Closures due to COVID-19

On Sunday, March 22, 2020, the province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictions placed on public and social gatherings because of the state of emergency have led to the temporary closures of many Downtown Halifax businesses and organizations during this time. 

The following is a list of businesses and organizations that are temporarily closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • All municipal playgrounds are closed.
  • All fitness establishments, such as gyms, are closed.
  • Personal services, such as hair salons, barber shops, spas, nail salons, and body art establishments closed.
  • Dental offices are suspending non-essential and elective dental services, and providing emergency services only.
  • Offices of non-regulated health professionals, such as naturopaths, are closed. One exception is podiatrists who must follow the directive related to regulated health professions.
  • Other businesses and offices may be closed or have staff working from home. It is best to call a business in advance to make sure they are open.
  • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is temporarily closed until further notice and all programing will be cancelled or rescheduled. 
  • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. 
  • Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is temporarily closed. 
  • Discovery Centre is closed until further notice.
  • The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame is closed until further notice. 
  • The Khyber Centre for the Arts is closed until further notice. 
  • NSCAD University's Anna Leonowens Gallery is closed until further notice. 
  • Churches across Nova Scotia have suspended all church services as part of COVID-19 safety measures until further notice. 
  • Insight Optometry is closing non-urgent eye services. For emergency services, clients are asked to call 902-424-4444
  • Ocean Optometry is ceasing normal operations and is only open for emergency situations. If in need of urgent care, call 902-446-4470.
  • The Prince George Hotel is temporarily suspending operations. For customers with existing reservations, please call 1-800-565-1567 to be assisted in making alternative arrangements at the Cambridge Suites Halifax hotel. 
  • Residence Inn by Marriott is temporarily suspending operations. 
  • The Barrington Hotel is temporarily suspending operations. 
  • The Halliburton will be temporarily suspending operations until notice. 




Most retail locations are closed because of the social distancing requirements, but many Downtown Halifax retail stores are selling their products either online or by phone, and are offering curbside pick-up, local delivery and/or shipping by mail. For a list of businesses that are open or open online, visit: 


Wondering how you can stay connected to your Downtown Halifax community? Many attractions and businesses are offering virtual activities including workshops, classes, demos and more, to keep you connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit for more information.

For resources and information for businesses during COVID-19, click here

To find out What's Open in Downtown Halifax, cllick here.