Official Response to COVID-19



March 16, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, Acorn Press & Nimbus Publishing wishes to assure the public that it is taking all the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of both its employees and the public. This is our main priority.

While we continue to monitor the situation, our office will remain open for the time being to employees and couriers only. This means we will be cancelling all meetings with members of the public until the end of March. We wish to limit the number of people inside our small office to lower the risk of possible infection.

As far as our production, sale, and distribution of books, it is currently business as usual. People need books right now more than ever, and it is our mission to bring those books to our readers, so long as it is safe for us to do so.

We are also increasing workplace sanitary measures, including the following:

Instructions on how to properly wash hands have been hung in the washrooms. Staff are advised to wash their hands often and thoroughly while at work
Staff are practicing social distancing and are staying approximately 2 metres apart
Staff who are able to work on projects from home have been advised to do so
Cleaners have been advised to wear gloves throughout their entire clean, and have been advised how to safely remove the gloves and change them
Only clean, colour-coded microfiber cloths and mop heads are used for their intended purpose/room to avoid cross-contamination
All tools and chemicals used are professional grade, like HEPA filter back-pack vacuums
Cleaning is done with hospital-grade disinfectant
All high-touch surfaces (doorknobs/handles etc.) are receiving special attention
Until we have a better sense of what is happening, we will not be setting up any in-person book events. Please follow our website to keep up with upcoming events and book launches.

We will continue to accept submissions via our online submissions system, which can be accessed at

We encourage the public to be mindful of limiting time spent in public spaces. If you are self-isolating and looking for a good book, our neighbours, Open Book Coffee, will be happy to deliver books right to your door (in HRM). Just email or call 902-943-4932. They are happy to make recommendations. If you prefer to buy books from the safety of your own home, please visit or Many of our books are also available in electronic format, which can be purchased through eBook stores such as Kobo, Apple Books, and Amazon Kindle.