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What's open and what's closed this Victoria Day weekend

Here's a look at what you can expect this long weekend
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Here's a look at what will be open and closed this long weekend in the Halifax area.


Victoria Day is not a designated retail closing day in Nova Scotia, which means you can expect grocery stores and NSLCs to be open. However, NSLC stores will be closed Sunday as part of a temporary reduction in hours of operation.

Many retail stores are closed due to the province-wide shutdown, however those selling essential items are allowed to be open. Only one person per household can go into a store, but they are permitted to bring a child or caregiver with them, if needed.

Restaurants are closed to in-person dining, but you can order take-out, delivery or use a drive-thru.

Pharmacies are open Monday, but some may be operating with reduced hours.

Expect banks to be closed Monday and likely Sunday.

Other businesses may have reduced hours of operation, or be closed due to COVID-19, or the holiday. It's best to call ahead or check a store's website/social media.


Travel within Nova Scotia is currently restricted due to the province-wide shutdown. 

Halifax Transit buses and the Alderney Ferry will be operating on holiday service on Monday. Masks are required and delays and/or cancellations are possible due to staffing availability. Check the Halifax Transit website or Twitter page for more information.

On-street parking is free.


Parks, beaches and trails are open, but you're restricted to those within your own community. Public health orders, including physical distancing and gathering limits, need to be followed.

Campgrounds at provincial and national parks are closed. Private campgrounds are only open to those staying for the season and short-term camping is not allowed.

Those with cottages can only go if they're going to stay until travel restrictions ease.

Sports courts in HRM are open for the season and can be used if public health orders are followed. 

Halifax Public Libraries will not be offering curbside pick-up services on Monday. All branches are already closed due to the province-wide shutdown.


Canada Post will not be collecting or delivering mail Monday.

There will be no municipal solid waste collection on Monday. If that's your day, put garbage, organics and recyclables at the curb on Saturday, May 22.

The Otter Lake Waste Management Facility, the municipal recycling plant and municipal composting facility, will be closed on Monday, but open for regular hours on Saturday.

The Household Special Waste Depot in Bayers Lake will be closed on Saturday.

The 311 Contact Centre will be operating on regular hours on Monday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The two Customer Service Centres that currently provide in-person access to municipal services and payments will be closed on Monday.

Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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