Nova Scotia is moving into Phase 4 of the reopening plan today, July 14. Don’t forget to wear a mask, social distance and get tested, even if you’ve been vaccinated. Learn more about Phase 4 details: https://novascotia.ca/reopening-plan/phase-four
• Restaurants, bars, wineries, distillery tasting rooms and craft taprooms can offer indoor and outdoor service with at least 2 metres/6 feet between people at different tables. There can be up to 25 people per table. Regular hours of operation can return as per their licensing. Masks are required when people are not eating or drinking.
• All retail stores can operate at maximum capacity possible with public health measures like social distancing and masks.
• Casino Nova Scotia and video lottery terminals can operate at maximum capacity possible with social distancing and masks. They must follow their sector specific plans. Regular hours of operation can return as per their licensing.
• Workplaces (like offices) can continue to follow a phased approach to have employees return to the workplace and need to follow OHS Hazard Management.

The province announced an $18.2 million package to help boost tourism restart. The announcement included two new grant programs to support tourism operators. The applications are now open for the Tourism Accommodations Restart Customer Attraction Program and the Small Tourism Operator Restart Program.

Tourism Accommodations Restart Customer Attraction Program
The Tourism Accommodations Restart Customer Attraction Program will help registered tourism accommodations attract overnight stays and bring tourism dollars to businesses across the province. Eligible operators will receive a grant of $1,000 per room for the first ten rooms and $500 per room for each additional room. Operators can design their own compelling offers and promotions that work best for them or enhance customer-focused amenities.
Details about the eligibility criteria and the online applications form are available at https://tourismns.ca/tarcap The deadline to apply is July 23.

Small Tourism Operators Restart Program:
The Small Tourism Operators Restart Program provides a one-time grant of $5,000 to for smaller tourism businesses. This program is for businesses that were impacted by COVID-19 restrictions but were not eligible for recent provincial programs, such as Small Business Impact Grant 3 and Tourism Accommodations Real Property Tax Rebate. The funding can be used to aid in re-start activities, such as advertising or purchasing PPE and cleaning supplies.
Eligible businesses must be primarily engaged in one of the following business activities: tour operators, scenic and sightseeing transportation operators, outdoor adventure operators and outfitters, nature parks and zoos, amusement or theme parks, recreational vehicle parks and campgrounds, and travel agencies.
Details about the eligibility criteria and links to the online application form are available at: https://tourismns.ca/storp The deadline to apply is July 23.

1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call

3. Additions to the Agenda

4. Approval of the Agenda

5. Approval of Minutes from Council Meeting held:
a) Council Meeting – Monday, June 14, 2021
b) Special Council Meeting - Thursday, June 24, 2021
c) Special Council Meeting – Monday, June 28, 2021

6. Business Arising from Minutes

7. Recommendations from Committee of the Whole

8. CAO Report 

Adjournment

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