Media release: Town of Lincoln responds to revised COVID-19 Response Framework as Niagara moves to Grey-Lockdown on February 16

Media Release - Town of Lincoln responds to revised COVID-19 Response Framework as Niagara moves to Grey-Lockdown on February 16

 

Lincoln, ON - (Feb. 12, 2021) – Today the Ontario Government announced that they are transitioning 27 public health regions out of the shutdown and into a revised COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open.

As such, the Niagara public health unit, which includes Lincoln will be moving to the Grey-Lockdown level as of Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. The stay-at-home order will end at this time and many businesses will be able to re-open with capacity limits.

“We are heading in the right direction and we thank you, Lincoln, for getting us this far,” said Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton. “Things are improving but it’s still important to stay the course so that we can all return to doing the things we enjoy and seeing the people we love.”

“While these changes mean our facilities will remain closed for at least another two weeks, it’s one step closer to coming out of the shutdown and that things are gradually reopening. I wish we had more positive news but I’m hoping in two weeks the measures will be different and we will find more things opening across Lincoln and Niagara,” said Michael Kirkopoulos, CAO of the Town of Lincoln. “Please continue to follow public health measures and do your best to support our local businesses by visiting shoplincoln.ca.”

Impacts to Town of Lincoln facilities and services beginning February 16 are as follows:

  • Town Hall and the Fire Administration building continue to be 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.
  • Recreation centres and the Museum and Cultural Centre will remain closed.
  • The Lincoln Public Library remains closed to the public, with curbside, delivery and pick-up services available.
  • Outdoor gatherings of a maximum of 10 people are now permitted.  
  • Hilary Bald outdoor rink will move to a capacity limit of 10 people on the rink at a time. Please continue to practice physical distancing. The rink will continue to close at 8 p.m.
  • Hear & Now Mental Health Walk-in Clinic continues to be 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.

The Province’s decision is based on a general improvement in trends of key indicators, including lower transmission of COVID-19, improving hospital capacity, and available public health capacity to conduct rapid case and contact management.

After returning to the Framework on February 16, public health regions will stay in their level for at least two weeks. At this time, the government will assess the impact of public health and workplace safety measures to determine if the region should stay where they are or be moved to a different level.

For more information on facility and service impacts and to see what’s open and what’s closed in Lincoln as the region moves to Grey-Lockdown on February 16, visit 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 as Niagara transitions to Grey-Lockdown on February 16.

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.
  • 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 Beach Park, 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.
  • Charles Daley tobogganing hill is open for public use.
  • 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

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.

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Please support local businesses who continue to need our support. For a directory of local shops, visit www.shoplincoln.ca.

Some of the main impacts to businesses are as follows:

  • In person shopping permitted for all retail, subject to capacity limits of:
    • 50% for supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores and pharmacies
    • 25% for all other retail, including discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores and garden centres
  • Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted
  • Stores must have passive screening for patrons (for example, posting signs outside the store front about not entering if you have any COVID-19 symptoms)
  • Individuals must physically distance and wear a face covering, with some exceptions
  • No indoor or outdoor dining or personal care services are permitted.
  • No indoor organized public events and social gatherings are permitted.
  • Limits for religious services, including weddings and funerals:
    • 10 people indoors
    • 10 people outdoors
  • Meeting and event spaces are closed.
  • Animals services are permitted:
    • Veterinary services
    • Businesses that provide services for the training and provision of service animals
    • Businesses that provide pet services, including grooming services, pet sitting services, pet walking services, and pet training services
  • Household services
    • Domestic and cleaning and maintenance services permitted, including:
      • housekeepers, cooks, maids and butlers
      • personal affairs management
      • nanny services and babysitters
      • other domestic personnel
      • house cleaning
    • Outdoor cleaning and maintenance services permitted, including:
      • indoor or outdoor painting
      • pool cleaning
      • general repairs
  • Accommodations
    • Permitted to operate except for any pools, fitness centres, meeting rooms and other recreational facilities that may be part of the operations of these businesses

 

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