Media Release – Province announces changes to indoor dining limits and expansion of vaccination rollout

Media Release – Province announces changes to indoor dining limits and expansion of vaccination rollout

Lincoln continues to respond and adapt to COVID-19 pandemic

 

Lincoln, ON – (March 22, 2021) – Late last week, the Province of Ontario announced a few updates on the COVID-19 pandemic. These included expanding Ontario's Booking System to individuals aged 75 and older as of March 22, and adjusting indoor dining capacity limits within the COVID-19 response framework to allow for more patrons at a time. 

Starting today, residents turning 75 or older this year (born in 1946 or earlier) can book an appointment through the provincial COVID-19 vaccine registration portal. Eligible residents can book an appointment either online at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Information Line number at 1-888-999-6488. Residents ages 60+ can also book the Astra-Zeneca vaccine at a pharmacy or through their family physician.

Effective March 20 for regions in the Red-Control level, capacity limits for indoor dining will be adjusted and based on a standard, scalable calculation that will allow for up to approximately 50 per cent of the indoor dining area to be accessible to the public, subject to physical distancing rules. The total occupancy cannot exceed 50 patrons in Red-Control which is the current level for the Niagara public health unit. Residents and businesses are reminded that the Section 22 orders still apply for Niagara region.

“The waters are shifting as far as the pandemic is concerned, and while things are looking hopeful on many fronts, we need to remember that aren’t through this yet,” said Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton. “We are seeing progress with the vaccine rollout, and this is very good. Spring is here and we getting out and interacting more with others, which is crucial for our mental and physical health. At the same time, with a third wave predicted to strike within the next few weeks and the rising cases of COVID variants of concern, we must remain vigilant. It is as important as it has ever been to keep following public health directives - that much has not changed.”

“We are taking positive steps forward to help us get through the pandemic and see some normalcy return to our lives,” said the Town’s Chief Administrative Officer Michael Kirkopoulos. “We continue to see people and businesses adapt to the changes, and the Town is here to offer support, answer questions and make life a little easier for everyone – for instance by fast-tracking patio permits so people can get out and enjoy their local restaurant safely, and to encourage economic activity.”

For up-to-date information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, including updates on vaccination clinics, local impacts to facilities and services, and supports for local business, 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

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