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Safely entering Phase 5


Earlier this week, the province announced that Phase 5 of Nova Scotia’s reopening plan is scheduled to begin on October 4.

In alignment with public health recommendations, the municipality’s COVID-19 Mandatory Masks Policy will remain in place, and physical distancing requirements and gathering restrictions will be lifted. Please note that updated Phase 5 signage reflective of these changes will be applied across our facilities, and that this process will take some time to complete.

Further to these updates, please continue to follow all public health guidelines and recommendations, including:

  • Getting vaccinated if eligible and getting tested regularly even if asymptomatic
  • Respecting self-isolation and testing requirements, including staying at home if feeling unwell
  • Practicing proper hygiene
  • Continuing to follow the process for positive cases in the workplace. All employees who receive a positive test result for COVID-19, who have been in a municipal facility in the previous 14 days, are reminded to advise their manager/ supervisor immediately to help us keep your colleagues safe while maintaining your privacy.

My sincere thanks to our colleagues in Parks & Recreation for their efforts to prepare to uphold the Proof of Full Vaccination Policy as it applies to accessing recreation services. I know it’s not easy to continuously adapt processes and protocols to meet the changing public health requirements. Your commitment to the continued deliver of high-quality public services is valued and appreciated.

I understand the ongoing impact of the pandemic is wearing on us all. During these times, rather than giving into feelings of hopelessness, we must remember that by remaining vigilant through this fourth wave, we are collectively keeping our most vulnerable populations safe and protected.

As always, if you have questions, please speak with your manager/ supervisor.

Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,


To streamline your access to information related to COVID-19, below is a list of important links.

Public health information: Public Health Agency of Canada and Nova Scotia Health and Wellness

Employee updates:

Municipal service adjustments:

hfxALERT, the municipality’s mass notification system:

Human Resources: or 902.490.6145

Homewood Health’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP): 902.466.3327 or 1.800.663.1142

Halifax Regional Police Association EFAP: 902.430.8295 or 902.430.8296

International Association of Fire Fighters FFAP: 902.483.6068

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