The Nova Scotia Choral Federation (NSCF) has simplified the guidelines for choral singing in Nova Scotia but please note these are subject to change ands we will continue to monitor public health announcements

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Restrictions and Guidance for Choral Activity
COVID Protocols (Updated January 27th, 2022)

In light of recent COVID-19 outbreaks and the threat of the new Omicron variant, physical distance and gathering limits are returning to help protect Nova Scotians and the health system. At this time, these restrictions will likely be in place until February 14th, 2022. 

Gathering limits for Performing Arts:

  •  Participants and officials in organized performing arts (amateur and professional) can have up to 10 people indoors and up to 25 people outdoors (excluding staff) without social distancing for rehearsals and virtual performances.
  • Masks are recommended when you can’t maintain a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others. Singing or playing a wind instrument is permitted without masks if you can maintain a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others.
  • Competitions, in-person performances and spectators are not permitted. Virtual events are permitted with a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors and need to follow their COVID-19 Prevention Plan.

There is no change in the requirement for proof of full vaccination for discretionary activities. It is still required for attendees and volunteers, even in places where gathering limits and physical distance will apply.

Additional Resources:

Nova Scotia Coronavirus website:

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit:

Government of Canada: or 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)


Government of Nova Scotia: COVID-19 Guidance for Vocalists and Instrumentalists & Other Resources

Choral Canada

Coalition for Music Education in Canada COVID Resources

National Association for Teachers of Singing: Copyright Guidance for Singing in a Virtual World

The Singing Network


Choirs Unite

Canadian Choral Advocacy Network


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 Government’s response to COVID-19 (HEALTH)

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.


Broadway Relief Project – Singers Masks

Singers Mask Tutorial and Pattern

Singers Mask – Diane Coatsworth Design 

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