COVID-19 Updates

Reopening Nova Scotia

New Gathering Limits
Information on preparing to reopen Nova Scotia
Next steps to reopen Nova Scotia, Support for Business Announced
New gathering limit, more steps to reopen Nova Scotia
Further Lifting of Restrictions, New Gathering Limits
Province Announces Mandatory Masks in Indoor Public Places

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 10 people.  Please help keep the waterfront a place where individuals can get outside, exercise, enjoy the 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 10 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 six-foot distance from others, outside of your group of up to 10

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

Although some of the Develop Nova Scotia team are working remotely, we remain 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

Thanks to everyone who joined us for Re-Open City for 4 consecutive weekends that started June 27, celebrating all of the entrepreneurs and small business in Halifax and Dartmouth that make our community so special, vibrant and exciting.

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.

Gatherings of up to 250 outdoors (200 indoors) are allowed if organized by event planners/businesses but people must observe physical distancing of two metres or six feet.

The larger gathering limit applies to social events, faith gatherings, sports and physical activity, weddings and funerals, and arts and culture events like theatre performances, dance recitals, festivals and concerts.

Some of the activations for this 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 outside of groups of up to 10 (not required to physical distance). People in a group are not required to be exclusive but they are strongly encouraged to maintain a consistent group.  
  • 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;

Note: Any vessel entering Canada is subject to pre-approval by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). No recreational visits are permitted at this time in line with the Canada/US border closure. CBSA has been permitting temporary vessel entry into Canada for essential services. Crews are required to follow all directives of the attending CBSA officer which can include specific directives based on each individual crew members circumstance.

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 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.  


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.


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 Working Environment

Staff are working remotely as well as on site (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 Hard copy submissions (mailed) or faxed copies will not be accepted. Submission and file details can be found here.


Partnership Opportunity

Inspired by European-style Holiday Markets, in conjunction with partners, Develop Nova Scotia is curating the Evergreen Festival, scheduled for November 28 – December 21, 2020. Dispersed throughout downtown Halifax and the Halifax waterfront, this multi-week outdoor experience celebrating Nova Scotia’s…

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Access to High-Speed Internet for More Nova Scotians

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Exploring Georges Island

It’s official! As of August 8, 2020 Georges Island will be open to explore for weekends, now extended up to and including Thanksgiving weekend, October 10 and 11. Situated in the heart of Halifax Harbour this national historic site reflects…

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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

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Lunenburg Waterfront Highlights

Welcome to the Lunenburg Waterfront Association’s (LWAI’s) 16th summer review of our ongoing project to preserve and energize our working waterfront. Due to COVID’s public health precautions we have delayed our annual public symposium and have prepared a “virtual meeting report”…

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Small Commercial Marine Business Opportunities

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Arts District Design Competition

June 2020 Update — Phase one of the international Design Competition for the new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and vibrant Public Space is now complete. In early July phase two of the competition will commence, when three successful teams…

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Shipyard Revitalization Project- Former Smith & Rhuland Shipyard  

On May 27/20, the Province announced an investment of up to $230M to improve infrastructure and help get the economy moving again. The funding will support more than 200 shovel ready projects, creating up to 2000 jobs. A number of these…

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Develop Nova Scotia brings Open City under wing

It’s time to Re-Open City! As Nova Scotia’s economy gradually opens up our local businesses need our support now more than ever. So, we worked our partners rejigged a well-loved event to help kick it into high gear. We think…

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