COVID-19 Resources

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a variety of resources and links will be shared here.

Reopening Recommendations

  • The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (CCH) has released the Arts and Culture Sector Guide to Workplace Prevention Planning (see below).

  • Click here to view the Communities, Culture and Heritage COVID-19 Prevention Guide for Event Organizers, Theatres and Performance Venues.

  • To learn more about the Government of Nova Scotia’s response to COVID-19, click here.

  • The Government of Nova Scotia has released a website outlining how to prepare Nova Scotia for reopening. Click here.

  • Starting at 12:01 a.m. on July 31st, non-medical masks are mandatory in most indoor public places. The Government of Nova Scotia has released a FAQ sheet, Face Mask Required Sign, and How to Wear Mask Poster (see below)

  • On June 9, 2020, Senior Conservation Scientist Tom Strang gave a presentation entitled “Caring for Heritage Collections During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Focus on Reopening.” The recording is available here.

  • The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) has released Caring for Heritage Collections During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Version 2).

  • The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) has compiled a number of re-opening resources.

  • The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) has released a list of Ticket Service Providers for museums to review that may be considering online ticketing platforms during reopening (see below).

  • The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) has compiled a list of sample reopening plans. Click here.

AMA's Ticketing Service Providers DocumentDownload  

CCH's COVID-19 Stakeholder Guidance DocumentDownload  

Government of Nova Scotia's FAQ SheetDownload  

Face Mask Required SignDownload  

How to Wear A Mask PosterDownload  


  • The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has been transitioned to other supports. Click here for more information. 

  • CRA released changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). Click here to learn about these changes.

  • The Government of Nova Scotia has released printable resources about staying healthy and stopping the spread of COVID-19 (see below)

  • Service Canada is open for business! Although the Service Canada Centres are closed to the public due to COVID-19, you can still get the Service Canada benefits and services you need online or by telephone. They are here to help you access the Government of Canada services and benefits you want and need. If you would like more information or have questions, please call 1-800-O-Canada or complete an e-Services form. Please see the printable resources below for more details.

  • The province has extended the provisions for organizations and societies to conduct their required AGM either virtually or be held customary within 90 days after the State of Emergency Order is lifted. Click here to learn more.

  • The Alberta Museum Association (AMA) has compiled resources to help museums respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Part 1: Activating Your Emergency Response, and Part 2: Workers and Employees.

  • Imagine Canada's chart summarizing Federal Government measures for charities, nonprofits, and social enterprises.

  • The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia is offering resources for nonprofit & voluntary organizations.

COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations Portal User GuideDownload  

Fonds d’Urgence Relatif à la COVID-19 pour les Organismes du Patrimoine - Guide de l’Utilisateur du PortailDownload  

Social Distancing Best Practices Poster (ENGLISH)Download  

Social Distancing Best Practices Poster (FRENCH)Download  

Social Distancing Best Practices Poster (AR)Download  

Social Distancing Best Practices Poster (ZH-CN)Download  

Social Distancing Best Practices Poster (MIKMAW)Download  

Services Canada - Here to HelpDownload  

Services Canada - Here to Help EmployersDownload  


  • Tourism Nova Scotia offered a weekly series of webinars that gave tourism businesses tools to adapt and be ready to open following COVID-19. Click here to view recordings.

  • The Ontario Museum Association hosted a webinar entitled “Caring for Heritage Collections During the COVID-19 Pandemic” on April 21st. In this webinar, Irene Karsten, Canadian Conservation Institute Preservation Development Advisor, shared information and recommendations to help those responsible for heritage collections. Click here to watch the recording.

  • National Trust for Canada is offering a series of free webinars in response to COVID-19. Click here for more details.

  • ACHIEVE offered a free webinar led by trainer Lynda Monk titled, “Managing Your Stress During COVID-19.” Click here to watch the recording.

  • Cuseum offered a webinar titled, “Preparing to Reopen - Strategy, Planning & Process on the Road to Reopening Museums.” Click here to watch the recording. As well as, a webinar titled “Museum Think Tank: Cultural Organizations as Incubators for Social Impact” on June 16th. Click here to watch the recording.

  • Cuseum offered a webinar titled, “Re-Opening Museums & Cultural Attractions: Succeeding in the Post-COVID Era with Digital Tools” on Jun 24th. Click here to watch the recording.

  • Tactile Studio offered a webinar titled, “How Museums can still be Inclusive after Covid-19?” Click here to watch the recording.


  • Visit Canada Helps to learn more about donating and fundraising online.

  • #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. GivingTuesday was started in Canada by a group of organizations, including Click here to learn more about this initiative.

Research & Marketing

  • Get involved in the 2020 Tourism Marketing Campaign by: using the tools in the 2020 Marketing Toolkit to align your marketing efforts and amplify the campaign, sharing the 60 second marketing campaign video ‘There’s No Place Like Nova Scotia, using the hashtags #RediscoverNovaScotia and #VisitNovaScotia or tag @VisitNovaScotia on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to be featured on their social media pages or in their gallery on, updating your business listing, packages, events and experiences on to reflect your open/close dates, business hours, rates by emailing:, and listing your packages on You can create listings for your packages using the online Partner Portal.

  • Tourism Nova Scotia has released a COVID-19 Tourism Recovery Research and Marketing Approach. Tourism Nova Scotia also started the #TNSHeretoHelp campaign, which highlights TNS team members and what they can do to help tourism business and organizations now and in the future.

  • Tourism Nova Scotia’s new Tourism Digital Assistance Program can help you enhance your online presence and connect with potential customers. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, July 8 at 4pm. Click here to learn more.

  • Tourism Nova Scotia is boosting awareness of local food and services.

  • Destination Canada is conducting weekly surveys to determine which activities Canadians feel comfortable returning to as public health restrictions ease.

  • ANSM’s Museums & COVID-19 Impact Survey Infographic is now available (see below).

ANSM's COVID-19 Impact Survey ResultsDownload  


  • Risk Mitigation Tool for Child and Youth Settings is available in English and French. As well as, the Risk Mitigation Tool for Outdoor Recreation Spaces and Activities Operating during the COVID-19 Pandemic is available in English and French.

  • Museum Hack offers helpful insight on their blog about virtual museum tour trends.

  • International Council of Museums (ICOM) blog post titled “Museums and COVID-19: 8 steps to support community resilience”

  • The American Alliance of Museums, Center for the Future of Museums blog post titled “How to Get Ready to Open the Doors” by Elizabeth Merritt.

  • Volunteer Canada is offering Resources on COVID-19 and Volunteering, click here.