The Nova Scotia Choral Federation (NSCF) has developed guidelines for choral singing in Nova Scotia; these guidelines have been approved by the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and Health Nova Scotia. In addition, we have compiled other resources that may assist choral organizations as they plan for their upcoming 2020/2021 seasons.
In an effort to deliver any pertinent information we can regarding COVID-19 and it’s the effect on the choral community, we are sharing links from national choral organizations, the federal government and provincial government that will be helpful to the dance community.
We will continue to update this webpage as our members work collectively to participate in our provincial response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is vital to closely monitor official government announcements and make informed decisions for your organization’s response.
UPDATE OCTOBER 1, 2021
- Proof of vaccination will be required for dining in at food establishments, including fast food restaurants and coffee shops, but not for take-out, delivery, drive-through or food courts.
- Proof of vaccination is not required for general access to public libraries (to do things such as borrow books and use computers). However, people will need to show proof of vaccination to participate in public library programs.
- Legislatively required meetings where people have a democratic right to participate, such as municipal council meetings where citizens can present, do not require proof of vaccination.
- Proof of full vaccination is not required for full-time or part-time staff of businesses and organizations that host events and activities that are subject to the protocol. It is required for volunteers who host, lead, or organize these events and activities. A list of the events and activities is in section 3.1 of the protocol.
- Businesses and organizations are not able to keep records of people’s proof of vaccination without their consent because it is private health information. However, they can get consent from people to keep this information. A template consent form is available in the guide for businesses and organizations that will need to check for proof of full vaccination. More information is in section 2.4 of the protocol.
To help support your organization and staff in implementing the proof of full vaccination protocol, the following resources are available:
- Proof of full vaccination required signage
- Consent form for recording vaccination status (see Appendix B)
- How to access Nova Scotia COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination
- Guide for participants at events and activities requiring proof of full vaccination
- Guide for businesses and organizations to check proof of full vaccination
- Nova Scotia coronavirus website
- Nova Scotia Health Protection Act Order (will reflect phase 5 updates on October 4)
- Skills Online NS offers free online training courses that may help your business/organization manage challenging situations.
PHASE 5 UPDATE
Phase 5 will start on October 4 with a cautious approach. Most restrictions will be lifted while some will remain in place.
- There will no longer be a requirement for physical distance.
- There will no longer be gathering limits for events hosted by a business or organization (like arts and culture events, festivals, special events, sports, performing arts, weddings, funerals and faith gatherings).
- The informal gathering limits of 25 people indoors and 50 outdoors will remain in place.
- Masks will still be required in indoor public places.
- As noted above, the proof of full vaccination requirement will start October 4.
- Current border restrictions will remain in place and be expanded to include people coming from PEI and Newfoundland and Labrador. That means self-isolation will still be required after travel for people who aren’t fully vaccinated (at least 7 days plus 2 negative tests). International travelers will continue to follow federal requirements.
ADVOCACY FOR SAFE SINGING
COVID-19 INFORMATION, INITIATIVES AND RELIEF PROGRAMS (FEDERAL & PROVINCIAL)
Here is a complete list of COVID-19 initiatives from the Province of Nova Scotia.
Click here for more information on the Province of Nova Scotia response to COVID-19
Here is a complete list of COVID-19 initiatives from the Government of Canada.
Click here for more information on the Federal Governments ECONOMIC Response Plan to COVID 19
Here is the link to an overview of the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations released May 8th.
If you have any questions about the above resources, please contact the Nova Scotia Choral Federation Staff:
Executive Director: Tim Callahan-Cross
Program Coordinator: Ryan Henwood