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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.

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 October 4, 2021, everyone coming to Nova Scotia from other Canadian provinces and territories will need to complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form. Your isolation requirements are based on vaccination status and testing. People who are fully vaccinated do not have to self-isolate but testing is still recommended. It is important to familiarize yourself with isolation requirements based on your vaccine status.

International travellers entering Canada must follow Government of Canada rules set out by the emergency orders under the Quarantine Act, including testing and quarantine requirements. Everyone entering Canada must use ArriveCAN to provide mandatory travel information before and after your entry into Canada.

Learn more: entering Canada by air and entering Canada by land.

For travellers arriving by air, you can get your first test at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. All travellers can book tests online at testing sites around the province.

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

Proof of Vaccination

Nova Scotia’s Proof of Full Vaccination Policy starts on October 4, 2021. When the policy is in effect, if you’re 12 and older you need proof of full vaccination to participate in most events and activities that bring groups of people together. It is important to familiarize yourself where proof of vaccination is required and where it is not required.

If you received your COVID-19 vaccine in Nova Scotia, your Nova Scotia COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination includes the date, time, location, type, brand and lot number of COVID-19 vaccine you received. Within the province, you can use your Nova Scotia COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination to show proof of vaccination. Learn more: proof of vaccination.

If you’re not a permanent resident of Nova Scotia, you can use your vaccination record from your home province, territory or country to show proof of vaccination.

Reopening with Preventative Measures

Effective October 4, 2021, Nova Scotia begins Phase 5 of its reopening plan with a cautious approach. Most restrictions will be lifted while some will remain in place.

Important information for Phase 5:

  • proof of full vaccination will be required for non-essential events and activities
  • there is no longer a requirement for physical distance
  • wearing a non-medical mask is required in most indoor public places and some outdoor public places
  • no gathering limits for events hosted by a business or organization
  • informal social gatherings (not hosted by a business or organization) can have up to 25 people indoors and up to 50 people outdoors

It is important to continue to follow health protocols such as wearing a mask, gathering safely and frequently washing your hands. You can also visit the province’s website for a complete list of what’s open and current restrictions in Nova Scotia.

Current Restrictions

Proof of Vaccination Resources

As outlined above, on October 4, 2021, people are required by law to show proof that they are fully
to participate in discretionary, non-essential events and activities.

The Province of Nova Scotia has provided the following resources to help support businesses and organizations.

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.

Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program

This is one of two proposed programs (announced on October 21, 2021) that would continue to provide support to businesses until May 2022 for organizations that have been hardest hit during the pandemic. The program would provide support through the wage and rent subsidy programs, to hotels, tour operators, travel agencies, and restaurants, with a subsidy rate of up to 75 per cent.

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Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program

This is one of two proposed programs (announced on October 21, 2021) that would continue to provide support to businesses until May 2022 for organizations that have been hardest hit during the pandemic. This program would provide support through the wage and rent subsidy programs, would support other businesses that have faced deep losses, with a subsidy rate of up to 50 per cent.

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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.

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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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