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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

If you are entering Nova Scotia from other destinations, including all other provinces in Canada, must self-isolate for a period of 14 days. If you are staying with friends and family, 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. Those who choose to travel to Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador for non-essential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days.

You can find more information on the rules and complete the province’s travel declaration form on the Province’s website.

Travel outside of Nova Scotia

Canadians 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:

Halifax International Airport
Canada Border Services Agency
Cruise Line International Association
VIA Rail Canada

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 closed for in-person dining but may provide take-out or delivery
  • retail stores must restrict shoppers and staff to 25 per cent or less of allowable capacity
  • wineries, distilleries, and breweries cannot hold tastings or in-person dining and must follow retail rules in their stores (delivery and curbside pickup allowed)
  • organized sports, recreational, athletic, arts, and cultural activities, faith-based activities are paused
  • profit and non-profit fitness and recreational facilities closed
  • libraries and museums are closed, including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
  • the casino and First Nations gaming establishments are closed

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 November 23, 2020, the Province of Nova Scotia adjusted gathering limits. Please refer to the provincial guidelines.

  • Public gathering is limited to groups of five people (or up to the number of people in your immediate family).
  • Indoor events run by a recognized business or organization can operate at 50 per cent capacity to a maximum of 100 people, with physical distancing.
  • Outdoor events run by a recognized business or organization can have up to 150 people with physical distancing.
  • There are other venues, such as the Scotiabank Centre, that are permitted to have larger gatherings based on strict public-health approved safety plans.

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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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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