Media release: New restrictions in place for Town of Lincoln facilities as Niagara moves to Control (Red) level
Lincoln, ON - (Dec. 18, 2020) – With the recent announcement from the Province of Ontario that the Niagara public health unit will be moving to the Control (Red) level as of December 21, the Town of Lincoln is making changes to its facility capacity limits, in order to adhere to the new restrictions.
The major changes in this level include a limit of 10 people per identified space in recreational and community facilities – including both library branches and museum. Team or individual sports must not be practiced or played within facilities, with the exception of training sessions for members of a sports team that does not include games or scrimmage games. Any locker rooms, change rooms and showers in Town facilities are required to be closed. Programs at the arenas and Lincoln Community Centre will have staggered entry and/or separate entrance and exit points to reduce interactions of users. The Walking Track at the Fleming Centre will also be closed.
Town Hall will remain open until Wednesday, December 23 at 4:30 p.m., at which time it will close until January 4, 2021 for the holiday shutdown. See updates coming soon for all facility hours over the holiday season.
“This announcement isn’t a big surprise to us as we’ve been seeing cases of COVID-19 rising in our region and throughout the province over the last few weeks,” said Michael Kirkopoulos, CAO of the Town of Lincoln. “The health and safety of our community and employees at our facilities is our number one priority. It’s more important than ever to follow all public health protocols and it’s a difficult message to share – but this also means keeping holiday celebrations to our immediate households.”
Town staff have also been in direct contact with facility user groups as well as the business community through its Economic Development team, to inform them of the new restrictions for facilities and businesses, respectively. This includes a limit of 10 guests per restaurant.
The Town of Lincoln continues to implement policies and procedures to ensure a safe environment for all who work in and attend our facilities, in accordance with our COVID-19 Safety Plan. The best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19 is to:
- Practice physical distancing by avoiding close interaction with others (stay 2 metres apart).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Wear a face covering in public and in accordance with Niagara’s Face Covering By-law.
- Limit trips into the community to specific purposes that are important to you (e.g. shopping, dining, particular recreational activities), since extra time outside of the home adds to crowds and makes it more difficult for others to physically distance.
- Stay home if you are sick. Although COVID-19 is often very mild, minor symptoms should not be ignored.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.
For further information on the Town’s response to COVID-19, visit www.lincoln.ca/coronavirus-pandemic.
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For more information, please contact:
Manager of Corporate Communications
Town of Lincoln
Direct: 905-563-2799 ext. 230
The Province's response framework can be found on their website.
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