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Response to COVID-19: Update to facility bookings and recreation programming
The Halifax Regional Municipality continues to monitor and respond to the rapidly evolving impacts of COVID-19. The following is an update on municipal services.
As directed by the province, new public health guidelines will take effect in the Halifax Regional Municipality as of Monday, Dec. 21.
HRCE school bookings
The municipality coordinates facility bookings for all Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE) schools for community and extracurricular school use. All HRCE bookings remain cancelled within the municipality. Bookings will resume Jan. 11, 2021.
Facility bookings & rentals
Rentals at municipally-owned and operated recreation facilities, community centres and arenas will resume with regular hours on Monday, Dec. 21. Please call your local facility for more information.
As directed by the province, groups of 25 are permitted for practice and training only. No games, tournaments or spectators are permitted at this time.
Recreation programming, partner facilities, gyms & pools
Most municipally owned and operated recreation centres, fitness centres, gymnasiums and pools will reopen on Monday, Dec. 21. Please call your local recreation centre for more information.
Several recreation facilities within the municipality are operated by community boards. Residents are encouraged to contact partner recreation facilities directly for an update on reopening.
An announcement on winter programming in municipally-operated facilities will be made within the coming weeks.
Residents are reminded they may continue to use REC at Home which offers a variety of activities that you can enjoy with your family – from arts and crafts, to at-home workouts.
The municipality is preparing the reopening plan for the Emera Oval, which is weather dependent. Further details on reopening and operations under current public health guidelines will be announced in the coming days.
For more information on municipal services during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit Halifax.ca/coronavirus.