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As the province moves through its recovery phases, Halifax Transit has increased service levels in a phased approach while continuing to follow public health guidelines.
Bus service increase – Monday, August 31
Ferry service increase – Tuesday, September 8
The following adjustments went into effect on Tuesday, September 8:
- Woodside service increased to 15-minute frequency on weekdays at peak periods (6:37 a.m. – 9: 37 a.m. and 2:37 p.m. – 5:22 p.m.). Mid-day 30-minute service was also restored.
- Alderney service increased to 15-minute frequency on weekdays at peak periods (6:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.).
For full schedules, visit halifax.ca/transportation/halifax-transit/coronavirus.
Access-a-Bus service levels will continue to be adjusted to meet the demand.
Halifax Transit implemented the following measures to help reduce the spread of disease:
Mandatory masks: In keeping with the public health order, masks are now mandatory on all Halifax Transit buses, ferries and terminals.
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: 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 have been lifted as of Saturday, August 1.
Fare collection: Fare collection on buses and ferries resumed on Saturday, August 1, and passengers are once again permitted to enter buses through the front doors.
March and April transit passes were honoured until August 31. For all information regarding transit passes, please visit our website.
- Halifax Transit has been designated by the Province of Nova Scotia an essential service under the current provincial state of emergency. The two-metre physical distancing and physical gathering limits do not apply to Halifax Transit as stated in the provincial order.
The following is an update on municipal services with respect to Parks & Recreation:
Parks, sports fields and courts
- As of Oct. 1, the number of people who can participate in organized sports, rehearsals and artistic performances will increase from 10 to 50. Residents are asked to continue to follow public health directives. While mask use is not required while doing these activities, wearing masks and maintaining distance as much as possible is encouraged.
- The municipality has opened grass sport fields for bookings consistent with our standard schedule and will also commence bookings of all-weather fields. All field users will need to follow their sport-specific ‘Return to Play’ activity plan which meets provincial health regulations in order to book a field. The standard municipal booking process will be followed and questions can be directed to email@example.com
- Public washrooms in parks are now open. All washrooms receive daily cleaning.
Public washrooms and first aid at the Emera Oval pavilion are now open. The facility is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and from noon to 9 p.m. on weekends. Rentals will not be available until further notice; however residents are welcome to use the Emera Oval for cycling and rollerblading with their own equipment.
The Sackville Sports Stadium, the Captain William Spry Community Centre and the Needham Community Centre have reopened.
The indoor pools are open for lane swims and aquafit classes only. In keeping with public health requirements, it is not possible to offer open swims at this time. You are not required to wear a mask in the pool, but you must wear a mask at all other times in the facility.
To ensure all restrictions on group gathering sizes and physical distancing are maintained, all activities in the pool must be booked online. The municipality will continue to explore options for further recreation opportunities as restrictions are eased by the province.
Please contact the municipal partner recreation facilities directly (i.e. Canada Games Centre, Cole Harbour Place, Zatzman Sportsplex, etc.) for information about their pool re-opening dates and protocols.
Splashpads, Beaches and Water Testing
Lifeguard supervision and water quality testing has now finished for the 2020 season. Residents are reminded to use all beaches at their own risk.
For more information, visit halifax.ca/summeraquatics.
Fall recreation programming will be returning across the region, with registration opening on Thursday, Oct. 8.
Programs will be viewable online as of Thursday, Oct. 1 on halifax.ca/myREC. All programs will begin the week of Monday, October 19 and will run for eight weeks.
Preschool, child, youth and adult program registration will open at 10 a.m. and aquatics and skating program registration will open at 2 p.m.
Participants can register by phone at (902)-490-6666, online or in person at the following locations:
- George Dixon Community Centre
- Sackville Sports Stadium
- Musquodoboit Harbour Recreation Centre
- Findlay Community Centre
- Chocolate Lake Recreation Centre
- Captain William Spry Community Centre
- The municipality is following a phased approach, and not all programs will be returning for the fall. Staff will continue to assess programming options heading in to the winter season. A reduced number of Fall programs will be offered to allow for required cleaning measures.
- Recreation staff are sharing virtual activities on our Facebook page and are looking to expand on virtual offerings.
Recreation Centre Reopenings
All municipally-operated recreation centres will be reopening as of Thursday, Oct. 15. Reopening plans for each facility, as well as municipal partner facilities, may vary and residents are asked to contact their local recreation centre for further details. Residents are also reminded to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a mask while indoor and in all common areas of the facility.
Access to fitness centres, pools and attendance in fitness class will be available by appointment only to ensure safety and proper public health protocols. Appointments may be booked over the phone or online through halifax.ca/myREC.
Arenas and spectators
All municipally owned arenas are expected to be open, with ice access, by Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.
One spectator per participant will now be permitted in municipally owned arenas, subject to facility capacity. Spectators must abide by all facility and public health rules including wearing a mask and physical distancing. Restrictions may be reinstituted if spectators do not abide by facility and public health guidelines.
Fitness Centres at the following municipal facilities are now open:
- Captain William Spry Community Centre
- Sackville Sports Stadium
- Musquodobit Harbour Recreation Centre
These locations were approved to open as they are the largest municipally-operated fitness facilities. All other fitness centres will remain closed until further notice, and staff will share reopening plans with the public once they are confirmed.
To keep patrons and staff safe, and to optimize access for as many patrons as possible, access to the fitness centre or attendance to a fitness class will be available by appointment only. Appointments may be booked over the phone or online through halifax.ca/myREC
Clients who had an active membership in March (and did not cancel their membership) will be able to pre-select their appointment times up to seven days in advance. Clients who did not have an active membership will be able to pre-book their appointments up to three days in advance. Access times vary dependent on location and activity. Please visit halifax.ca/myREC or contact the centres directly for more details.
The Youth Live Enviro Depot, located at 947 Mitchell Street, has reopened with reduced hours of operation. The Depot is now open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., on weekdays. Please call 902-490-6265 if you have any questions.