What's Open in Downtown Halifax

What's Open in Downtown Halifax

WHAT'S OPEN IN DOWNTOWN HALIFAX

Current province-wide restrictions are continuing until 11:59 pm on January 24, 2021. Some of the restrictions include (but are not limited to):

  • Liquor licensed (drinking) establishments (like bars, wineries, distillery tasting rooms, and craft taprooms) can only serve dine-in customers until 10:00 pm and must close by 11:00 pm. Liquor licensed establishments can continue to offer take-out, delivery and drive-thru service after 11:00 pm. 

  • Liquor licensed (drinking) establishments (like bars, wineries, distillery tasting rooms and craft taprooms) must collect contact information for all table service (dine-in) patrons. Contact information needs to include date and time of visit, name and phone number and must be kept for 30 days from date of visit for contact tracing purposes.

  • Restaurants can only serve dine-in customers until 10pm and must close by 11:00 pm. Restaurants can continue to offer take-out, delivery and drive-thru service after 11:00 pm. 

  • Restaurants must collect contact information for all table service (dine-in) patrons. Contact information needs to include date and time of visit, name and phone number and must be kept for 30 days from date of visit for contact tracing purposes.

  • The Halifax casino, VLTs and First Nations gaming establishments can reopen in areas of Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County.

  • Retail stores need to follow the Health Protection Act Order, including:
    • limiting shoppers and staff to 25% of the store's capacity
    • maintaining a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) between patrons
    • keeping music to 50 decibels
    • only allowing lineups (indoor and outdoor) if patrons wear a non-medical mask
       
  • Shopping malls need to follow the Health Protection Act Order, including:
    • maintaining a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) between patrons
    • only allowing lineups (indoor and outdoor) if patrons wear a non-medical mask
    • lineups for each retail store are no more than 10 people
    • keeping music to 50 decibels
    • non-retail public areas in the mall are closed
    • food courts can remain open with public health measures in place including maintaining a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) between tables

For the full list of list of provincial COVID-19 restrictions and guidance, visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website.

Attractions have also re-opened:

When you do go out, remember to WEAR A MASK, WASH/SANITIZE YOUR HANDS, AND KEEP YOUR DISTANCE FROM OTHERS. 

We are asking that people think local first when shopping. Many stores and restaurants now have online shops and offer curbside pick-up, local delivery and shipping options. If a business does not have an online store, call them and place your order by phone.

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TIPS ON HOW TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES

  • Shop in-person or online. Dine in-person or get take-out or delivery.
  • Pre-order and pre-pay online.
  • Buy giftcards to use later.
  • Businesses that aren't open yet for in-person service may still be offering online sales, take-out, curbside pick-up and/or delivery. Check their website or social media sites for more information. 
  • AND you can support small businesses without spending money by liking, commenting on, and sharing their posts on social media; leaving a positive review for them; giving them a shout-out on your social platforms; or recommending them to friends. Or, just reach out to your favourite small business owners and employees to see how they are doing. They'd love to hear from you!

For more information and resources on the COVID-19 pandemic, visit downtownhalifax.ca/covid19

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