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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 September 9, 2021, international travellers who are coming relatively directly to Nova Scotia do not need to complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form. It's important to visit COVID-19: Travel, testing, quarantine and borders - frequently as conditions may change quickly.

People coming from provinces and territories outside Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador, must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form and upload your proof of vaccination if you have it. 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.
  • effective September 9, people who are not fully vaccinated must self-isolate for at least 7 days and cannot leave isolation until they get 2 negative tests results.

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

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.

Travel from within Atlantic Canada

People travelling from Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador can enter Nova Scotia for any reason and no long need to self-isolate or complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form.

Anyone travelling from New Brunswick must follow the NS NB travel protocol if their reason for travel is covered by it. If not, they must follow the same rules as all provinces and territories outside Atlantic Canada. They must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in and upload proof of vaccination if applicable. Isolation requirements are based on vaccination status and testing.

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 places and some outdoor public places.

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

  • retail stores can operate at full capacity with social distancing and masks
  • restaurants can return to regular hours of operation for both indoor and outdoor dining with a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) between people at different tables. Social distancing and masks are required (except when you're eating and drinking).
  • fitness facilities can operate at full capacity with social distancing and masks required (except during an activity that makes it difficult to wear a mask)

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

Please refer to the provincial guidelines for a complete list of current gathering limits. Some current restrictions include:

  • gathering limits for households and close social groups can be formed of up to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors without social distancing or masks
  • festivals, special events and arts and culture events (like performances) can operate at 50% of the venue’s capacity up to 150 people indoors and up to 250 people outdoors with social distancing and mask requirements when hosted by a business or organization
  • museums, libraries and Art Gallery of Nova Scotia can operate at maximum capacity with social distancing and masks required
  • meetings and training (indoor and outdoor) can operate at 50% of the venue's capacity up to 150 people indoors and up to 250 people outdoors with social distancing and mask requirements when meetings and training are hosted by a business or organization
  • there are 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.

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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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