Provincial state of emergency
The Halifax Regional Municipality supports the province’s decision to declare a state of emergency.
A provincial state of emergency does not impact public safety service levels or the need to maintain a level of core public services. All standard essential services of the municipality – including 311, fire and police – are operational and adhering to the most updated guidance and precautions from health officials.
Residents and businesses are advised: Under provincial authority, individuals who are found in breach of the order will be subject to fines issued by provincial and local police enforcement.
Phase 5 update
As per the province's Sept. 14, 2021 announcement, phase 5 of Nova Scotia's reopening plan has been delayed until Oct. 4. Read the full phase 5 reopening plan here.
The municipality continues its practice of following the direction of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. The province has confirmed that proof of vaccination will not be required under the provincewide policy for employees of businesses and organizations that offer certain events and activities.
With this in mind, the municipality will not mandate vaccines for municipal employees at this time. This decision will be reassessed as necessary, and in alignment with public health.
More information about phase 5 impacts on municipal services, processes and protocols, including any changes to our municipal COVID-19 signage, will be shared as they become available.