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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.
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 halifax.ca/city-hall for the latest information.
For the latest information on impacts on municipal services as a result of COVID-19, visit halifax.ca.
For more information on the provincial reopening plan, visit Reopening plan – Government of Nova Scotia.