No more free transit in Halifax starting August 1

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As of August 1, Halifax Transit users will once again have to pay a fare to take the bus or ferry.Tariff collection was suspended in March to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Other measures put in place included passengers using the back door to enter and reduced capacity. On August 1, passengers will be able to use the front door again and there will be no more capacity restrictions.

But buses and ferries will continue to operate on a reduced schedule.

March and April passes will still be honored until August 31, and April passes can continue to be purchased by any retailer who still wears them.

Masks compulsory from Friday

From Friday, all passengers and drivers will be required to wear non-medical masks in transit, including private taxis and shuttles. Children under two years of age and people with a valid medical reason for not wearing a mask are exempt.

Transit riders are responsible for bringing their own masks, according to a July 21 press release from Halifax Transit, but staff will continue to periodically distribute free masks at various locations throughout the municipality.

Times and locations will be announced in advance on the Halifax Transit Twitter page.

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