COVID-19 Updates

Student Life


If you are entering Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic bubble, you are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days and must get tested for COVID-19 three times while you are self-isolating. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the protocols below, as well as supports available to you for groceries, orientation, and more.

What does self-isolation mean?

Self-isolation means you go straight to the place in Nova Scotia where you plan to complete your self-isolation period and you stay there for 14 days. You cannot have visitors. You must have food and essentials delivered. If you’re in a house, you can go outside, but you cannot leave the property. If you’re in an apartment, you cannot leave the apartment, but you can go on a private balcony if there is one.

If you share accommodations with other people, you must self-isolate from them by following the Nova Scotia’s How to Self-Isolate directives, such as using a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible, keeping shared spaces clean and well-ventilated, increased cleaning of high touch surfaces (light switches, door handles, etc.), and physical distancing.

Self-Isolation Requirements

  1. Self-Isolation Daily Check-in: You are required to complete a daily check through the Nova Scotia Check-in. You will receive a daily email with questions you must answer. If you don’t check in daily, police will visit the address you provided for self-isolation in Nova Scotia to confirm and Acadia will be notified to help you comply with the check in.  In accordance with the Nova Scotia government, you could be fined $1,000 for a first offence. If you’re found guilty of a second or subsequent offence, you could be fined up to $10,000 and imprisonment for up to 1 year.

  2. COVID-19 Testing: Students travelling into Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada to attend Acadia must get tested for COVID-19, 3 times while they’re self-isolating (including students already in Nova Scotia who are self-isolating). Nova Scotia Health emails you the testing appointment dates and testing location. After testing, Nova Scotia Health sends you the test results. Even if test results are negative, you must continue to self-isolate. Testing locations will be on campus or very close by.

  3. What happens if I develop COVID-19 symptoms or test positive?
    Public Health will take the same approach with Acadia as they do with other cases in the province. They will direct the person to self-isolate. They will follow up and test close contacts of the person who is sick. Depending on the circumstances of the case, they will direct and work with Acadia on any additional steps that must be taken, including communicating about the case to the community.

Preparing for your arrival back to Nova Scotia

      1. Complete Acadia’s Fall 2020 Arrival Survey
      2. Complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in prior to arrival
      3. Review Nova Scotia’s Post-Secondary COVID-19 page and factsheet
      4. Moving into Residence? Review Move in Details on the Residence Life page
      5. Living off-Campus? Review our Campus & Community Life information