2020 & 2021 have been challenging years for organizers of public events within our region. Many traditional programs and events were unable to proceed in light of COVID-19. The Special Events Task Force continues to work with event organizers to help identify programs and activities that meet the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness guidelines and restrictions for mass gatherings.
The final decision to proceed with an event lies with the event organizer, who will have the care and control of the final program while ensuring the requirements outlined by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness are met.
If you have further questions you can also email the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated Process for permission to host events on Municipal property
It remains the intention that any organization that hosts an event on municipal property as permitted under the existing Public Health Order is responsible for maintaining oversight of the gathering and for ensuring that all persons in attendance comply with the Order.
However there are more provincial supports and processes now in place than at the beginning of COVID-19 that are sufficient to ensure event organizers take full responsibility for the event they organize. These include:
• Guidelines for venues and facilities
• COVID-19 Prevention Guide for event organizers, theatres and performance venues
• COVID-19 Guidance for Musicians
• COVID-19 Guidelines for events held outdoors (currently in development)
• Webinars on how to host a COVID-19 compliant event
To that end, effective immediately the following HRM process change will be implemented:
• Organizations that submit an application through the Special Events Task Force (SETF) process will no longer be required to sign the COVID-19 Waiver. Instead organizations will be required to submit an updated SETF application and a COVID-19 Compliant event plan. This application process is for groups wishing to host events maintaining the current gathering limit numbers and those proposing to use a cohort model.
• The updated SETF application will now include an acknowledgement that the organizer will follow public health protocols under the public heath order and that the event plan may be reviewed by representatives of the Province of Nova Scotia, including Department of Labour and Advanced Education and Communities, Culture & Heritage.
• There are events that will continue to be required to sign the current COVID-19 waiver through the facility bookings process, and these include private weddings, private picnics / functions or non-public sport activities.