Nova Scotia Health Visitor Restrictions
(Last updated at 8:10 a.m., September 17, 2020)
Visitor restrictions at Nova Scotia Health facilities help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Effective September 17, the following exceptions to the visitor restrictions are in place:
Two support people for:
- all hospital inpatients
- palliative care patients approaching end of life
- patients receiving medical assistance in dying (MAiD)
- patients in labour and giving birth
- children in outpatient and emergency settings
* Additional family members may be permitted for those approaching end-of-life in discussion with the care team
One support person for:
- patients arriving for emergency, outpatient and ambulatory care clinics, appointments or procedures
Please note: Some areas may not be able to accommodate additional support people due to the need to maintain physical distancing requirements. In these cases, care teams will work with families to discuss options.
If you have questions about these exceptions please talk to your care team.
If you feel unwell or have felt unwell in the past 48 hours (fever/chills/sweats, new or worsening cough or a combination of sore throat, runny nose, headache or shortness of breath), are supposed to be self-isolating due to travel, or are waiting for results of COVID-19 test results, please do not visit.
Important information for family caregivers, primary support people
- be feeling well at the date and time of the visit
- be screened upon entry - anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, on self-isolation or being tested for COVID-19 due to recent travel or potential exposure to the virus will not be permitted to enter
- wear a mask covering their nose and mouth at all times
- maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet) from staff and others, except your loved one
- wash their hands when entering and leaving the hospital and when entering and leaving the patient’s room
- go directly to and from the patient’s room, or visit location, and remain there for the duration of the visit