COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 in Nova Scotia

For the most up-to-date information on gathering limits and public health guidelines visit here.

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 bubble.  Current gathering limit (indoors and outdoors) is no more than your household bubble (the people you live with). Smaller households with up to 2 people can socialize with up to 2 additional people, but they must be the same 2 people all of the time. 

Ensure you are wearing a mask when not able to properly distance. 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
  • Current gathering limit (indoors and outdoors) is no more than your household bubble (the people you live with). Smaller households with up to 2 people can socialize with up to 2 additional people, but they must be the same 2 people all of the time. 
  • Ensure you are wearing a mask when not able to properly distance.
  • 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 bubble.

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 remain open at this time.

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 currently closed to the public (as of April 26, 2021) given current provincial guidelines. Our staff is available.

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 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 remains in place at this time. However, please ensure you  maintain safe social distancing and are not gathering outside of the allowed gathering limit. 

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

2021-22 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 latest event information on the Halifax waterfront, click here.

For the latest event information on the Lunenburg waterfront, click here.
Please ensure you are checking current provincial guidelines and gathering limits.

You can also follow our Facebook page for event information.

Seasonal Businesses

Our seasonal businesses on the Halifax waterfront are currently closed for the season. When they re-open 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.
  • Ensure you are wearing a mask when not able to properly distance.
  • Food and beverage kiosks may be 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.
  • Check with your favourite patios and restaurants to see when they may be open, subject to COVID-19 restrictions. Please follow physical distancing guidelines they have in place.

Enjoy your waterfront responsibly.  


Our public washrooms at Salt Yard on the Halifax waterfront remain open.

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.


Please note: Hourly, daily and nightly paid parking on the Halifax waterfront is in effect. 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). 


For information on our marina season and contact information, please visit our Halifax and Lunenburg waterfront marina pages.

Current Work Environment

Staff are working remotely and onsite (following provincial health directives). We remain fully operational. Our office is currently closed to the public as of April 26/2021. 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 in underserved areas across the province. We are making good progress, but we are not done yet and we are fully aware of the communities that remain underserved and unserved. Our goal is to bring access to connections to as close to 100% of Nova Scotian homes and businesses as possible. Click here to read more on the project 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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