Response to COVID-19: Phase 3 impact on municipal services

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Response to COVID-19: Phase 3 impact on municipal services

The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents of the following updates to municipal services, as the province is expected to enter phase 3 of the Province of Nova Scotia’s reopening plan on Monday, March 21.

Masks and physical distancing

Effective March 21, the municipality’s Mandatory Mask Policy will be lifted, however, wearing a mask indoors and while using Halifax Transit services is recommended.​

Halifax Transit

The polycarbonate shields that were previously installed behind operators on conventional buses and Access-a-Buses will remain in place. Regular sanitization of high-traffic areas and will continue.​

Those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are reminded not to use any transit service until their health returns to normal.

Proof of vaccination

A reminder that phase 1 of the provincial reopening plan (in effect Monday, Feb. 28), no longer requires residents to show proof of full vaccination to participate in non-essential, discretionary events and activities. This includes recreation programming and visiting recreation and fitness centres.

Regional Council meetings

As of Tuesday, March 22, Regional Council meetings will return to an in-person format.

Other meetings may continue virtually or resume in-person. Residents should refer to the agenda for each meeting to confirm whether the meeting will be held virtually or in-person.​

Residents should visit​​ for the latest information.


For the latest information on impacts on municipal services as a result of COVID-19, visit

For more information on the provincial reopening plan, visit​ Reopening plan – Government of Nova Scotia.

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