Emergency Declaration in Lincoln
Emergency Declaration in Lincoln
Mayor Sandra Easton, in consultation with Council and with input from CAO Mike Kirkopoulos and the Emergency Operations team, has enacted the declaration of emergency to protect Lincoln citizens. This comes as municipalities across Niagara, joined to declare a broader emergency.
Lincoln, Do Your Part
It is more critical now than ever to obey the public directives:
- Stop all gatherings of more than five people (this includes private gatherings of extended family)
- Avoid all outdoor recreational amenities, including parks, playgrounds and sports fields
- Close all non-essential businesses
- Stay home as much as possible and only leave the house once a week if required
- Residents 70+ years to stay home
- Mandatory self-isolation for 14 days if you have symptoms or have returned to Canada from being outside the country
- Practice physical distancing and wash hands frequently
As the number of cases locally and provincially continues to rise, the severity of the situation in Niagara will depend upon the actions our residents, businesses and organizations.
As a reminder, municipalities have the power to enforce these public health & emergency directives. Failing to comply with an emergency order carries a fine of $750 per offense, and up to $1,000 for obstructing those attempting to carry out their duties under the Act.
What is a declaration of emergency?
An emergency is defined under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act as “a situation or an impending situation that constitutes a danger of major proportions that could result in serious harm to persons or substantial damage to property and that is caused by the forces of nature, a disease or other health risk, an accident or an act whether intentional or otherwise.
Why would Lincoln declare an emergency?
- To recognize that the spread of Coronavirus may have potential to affect the delivery of services and have the potential to affect our citizens’ and staff health
- To highlight the importance of remaining vigilant
- To take action against the spread of the virus, especially as:
- We approach many faith-based holidays that traditionally bring families together to celebrate or observe the holiday
- We approach Spring weather that may cause the urge to congregate outdoors
- We need to protect our health care workers & first responders
- To ensure the appropriate level of concern is exercised by our citizens to abide by the self-isolation regulations, social distancing, & taking only essential outings to reduce the spread
- To further support of the Provincial Declaration on March 17, 2020, and the two-week extension
What does this mean?
- Allows for real-time decision making to occur, within the Act’s restrictions, to ensure continuity of operations
- Creates a further awareness among the entire community of the importance of self-isolation restrictions, physical distancing & limiting essential outings, is critical to reduce the spread
- Asking all residents to stay home as much as possible over the coming weeks and practice physical distancing if you do have to leave the house
- The current public health recommendations are:
- Wash your hands
- Stay home if you’re sick & monitor your health
- Don’t share personal items (e.g., toothbrushes & eating utensils)
- Clean & disinfect high touch surfaces
- If you’re returning to Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days
- No visitors
- Get someone to get essential items for you and leave at door
- Monitor your health
- Continue physical distancing
- Avoid non-essential trips in the community
- Limit, postpone, or cancel gatherings
- Work from home, where possible
- Conduct meetings virtually
- Keep kids away from group settings
- Avoid visits to long-term care homes & other care settings
- Stay 6 feet away from others when going for walks, or shopping for groceries
Are we at more risk now that an emergency has been declared?
- No, the declaration in this particular case does not mean the risk is any greater
- With the travelers returning to Canada, and community spread, there is a likelihood of more cases in the coming weeks, so a potential immediate risk, meeting the criteria to declare an emergency
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