FALL RIVER: For the foreseeable future, any resident wanting to participate in public hearings for HRM will have to do so virtually.

In a release on June 5, HRM said as part of their continuation to monitor and respond to the rapidly evolving effects of COVID-19 they are making a few changes.

“As a result of physical distancing measures, public hearings will be proceeding virtually for resident participation,” said HRM spokeswoman Maggie-Jane Spray. “All meetings with public hearings will be broadcast live using Microsoft Teams; residents who have registered in advance will be invited to speak by phone as part of the meeting.”

Spray said virtual public hearings will be advertised at least 21 days in advance. These advertisements will include the date and time of the hearing, and deadlines for submitting written correspondence and registering as a speaker.

More information on this new process is available on the website.

The first virtual public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 30 at 6 p.m. as part of the Harbour East – Marine Drive Community Council meeting.

For more information on municipal services during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit Halifax.ca/coronavirus.