WHAT'S OPEN IN DOWNTOWN HALIFAX
On April 27, 2021, restrictions were updated announced that affect the Halifax area. Restrictions are in place until May 20, 2021. As this situation continues to change, please visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus for up-to-date information. Updated restrictions are as follows:
Restaurants are closed for in-person and seated dining; restaurants are restricted to take-out, delivery and drive-thru service only.
Liquor licensed (drinking) establishments (like bars, wineries, distillery tasting rooms and craft taprooms) are closed for in-person dining; liquor licensed (drinking) establishments can continue to offer take-out, delivery and drive-thru service.
Liquor licensed (drinking) establishments (like bars, wineries, distillery tasting rooms and craft taprooms) and unlicensed establishments (like community centres, charities and organized clubs) are not permitted to host activities (like bingo, darts, cards, pool and bowling).
NSLC can operate at a 25% capacity.
Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax is closed.
Indoor fitness establishments (like gyms, yoga studios and climbing facilities) and sport and recreation facilities (like pools, arenas, tennis courts and large multipurpose recreation facilities) must close.
Outdoor fitness and recreation businesses and organized clubs can operate with up to 5 people maximum and must maintain a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) between participants during activities.
Businesses and organizations offering a wide variety of indoor recreation activities (like indoor play areas, arcades, climbing facilities, dance classes and music lessons) must close.
Organized performing arts and sports (recreational, amateur and professional) are not permitted, including rehearsals, practices, training, games, competitions, tournaments and in-person performances. There can be virtual gatherings and performances with a maximum of 5 people.
Personal services businesses (like hair salons, barber shops, spas, nail salons and body art establishments) must close.
- Retail stores must close for in-person service unless the store provides services essential to the life, health or personal safety of individuals and animals. Essential service retail stores can operate at 25% capacity and include stores providing:
- baby and child products
- cleaning products
- computer and cellphone service and repair
- electronic and office supplies
- gas stations and garages
- hardware supplies
- personal hygiene products
- pet and animal supplies
- pharmaceutical products, medicine and medical devices
- Retail stores that provide non-essential services can provide online ordering, delivery and curbside pick up.
Libraries and museums must close. This includes the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, The Discovery Centre and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Wearing a non-medical mask is required at private indoor workplaces (like offices or warehouses) in all common areas, places where there’s interaction with the public, areas with poor ventilation and areas where people can’t maintain a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others.
For the full list of list of provincial COVID-19 restrictions and guidance, visit the novascotia.ca/coronavirus.
When you do go out, remember to WEAR A MASK, WASH/SANITIZE YOUR HANDS, AND KEEP YOUR DISTANCE FROM OTHERS.
Asymptomatic Pop-Up Rapid COVID Test Events are happening regularly at the Halifax Convention Centre. Learn more about the Pop-Up Rapid COVID Test Events here.
THINK LOCAL FIRST when shopping. Many stores and restaurants have online shops and offer curbside pick-up, local delivery, and shipping options. If a business does not have an online store, call or email them.
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TIPS ON HOW TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES
- Get take-out or delivery from your local restaurants and cafes.
- Shop online and choose curbside pick-up or local delivery.
- Pre-order and pre-pay online.
- Buy giftcards to use later.
- Folllow your favourite businesses on social media to keep up to date on their offerings.
- 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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