No more in-person press conferences during COVID-19 pandemic: HRM

In its latest commitment to promote social distancing, the Halifax Regional Municipality has barred journalists from attending its pandemic planning updates.

Effective immediately, all municipal updates on the novel coronavirus will be livestreamed on YouTube, reads a statement from its communications team released on Thursday.

“Media are asked to tune in to the announcement through the Halifax Regional Municipality’s YouTube page only,” it said.

The municipality is taking media questions by email and has committed to examining phone-in options for reporters.

The Halifax Regional Municipality is following cues from the provincial government as it responds to the crisis, shuttering customer service desks, restricting public transit and encouraging employees to work from home.

But essential services, including fire, police, waste removal and 311, all remain in place.

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