UPDATE: At around 9:45 a.m. Friday, Halifax Transit tweeted the following: "An incredible effort from the maintenance shop, our operators, and the operations team made it possible for us to operate at full service today. Thank you to everyone."
Those HRM residents still using Halifax Transit are going to see substantial impacts to conventional bus service this morning, according to a news release sent late last night from spokesperson Maggie-Jane Spray.
She writes they are continually monitoring and responding to the rapidly changing pandemic situation. In the release, Spray writes based on current staff availability Halifax Transit is expecting bus service to suffer significant impacts starting Friday morning.
This comes after a maintenance worker at the Burnside facility tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.
Yesterday, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 508 president Ken Wilson told NEWS 95.7 this is exactly the situation they were trying to avoid when they asked for a 24 hour pause in service to allow for thorough disinfection of vehicles, and to permit planning on how to proceed. However, he says that request was refused by the employer.
Spray writes riders should expect route delays, and/or cancellations and they are being asked to make alternate plans if possible. Halifax Transit will share route disruptions as timely as possible on their website, and twitter account.
All ferry service and unimpacted routes will continue to operate on a reduced schedule as they are already.
Yesterday, spokesperson Erin DiCarlo said Public Health advised them the Burnside Maintenance Depot can remain operational and staff not contacted by Public Health can report to work as directed by Halifax Transit.