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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 most destinations, 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.

There is no requirement to self-isolate if you are entering Nova Scotia from Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick or Newfoundland and Labrador. The Atlantic Bubble will officially reopen on April 19, 2021, at the latest, if we continue to stay safe and keep our numbers low.

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:

  • retail stores must restrict shoppers and staff to 75 per cent or less of allowable capacity.
  • restaurants and bars will return to previous dine-in service requirements, with service stopped by 11 p.m. and close by midnight.
  • fitness facilities operate at 75 per cent of capacity and have two (2) 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

Please refer to the provincial guidelines for a complete list of current gathering limits.

  • Gathering limits for households and close social groups can be formed of up to 10 people without social distancing. Households can now invite an additional 10 people into your home, but you should try and keep this group consistent.
  • Indoor gathering with social distancing is allowed up to 50 per cent of the venue's capacity (maximum of 100 people indoors). This includes arts and culture events, sports, festivals, special events, social events, faith gatherings, wedding ceremonies, and funeral services (including receptions and visitations).
  • Outdoor gathering with social distancing for events and activities hosted by a recognized business or organization is a maximum of 150 people outdoors. This includes arts and culture events, sports, festivals, special events, social events, faith gatherings, wedding ceremonies, and funeral services (including receptions and visitations).
  • 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).
  • Recognized businesses and organizations hosting events and activities can have multiple groups of 100 people in each group if certain conditions are met.
  • 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.

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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