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Discover Halifax is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are committed to offering our visitors, members and community up-to-date information on the novel coronavirus to assist in your business and travel plans.

Discover Halifax is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are committed to offering our visitors, members and community up-to-date information on the novel coronavirus to assist in your business and travel plans.

Our main goal is to share information that can help keep you healthy and informed.

Status of Cases

Find up-to-date COVID-19 testing data for Nova Scotia here.

For the latest information on symptoms to watch for and what to do if you're feeling unwell, please visit the Province of Nova Scotia's Coronavirus webpage.

Travelling to Nova Scotia

Effective January 11, you must provide a negative COVID-19 test to the airline before you enter Canada. The COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test must be completed within 72 hours prior to boarding a flight to Canada. You are still required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

If you are entering Nova Scotia from other destinations, including all other provinces in Canada (except Prince Edward Island), you must self-isolate for a period of 14 days. If you are staying with friends and / or family during your isolation period, members of the household in which you are staying must also self-isolate for 14-days from the day that you begin your stay with them.

The Atlantic travel bubble is currently suspended. All four provinces are cautioning against non-essential travel.

You can find more information on the rules and complete Nova Scotia's Safe Check-in Form on the Province’s website.

Travel outside of Nova Scotia

Canadians are advised to avoid non-essential travel. Those who choose to travel should check the latest health notices to understand the risk associated with your destination.

The most up-to-date travel information can be found directly via the following links:

Reopening with preventative measures

Wearing a non-medical mask is required in most indoor public spaces in Nova Scotia.

Local businesses and event venues are taking preventative measures and enhancing health protocols to protect our community and visitors. Current restrictions include:

  • restaurants and licenced establishments are allowed to be open for in-person dining until 10 p.m. and may also provide take-out or delivery past this time.
  • the Halifax casino, VLTs and First Nation gaming establishments can reopen in areas of Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County following the same rules as licenced establishments.
  • retail stores must restrict shoppers and staff to 50 per cent or less of allowable capacity.
  • organized sports, recreational, athletic, arts, and cultural activities, faith-based activities are paused.
  • fitness facilities operate at 50 per cent of capacity and have three (3) metres between people for high-intensity activities, including indoor and outdoor fitness classes.

If there is a local establishment you plan to visit, please call ahead. Follow health protocols such as wearing a mask, physical distancing, and washing your hands frequently. You can also visit the province’s website for a complete list of what’s open and current restrictions in Nova Scotia.

What's open and current restrictions

Event Safety

Effective January 8, 2020, the Province of Nova Scotia adjusted gathering limits. Please refer to the provincial guidelines.

  • Gathering limits for households and close social groups can be formed of up to 10 people without social distancing; you should try to keep this group consistent.
  • 25 people maximum for sports practices/training and arts and culture rehearsals; games, tournaments or performances are not permitted.
  • social events, festivals, special events, arts/cultural events and sports events are not permitted.
  • Indoor gathering with social distancing is allowed up to 50 per cent of the venue's capacity (maximum of 100 people indoors) for faith gatherings, wedding ceremonies, and funeral services (receptions are not permitted).
  • Outdoor gathering with social distancing for faith gatherings, wedding ceremonies, and funeral services (maximum 150 people, receptions are not permitted).
  • Gathering limit for businesses and organizations that can't maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet) because the physical space is too small - 10 customers or clients maximum without social distancing (keep social distancing as much as possible).
  • There are only a few exemptions for some employers to gathering limits.

We know it can be confusing, but Discover Halifax is here to help. Please contact our meetings & conventions team for assistance to Host it in Halifax when the time is right.

Meetings & Conventions Team

Some helpful links on support are posted below:

Financial Resources

Discover Halifax has compiled a list of available resources and financial support available to businesses and individuals through the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia. We are continuing to monitor this situation closely and partner with organizations to help provide you with the information your business needs.

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Atlantic Association of Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs) are distributing the RRRF in Atlantic Canada. If you’re in need of pressing assistance, please contact the regional development agencies (RDAs) for assistance with federal funding and services.

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Federal support for businesses

The Government of Canada has announced several support options for Canadian businesses impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. You can access more information and a list of available programs for individuals and businesses on the government’s website.

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Provincial support for businesses

The province announced several support options for local businesses. You can access more details on the Province of Nova Scotia’s website.

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Tourism Resources

Pandemic Guidance for Businesses

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has a series of Tip Sheets with pandemic guidance for a variety of businesses including retail, restaurants and food services as well as a variety of others.

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Operational Considerations

If you work in the accommodation or restaurant sector, please review operational considerations for COVID-19 management provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Halifax Chamber Reopening Toolkit

A toolkit detailing a five-step approach to help businesses prepare for safe operation with COVID-19. Read the Reopening Business in Halifax Toolkit for the 5 most important ways you can prepare to reopen your business.

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Halifax Partnership Resources

Whether you're managing cashflow issues, navigating government programs, or considering the best way to reopen, Halifax Partnership's team can help guide you.

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Reopening Resources

Halifax Partnership has created tools and resources are meant to help employers and employees return to work safely and successfully.

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Government Supports for Tourism Businesses

Tourism Nova Scotia has created and maintains this handy fact sheet outlining COVID-19 resources and support for tourism businesses.

Download the PDF

Contact us

Please feel free to reach out to Discover Halifax directly, to discuss your concerns regarding impacts and recovery for the tourism industry

Recovery Plan

As supportive, transparent, and collaborative partners, we're approaching COVID-19 recovery with a community-first mindset.

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