Nova Scotia has announced it will lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions on the community on Wednesday.
dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, made the announcement in a press release Monday.
“Now is the time. While we expect smaller waves of COVID-19 variants in the summer, our high vaccine coverage and low risk of serious illness from Omicron variants make it manageable as we learn to live with COVID-19,” Strang said in the release.
“The pandemic is not over yet. But Nova Scotians have the tools and resources to make the right decisions to keep each other safe.”
The release said that from Wednesday, isolation will be “strongly recommended,” but not mandatory, for people who test positive for COVID-19. Isolation is still recommended for people who show symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever until they feel better.
People who are sick are still asked to avoid high-risk spaces and people who are more at risk.
Masks are also becoming optional, but remain recommended in crowded indoor areas, including public transportation, and for people who are sick, especially those who cannot isolate.
Most restrictions in high-risk settings remain.
Long-term care homes, correctional facilities, shelters and transition homes maintain a seven-day isolation period for residents who test positive for COVID-19.
However, designated caregivers and visitors no longer need a vaccination certificate to visit.
They may also take off their masks when visiting private areas or outdoors. According to the province, this fits in with the current policy in hospitals.
The release said COVID-19 testing will still be available to people with symptoms.
People who are considered to be at higher risk and those who work or live in a high risk environment have access to PCR testing and it remains recommended.
However, people with low-risk symptoms only have access to rapid tests, which are still available for collection from public libraries and MLA offices.
The release said asymptomatic testing will no longer be available.