COVID-19 Updates

Halifax waterfront

While the Halifax waterfront is a vital public space, it’s more important than ever that we all follow the recommended public health guidelines and keep a safe physical distance from other people.  Please help keep the waterfront a place where individuals can get outside and exercise.

Important public health guidelines:

  • Walk to exercise, not to socialize
  • Keep moving and don’t gather along the waterfront
  • If you must gather, limit your group to no more than 5 people
  • Keep the three Cs in mind: caring, community, and common sense
  • Use the boardwalk if it is in your neighbourhood. If you have to drive to get here, stay home.
  • If you are running or cycling, exercise extra caution when passing pedestrians and maintain as much physical distance as possible
  • If you do visit the waterfront (or anywhere else), remember that it is vital to separate yourself physically and maintain a six-foot distance from others.

You can still put your feet (your paws, your wheels) to work along the 4km of boardwalk, but please follow our Province’s direction to ensure your waterfront remains a safe space for fresh air, exercise, and perspective. In partnership with HRM, we’re following the guidance of the Province and temporarily closing our waterfront play structures.

For the most up-to-date provincial information about COVID-19, click here.

Develop Nova Scotia’s waterfront operations

Even though the Develop Nova Scotia team is working remotely, we still have an active presence on the Halifax waterfront. Here is what we’re doing to maintain access while prioritizing the health and safety of our staff and community:

  • 24/7 security services continue
  • Cleanliness and safety checks of all waterfront properties throughout the day
  • Waiving of hourly parking fees until further notice
  • As an additional precaution, we’ve temporarily removed some seating that might encourage people to linger instead of moving through, including the hammocks, and sectioning off picnic tables.  They’ll be back as soon as it’s safe to linger once again.
  • While we believe busking adds to the vibrancy of our waterfront and city, we need to ensure that people are maintaining safe social distancing and not gathering. For these reasons, our Busking Program is on hold, for now. We look forward to welcoming waterfront busking back when it is safe to do so.

For the most up-to-date provincial updates on COVID-19, please click here.

2020 Events on the Halifax waterfront

Many of our event and programming partners are adjusting their plans and schedules in light of COVID-19 and the public health guidelines around public gatherings.

As things unfold and new plans start to come together, we will work closely with our events partners to keep you informed. We’re looking forward to gathering at the water’s edge again when it’s safe to do so.

Some of the events that have been postponed to later in the season include:

Marina Update

Welcome Back Boaters

The Halifax and Lunenburg Marinas are now open for local boaters, with important guidelines in place. To ensure you and our community stay safe, please ensure you follow important guidelines which include:

  • Keep a distance of at least 6 feet or 2 metres 
  • If you must gather, limit your group to no more than 5 people 
  • Avoid using boat ramps while other people are on them
  • Refrain from beaching your boat right next to someone else
  • Avoid sharing your boating or fishing equipment
  • No rafting at docks 

Additional information is available at:
Province of Nova Scotia  
Transport Canada 
COVID-19 Physical Distancing and Safe Boating for Canadians
Guidelines for Pleasure Craft during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Options & Contacts:

Free daytime berthing and overnight bookings are now available.   Please contact our Marina Staff for availability as not all locations may be deployed/available at this time.

Halifax Waterfront Marina:             902.229.2628;
Lunenburg Waterfront Marina:     902.521.3012;

Additional Information:
Our COVID-19 updates
For more on our marina programs, please visit Halifax Waterfront Marina and Lunenburg Waterfront Marina

Enjoy your waterfront responsibly.   

Seasonal Businesses

Welcome Back

Our seasonal businesses on the Halifax waterfront are getting ready for gradual openings with important guidelines in place. Businesses will follow provincial health and safety directives as well as those from all pertinent regulatory agencies.

  • Keep a distance of at least 6 feet or 2 metres (markers will be in place)  
  • Food and beverage is take out (or delivery only – will vary depending on business). Please move along once you pick up your order.
  • There is limited physically distanced seating along the waterfront to enjoy the views and your purchases.

Enjoy your waterfront responsibly.  

Working Remotely

Under the guidance of the Province, the Develop Nova Scotia staff are all working remotely and we remain fully operational. If you need assistance, here is how you can contact us:

Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative

Develop Nova Scotia is focused on advancing existing high-speed Internet projects as quickly as possible, including identifying interim solutions to bridge the gap, as we work to bring new projects online. We are making good progress, but we recognize there is a lot of work left to do and we are fully aware of the communities that remain underserved and unserved. Click here to read our latest update and some common questions and answers.

Procurement Updates

Under the guidance of the Province, the Develop Nova Scotia staff are all working remotely and we remain fully operational. We recognize that this may be the case for potential suppliers. As such we have made the following changes to our procurement process during this time:

  • Tender Closing Dates: check carefully for addendums as some may have been adjusted
  • Effective immediately, all submissions are to be delivered electronically (by email) to Hard copy submissions (mailed) or faxed copies will not be accepted. Submission and file details can be found here.


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