Remembrance Day 2020 municipal service adjustments / Remembrance Day services modified due to COVID-19 restrictions

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Remembrance Day 2020 municipal service adjustments

The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents of the following municipal program and service level adjustments for Remembrance Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11:

Solid Waste Collection and Facility Hours

No municipal garbage, organics or recyclables collection services will take place on Remembrance Day. The curbside collection of garbage, organics or recyclables normally scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 11, will occur instead on the following Saturday, Nov. 14. Residents are reminded that collection services can begin as early as 7 a.m.; to ensure collection, materials may be placed curbside the evening prior to collection day.

The Household Special Waste (HSW) Depot in Bayers Lake will be closed on Saturday, Nov. 14, but will be open on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Otter Lake Waste Facility will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11, but will be open on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Municipal Recycling Plant will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11, but will be open on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To learn more about solid waste facility holiday hours, click here.

Halifax Transit Bus and Ferry Services

In recognition of those who serve our country, Halifax Transit is offering free transit to all veterans and military personnel, and their accompanying family members, on Remembrance Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11. Veterans or military personnel wishing to use the free transit service are simply asked to be in uniform or display their military identification upon boarding. This offer extends to Halifax Transit bus and harbour ferry services, as well as registered Access-A-Bus users.

Halifax Transit buses and ferries will be operating on holiday schedules on Wednesday, Nov. 11. For detailed holiday schedules by individual route, visit: https://www.halifax.ca/transportation/halifax-transit/routes-schedules.

Recreation Facilities, Programs and Services

The majority of municipally-operated recreation facilities will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Please contact your individual facility in advance to confirm operating hours.

Parking

Parking will be free on Wednesday, Nov. 11, however, motorists must abide by other posted signage, such as accessible parking, fire hydrants and no-stopping.

Customer Contact Centres

The 311 Contact Centre will be operating on regular hours, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 11. You can contact 311 by phone, or by emailing contacthrm@halifax.ca.

The three Customer Service Centres that provide in-person access to municipal services and payments will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11, and will reopen for regular business hours on Thursday, Nov. 12.

For more information, click here.

Remembrance Day ceremonies

Due to COVID-19, Remembrance Day ceremonies across the municipality will be greatly reduced this year. Please check with your local legion to learn if the ceremony has moved to a virtual platform. The Remembrance Day ceremony at the Grand Parade is closed to the public.

The Royal Canadian Legion in Nova Scotia is asking the public to please stay home on Remembrance Day and take a quiet moment to reflect what our veterans, both past and present, have sacrificed for the peace and security of Canada and around the world.

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Remembrance Day services modified due to COVID-19 restrictions
As is the case with many public events during the pandemic, Remembrance Day services around the province will be modified somewhat this year.
Veterans Affairs Canada contracts Nova Scotia Health to provide care at seven veterans’ long-term care facilities in the province. They include:
  • Taigh Na Mara (Glace Bay, Eastern Zone)
  • Harbourview Hospital – (Sydney Mines, Eastern Zone)
  • Northumberland Veterans Unit at Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital (Pictou, Northern Zone)
  • Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building (Halifax, Central Zone)
  • Veteran’s Place (Yarmouth, Western Zone)
  • Soldiers Memorial Hospital, (Middleton, Western Zone)
  • Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital (Lunenburg, Western Zone)
Normally, many of these facilities would hold public ceremonies on Nov. 11.
This year, Public Health guidelines and restrictions will dictate what ceremonies look like. In many cases, citizens should expect there won’t be a public gathering at their veterans’ facility, unless an invitation has been received.
Each long-term care facility will customize its own private events in a way that balances the significant recognition deserving of our veterans, while ensuring many of our most vulnerable citizens remain safe.
While in-house services will take on a new form, the meaning and intentions of each ceremony will remain the same – remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for a better world.
For guidance on how to safely participate in Remembrance Day ceremonies this year, visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus

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