Nova Scotians will now need to wear masks in more places.
The province's chief medical officer of health said, effective immediately, masks are required in outdoor public spaces where physical distancing is difficult.
"So this includes places like farmers' markets, and special events such as festivals," Dr. Robert Strang explained at a Friday briefing.
Masks will also be required on bar and restaurant patios.
"So regardless if it's indoors or outdoors, masking is required when you're entering or exiting, or getting up and going to the washroom," he said. "Of course, once you're seated and you're actively eating or drinking, you can take the mask off."
Strang said the new rules are the result of a growing concern over an increase in variant strains, which are more easily transmissible.
"Nova Scotians have been very good about wearing their masks to protect everyone, and I know I can count on you to continue in these outdoor places."
On Friday, the province announced one new death from COVID-19 and said one additional variant case had been identified.
Nova Scotia recorded 6 new infections and currently has a total of 42 active cases.