Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic Information and Resources

As of August 4, Nova Scotia has had 1,071 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.

UPDATE: AS OF JULY 31, 2020, MASKS ARE MANDATORY IN 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 29:  - Tuesday, July 28, 2020

On Episode 29 of #DowntownLowdown, we talk to Jenny Nodelman, Marketing and Events Officer at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Jenny tells us what the Museum did during the pandemic and how they are doing since re-opening. 

Paul MacKinnon, CEO of Downtown Halifax Business Commission, talks about Bedford Row, the Peace and Friendship Park, and how the Department of Education's back to school decision will affect Downtown. We also talk about what attractions are open, business milestones and Discover Halifax's new 'Heart. Soul. Halifax!' Guide..

This episode was recorded on July 23, 2020.

LISTEN on iTunes, Google PodcastsSpotifyBreakerAnchorPodcast Atlantic or YouTube.

 

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.