Here's what's closed in Burlington due to new provincial restrictions
Earlier today, the province announced a slew of new restrictions to get COVID-19 cases under control, including the closure of outdoor amenities such as playgrounds and parks.
Burlington mayor Marianne Meed Ward has called an emergency Council meeting on Saturday morning (April 17) to “make some immediate decisions” regarding the new provincial restrictions.
Here’s what’ll be closed/restricted in Burlington:
- City hall will remain closed.
- Burlington Transit is an essential service and will continue to run as scheduled including specialized transit and trips to vaccination clinics.
- Parking enforcement is limited to safety-related issues such as fire routes, accessible parking, no parking/stopping areas and blocked parked areas. City parking time-limit restrictions have been relaxed to help those working from home or self-isolating. Parking permits and exemptions are not required until further notice.
- City of Burlington facilities and recreation programming remain closed, and all indoor programs have been cancelled.
- Outdoor gatherings in all city parks, such as Spencer Smith Park, Lowville Park and Beachway Park, are limited to members of the same household. Those living alone may join one exclusive household.
- All outdoor recreation amenities will be closed including playgrounds, sports fields, outdoor courts, skate parks, dog off-leash areas and Tyandaga Golf Course.
- Essential services provided by the Roads, Parks and Forestry Department will continue as needed.
- Non-essential construction sites as defined under the Provincial emergency order will be put on hold and closed off for public safety until restrictions are lifted.
"As much as we were all hoping to be in a better place than we are now, a year into this pandemic, we're still not out of the woods and our situation is worsening, with significant increases in new infections and hospitalizations,” said Meed Ward, who called on residents to keep following health measures.
“We understand the need for additional measures to slow the spread of the virus. I also know residents are exhausted and anxious, and additional restrictions mean more sacrifices, when our community has given so much already for so long. We’ve all got to hang in and continue to do everything we can to stop this virus.”
Residents can visit burlington.ca/onlineservices to access a number of online city services.
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