Hamilton rec centres, museums to close as City steps up vaccination efforts

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Published December 16, 2021 at 12:57 pm

Some Hamilton rec centres, museums and arenas will close this week as the City redeploys staff to COVID-19 vaccine programs in the coming weeks.

On Thursday (Dec. 16) the City of Hamilton said roughly 100 employees will be redeployed between Dec. 18 and January 10 as public health seeks to ramp up vaccination efforts.

On Wednesday, Premier Doug Ford announced several new measures to help combat the quickly spread Omicron variant of COVID-19, including ramped-up testing capabilities and expediting booster eligibility.

In its response to the new provincial directives, the City said that some programs and facilities would have to be shuttered to increase vaccine accessibility across the community.

The City also said they would be suspending all return-to-workplace efforts for staff until early 2022.

“It is vital that everyone, including those who have already received their first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, follow public health guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and variants in our community,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger in a press release.

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“We know the devastating impacts if we do not act swiftly and we are doing everything we can to protect residents and beat this virus.”

Starting Saturday, the following rec centres and arenas will be closed until Jan.10:

  • Hill Park Recreation Centre
  • Winona Community Centre
  • Sir Winston Churchill Recreation Centre
  • Jimmy Thompson Memorial Pool
  • Dundas Lions Memorial Community Centre
  • Ancaster Rotary Centre
  • Rosedale Arena
  • Carlisle Arena
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier Recreation Centre (already closed)
  • Ryerson Recreation Centre (already closed)

Seniors Centres & Club Closures:

  • Sackville Hill Seniors Recreation Centre
  • Ancaster Seniors Achievement Centre
  • Flamborough Seniors Centre
  • Dundas Senior Citizen’s Club
  • Seniors’ Centre Without Walls programming is also cancelled

Museums

  • All museums will be closed except for the Dundurn National Historic Site

More information on Hamilton’s response to COVID-19, including access to testing and vaccine distribution, can be found on the City’s website.

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