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Response to COVID-19: Halifax Transit Update
The Halifax Regional Municipality continues to monitor and respond to the rapidly evolving effects of COVID-19.
Mandatory masks – Friday, July 24
In keeping with the public health order, masks will be mandatory on all Halifax Transit buses and ferries as of Friday, July 24.
Please note: Children under two and those with a medical reason for not wearing a mask are exempt.
Transit riders are responsible for bringing their own masks.
As part of a mask awareness campaign, Halifax Transit staff will continue to hand out masks periodically, through pop-up events at select locations across the municipality. Times and locations will be announced in advance, via @hfxtransit on Twitter.
Those who are feeling ill are reminded not use any transit service until their health returns to normal.
Capacity Increase – Saturday, August 1
The mandatory use of masks and the installation of Polycarbonate shields will provide appropriate mitigation of risk associated with the spread of COVID-19. All capacity restrictions on buses, Access-a-Buses and ferries will be lifted as of Saturday, August 1.
Fare collection – Saturday, August 1
Fare collection on buses and ferries will resume on Saturday, August 1 and passengers will once again be permitted to enter buses through the front doors.
March and April passes will be honoured until August 31. Some retailers may also still have April passes for sale, which can continue to be purchased and used until the end of August. For all information regarding transit passes, including updated expiry dates, please visit our website.
Buses and ferries continue to operate on a reduced schedule.
For more information on municipal services during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit halifax.ca/coronavirus.