March 4, 2021

On March 4, 2021, the Province announced that they would be removing essential travel only in and out of HRM to allow sport competitions and arts performances. Effective tomorrow (Friday, March 5) at 8:00am, participants and officials in performing arts and sports (recreational, amateur and professional) can gather in groups of up to 60 people without social distancing for rehearsals, performances, practices and competitions within their regular competitive schedule. 

The number 60 must include everyone on the field of play. This involves the players, coaches, trainers, officials ext.-everyone who would normally be needed if it were a regular practice, game, or competition. The 60-person maximum does not include facility or venue staff required to operate the game or performance safely.   

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will reopen public school gyms for after-school use on Saturday, March 6.  

If you have any sport-specific questions, please contact your provincial sport organization, and check with your facility to find out about guidelines specific to that venue. For the most up-to-date information about gathering limits, please visit to the Government of Nova Scotia website.

See previous update below for outlines regarding spectators

February 5, 2021

A maximum of 150 people will be permitted outdoors, and a maximum of 100 will be permitted indoors. Spectator allowances are subject to facility regulations and venues cannot exceed 50 percent capacity. This number is in addition to athletes/coaches/officials, etc., who can gather in groups of 60 as part of the field of play limit. Please check with your facility to find out about guidelines specific to that venue. These regulations will be in effect from 12:00am on Monday, February 8 until 11:59pm on Sunday, March 7. 

Quick Notes

  • Participants will be able to train and compete within their regular competitive schedule, however, events and competitions that bring together teams (and, or) individual participants that would not regularly compete against each other (such as provincial championships) will not be permitted. 
  • These regulations exclude schools. 
  • Centre 200 in Sydney and Scotiabank Centre in Halifax can host events with multiple groups of 150 when they are kept separate using their own entrances, exits, and washrooms.  

COVID-19 Sport FAQ  Basketball administrators & coaches are still required to use the documents below or their own legal documents before they can resume play:

For editable word documents of the above samples, please email BNS Executive Director, Katherine Brien: bnsexecutivedirector@sportnovascotia.ca.

HRCE Update – March 4, 2021

The Halifax Regional Municipality continues to monitor and respond to the rapidly evolving impacts of COVID-19. The following is an update on municipal services. 

As directed by the province, new public health guidelines will take effect in the Halifax Regional Municipality as of Friday, March 5 at 8 a.m.

Although provincial restrictions will allow for up to 100 spectators, not every venue can safely accommodate those numbers at this time. Staffing, configuration and size of the venue must be considered on a case-by-case basis. Safety remains our top priority. 

Rental groups will continue to be responsible for COVID-19 screening and tracking of all spectators. No food or drink is permitted, and masks must be worn at all times.

For more information and to review full regulations, visit the website.

For spectator capacities in other facilities, please call your local facility.

Facility bookings & rentals

Rentals at municipally-owned and operated recreation facilities, community centres, and arenas will continue as scheduled. As directed by the province, groups of up to 60 are now permitted for practice, training and games. 

Residents are reminded that all activities must follow current public health restrictions.

Please contact your local facility for more information.

HRCE school bookings

The municipality coordinates facility bookings for all Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE) schools for community and extracurricular school use. Community bookings will resume as of Saturday, March 6. 

Recreation programming, partner facilities, gyms & pools
Fitness facilities will continue to operate at 75 per cent capacity while maintaining three metres between people during high-intensity activities.

Please contact your local recreation centre for more information.

Residents are reminded they may continue to use REC at Home which offers a variety of activities that you can enjoy with your family – from arts and crafts, to at-home workouts.

For more information on municipal services during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit Halifax.ca/coronavirus.

Additional Links:
Province of Nova Scotia COVID-19 Press Release: March 4, 2021
Province of Nova Scotia COVID-19 Press Release: February 26, 2021
Province of Nova Scotia COVID-19 Gathering Limits
Province of Nova Scotia COVID-19 Return to Sport Guidelines

Past Updates