The Town of Antigonish is working closely with provincial and federal partners to share the resources you need to stay up to date on COVID-19.

On Friday, July 24, Premier McNeil and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Strang announced that non-medical masks will be mandatory in most indoor public spaces. The purpose for this policy is to remind all Nova Scotians that it is important to remain vigilant to minimize the impact in COVID-19 in all of our communities. Wearing a non-medical mask is a key part of how to protect each other while still being able to support our local businesses in the community.

For more information on the read the Mandatory Mask Policy media release. 


Reminder: Effective Friday, July 24, 2020 non-masks are mandatory on all public transit which includes Antigonish Community Transit and taxis as well as shuttle vehicles. All passengers and drivers are required to wear masks. Children under 2 and those with valid medical reason are exempt from this policy. 


Playgrounds & Gathering Limits Update

On Thursday, June 19, 2020 Premier Stephen McNeil made an announcement regarding the changes to gathering limits and the re-opening of playgrounds across the province. 

People can not gather in groups of up to 10 without physical distancing. Gatherings of up to 50 will now be allowed but people must observe physical distancing of two meters or 6 feet.

Businesses that are too small to ensure physical distancing can have no more than 10 people on their premises at a time. 

Playgrounds can also start their re-opening process. 

For the full update, click here to read the provincial media release.

About Coronavirus

COVID-19 is an illness caused by a coronavirus. Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses similar to the common cold. Symptoms can be mild to serious and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty Breathing

Coronavirus is most commonly spread from an infected person through:

  • Respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching something with the virus on it, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands

Tips on Prevention 

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To download a PDF copy of the About Coronavirus Fact Sheet, pdf click here. (589 KB)

To download a PDF copy of a Home Cleaning Fact Sheet, pdf click here.  (100 KB)

Wash Your Hands

Reduce the spread of COVID-19 by washing your hands. 

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To download a Staying Healthy Fact Sheet with information on social distancing, staying healthy and shopping safely, pdf click here.  (435 KB)

Social/Physical Distancing

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To download a PDF copy of social/physical distancing best practice, pdf click here. (112 KB)

Be Prepared 

There are simple, practice things you can do to prepare in case you or someone in your household becomes ill or if COVID-19 becomes common in our community. Making a plan that includes essential supplies, shopping lists and sharing contact information with family and neighbours.

To download a PDF copy of a Plan Ahead Sheet, pdf click here. (363 KB)

How To Self-Isolate

People with COVID-19 do not always recognize their early symptoms. Even though you do not have symptoms now, you need to self-isolate for 14 days if you have done any of the following:

  • Travelled outside of Canada
  • Travelled outside of the Province
  • Had close contact within someone who has or suspected to have COVID-19

Self-isolate means that for 14 days you must:

  • Stay home and monitor yourself for symptoms, even if mild
  • Avoid contact with other people to help prevent transmission of the virus at the earliest stage of illness
  • Do your part to prevent the spread of the disease in your home and in your community

To learn more about the importance of Self-Isolating, pdf click here. (327 KB)

How To Care For A Person With COVID-19

If you are caring you are caring for a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, follow the advice of public health officials to protect yourself and others in your home and in the community.

To download a copy of the fact sheet to learn how to protect yourself, pdf click here. (352 KB)

Vulnerable Populations

While diseases can make anyone sick, some Canadians are more at risk of getting an infection and developing severe complications due to their health, social and economic circumstances.

To learn more about vulnerable populations in our community and what you can do to prevent risk, pdf click here. (349 KB)

Your Mental Well-Being

A global event like COVID-19 can create fear and anxiety. There are ways you can manage your anxiety and get the help you need. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need support – we are all in this together!

Take Care of Yourself

  • Eat as well as possible
  • Exercise at home or go for a walk around your neighbourhood
  • Maintain normal routines as much as possible
  • Spend time on hobbies
  • Get enough sleep
  • Stay connected to family and friends
  • Try mindfulness activities (meditation, art, yoga, or relaxation techniques)

For a list of resources available, click here.

Mental Health and Addictions is a core component of Nova Scotia's public health response to COVID-19. It is vital to deliver outpatient and inpatient mental health and addiction services to meet patient needs.

There have been changes to the way the services are offered, but the commitment to quality care is a top priority. 

Additional online tools have been launched for Nova Scotians. To register, follow the links below:

To download a full list of resources from the Nova Scotia Health Authority, pdf click here.  (209 KB)

To read Chief Medical Officer Dr. Strang's letter to Nova Scotians, pdf click here.  (154 KB)

Assistance Programs

The Government of Canada has opened applications for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. 

For questions regarding this program please contact Service Canada directly. For information on how to do so, pdf click here.  (105 KB)

The Province of Nova Scotia has also released a number of programs to help individuals and business owners during this time. For information on those programs, click here. 

Town Notices On COVID-19

Town Hall and the Public Works Building will be closed to the public until further notice. Essential services will not be disrupted, which includes power, water, sewer, curbside pick-up and winter maintenance as required.

All Town parks and public spaces are closed. These include the Skatepark, Columbus Field, Chisholm Park, the Challenger Baseball Field and all community playgrounds.

The Landing Trail remains open, however, users must follow proper physical distancing rules (6 feet/2 meters) and groups of 5 or more are not permitted to gather.

Eastern District Planning Commission is working to continue to provide services and they are continuing to receive applications, process files, issue permits and complete inspections. Visit the EDPC website to contact a planner or building inspector.

For all of the Town’s recent updates pertaining to COVID-19 click any of the links below:

Stay Informed

It is important to stay informed through proper communications channels. For regular updates on COVID-19 please visit the following sources:

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Get in Touch

Town of Antigonish
274 Main Street
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Canada B2G 2C4

Phone: (902) 863-2351
Fax: (902) 863-0460 / (902) 863-9201

Town Hall hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm