Media Release: Town of Lincoln set to re-open facilities on March 1, as Niagara Health Unit moves to Red level in COVID-19 Response Framework

Media Release: Town of Lincoln set to re-open facilities on March 1, as Niagara Health Unit moves to Red level in COVID-19 Response Framework

 

Lincoln, ON - (Feb. 26, 2021) – Today the Ontario Government announced that Niagara Public Health Unit, which includes Lincoln will be transitioning to the Red-Control level as of Monday, March 1, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. This decision is in alignment with the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open.

“We are well positioned to move into the Red-control level, and I’m sure this is welcome news for our residents and businesses who have worked diligently and made many sacrifices to help get us here,” said Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton. “At the same time, we must continue to exercise caution as the threat of COVID-19 is still very much alive. Please continue to do your part and follow public health measures so that we can remain at this level and hopefully see the numbers of positive cases reduce even further.”

“We look forward to re-opening our facilities and seeing more activity in our community,” said Michael Kirkopoulos, CAO of the Town of Lincoln. “We are especially pleased to announce fewer restrictions on our local business community, so they can start to recoup some of the momentum that has been lost in the past couple of months. We recognize how difficult this has been for them and thank them for their patience.”

Key Impacts to Town of Lincoln facilities and services beginning March 1 are as follows:

  • Town Hall and the Fire Administration building will re-open to the public Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To help curb the spread of COVID-19, visitors are encouraged to minimize in-person visits, and make an appointment or access online services. Please call 905-563-8205 or e-mail info@lincoln.ca to book appointments.
  • All indoor rinks, sports and recreation facilities are open with capacity limits. Walking Track at the Fleming Centre will remain closed.
  • All Lincoln Public Library branches will re-open.  Visit www.lincoln.library.on.ca for hours and guidelines. Curbside pickup continues to be available.
  • Outdoor gatherings of a maximum of 25 people are now permitted. 
  • Hilary Bald outdoor rink will remain at 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 at the Fleming Centre will re-open for walk-ins, starting Thursday, March 11. Hours of operation are Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. The service continues to be available online and by phone. Hear & Now provides free one-on-one mental health counselling for children and youth up to age 18 in Lincoln.

Please see the backgrounder below for more details on facility and business impacts.

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.

Public health regions will stay in their level for at least two weeks. At this time, the Ontario 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 Red-Control on March 1, 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

COVID-19 Framework - Red

Backgrounder:

Current Facility & Service Levels

Below is some information on what is open and what is closed as Niagara transitions to Red-Control on March 1.

Administrative Offices

  • Town Hall & Lincoln Fire Department Administrative offices are open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Visitors are asked to follow all public health protocols on arrival. 
  • The Town continues to encourage online payment and contacting 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.

All indoor rinks, sports and recreation facilities are open with capacity limits

  • Fleming Centre and Jordan Arena will re-open with capacity limits. Team sports must not be practiced or played except for training (no games or scrimmage). Any locker rooms, change rooms and showers in Town facilities are required to be closed. Programs at the arena will have staggered entry and/or separate entrance and exit points to reduce interactions of users.  The Walking Track at the Fleming Centre will remain closed.
  • The Lincoln Community Centre will re-open.  We will work with community groups to determine program availability.
  • To register for programs please visit lincoln.ca/recreation.
  • 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.
  • Outdoor social gathering limits are now 25.  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 is open

  • All Lincoln Public Library branches will re-open.  Visit www.lincoln.library.on.ca for hours and guidelines.
  • Curbside pickup continues to be available.
  • Capacity limits at each location includes 15 persons at Fleming and 10 persons at Rittenhouse.

Lincoln Museum & Cultural Centre is open

  • The museum will be open for pre-registered programs and research inquiries Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to  5 p.m. (except on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) 
  • Also, check out the Museum’s online exhibits and virtual experiences. Call 905-563-2799 ext. 319 for more information.

Priority Community Services

  • Hear & Now Mental Health Walk-in Clinic at the Fleming Centre will re-open for walk-ins, starting Monday, March 8. Hours of operation are 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. The service continues to be available online and by phone. Hear & Now 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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Some of the main impacts to businesses are as follows:

  • Retail Services:
    •  In person shopping permitted for all retail, subject to capacity limits of:
      • 75% for supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores and pharmacies
      • 50% 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
    • Retail must also follow Niagara Region Public Health Section 22 Order Retail
  • Restaurants, drink establishments:
    • Indoor and outdoor dining is permitted (10 capacity)
    • No buffet-style service may be provided
    • Niagara Region Public Health Section 22 Order Food Premises must be followed.
  • Personal care services:
    • Personal care services relating to the hair or body, including hair salons and barbershops, manicure and pedicure salons, aesthetician services, piercing services, tanning salons, spas and tattoo studios, may open if they comply with conditions
  • Gatherings (organized public event, social gathering):
    • 5 people indoors
    • 25 people outdoors
  • Religious services, rite or ceremony, including weddings and funerals:
    • must not exceed 30 per cent of the capacity of the particular room.
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Meeting and event space:
    • 10 persons, if the meeting or event is indoors, or
    • 25 persons, if the meeting or event is outdoors; and
    • No more than four people are seated together at any table in the rented space.
  • Hotels, motels and other short-term rentals
    • Permitted to operate except any communal steam rooms and saunas on the premises must be closed
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