Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – Due to the blizzard warning in effect across Nova Scotia right now, the Halifax Regional Municipality has decided to close its offices today, Tuesday, Jan. 27.
The primary interest is the safety of residents and staff, and ensuring a predictable service level for the public.
Closures include municipal administrative offices and customer service centres across the Halifax region, as well as many recreation facilities and programs. Residents are asked to contact their recreation centre directly to confirm the status of programming and services at that facility.
The Committee of the Whole and Regional Council meetings scheduled at City Hall today are also cancelled. The public will be notified through a Public Service Announcement when those meetings will be rescheduled.
Crews spent most of Monday and last evening applying brine and pre-salting the streets and sidewalks across the region in preparation for today’s storm. The snow is just starting to fall in some areas of the Halifax region now.
Residents should note that this storm is tracking slowly and the bad weather is expected to continue over the next 24 to 36 hours. Clean-up of the streets and sidewalks will be ongoing over the next two to three days. Residents are advised to keep a close eye on the weather and road conditions and consider postponing non-essential travel plans. Less traffic also makes it easier and safer for crews to clear and salt the streets and sidewalks.
Halifax Transit staff will assess weather and road conditions throughout the day today and tonight. Updates on individual bus routes will be available by following @hfxtransit on Twitter, which is also streamed online at http://www.halifax.ca/transit. If there are impacts on all Halifax Transit service, the public will be alerted through Public Service Announcements, on Twitter via @hfxtransit and @hfxgov, and on Halifax Transit’s website.
Residents are reminded that there will be no Solid Waste services today. Those who usually have collection on Tuesday should place their waste at the curb on Saturday, Jan. 31 instead.
For more information on municipal clearing operations, municipal service standards and more, please visit www.halifax.ca/snow. Residents can also call the Citizen Contact Centre at 311.