Media Release – Town of Lincoln responds to a Provincewide shutdown with facility and service level changes

Town of Lincoln responds to a Province-wide shutdown with facility and service level changes

Shutdown begins April 3 and continues for at least four weeks

 

Lincoln, ON – (April 1, 2021) - The Province of Ontario has enacted a province-wide shutdown effective Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. that will stay in place for at least four weeks. This applies to all public health units across Ontario and will result in changes to Town of Lincoln facility and service levels.

“Once again, we are pivoting and doing our best to keep supporting the Lincoln community through this latest challenge,” said Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton. “There is reason to be optimistic with warmer weather coming and the vaccination rollout program well underway. We can do this together, and need to remain vigilant to keep moving forward.”

“We know that positive cases of COVID-19 – especially the variants of concern – have been rising rapidly so today’s announcement is certainly not a shock,” said the Town’s CAO Michael Kirkopoulos. “That said, it is very difficult for many of us to hear the news that further restrictions are in place for the next four weeks. Please stay the course, Lincoln and we will get through this phase as more and more people in Lincoln and Niagara get their vaccines.”

Impacts to Town of Lincoln facilities and services beginning April 3 are as follows:

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.

For more information on facility and service impacts and to see what’s open and what’s closed in Lincoln, 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, restaurant takeout, 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
 

Backgrounder:

Current Facility & Service Levels

Below is some information on what is open and what is closed during the province-wide shutdown starting April 3:

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 and recreation centres: Fleming Centre, Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre, and both Lincoln Public Library branches. Lincoln Community Centre (Seniors Centre) is open only for vaccinations, by appointment only.
  • 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.

Parks, playgrounds, trails and outdoor recreation amenities remain open

Lincoln Public Library to offer curbside pickup

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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Some of the main impacts to businesses are as follows:

Organized public events, social gatherings

  • No indoor organized public events and social gatherings are permitted except with members of the same household. (Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation).
  • Limit for outdoor organized public events and social gatherings, where physical distancing can be maintained is 5 people.

Retail

  • 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

Restaurants, Bars and Food/Drink Establishments

  • Indoor and outdoor dining are prohibited.
  • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments will be permitted to operate by take-out, drive-through, and delivery only.

Personal Care Services

  • Prohibited.

Wedding, funeral and religious services, rites and ceremonies

  • physical distancing must be maintained
  • guests must wear masks or face coverings
  • capacity limits:
    • indoors: 15% capacity of the room
    • outside: the number of people that can maintain two metres physical distance from each other
  • Drive-in services, rites or ceremonies permitted, subject to certain conditions.

Meeting and event spaces are closed.

Animal services are permitted:

  • Veterinary services and other businesses that provide for the health and welfare of animals, including farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters, and research facilities.
  • Businesses that provide pet services, including pet grooming services, pet sitting services, pet walking services and pet training services, including services for the training and provision of service animals.

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

 

More details on the Province-wide shutdown measures are available on the Province of Ontario’s website.

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