March 13th, 2020

COVID-19: Update & Info

News Flourish

Screen Nova Scotia understands that COVID-19 is top of mind for our members, and your businesses are our top priority. As the organization responsible for supporting the film and television industry in Nova Scotia, and promoting Nova Scotia as a filming destination, we are carefully monitoring developments relating to the spread of COVID-19 and the potential impact it may have on the Nova Scotia screen industry.


Although the World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic, Canada’s federal government continues to assess the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as “low for the general population in Canada.”  There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:

  • aged 65 and over;

  • with compromised immune systems;

  • with underlying medical conditions.

As of March 13, 2020, 4:00 PM in Nova Scotia over 200 COVID-19 assessment tests have returned negative. Zero have returned positive.

 As this is a rapidly evolving situation, Screen Nova Scotia is urging individuals to stay abreast of the latest developments and advisories from the Government of Canada found HERE, the World Health Organization found HERE, as well as those from local government and Health Authorities. For further up-to-date and trusted information on COVID-19 please follow:

• The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)’s website HERE for the latest outbreak update on COVID-19.

• The Government of Nova Scotia’s website HERE for detailed information on COVID-19, including travel advice and testing data.

• Call the Health Canada 2019 COVID-19 information line: 1-833-784-4397. Or email:

• Follow Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, on Twitter: @CPHO_Canada

• Learn more about the PHAC COVID-19 Preparedness Guide

Screen Nova Scotia Communications Regarding SNS Events & Trade Missions: We are working to gather information from our public health officials and government to share with members, industry partners, stakeholders and potential clients. We will continue to provide timely updates as well as news on Screen Nova Scotia’s upcoming events and industry services regarding possible postponements and/or cancellations on our website.

We are also planning to gather information from our members and clients to prepare and deliver a COVID-19 impact statement to our provincial government at an appropriate date.

Guidance for your business and workplace: As producers prepare for the potential impact of COVID-19 and examine ways to best protect both the health and safety of workplace parties and their businesses, please refer to THIS guidance document that contains a series of considerations that producers may choose to apply when putting their plans in place.

We’re also recommending you download THIS fact sheet and post around your workplaces, which outlines the symptoms of COVID-19, how it is spread, how to limit infection, what to do if an individual is infected, and scenarios in which workers should contact the workplace prior to coming to work.

Current guidance on COVID-19: For information on symptoms and how to limit the spread of COVID-19, please visit our website HERE.

Screen Nova Scotia will continue to provide timely updates on this issue as well as its events as appropriate. Should you have any specific inquiries, we can be contacted HERE.