COVID-19 Updates


COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

For the most up-to-date information on gathering limits and public health guidelines visit: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/


Halifax Waterfront

While the Halifax waterfront is a vital public space, it’s important that we all continue to follow the recommended public health guidelines and keep a safe physical distance from other people outside of your group of up to 5 people.  Please help keep the waterfront a place where individuals can get outside, exercise, enjoy the (well-lit) views and support our local businesses and partners.

Important public health guidelines:

  • Walk to exercise, not to socialize (outside of your group)
  • Keep moving and don’t gather along the waterfront
  • Limit your group to no more than 5 people (physical distancing not required in these groups). People in a group are not required to be exclusive but they are strongly encouraged to maintain a consistent group.  
  • Keep the three Cs in mind: caring, community, and common sense
  • 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 important to separate yourself physically and maintain a 6-foot distance from others, outside of your group of up to 5

You can continue to 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. The waterfront play structures are now open.

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


Develop Nova Scotia’s waterfront operations

Develop Nova Scotia remains fully operational and have an active presence on the Halifax waterfront. Our office is open to the public as of September 8/20. Visitors are required to follow public health guidelines.

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
  • We temporarily removed some seating that might encourage people to linger instead of moving through, including the hammocks, and sectioning off picnic tables.  They’ve been added back in as safe to do so.
  • We know busking adds to the vibrancy of our waterfront and city. Our Busking Program is back in place. However, please ensure you  maintain safe social distancing and are not gathering outside of your groups up to 10. 

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


2020 Events

Many of our event and programming partners on the Halifax and Lunenburg waterfronts are adjusting their plans and schedules in light of COVID-19 and the public health guidelines.

We are working closely with our events partners to keep you informed on safely distanced activities and activations at the water’s edge.

For the most up-to-date information on the Evergreen Festival, click here.

For the latest event information on the Halifax waterfront, click here.


Seasonal Businesses

Our seasonal businesses on the Halifax waterfront have reopened 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 kiosks are take out (or delivery only – will vary depending on business). Please move along once you pick up your order.
  • There is a mix of seating along the waterfront to enjoy the views and your purchases.
  • Many patios and restaurants are now open. Please follow physical distancing guidelines they have in place.

Enjoy your waterfront responsibly.  


Washrooms

Our public washrooms at Salt Yard on the Halifax waterfront and on the Lunenburg waterfront opened for June 1.

We will have health and safety protocols in place including physical distancing markers. The washrooms will be professionally cleaned and sanitized multiple times daily, with the final cleaning including an extra sanitization step. This takes place using an electrostatic disinfecting spray.


Parking

Please note: Hourly, daily and nightly paid parking on the Halifax waterfront resumed on June 1. More information on locations and rates is available here.

Parking revenue is reinvested to create and maintain high-quality public spaces for people to enjoy and to support family friendly events (when safe to do so). 


Current Work Environment

Staff are working remotely and onsite (following provincial health directives). We remain fully operational. Our office is open to the public as of September 8/20. Visitors are required to follow public health guidelines. 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 procurement@developns.ca. Hard copy submissions (mailed) or faxed copies will not be accepted. Submission and file details can be found here.

NEWS

Evergreen Festival makes safe switch to online-only

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Evergreen Festival Charitable/Non-Profit Organization Opportunity

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Vendor Opportunity for Evergreen Market

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Partnership Opportunity

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Eastern Shore's Liscombe Lodge Has New Owner

Liscombe Lodge Resort and Conference Centre will continue to be a wonderful place to experience the spectacular Eastern Shore. The Province has sold Liscombe Lodge in Guysborough County to Hearthstone Hospitality Limited. The new owner will invest $1 million in upgrades in this iconic resort…

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Busking on the Waterfront

We know busking adds to the vibrancy of our waterfront and city. Our Busking Program is back in place on the Halifax waterfront. However, please ensure you maintain safe social distancing and are not gathering outside of your groups up…

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