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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, Aug. 31
Ferry service increase – Tuesday, Sept. 8
The following adjustments will go into effect on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
- Woodside service will increase 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.) 30 minute service will also be restored mid-day.
- Alderney service will increase 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 the 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 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.
- 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
- Group gathering public health restrictions outside of your group of 10 still apply to all sport fields, sport courts, ball diamonds and playgrounds. Physical distancing should continue to be maintained, and residents are reminded to follow all public health directives.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, 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.
Staff have reviewed the details of the new guidelines from the province and have established a plan for reopening indoor pools that meets all public health requirements.
- The Sackville Sports Stadium and the Captain William Spry Community Centre have reopened.
- The Needham Community Centre will reopen on Tuesday, September 8.
The indoor pools will open for lane swims and aquafit classes only. It will not be possible to offer open swims at this time. To ensure all restrictions on group gathering sizes and physical distancing are maintained, all activities in the pool will be booked online. More details will be provided closer to the opening dates. The municipality will continue to explore options for further recreation opportunities as restrictions are eased by the province.
You are not required to wear a mask in the pool, but you must wear a mask at all other times in the facility.
Municipal partner recreation facilities (i.e. Canada Games Centre, Cole Harbour Place, Zatzman Sportsplex, etc.) have started the first phase of reopening. Please contact each facility directly for information about pool re-opening dates and protocols.
Due to the time required to recruit and train lifeguards, the maintenance required to open pools and the restrictions of social distancing which drastically reduces the number of swimmers allowed in the pool at once, the Halifax Common, Bedford and Cole Harbour outdoor pools will not be opening for the 2020 season.
Splashpads, Beaches and Water Testing
All splashpads have reopened.
All municipal beaches are open and lifeguards are on-site until August 31. Malay Falls beach is open, but will be unsupervised for the summer.
Municipal staff regularly test the water quality for bacteria levels at all supervised municipal beaches, as well as one unsupervised beach, during the summer months — this year from July 6 to Aug. 31. To view the status of beach closures due to high bacteria levels, click here.
More information and updates on beaches, pools and splashpads can be found on halifax.ca/summeraquatics
Recreation Programs and Day Camps
- Following safety measures provided by public health, the municipality will be offering modified summer day camps from July 13 through to August 28, 2020. More information can be found online.
- Masks are not required at day camps where physical distancing can be maintained between cohorts. However, some staff and children may choose to bring and wear one
- Recreation staff are sharing virtual activities on our Facebook page and are looking to expand on virtual offerings.
- Provincial public health measures must be followed on all municipal properties. Residents are reminded that police are still authorized to issue tickets for violations under the Emergency Management Act and Health Protection Act. Parks are open for walking and exercise only. Organized sports and gatherings in violation of public health restrictions are not permitted.
- Residents are asked to stay within their own communities when visiting parks and green spaces, and to continue maintaining physical distancing.
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 at 947 Mitchell Street is closed until further notice.
The 2020 Clam Harbour Beach Sandcastle Competition is cancelled.