdoor leisure facilities and businesses such as dance and music lessons, climbing facilities, escape rooms, pottery painting, indoor play places, arcades, shooting ranges, go-carts and outdoor adventure

Proof of vaccination will not be required under the provincewide policy for employees of businesses and organizations that offer these events and activities.

Proof of vaccination will not be required for most places that do not facilitate formal gatherings, such as:

  • retail stores
  • financial institutions
  • food establishments that primarily offer fast food, takeout and delivery
  • professional services such as accountants and lawyers
  • personal services such as hair salons, barbershops, spas and body art
  • health-care services and health professions such as doctors’ offices, dental care, massage therapy and physiotherapy
  • rental accommodations such as hotel rooms, cottages and campgrounds
  • faith services
  • school-based activities that take place during the school day, before and after school programs and school buses
  • business meetings and other activities where the general public is not present
  • places where government services are offered
  • food banks, shelters, Family Resource Centres and adult day programs for seniors or people with disabilities
  • informal gatherings at a private residence

This guide from the GNS will be helpful in BUILDING YOUR POV CONSENT FORM Proof of Vaccinations Guide for Organizations and Businesses (Government of Nova Scotia).

Information sessions on vaccination and policy. CLICK HERE for a PowerPoint presentation from those sessions that you should find helpful. 

To access the latest information visit  This page will be updated regularly.


Here are some past information sheets that might be useful in looking at the progress of this summer's reopening plan:

A cultural Q&A -May 20th, 2021

FAQ sheet for Cultural sector - May 28th, 2021 


Additional Resources:

Guidance for events:

For the latest COVID information for the Province of Nova Scotia:



If you are teaching online, you need to be sure you are covering your responsibility to pay SOCAN tariffs. It will depend on what platform you are using. The SOCAN Tariff 19 license that individual teachers can purchase as members of Dance NS, will cover your SOCAN fees IF your classes are controlled access (they are not open to everyone). 

We will be updating information on SOCAN and online teaching shortly as there are currently developments we are working on with other dance organizations across the country. 



Resource Links to cultural sector-specific information and websites

Ongoing information on Canadian Recovery benefit (CRB)

The Government of Canada is taking strong, immediate and effective action to protect Canadians and the economy from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Here is a recent article from Le Devior's Ottawa branch.  The article titled "Artists too Frank for CRB", highlights a current problem several artists are having with the CRB program and following instructions to register for the EI program.  This is worth a read!! 

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). For information on CRB click here         


       Strategic Arts Management (SAM) has a comprehensive listing of resources for artistsSAM COVID-19 Resources for artists 

 The Canadian Dance Assembly website is an incredible source of information relevant to the dance community CDA COVID-19 Resource page.  


Studies and research: 

BUILDING BACK BETTER: A vision for Cultural Sector recovery in Nova Scotia (July 2021) 

Over the course of two months, the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council and Arts Nova Scotia undertook a series of consultation sessions with stakeholders representing a broad cross-section of the culture sector throughout the province in order to gather feedback on upcoming recovery efforts. These conversations focused on the challenges they faced over the course of the pandemic and asked what changes they consider central to revitalizing the economic and creative heart of the culture sector. Close to 200 stakeholders participated in these sessions – both virtually and through an email survey. Based on our conversations and the analysis of the data we collected throughout, six major themes emerged. Read the report below and be aware as the cultural sector comes together to ensure we will be supported by our government in the ongoing recovery process. Click here to read the full report - Building Back Better: a vision for Cultural Sector recovery in Nova Scotia


The National Arts and Culture Impact Survey (NACIS) was co-commissioned by a group of 30 national and provincial arts service organizations representing a range of artistic disciplines. The survey was designed to capture a snapshot in time of arts organizations, artists, and arts workers across Canada.


Hill Strategies Research has released its report on Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts. The issue highlights the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the arts and culture, based on four Canadian and American surveys.


Building a RECOVERY PLAN for your dance school/studio

In late May of 2020, dance schools were asked to build a recovery/reopening plan that would meet health department restrictions/guidelines for reopening to activity. Dance Nova Scotia amassed several plans from large organizations (national, from across the border and regional) to help build a recovery plan for a school or performance venue. If you would like to look back at those plans, here are some well laid out plans and documents that many dance schools and studios used as references when building a reopening plan

DANCE USA Return to Dance during COVID 19 (5/2020)

Saskatchewan Dance and CDTA reopening plan (6/01/2020)

Ontario Dance and Performing Arts Schools: Workplace guidelines for COVID 19 (5/20/2020)

The Event Safety Alliance - Reopening Guide (5/11/2020)

Professional Arts Centre Consortium - Guide to reopening theatrical venues (5/15/2020)

COVID 19 CCH Prevention Guide for event organizers, theatres and performance venues      

DANS Return to the Studio Checklist (6/04/2020) 

CCH Arts & Culture Reopening Guide (5/29/2020)


RECOVERY AND REOPENING information (June to September 2020) 

Dance Nova Scotia, as part of the provincial cultural sector, has been meeting with Communities, Culture and Heritage (CCH) regularly, to ensure the dance community is receiving updated information as recovery efforts move forward.  Clicking on the links below will give you relevant information on updates. There are also answers to many questions (FAQ) that have been submitted as these changes are made public. These are very good resources and reference material for anyone interested in the changes that have occurred over the last year. They appear according to the issue date:

COVID Prevention Plan Checklist (Nova Scotia) (6/04/2020)

Guide - Day Camp Guidelines for Reopening  (6/12/2020)

FAQ - Gathering Limit Changes and Update (6/18/2020) 

FAQ -  Gathering Limits Changes and Updates (7/09/2020)

Dr. Strang - Engagement Partner Letter (7/14/2020) 

FAQ -  Mandatory Mask Use (7/24/2020)

FAQ - Mandatory Mask Use Update (7/30/2020)

CCH- COVID 19 Prevention guidelines for Events, theatres and venues (10/01/2020)


COVID-19 information, initiatives, and relief programs (Federal & Provincial)

Here is a complete list of COVID-19 initiatives from the Province of Nova Scotia.

Click here for more information on the Province of Nova Scotia response to COVID-19

Here is a complete list of COVID-19 initiatives from the Government of Canada

Click here for more information on the Federal Government's response to COVID-19 (HEALTH)

Click here for  more information on the Federal Governments ECONOMIC Response Plan to COVID 19

Here is the link to an overview of the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations released May 8th.

 COVID-19 Emergency Support Program for Arts and Culture Organizations 


Dance Studio Owners and teachers!! 

On Friday, May 8, 2020,  the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) in the USA held a free webinar titled, “Ultimate Structured Improvisation: The Future of the Private Dance Studio”. You can listen to the recording of the session by CLICKING HERE and find the accompanying Powerpoint visuals HERE. While panelists are American dance studio owners and teachers, there is good information here no matter where you live or work—practical advice on current and future financial/operational aspects, as well as some interesting ideas for keeping your students engaged and collaborating with other studios. If you are a studio owner or dance teacher, there is something here for you.



Make sure you continue to monitor the progress of the disease through the links above. THE CANADIAN DANCE COMMUNITY is united to help deal with the fallout of this unparalleled moment in our history bu sharing information and resources and to advocate for the dance community. Please don't be afraid to contact anyone with questions or concerns. 


If you have questions or concerns or are looking for information or organizations who might be able to help with advice, you can contact Cliff Le Jeune, Executive Director or Dance NS at