If you’ve been in Halifax for long, you probably know of a business that makes our city an exciting and vibrant place to live. A patio that you enjoy in the summer, a boutique you can’t walk by without stopping in—places that Halifax wouldn’t be the same without.
During the third wave of COVID-19, a number of these small businesses have had to pivot their operations or close completely as we work together to flatten the curve. Here’s a list of ways you can support your favourite local businesses during the current restrictions:
Support Your Local Coffee Shop
The third wave has seen a resurgence in the walk-up coffee window. So if you are out and about and in need of a caffeine fix, skip the large coffee chain drive-through in favour of an alfresco coffee pick-up.
And while you're there, grab some beans to go! If there is anything I can guarantee, it’s that you’ll need that coffee for the next few weeks. (Especially if you’re working from home with your kiddos there!)
Consider paying it forward with an act of kindness by paying for the order behind you. Now’s the perfect time to bring a smile to someone else’s face.
Support Your Local Restaurant
Feel like kicking back and skipping the dishes for the night? Call your favourite local restaurant directly to order meals to-go rather than using apps to order where possible. Restaurants lose up to 30% of your order when you order using an app instead of calling for curbside pickup.
Bonus Tip: Add a gift card to your order to use on take-out or to save for later when dine-in is available.
Support Your Local Brewery/Winery
Order a six-pack to enjoy at home.
Stock up on different wines or beers and plan to do a mini tasting at home as a “date night in.” If you’ve ever eyed a cool mug or t-shirt at the pub before, now’s the time to buy merchandise to help your favourite local businesses. Picking up a set of matching tasting glasses will bring an authentic feel to your home tasting event.
Support Your Local Gift Shop/Boutique
Many shops are still open for curbside pickup and have worked hard to make sure their full selection is available online. Many have their current hours, ordering procedure and pickup times available on their website and social media accounts.
You can also buy gift cards online and gift to your friends for birthdays/special occasions, or save them to use around the holidays to make Christmas shopping easier.
Nothing breaks up the boredom of being at home like taking a short trip out within your community to do a curbside pickup.
Support Your Local Bakery
Miss going out for coffee and baked goods? Order ahead and pick up goodies for the whole family to enjoy at home, or while taking a walk through a park or trail in your community.
Bring a smile to friends and neighbours by picking up some extra goodies and slipping them into mailboxes for a surprise. (Making sure to text them in case they already checked the mail!)
Need a large order? Be sure to call ahead so they have plenty of time to get your order right.
Support Your Neighbours
You never know what your neighbours might need unless you ask. Find out if they need help picking up an online grocery order or need someone to help arrange appointments for testing and vaccines online. Maybe they just need someone to chat with safely from your respective yards.
Or buy some extra canned goods and drop them off at a shelter/food bank or look into other local programs that help at-risk populations.
No Extra Money?
You can still support your favourite small businesses by:
HOW CHANGING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS ARE IMPACTING THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY IN NOVA SCOTIA (Updated May 10th)
With COVID-19 cases surging in Nova Scotia, there have been a few changes that impact the real estate market in our province. On Friday the NS government announced that the NS border would close to those moving to NS until the end of May.
While the purchase and sale of real estate can continue, there are a few things that will affect buyers.
Buyers cannot come to Nova Scotia to house hunt, even with isolating, until the border restrictions have been lifted. Only people who have a new permanent address are allowed to enter, and they must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
Restrictions also affect buyers currently living in Nova Scotia, as buyers are not permitted to attend a viewing or an inspection if the property is outside their community, which is defined as their municipality. An Agreement of Purchase and Sale does not fall under the travel restriction exemption for legal reasons.
We have also been asked to limit real estate activities to those deemed essential - i.e. if you are a renter and your lease is expiring this would be deemed essential but if you are shopping for a vacation property this would not be seen as essential and you should put your plans on pause until after restrictions are lifted.
Fines for not following health regulations are as high as $2000 per person as of Sunday.
Relocating to Nova Scotia? Here is some additional information just for you:
Moving to Nova Scotia - The Exceptions
On Friday the NS government announced that the NS border would close to those moving to NS until the end of May. As of May 10th, the Province announced that compassionate exemptions to enter Nova Scotia for individuals who have a:
Send your compassionate exception request to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following travel details:
Planning to travel to NS, please review the Provincial website here: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/#compassionate-exceptions
Once individuals have entered the province, they must continue straight to their new home to isolate themselves for 14 days. This means that you’ll need to come prepared with everything you need for those 14 days or make arrangements to have supplies dropped off in a contact-free method.
What’s Stayed The Same
In the Real Estate Industry, we stay committed to making sure our clients, and the public as a whole, are safe.
Real Estate Advisor based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I help people buy and sell homes with Engel & Völkers.