Lincoln shuts all rec and sports facilities, leaves Town Hall partially open

Published January 5, 2022 at 3:39 pm

Starting today (January 5), Lincoln is shutting down all of its recreation and sports facilities for at least 21 days until January 26.

However, some town facilities are still accessible. Lincoln Public Library will move to curbside pickup services only while Town Hall will remain open for limited services and Fire Administration will be open by appointment only.


“We are following the direction of the province, and while never an easy decision, the health and well-being of our families is paramount,” said Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton. “I encourage everyone in Lincoln to get vaccinated including booster doses if you haven’t already – to reduce severity of the virus and help us get back on our path to recovery.”

Lincoln CAO Michael Kirkopoulos said the town is following guidance from the province and that “all Town staff who are able to work from home will do so during the three-week time frame outlined by the province. This will help keep everyone safe and allow the Town to keep delivering essential services to the community.”

Impacts to Town of Lincoln facilities and services and new restrictions beginning January 5 are as follows:

  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people (previously 25); indoor gatherings are limited to five (previously 10).
  • Town Hall will remain open for bill payments and limited services; appointments are strongly encouraged.  The Fire Administration building will be closed – services by appointment only. Visitors are asked to contact the Town ahead of time to make an appointment for meetings and other services. Please call 905-563-8205 or e-mail [email protected] to book appointments.
  • All indoor sports and recreation facilities in Lincoln are closed including the Fleming Centre, Jordan Arena, Lincoln Community Centre (Seniors Centre) and Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre.
  • To register for virtual programs, visit http://lincoln.ca/recreation.
  • Program start dates will be adjusted based on the most current provincial restrictions.  Memberships will be on hold, and their expiration dates extended. If programs are cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Town will issue refunds to registered participants. Programs, activities, and services will be restored as soon as the Province lifts the restrictions.
  • All Lincoln Public Library branches will be closed, and the Library will offer curbside pickup service only.
  • Hear & Now Mental Health Walk-in Clinic has moved back to video counselling and 24/7 Crisis and support line. This service provides free one-on-one mental health counselling for children and youth up to age 18 in Lincoln. To set up a video counselling appointment, call 1-800-263-4944 to make a same-day or advance appointment.
  • The Town will continue working with Niagara Region and local social service agencies to ensure the community’s most vulnerable have access to service and support. Please call 211 within Niagara for community supports.

While indoor facilities are closed, the Town encourages people to find safe ways to get outside and stay active this winter while respecting the public health restrictions. Charles Daley Park Toboggan Hill is open for use, Hilary Bald Park Outdoor Rink is open (limit of 10 at a time; no hockey permitted), and parks and trails are open for all to use and enjoy.

The Town will provide updates to the reopening of facilities and programs as information becomes available and will share these on the Town’s social media channels and website.

Kirkopoulos stressed now more than ever, local business need support. “We would like to remind everyone to shop local and support our local businesses. For a directory of local shops, visit http://www.shoplincoln.ca.”

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