Media release: Provincial government has announced a province-wide shutdown until January 23

Lincoln, ON - (Dec. 22, 2020) – The provincial government has announced that all 27 public health units in southern Ontario will be in shutdown as of December 26  until at least January 23, 2021, to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“This is certainly not the situation any of us were hoping to find ourselves facing at the end of 2020, but we’ve been through it earlier in the year and with the community’s cooperation, we will overcome this challenge again,” said Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton. “As always, we urge everyone to stay the course. Please continue to follow the public health guidelines and be sure to support each other, local businesses and those working on the front lines to help prevent further spread of COVID-19.”

“In reviewing the new regulations and determining which facilities can stay open and which will be closed, we are keeping public safety in mind while balancing the need to provide essential services to the community,” said Michael Kirkopoulos, CAO of the Town of Lincoln. “We truly appreciate the patience our community has continued to show throughout the year as we’ve braved the pandemic together.”

Please note that Town Hall and facilities will shut down for the holiday closure as of December 24, 2020 until January 4, 2021.

Below is some information on what is open and what is closed during the province-wide shutdown.

Administrative Offices

  • Town Hall will remain open with limited capacity. Visitors are encouraged to contact the Town ahead of time to make an appointment for essential services.
  • Lincoln Fire Department administrative offices are open by appointment only.
  • Please call 905-563-8205 or e-mail info@lincoln.ca to book appointments.

All indoor rinks, sports and recreation facilities to close during shutdown

  • All indoor sports and recreation facilities in Lincoln will close during the shutdown including Town-owned rinks, pools and recreation centres, until at least January 23, 2021. This includes the Fleming Centre, Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre, Lincoln Community Centre, Jordan Arena and both Lincoln Public Library branches.
  • To register for programs please visit lincoln.ca/recreation. Program start dates will be adjusted based on the most current provincial restrictions.  If programs are cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Town will issue refunds to registered participants.
  • When the shutdown is over, the Town will consult Niagara Public Health before reopening facilities and restoring Town-run recreation programs.
  • If needed, a warming centre will be open from 12 to 8 p.m. at the Fleming Centre.

Parks, playgrounds and trails remain open during shutdown

  • The Town encourages people to find safe ways to get outside and stay active this winter. Parks, playgrounds and trails remain open for community members to enjoy. Charles Daley Park Beach, sport fields, picnic areas and park washrooms are all closed for the season. (Regular hours of operation, unrelated to the pandemic).
  • Hilary Bald outdoor rink will remain open, with a capacity limit of 10 on the rink at a time. Please continue to practice physical distancing.
  • Even outside, people should stay at least two metres away from anyone they don’t live with, and team sports are not permitted during shutdown.
  • Visit lincoln.ca/parks-trails for more information.

Lincoln Public Library to offer curbside pickup during shutdown

  • All Lincoln Public Library branches will offer curbside pickup service only. Visit www.lincoln.library.on.ca for hours and guidelines.

Lincoln Museum & Cultural Centre closed during shutdown

Priority Community Services

  • Hear & Now Mental Health Walk-in Clinic will operate on Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Fleming Centre, including Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.  This service provides free one-on-one mental health counselling for children and youth up to age 18 in Lincoln. In person, by appointment only; call 1-800-263-4944.
  • The Blood Donor Clinic scheduled for Monday, December 28 at the Lincoln Community Centre is still open, as this is considered an essential service.
  • 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 during the shutdown. Please call 211 within Niagara for community supports.

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The Town encourages everyone to shop where they live; order online, use curbside pickup or delivery services. Be sure to support local businesses who need our support more than ever. For a directory of local shops, visit www.shoplincoln.ca.

During shutdown, in-person shopping is permitted at:

  • Supermarkets, grocery and convenience stores primarily selling food; indoor shopping limited to 50% of capacity
  • Pharmacies; indoor shopping limited to 50% of capacity
  • Other retailers selling groceries, discount stores and big box stores; indoor shopping limited to 25% of capacity
  • Beer, wine and liquor stores; indoor shopping limited to 25% of capacity
  • Outdoor markets, including farmers’ markets and holiday markets only if they primarily sell food to the public

Other retail:

  • Garden centres, plant nurseries; curbside pickup or delivery
  • Hardware and safety supply stores: by appointment only, curbside pickup or delivery
  • Motor and recreational vehicle: by appointment only

Stores must have hand sanitizer at every entrance, limit the number of customers, have measures in place to keep people at least two metres apart, and employees and shoppers should be wearing masks.

All personal care services, sports and recreation facilities must be closed during shutdown.

Restaurants and bars

Take out, drive through, and delivery services are permitted; no indoor or outdoor dining.

Stay home with the people you live with, as much as possible.

No indoor gatherings are permitted at home during shutdown. Do not visit any other household or allow visitors in your home. If you live alone, consider having close contact with only one other household.

  • Up to 10 people can gather outdoors if there is room for people who don’t live together to stay two metres apart.
  • Up to 10 people can gather indoors or outdoors for religious, wedding and funeral services if there is room for people who don’t live together to stay two metres apart.
  • Only go out for work, school, groceries, pharmacy, health care, helping vulnerable people, and physical activity. Work remotely, where possible.

Help prevent the spread of COVID-19

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, following the provincial order.
  • 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.

Report a COVID-19 concern

To report a concern about gatherings or business not following COVID-19 guidelines, contact Municipal Law Enforcement:

  • MLE@lincoln.ca
  • 905-563-2799 ext. 289
  • For By-law enforcement after hours (after 4:30 p.m. and weekends), please call Niagara Region dispatch line at 905-984-3690 or 1-877-552-5579.

For more information

For further information on the Town’s response to COVID-19 and impacts to facilities and services, visit www.lincoln.ca/coronavirus-pandemic.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Liliana Busnello
Manager of Corporate Communications
Town of Lincoln
Direct: 905-563-2799 ext. 230
Tel: 905-563-8205
lbusnello@lincoln.ca

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