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A man walks past business on Gottingen Street in the North End neighbourhood of Halifax on Nov. 13, 2020.Darren Calabrese/The Globe and Mail

Nova Scotia is offering financial support for Halifax-area businesses that have been ordered closed under the province’s new COVID-19 restrictions.

Business Minister Geoff MacLellan said today the province will offer a one-time grant of up to $5,000 to small, independently owned dine-in restaurants, bars, and fitness and leisure centres.

The province ordered those businesses closed for at least two weeks, effective today, following a rise in COVID-19 infections across the Halifax region.

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Businesses can use the grant money for any operational expense such as wages and supplies.

Eligible businesses must have been operating since March 15 and have annual sales between $25,000 and $300,000.

The province reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 today, including 12 in the Halifax area, one in the northern health zone and one in the western zone.

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