All N.S. schools and daycares will be closed until at least April 6. Daycares will start closing on Tuesday March 17.

St. Francis Xavier University, Acadia University and Cape Breton University have joined several other universities in Nova Scotia in suspending in-person classes next week.

Dalhousie University/University of King’s College

All classes are paused from March 16-20. Online instruction to resume on Monday, March 23.
All in-person classes, in-person labs and in-person exams will not resume this term.

Dalhousie University’s convocation and University of King’s College’s Encaenia ceremonies scheduled for May 2020 have also be cancelled.


All in-person classes suspended from March 16-20.
None of the classes, including examinations, will resume as face-to-face instruction at the end of the class suspension period (March 23 – end of term).
The university will maintain all operations during this time period, including research activity, residences, and residence-related services such as the dining hall.
All field courses and experiences are cancelled through the end of June.


All in-person classes are suspended for the rest of the term. Classes will continue online.
All in-person exams are suspended. Faculty are being asked to revisit their assessment plans and consider whether take-home or digitally-delivered exams are feasible for a particular course.
The University remains open and services will continue. Employees should attend work as usual.

Mount Saint Vincent University has called off its ceremony and says all graduating students will get their degrees, certificates and diplomas.


Nova Scotia Community College campuses will be suspending classes from March 23 – April 3 as they prepare to deliver learning through alternative forms, such as online or remote options.

All online courses will continue as usual following the Study Week and students will get an update by April 3 on how the remainder of their courses will be managed.

NSCC will continue to assess this situation and its impact on the Winter and Spring terms, Work Placements and Co-ops.

All other campus-based courses, including apprenticeship training, are suspended from March 16 until April 3.

NSCAD’s graduation ceremony scheduled for May 11 has been postponed.



Nova Scotia jails have barred volunteer organizations and restricted visitors to non-contact conversations amid COVID-19 concerns.

Non-contact visits mean that an inmate and the person visiting are separated by a glass partition and use a phone system to talk to one another, the Justice Department said in a news release Saturday evening.

Jury trials in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have been suspended for 60 days amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
The Nova Scotia Supreme Court says the decision is effective immediately and applies to all jury trials that have not yet commenced in court.

Hospitals The Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK say they are limiting visitors at all sites.
Long-Term Care Homes All N.S. long-term care homes are closed to visitors as of March 15, 2020



Effective Monday, March 16 passenger capacity on all ferries will be limited to 150 persons per trip. Additionally, buses will be limited to seating passengers only (standing passengers will not be permitted at this time).

The Halifax Service Canada Centre and Passport Service office is closed until further notice.


Effective Tuesday, March 17 all municipally owned recreation facilities, community centres and arenas will be closed, and all programs and bookings will be suspended until further notice. While facilities will be open Monday, we encourage residents to stay home if possible and avoid facilities if they are feeling unwell or have recently travelled outside of Nova Scotia.

Further, all March Break camps are cancelled effective immediately, aligning with the decision from the Province of Nova Scotia earlier this afternoon.

Effective Monday, March 16, all branches of Halifax Public Libraries are closing for three weeks as a precaution to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Throughout this situation, the safety and well-being of our employees and community members continues to be our number one priority. The Library will monitor recommendations from the Government of Nova Scotia and Canadian Public Health Agency of Canada to determine if an extension to the three-week closure period is required.

Halifax Public Libraries has extended all loan periods for physical collection items to six weeks, effective March 14. Any current loans have also been extended by three weeks. The Library will be generous in our approach to waiving fines to accommodate self-isolation periods and illness.

All Good Life Fitness and Fit4Less locations closing until further notice


Tim Hortons — Some locations are drive thru or take out only.  Dining in is forbidden

Some stores are choosing to reduce Hours — Mic Mac Mall has changed hours 11-7 during the week   12-5 on Sunday

Restaurants have to reduce capacity —

All museums closed

Discovery Centre Closed

Halifax Seaport Market closed

Shubie Wildlife Park closed

Symphony NS closed

Casino NS closed


In solidarity with the recommendations of our provincial government, our health care authorities, as well as in consultation with my fellow Atlantic Bishops, I am instructing as of Monday, March 16, 2020 all Masses, both Sunday and weekday, Liturgies of the Word, and all other liturgical gatherings be suspended until further notice. This also applies to all other large parish gatherings. More precise directives will be forth coming regarding funerals, weddings, and Holy Week.