Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic Information and Resources

As of September 24Nova Scotia has had 1,087 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 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.

UPDATED: AS OF OCTOBER 1, 2020, GATHERING LIMITS FOR PARTICIPANTS IN PERFORMING ARTS, SPORTS TO INCREASE. MORE INFO HERE.

UPDATE: AS OF JULY 31, 2020, MASKS ARE MANDATORY IN INDOOR, PUBLIC PLACES. MORE INFO HERE.

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

        

THE COVID-19 NS BUSINESS & LABOUR ECONOMIC COALITION 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.       

OTHER RESOURCES 

*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 32:  - Tuesday, September 22, 2020

This week on Downtown Lowdown, we chat with Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission, about his thoughts on the Mayoral Candidates Forum that was broadcast live on September 16. All 3 mayoral candidates participated in the forum including incumbent Mayor Mike SavageMax Taylor, and Councillor Matt Whitman. To watch the full forum, click here or here.   

Paul also gives us an overview of the new federal funding for Black-owned and Black-led businesses, plus we have some business milestones and updates, we talk about where you can satisfy your pumpkin spice cravings, fall events in #DowntownHalifax and more.

This episode was recorded on September 17, 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: downtownhalifax.ca/closed

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