SaltWire Network temporarily stopped publishing all weekly community newspapers in Atlantic Canada for 12 weeks starting on March 25, 2020. Almost 40 per cent of all SaltWire Network employees (240 employees) were temporarily laid off and remaining staff had their hours reduced. On June 23, 2020, SaltWire Network announced that 109 of those employees from all areas of the company were laid off permanently (61 in Nova Scotia, 25 in Newfoundland and Labrador, and 23 in Prince Edward Island).

Amherst News, Valley Harvester, the Central Voice, the Compass, the Gulf News, the Labrador Voice, the Northern Pen, the Packet, the Southern Gazette, the Western Star and the Sackville Tribune-Post were confirmed permanently closed in March 2021.