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COVID-19: Here's what's cancelled or closed

A running list of cancellation notices related to COVID-19
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The following is a running list of events, businesses and organizations that have announced cancellations, closures or postponements due to COVID-19. If you would like your notice added to this list, please contact news@halifaxtoday.ca. For information about precautions you should take, check out the province's coronavirus website or call the Government of Canada toll-free information line at 1-833-784-4397.

New information will be posted at the top of the categories.

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Nova Scotia is now under a state of emergency and social gatherings of more than five people are prohibited.

If Nova Scotians and businesses do not practice social distancing and self-isolation, they will face fines of $1,000 for individuals and $7,500 for businesses.

Nova Scotians should not leave the province and only leave home for essential items and services. 

Essential service sectors in Nova Scotia, which are exempt from the five-person-or-fewer gathering rules, have been clarified and are:

  • health
  • food, agri-food and fisheries
  • transportation, including trucking, rail and transit
  • construction and manufacturing
  • IT, telecommunications and critical infrastructure
  • public services, such as police, fire and ambulance

TRANSPORTATION:

United's air service between Halifax-Newark has been temporarily suspended until further notice. 

HRM says anyone parking in a lot that is part of a provincial or municipal park is breaching the state of emergency order and could be ticketed and/or towed. Non-compliant vehicles can be reported by calling 311.

Anyone entering the province will be stopped, questioned and told to self-isolate for 14 days. 

Parking fees at meters have been waived and HotSpot fees will be set to zero until further notice.

In an effort to support healthcare workers and residents seeking medical attention, enforcement of hourly spaces and monthly permit parking is suspended until further notice, and Haligonians are being asked to be considerate of the duration of their parking. Residential permits will still be enforced. If your residential permit has recently expired, you will not receive a ticket.

Halifax Transit has reduced passenger capacity on buses and ferries.

On conventional buses, alternating seats will be blocked off with appropriate signage. This measure will further reduce capacity by approximately 50 per cent depending on the model of bus. Operators will be separated from passengers by a yellow cord as a barricade. Additional signage will be in place indicating which seats are reserved for passengers with mobility needs.

Fares are waived and passengers need to use the rear bus doors for boarding and exiting, unless they need the ramp for accessibility. 

Ferry service has been reduced to 30-minute service on both routes. Regular ferry boarding service will remain in place. Passenger capacity on all ferries is limited to 25 persons per trip. Food and drink are prohibited to reduce litter.

Those who are feeling ill are asked to avoid using transit until health returns to normal and residents are asked to only use transit services if necessary.

Halifax Transit has reduced weekday service on several routes.

The following routes will continue to run on regular weekday schedules:
5, 11, 64, 32, 78, 79, 82, 83, 85, 86, 123, 135, 136, 137, 138, 159, 182, 183, 185, 186, 194, 196, 330, 370, 401, 415, 433

The following routes will be operating on their Saturday schedules on weekdays:
1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 21, 22, 25, 28, 29, 30, 39, 51, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 65, 66, 68, 72, 84, 87, 88, 90, 91. 320

The following routes will have no service:
41, 63, 93

Access-a-Bus passengers are requested to limit trip requests to essential trips only including physician appointments, medical services & dialysis, and prescription retrieval.

Public health inspectors are onsite at the Halifax International Airport and the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. Work is ongoing with federal partners responsible for border security to strengthen the screening process. As well, both airports now have information on digital screens in all areas frequented by travellers.

Many airlines have reduced service or temporarily suspended flights.

VIA Rail has cancelled service between Halifax and Montreal until further notice.

Maritime Bus has reduced passenger capacity by 50 per cent and anyone with clear symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied boarding. 

Yellow Cab is asking passengers to not sit in the front seat of vehicles. Drivers are being asked to wear face masks and gloves while on duty and to wipe down/clean both the inside and outside of their vehicles as frequently as possible.

HEALTH CARE:

Only veterinarians working with the SPCA may carry out spay and neuter surgeries.

The Canadian Mental Health Association Halifax-Dartmouth has extended suspension of in-person programming until at least May 1.

IWK and NSHA have suspended midwifery-led home births until at least April 30.

The Family Focus walk-in clinics in Bedford, Baker Drive, Spring Garden Road and Forest Hills are temporarily closed until further notice. The clinic on Joseph Howe Drive is open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. On weekends and holidays it is open from noon to 3 p.m. Anyone who has travelled outside the province in the last 14 days will not be allowed in. Only 5 patients will be allowed in at a time and they must follow staff instructions on social distancing. Patients may be asked to wait outside of the clinic after registering and will be called when it is time to see a health care professional.

Veterinarians are now allowed to provide virtual care, prescription refills and in-patient urgent or emergency services.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority has temporarily suspended its Colon Cancer Prevention Program.

The health authority is also updating visitor restrictions for cancer patients at all NSHA sites. Except under exceptional circumstances (e.g. mobility concerns, substitute decision maker in place, etc.) patients must attend appointments alone as per NSHA guidelines.

Regulated health professions can only stay open for emergency or urgent cases or to provide virtual care, as long as they can meet social distancing requirements in their waiting room or other non-clinical areas and follow the cleaning protocol. 

Non-regulated health professions (such as naturopaths) must close. One exception is podiatrists who must follow the directive related to regulated health professions.

Employers may no longer require a doctor's note if an employee must be off work.

Dentists can no longer practice dentistry in their offices unless they deem it necessary to perform an emergency dental procedure 

Pharmacists can renew prescriptions for most medications and government will cover the assessment fee.

Nova Scotia pharmacies are limiting prescription fills to a 30-day supply.

Doctors and pharmacists have new options for virtual care, using telephone and secure videoconferencing.

Long-term care facilities are closed to visitors.

The IWK has suspended all non-urgent services and implemented a “No Visitors” policy. No general visitors will be permitted to enter the IWK however one support person is permitted for pediatric patients and one support person is permitted for women in labour. 

Nova Scotia Health Authority services are being reduced or suspended until further notice.

Nova Scotia Health Authority hospitals are no longer allowing visitors, with a few exceptions, and some facilities have reduced the number of public entrances.

Parking for staff and patients at NSHA sites has been made free. 

  • Mental Health and Addictions

NSHA is transitioning to one-to-one treatment and therapy to be primarily offered using the phone or video platform, if available, unless a person’s needs require face-to-face assessment or treatment.

Intake Service for Community Mental Health and Addictions clinics, Withdrawal Management Services, Opioid Replacement and Treatment Program is available weekdays, 8:30-4:30. Please call toll-free 1-855-922-1212. 

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis or someone concerned about them, by calling toll-free 1-888-429-8167.

Kids Help Phone is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free). 
For more information, visit http://www.nshealth.ca/mental-health-and-addictions-intake-service.

  • Cancer care

All outpatient services in medical, radiation and gynecologic oncology, as well as hematology, including chemotherapy and radiation treatments, will be continuing to provide clinical services but minimizing patients coming to the hospital when safe and possible. Patients with appointments in medical, hematologic and gynecologic oncology may receive a telephone call from the cancer centre or clinic prior to any scheduled appointments advising if the appointment has been changed to a telephone or video appointment. All patients scheduled for radiation therapy will go ahead as planned.

All scheduled cancer and non-cancer surgeries are being reviewed and patients will be contacted if there are changes to their surgery dates.

  • Blood collection

Laboratory Services are required to scale back non-urgent work. Any laboratory testing that can be deferred will be.

Mobile Outreach Street Health (MOSH) has closed its clinic/office space. Limited staff remain in place for urgent issues.

Nova Scotians need to call 811 before heading to a COVID-19 assessment site.

SCHOOLS AND CHILD CARE:

All public schools are closed until at least the May long weekend. All school trips in May and June are cancelled. All exams are cancelled. Students and families will have access to e-learning and at-home learning materials will be provided for students without internet access. Families who feel at-home learning may be a burden are asked to speak to their child's teacher. A dedicated learning website for families is available at https://curriculum.novascotia.ca/learning-home.

All licensed childcare providers across the province are expected to cease operations until at least the May long weekend.

Nova Scotia Community College campuses have moved to alternative forms, such as online or remote options. The Winter Term is being extended by two weeks to provide additional time to complete course work, if needed. The College is closed to all but employees until further notice. 

Dalhousie University and the University of King's College has suspended in-person classes, in-person labs, and in-person exams, which will not resume this term. Residences are being vacated except for those unable to leave due to travel restrictions or personal circumstances. All non-essential university events are cancelled or postponed until June 1 at a minimum. Campus buildings, offices and services have suspended in-person operations.

Dalhousie Convocation and King’s Encaenia ceremonies scheduled for May 2020 have been cancelled.

Mount Saint Vincent University has suspended in-person classes and labs until the end of the term. All faculty and staff are no longer be permitted on campus, with the exception of a very limited number of essential operational on-campus service providers. All events at MSVU are cancelled until at least June 1. Undergraduate students will have the choice to accept their final course grade or request a grade of "Pass" (for grades of "D" or higher) for each of their courses in the Winter 2020 term. Graduate students will have the choice to accept their final course grade or request a grade of “Pass” (for grades of "B-" or better) for each of their courses in the Winter 2020 term. 

MSVU has cancelled spring convocation. They are committed to giving students the opportunity to cross the Convocation stage at a later date, possibly in the fall. 

Saint Mary's University has shifted to virtual operations. No one is permitted on campus, with the exception of a very limited number of on-site staff. Students unable to move home or to an alternate location need to notify the Housing and Residence office immediately. 

NSCAD has begun remote and alternative curriculum delivery, and most students should have received documentation from their professors outlining how the remainder of the semester will be completed off campus. 

NSCAD has postponed the graduation ceremony scheduled for May 11.

BUSINESSES/RETAIL:

The order under the Health Protection Act has been amended to require workers in the fishing and offshore industries to self-isolate when they enter the province.

If you don't know whether or not your business or non-profit is allowed to be open, or how you can comply with public health orders and workplace safety requirements, use the province's online tool.

Restaurants are allowed to include alcohol purchases with takeout and delivery orders as long as the alcohol cost is not more than three times the value of food ordered.

Any workplace or business that is not deemed essential can remain open as long as a two-metre or six-foot distance can be maintained. Workspaces must also be cleaned and disinfected at a minimum of twice daily or as required.

Essential services are exempt from gathering limits. They include but are not limited to grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies. Other groups include construction sites, health-care services, community services (e.g. child protection), criminal justice services and law enforcement.

Some bank branches have closed, others have reduced hours of operation.

Irving Shipbuilding has suspended industrial operations at the Halifax Shipyard, Marine Fabricators and Woodside Industries.

Personal service and fitness establishments such as hair salons, barbershops, spas, nail salons, body art establishments and gyms have shut down.

Restaurants are now take-out or delivery only and all drinking establishments are closed.

NSLCs are now open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and closed on Sundays. Seniors and others considered to be in the high-risk category for the virus will be allowed to shop from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Customers are encouraged to pay with debit or credit and will be asked to bag their own purchases.

Atlantic Superstore locations have reduced hours, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the general public. Some stores are opening at 9 a.m. on Sundays. They have also implemented seniors shopping hours from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday to Saturday. Those who required extra assistance will also be allowed to shop during that time.

Shoppers Drug Mart is dedicating the first opening hour of shopping at stores to customers who need assistance or consideration, including seniors and people living with disabilities. Store hours have been adjusted.

Sobeys stores are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the first hour of operations dedicated to those most vulnerable and those who require extra attention, particularly seniors.

The Alderney Landing Farmers Market has moved online with pick up and delivery options available.

The Halifax Brewery Farmers’ Market is working on launching an online platform that will allow customers to place orders, then pick them up from the interior courtyards.

Canadian Tire locations have reduced hours of operation.

Marks, Sportcheck, Atmosphere, Pro Hockey Life, Party City, National Sports and PartSource stores are closed.

IKEA Canada has temporarily closed all of its stores.

Home Depot will close daily at 6 p.m.

CAA Atlantic Branch Offices are temporarily closed to the public.

The Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market is closed indefinitely.

Some stores at Mic Mac Mall may be reducing hours of operation to 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

Halifax Shopping Centre says some retailers have chosen to modify their store hours or close temporarily. The food court is open for take-out only and no seating is available.

Dartmouth Crossing says some retailers have reduced hours and others have temporarily closed their stores.

Bedford Place Mall remains open however specific stores may have reduced hours or be closed. A list of what's open can be found online.

Sunnyside Mall says some stores are temporarily closed or have reduced hours of operation. Pete’s Frootique & Fine Foods and Shoppers Drug Mart are essential services and will be operating regular hours.

Other businesses and offices may be closed, have reduced hours of operation, may be reducing the number of patrons, have staff working from home or have implemented other restrictions.

RECREATION :

Private campgrounds must close until May 1.

The entire grounds of Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, including the fort and all the green space, roads, and pathways on the property are temporarily closed until further notice. This includes the pathway on Brunswick Street leading to the Old Town Clock.

All municipal parks, beaches, playgrounds, sports fields/courts, and trails are closed until further notice and if you enter these areas you could be charged.

HRM says anyone parking in a lot that is part of a provincial or municipal park is breaching the state of emergency order and risks being ticketed and/or towed. Non-compliant vehicles can be reported by calling 311.

Other violations of the provincial state of emergency can be reported through the police non-emergency line at 902-490-5020.

Provincial and municipal trails that are not part of a park can be used for exercise purposes, but only if you can walk there.
 
Residents who have questions about the status of a trail can call 311, however, the municipality is asking residents to:
  • Stay home unless absolutely necessary.
  • Walk/exercise within your neighbourhood only.
  • Practice social distancing. This means staying at least two metres apart from others and do not gather in groups.

Sportfishing season is on hold until at least May 1. Learn to Fish activities have been cancelled this year and no permits will be issued to host trout derbies.

Reservations for the 2020 camping season at provincial parks are on hold; an announcement will be made when they are available.

Open fires are banned for any purpose in woods or within 305 metres of woods in any part of the province and will be in effect until May 15 (the public can report wildfires by calling 911 in an emergency or by calling 1-800-565-2224). On Twitter, Hailfax Fire this means open fires are not allowed anywhere in HRM, and that includes the use of Chimeneas.

Provincial parks, beaches and tourist attractions are closed. Provincial trails will remain open for exercise. The 5 person gathering limit and social distancing guidelines must be followed.

Parking at provincial parks is prohibited and any vehicles found in violation will be ticketed and towed.

All municipally owned recreation facilities, community centres and arenas are closed and all programs and bookings will be suspended until further notice. 

All municipal spring recreation programming is cancelled and summer recreation program registration scheduled for April 1 is cancelled. The status of summer recreation programming will be determined at a later date.

Parks Canada is temporarily suspending all motor vehicle access by visitors at all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas. All visitor services remain suspended and all visitor facilities remain closed. This means that all parking lots, vehicle services, trails, washrooms, day use facilities, showers, visitor centres, and all camping facilities -- including oTENTiks, yurts and backcountry camping -- are closed until further notice. Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.

Shubenacadie Wildlife Park is closed until further notice.

All branches of Halifax Public Libraries are closed until further notice. All book drops are closed. All loan periods for physical collection items have been extended, and no late fees will be accrued.

The Nova Scotia Archives in Halifax is closed to the public

EMERGENCY SERVICES:

Police are authorized to enforce orders under the Health Protection Act. If Nova Scotians and businesses do not practice social distancing and self-isolation, they will face fines of $1,000 for individuals and $7,500 for businesses. Multiple fines can be given each day an individual or business fails to comply. Police can also enforce offences under the Emergency Management Act.

Halifax Regional Police are closing their community offices at the Halifax Shopping Centre and the Spryfield Community Office to the public on Thursday. HRP are also encouraging the public to report incidents by phone at 902-490-5016 (unless it's an emergency, then call 911).  Theft and property damage related incidents can be reported online.

When calling 911, engaging with HRP officers or attending police facilities, you should expect to be asked the following questions regarding recent travel and any symptoms of COVID-19 you have/are experiencing:

  • Do you have a fever or symptoms of respiratory infection, such as a new or worsening cough or breathing trouble?
  • Have you, or someone you have been in contact with recently travelled within the past 14 days to countries or regions known to have COVID-19?

Nova Scotia RCMP say they are following existing protocols and procedures that deal with pandemics. That means monitoring business continuity plans, assessing essential service levels and equipment, and forwarding updates on safety and prevention measures. Police officers are being advised of what safety measures should be taken and when, where and how they should use the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

EVENTS/ENTERTAINMENT:

The IWK Telethon has been cancelled.

The ZZ Top show scheduled for May 20 at the Scotiabank Centre has been postponed.

Halifax Port Days will be suspended until 2021.

The TD Halifax Jazz Festival has been cancelled.

Animation Festival of Halifax, originally scheduled for May 7-9, 2020 at Carbon Arc Cinema, announced the postponement of the festival until May 2021

The Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival has cancelled the 2020 event.

The 2020 Volunteer Awards are postponed until further notice.

Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival has been postponed. Originally scheduled for June 10–13 in Neptune's Scotiabank theatre, it has been pushed back to the fall, with official dates to be confirmed. Pre-season screenings set for April 15 and May 5 at the Halifax Central Library have been cancelled and the Atlantic and Canadian shorts submission calls will both be extended to June 1.

The Blue Nose Marathon has been postponed and will now take place Nov 6 - 8.

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo has been cancelled.

The Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office and Administration Office is closed until further notice. Tickets can still be purchased online.

The Halifax Convention Centre is closed to events and public access until further notice.

The Scotiabank Centre is closed to events and public access until further notice.

Ha!ifax Comedy fest, scheduled for April 22-25  is being postponed until October.

Cineplex Inc. has closed all of its 165 theatres nationwide, which includes Playdium.

Casinos in Halifax and Sydney are closed.

Bar owners are no longer allowed to operate VLTs.

Halifax Burger Week has been postponed until June.

Casino Nova Scotia has postponed and cancelled several shows. Terry Fator has been rescheduled for Aug. 22. 

Neptune Theatre has postponed Billy Elliot The Musical.  

Symphony Nova Scotia has cancelled the remaining concerts in its 2019/20 season

Carbon Arc's screening venue has temporarily closed. 

MUSEUMS:

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is closed until further notice.

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Museum of Natural History in Halifax and Art Gallery of Nova Scotia are closed to the public.

The Discovery Centre is temporarily closed to the public until further notice.

The Naval Museum of Halifax and the Shearwater Aviation Museum are closed.

The Dartmouth Heritage Museum is closed until further notice.

SPORTS:

The 2020 North American Indigenous Games has been postponed until 2021.

The Nova Scotia Golf Association says, by the order of Medical Officer of Health, all golf courses in Nova Scotia are required to close. 

The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021.

The start of the Halifax Wanderers season has been postponed.

Dartmouth Curling Club is closed for curling for the rest of the season.

The QMJHL has cancelled all remaining games of the 2019-20 schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ending the Halifax Mooseheads' season. There will be no playoffs and the Memorial Cup has been called off.

The Halifax Hurricanes season is officially over after the National Basketball League of Canada board of governors unanimously voted to cancel all remaining regular-season games and playoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The National Lacrosse League has cancelled the regular season, which affects the Halifax Thunderbird, however officials are examining various post-season scenarios.

Hockey Canada announced on Thursday night that all minor hockey events across the country would be cancelled for the entire season, including Hockey Nova Scotia sanctioned events.

Soccer Nova Scotia has suspended all sanctioned activities and closed its offices.

Gymnastics Nova Scotia is suspending all gymnastics related activities until further notice. 

Ringette Nova Scotia has suspended all ringette events and activities in Nova Scotia until further notice.  

All Bedford Minor Hockey activities (games, tournaments, practices and any other team-related activities) are cancelled until further notice.

Basketball Nova Scotia has cancelled all sanctioned events until further notice.

ORGANIZATIONS:

All Nova Scotia SPCA locations are closed to the public for our adoption, volunteer and public spay/neuter programs. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters has suspended all clothing donation collection activities for the time being for the safety of our staff and donors.

Diabetes Canada says the pick-up of all textile donations from homes and donation bins across the country have stopped, effective immediately. 

All service providers funded through the Department of Community Services' Disability Support Program - including social enterprises, day programs, and supported employment programs for adults with diverse abilities will close to participants and the public.

Parker Street Food Bank is requesting clients call and make an appointment before picking up food. Deliveries will be dropped off outside the door of a building or home. Drop off donations are discouraged, but funds are appreciated

Veith House is closed.

Laing House is closed to members until further notice. Staff remain available by phone or email. If you or somebody you know is in crisis, please reach out to the Mobile Crisis Team at 902-429-8167.

Adsum House for Women and Children's emergency shelter remains open. At the moment the organization is not receiving donations of clothing and household items and its Deja-Vu clothing room is closed until further notice.

AFCOOP is closed until further notice.

The Canadian Red Cross has suspending public access to its full-time offices and part-time depots throughout the Atlantic provinces until further notice.

The 2020 Canadian Real Estate Personal Safety Seminar/Workshop scheduled in Halifax for April 28 has been postponed to October 27, 2020.

Freemasons of Nova Scotia have cancelled all lodge meetings and community events until further notice.

All ISANS offices are closed. Staff are delivering services by phone and online.  If you have an urgent settlement issue, please contact your settlement counsellor by phone or email, or contact Settlement Support at 902-406-0472. Staff will respond as soon as possible. For all other inquiries, please contact your ISANS staff member, or our main reception lines: 1-866-431-6472, 902-423-3607, or email us at info@isans.ca.

YWCA offices and programs are closed.

RELIGION:

The Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth has suspended all Masses, both Sunday and weekday, Liturgies of the Word, and all other liturgical gatherings until further notice. An 8 a.m. weekday Mass and an 11 a.m. Sunday Mass can be watched online.

Hindu Temple Halifax is closed till further notice.

Many other services are cancelled and places of worship are closed. Some are offering online alternatives.

OTHER MUNICIPAL SERVICES:

Halifax Regional Council will be holding virtual special meetings on April 2, April 9, April 14 and April 28, each starting at 1 p.m. Regularly scheduled meetings on April 7 and April 21 are cancelled.

The Youth Live Enviro Depot at 947 Mitchell Street is closed until further notice.

The Household Special Waste Depot program is suspended until further notice.

Mobile Household Special Waste drop-off events on May 2 at the Sackville Transit Terminal and May 9 at the Porters Lake Transit Terminal have been cancelled.

The municipality is currently looking at alternative payment options related to property taxes due April 30, 2020.

OTHER PROVINCIAL AND FEDERAL SERVICES:

The union representing Canada Post employees is asking Canadians to disinfect their mail boxes to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Many Canada Post office are reducing hours of service and offering priority service to those whom are at a higher risk during the first hour of operation. Waiting customers are asked to maintain a distance of 2 metres (6 feet). The normal 15-day hold period has been suspended and those feeling ill or self-isolating are asked to not pick up parcels until it's safe to do so.

The federal government is shutting down the network of in-person Service Canada centres over COVID-19 concerns. According to the  Public Service Alliance of Canada, those who cannot fill out an application online can be helped over the phone, and in cases where an in-person visit is necessary, an appointment will be made for them to come into the office.

Passport services at all Service Canada offices are suspended until further notice. To get urgent passport services, fill out the e-form or call the Service Canada Passport Call Centre at 1-800-567-6868.

Access Centres and Registry of Motor Vehicle Offices will start to resume operations in a scaled back, limited contact business model. Staff working out of Access Centres and Registry of Motor Vehicle offices, including in Dartmouth, will be available to help people with urgent matters by calling 1-800-670-4357. In addition, government has extended deadlines for more vehicle permits, registrations and renewals until Aug.31. Drop-off boxes for applicable services will also be available at the Dartmouth Access Centre. Many of the services are also available online.

CFB Halifax is following a national direction to revert to essential services only within Base branches. All other Defence Team personnel, both military and civilian, are to work from home if possible.

All events at Government House are postponed and Their Honours will not attend external events.

All Visitor Information Centres are closed until further notice.

Nova Scotia's correctional facilities are closed to all visitors until further notice.

UTILITIES:

Halifax Water says disconnection for non-payment of service is suspended until July 31st. Customers may defer payments on accounts from March 13th – July 31st and no interest will be charged on overdue accounts.

Nova Scotia Power will not be disconnecting customers for nonpayment for at least the next 90 days (as of March 23). Those struggling to pay their bills are asked to contact the Customer Care team at 1-800-428-6230.
 

COURTS:

Nova Scotians will have more time to pay their fines for summary offence convictions and no one will be automatically convicted for not dealing with their outstanding parking or driving offences.   

Members of the public who have a matter before the Provincial Court, Night Court, or the provincial Family Court, should not attend court in person unless the matter is in relation to an in-custody or urgent criminal matter, or an urgent family law or child/adult protection matter. Provincial Courts continue to be restricted for members of the general public. Only those persons required for the court proceedings will be permitted.

Nova Scotia Supreme Court (including the Family Division) proceedings will be limited to those deemed urgent or essential by the presiding justice. Unless ordered otherwise by the trial judge, any trials that are currently underway will continue until they conclude.

The Supreme Court, including the Family Division, will no longer accept hard copies of documents at courthouses. Counsel and self-represented individuals should email or fax documents that need to be filed in relation to urgent and essential matters.

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal is adjourning all hearings that were scheduled for the upcoming May/June term and suspending all filing deadlines related to those matters.




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