As of September 24, Nova 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.
- Preparing to Reopen Nova Scotia
- Restaurant COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Guide for Nova Scotia Reopening Resource for Foodservice Operators
- Government of Nova Scotia
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
- Nova Scotia Business Labour Economic Coalition (Halifax Chamber of Commerce)
- The Post Promise training, education, and declaration
- Watch Provincial Government live webcasts
- Government of Canada
- Innovation Canada
- Canadian Business Resilience Network (Canadian Chamber of Commerce)
- The Business Resilience Service
- View Halifax Partnership's COVID-19 Economic Response and Recovery Plan
- Government of Canada toll-free information line: 1-833-784-4397
- Government Business Navigators: Navigators are available by calling or 1-844-628-7347, (902) 424-4475, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, or by email at BusNavigation@novascotia.ca
*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 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 Savage, Max 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.
Below are links to where you can find updates, advice, and resources for prevention and preparedness:
- Nova Scotia Workplace PPE Supplier Directory
- Halifax Regional Municipality
- Nova Scotia Health Authority
- Health Canada
- Health Canada: risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak
- World Health Organization
- Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia's COVID-19 Protocol for Restaurants in Nova Scotia
- Summary of Federal Government Iinitiatives
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
- Halifax Chamber of Commerce