Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic Information and Resources

As of June 30, Nova Scotia has 1,062 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia. It is important for everyone to do their part in slowing down the spread of the virus, including self-isolation and physical distancing as per the State of Emergency directives issued on March 22, 2020. Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) is following the directives of public health organizations, in particular: Nova Scotia Health Authority, Health Canada, and the World Health Organization, and is asking businesses in Downtown Halifax to do the same.

Links to Federal, Provincial, and Municipal Program and Service Updates:



The Halifax Chamber of Commerce has created the COVID-19 NS Business & Labour Economic Coalition, of which DHBC is an active member. The group represents the business and labour community and will work to support businesses, labour, and employees and allow collaboration across Nova Scotia during this uncertain time. The coalition virtually meets three times a week, with representatives from all orders of government on the calls.

The United Way has formed the Atlantic Compassion Fund, which has raised $1.5 million and will be distributing  funds to not-for-profits. The Fund will help agencies across Atlantic Canada respond to the unique, immediate and emerging needs in their local community. For information on how to donate and/or how to apply for funding, click here.       


*Downtown Halifax Business Commission has created physical distancing graphics for members to use. Members are welcome to download, print and install them throughout their business as needed. 

Downtown Halifax Physical Distance Signs - BLUE
Downtown Halifax Physical Distance Signs - GREEN

DOWNTOWN LOWDOWN EPISODE 27: Downtown Halifax COVID-10 Update - Tuesday, June 23, 2020

On the 27th episode of #DowntownLowdown, we chat with Jeff Ransome, General Manager of the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. Jeff talks about how the Marriott Harbourfront has responded to the COVID-19 crisis, and as a member of the Halifax Hotel Association, he tells us his views on the pandemic's impact on the hotel industry as a whole and his expectations for the future of the industry.

Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission, gives us an update on DHBC’s latest advocacy efforts, and we tell you what to expect when you are out and about in Downtown Halifax. 

This episode was recorded on June 19, 2020.

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Below are links to where you can find updates, advice, and resources for prevention and preparedness:


For a list of closed businesses and organizations, cancelled events and more, visit:

For more information on what Downtown Halifax businesses are open or open online, click here.

Stay connected with Downtown Halifax. See what businesses and attractions are doing to stay engaged and connected here.