On Sunday, March 22, 2020, Premier Stephen McNeil declared a public state of emergency (SOE) for Nova Scotia. According to Canada’s Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, a state of emergency is a present event that requires quick action to protect the health, safety, and welfare of people and to limit damage to property or the environment. The SOE order is to ensure the health and safety of Nova Scotians. It has been extended until October 18, 2020 and may be renewed again.
A state of emergency is a situation in which a government is empowered to perform actions or impose policies that it would not normally undertake. During a state of emergency, police are authorized to enforce orders under the Health Protection Act related to self-isolation and social-distancing.
A public state of emergency is declared when a province is encountering an emergency that requires prompt action to prevent harm or damage to the safety, health or welfare of the province’s citizens.
On Sunday, March 22 Premier Stephen McNeil declared a public state of emergency for Nova Scotia to help contain the spread of COVID-19. During a state of emergency, police are authorized to enforce orders under the Health Protection Act related to self-isolation and social-distancing.
The following Province-wide decisions have been made as a result of the state of emergency:
All those entering the province will be checked at the border.