Media Release: Town of Lincoln responds to new COVID-19 guidelines due to Ontario state of emergency and stay-at-home order

Media Release: Town of Lincoln responds to new COVID-19 guidelines due to Ontario state of emergency and stay-at-home order

Lincoln, ON - (Jan. 13, 2020) – The provincial government has declared a state of emergency until at least Thursday, February 11, 2021 which include enhanced public health and workplace safety measures in effect for all of Ontario.

The Province also issued a stay-at-home order that takes effect 12:01 a.m. Thursday, January 14; people should only leave home for groceries, medical appointments, exercise or essential work, and all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home.

“Lincoln residents have been patient and most people are following the guidelines – thank you for everything you’re doing to keep our community safe. But as positive cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations increase significantly, this is not a situation we can take lightly so it will be crucial to stay the course and follow these new guidelines,” said Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton. “We have another stretch to get through and we will pull through by looking out for each other. We need to take this seriously."

“With these latest restrictions from the Province, Lincoln residents need to do as much as they can from their homes – including doing business with the Town through our online and phone services, accessing curbside pickup for library and online shopping where possible,” said Michael Kirkopoulos, CAO of the Town of Lincoln. “Please be careful, stay safe and if you can, support our local businesses who continue to adapt and are doing their best to stay afloat.”

Impacts to Town of Lincoln facilities and services in response to the state of emergency are as follows: 

  • Town Hall is now open by appointment only. Visitors are asked to contact the Town ahead of time to make an appointment for essential services. Please call 905-563-8205 or e-mail info@lincoln.ca to book appointments.
  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to 5 people (previously 10).
  • Hilary Bald outdoor rink will remain open, with a capacity limit of 5 on the rink at a time. Please continue to practice physical distancing. The rink will now close at 8 p.m.
  • Hear & Now Mental Health Walk-in Clinic is now available online and by phone appointment only. This service provides free one-on-one mental health counselling for children and youth up to age 18 in Lincoln. Call 1-800-263-4944 to book a counselling session.
  • For more information on facility and service impacts and to see what’s open and what’s closed in Lincoln since the provincial shutdown starting December 26, visit https://lincoln.ca/coronavirus-pandemic/facility-service-impacts.

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 (indoors and outdoors) 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


Backgrounder:

Current Facility & Service Levels

Below is some information on what is open and what is closed during the state of emergency.

Administrative Offices

  • Town Hall is open by appointment only. Visitors are asked 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 closed

  • All indoor sports and recreation facilities in Lincoln are closed including Town-owned rinks, pools and recreation centres: Fleming Centre, Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre, Lincoln Community Centre 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 emergency order 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 

  • 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 5 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.
  • Visit lincoln.ca/parks-trails for more information.

Lincoln Public Library to offer curbside pickup 

  • 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 

  • Check out the Museum’s online exhibits and virtual experiences.

Priority Community Services

  • Hear & Now Mental Health Walk-in Clinic is now available online and by phone only. This service provides free one-on-one mental health counselling for children and youth up to age 18 in Lincoln. Call 1-800-263-4944 to book a counselling session.
  • 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.

NRT OnDemand

  • Visit the Niagara Region website for more information about NRT OnDemand. In-person ticket sales have been suspended at this time. 

Support local and Shop Safe. ShopLincoln.ca

  • 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.

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.

Stay home with the people you live with. No indoor gatherings are permitted at home. 

  • 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 5 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.
  • Only go out for work, school, groceries, pharmacy, health care, helping vulnerable people, and physical activity. Work remotely, where possible.
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