The YMCA ensures that all its regulations meet public health recommendations and updates to maintain the safety of our members, staff, and volunteers.
Important COVID-19 Update as of Thursday, October 1st:
Gathering limit increased to 50 people without social distancing for participants in performing arts and sports. Participants in performing arts and sports can gather in groups of up to 50 people without maintaining a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) for practices, competitions, games, rehearsals and artistic performances. This includes players, participants, officials, coaches, instructors, performers, directors, cast, crew and anyone who is required to be on or near a field of play or within a performance space.

The limit increase also applies to recreational league sports (like adult hockey) and drop-in activities (like open swims and skates). Unorganized or casual games (like pick-up basketball or soccer in the park) must follow the gathering limit with social distancing for sports (spectators and participants) and unorganized physical activity that are not run by a recognized business or organization.

While masks are not required during physical activity, participants in performing arts and sports are encouraged to wear a mask and keep as much social distancing as possible.
Other gathering limits:
  • gathering limit without social distancing – you can form a close social group of up to 10 people without social distancing; you’re not required to be exclusive but are strongly encouraged to maintain a consistent group (people shouldn’t gather in random or spontaneous groups of 10)
  • indoor gathering limit with social distancing for social events, sports and physical activity, faith gatherings, weddings, funerals, arts and culture events, festivals and special events that are run by a recognized business or organization – 50% of the venue’s capacity up to 200 people maximum indoors
  • outdoor gathering limit with social distancing for social events, sports and physical activity, faith gatherings, weddings, funerals, arts and culture events, festivals and special events that are run by a recognized business or organization – 250 people maximum outdoors
  • gathering limit with social distancing for social events, faith gatherings, weddings, funerals, and arts and culture events that are not run by a recognized business or organization (like a family event in the backyard) – 50 people maximum indoors and outdoors
  • gathering limit with social distancing for sports and physical activity that are not run by a recognized business or organization – 50 people maximum indoors and outdoors (participants can have incidental close contact with each other if it’s infrequent, brief and can’t be avoided)
  • gathering limit for businesses and organizations that can’t maintain a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) because their physical space is too small – 10 customers or clients maximum without social distancing (keep as much social distancing as possible)
Important COVID-19 Update as of Tuesday, September 22nd:
Students travelling into Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada to attend university or NSCC are required to get tested for COVID-19 while they’re self-isolating if they arrive before 22 September 2020.
Important COVID-19 Update as of Friday, July 31st:
Masks will be mandatory in most indoor spaces. Children under two are exempt, as well as children two to four when their caregiver can’t get them to wear a mask. People with a valid medical reason for not wearing a mask are also exempt. Schools, day cares and day camps continue to follow their sector-specific plans.
This means you MUST wear a mask to go into buildings for example:
– malls and stores
– restaurants
– gas stations
– hair salons
– appointments inside buildings
– grocery stores
– and most other public places
For the full list of public place restrictions please check:
For further guidance on the proper use of masks and face covering please watch: 


For the latest public health information on COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Federal updates:

Provincial updates:

If you believe you may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, take the online self-assessment first before calling 811.

Federal self-assessment:

Provincial self-assessment:

Additional Resources:

Download Social Distancing Posters (five languages): 

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll free)

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)

Local Domestic Violence and Mental Health Supports


Canada Emergency Response Benefit:

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB): $2000 a month for workers who have lost their income because of COVID-19.

The CERB has now ended

The CRA is continuing to accept and process retroactive applications for period 7 (August 30 to September 26, 2020).

You can apply for period 7 through the CRA’s My Account or automated toll-free phone line at 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041. The CRA is aiming to issue payments for retroactive applications within our service standard of 3-5 business days for direct deposit and 10-12 business days for cheques, however, in some cases it will take longer for payments to be issued.

For more information:


Employment Insurance and support for workers

General overview of EI:

If you’ve been laid off and qualify for EI, apply online for regular benefits:…/ser…/benefits/ei/ei-regular-benefit.html

If you’re unable to work because of illness, including COVID-19, apply online for EI Sickness Benefits:

If you do not qualify for EI (e.g., if you are self-employed, not enough hours, etc.), we are in the process of implementing new supports called the Emergency Support Benefit and Emergency Care Benefit.

Information on these two new benefits:…/empl…/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html


Support for business

For information on the Government of Canada’s efforts to support Canadian businesses through COVID-19, including Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), please visit:…/…/resources-for-canadian-businesses.html

If you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies, please visit:…/maintaingrowi…/manufacturers-needed.html


Canadians abroad

If you are a Canadian stranded abroad, you need to be in touch with Global Affairs Canada:
+1 613 996 8885 (call collect where available)

For information on financial help for Canadians outside Canada, please visit:…/financial-as…/covid-19-financial-help


Ressources sur le COVID-19

Pour les plus récentes informations de santé publique sur le COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Mises-à-jour fédérales :


Mises-à-jour provinciales :

Si vous croyez que vous ressentez des symptômes du COVID-19, faites d’abord l’auto-évaluation en ligne avant d’appeler le 811.

Auto-évaluation fédérale :

Auto-évaluation provinciale :


*NOUVELLE Prestation canadienne d’urgence:

Prestation canadienne d’urgence (PCU): 2,000 $ par mois pour les travailleurs qui ont perdu leur revenu en raison du COVID-19.
Les demandes seraient disponibles la première semaine d’avril et les paiements commenceraient dans les 10 jours suivant.

La PCU est maintenant terminée

L’ARC continue d’accepter et de traiter les demandes rétroactives pour la période 7 (du 30 août au 26 septembre 2020).

Vous pouvez faire une demande pour la période 7 à l’aide de Mon dossier de l’ARC ou de la ligne téléphonique automatisée sans frais au 1-800-959-2041 ou au 1-800-959-2019L’ARC compte faire les paiements pour les demandes rétroactives selon sa norme de 3 à 5 jours ouvrables pour le dépôt direct et de 10 à 12 jours ouvrables pour les chèques, mais dans certains cas, il faudra plus de temps pour que les paiements soient émis

Pour plus de détails:


Assurance-emploi et soutien aux travailleurs

Aperçu général de l’AE :

Si vous avez été mis à pied et que vous êtes admissible à l’assurance-emploi, demandez en ligne des prestations régulières :

Si vous ne pouvez pas travailler en raison d’une maladie, y compris COVID-19, faites une demande en ligne pour les prestations de maladie de l’assurance-emploi :

Si vous n’êtes pas admissible à l’assurance-emploi (par exemple, si vous êtes travailleur autonome, pas assez d’heures, etc.), nous sommes en train de mettre en œuvre de nouveaux soutiens appelés prestations de soutien d’urgence et prestations de soins d’urgence.

Informations sur ces deux nouveaux avantages :


Soutien aux entreprises

Pour obtenir des renseignements sur les efforts du gouvernement du Canada pour soutenir les entreprises canadiennes durant le COVID-19, veuillez visiter :

Si vous êtes un fabricant ou une entreprise canadienne qui peut aider le Canada à répondre aux besoins en fournitures médicales, veuillez visiter :


Canadiens à l’étranger

Si vous êtes un Canadien coincé à l’étranger, vous devez communiquer avec les Affaires mondiales Canada :
+1 613 996 8885 (à frais virés si ce service est offert dans le pays où vous vous trouvez)

Si vous avez besoin d’une aide financière pour retourner au Canada, consultez la page