Article adapted from CBC News: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotia-has-17-new-cases-of-covid-19-1.5512422?__vfz
The Nova Scotia government announced new supports Friday for small businesses to help them stay afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic, including a three-month rent-deferral program.
On Friday, the province announced 17 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the provincial total to 90.
Premier Stephen McNeil said small business owners shouldn't have to worry about paying rent come April 1.
He announced a rent-deferral program for small business operators who were forced to close under the public health order.
"Landlords will be asked to sign a rent-deferral agreement and government will guarantee up to $5,000 a month if that business goes under," McNeil said.
"The hope here is that these business will be able to come back even stronger. But if not, we want to reduce the risk on the landlord if that is not possible at the end of the lease. Our government will guarantee that three months."
McNeil said restaurants that are doing takeout and delivery to keep afloat will now be allowed to include alcohol with purchases, effective March 30.
The only condition the province mentioned is the alcohol cost is not more than three times the value of food ordered.