Nova Scotia Health Visitor Restrictions

(January 21, 2021)

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Visitor restrictions are in place at Nova Scotia Health facilities to control and contain the spread of COVID-19, keep the virus out of hospitals and keep patients, health care workers and all Nova Scotians safe.

Effective January 21, 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.
Please note that the restrictions placed on visitors from outside of NS, PEI and NFLD, including New Brunswick, remain in place.


Important information for family caregivers, primary support people

Visitor restrictions are in place at all Nova Scotia Health hospitals to protect our vulnerable patients and staff and limit the spread of COVID-19. We understand how difficult these restrictions are for patients and families and how important it is to have loved ones present while a patient is in the hospital. While no general visitation is permitted, there are some exceptions for family members, primary support persons and caregivers to support patients in certain situations.
The following measures will help ensure patient, staff and visitor safety. All primary support person/family caregivers must:
  • 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
Please do not use patient washrooms or share devices, books, or food.
Procedures will vary by site and inpatient unit based on ability to manage and monitor the public health guidelines that are in place to protect the health and safety of patients, staff and visitors.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Designated caregivers can watch this instructional video to learn what to expect when visiting long-term care facilities.
If you have questions or concerns please speak with the care team or contact Patient Relations at 1-844-884-4177 or review Visiting patients in hospital: Frequently Asked Questions.