Public Service Announcement: Province enters Step Three of Roadmap to Re-Opening on July 16

Public Service Announcement: COVID-19 restrictions ease in Lincoln and across Ontario
Province enters Step Three of Roadmap to Re-Opening on July 16

Lincoln, ON – (July 16, 2021) – Ontario enters Step 3 of its Roadmap to Reopen on Friday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m. The Province announced the move to the next step in response to key public health and health care indicators continuing to improve and the provincewide vaccination rate surpassing the targets outlined in its re-opening plan.

The move into Step 3 will result in the re-opening of several Town of Lincoln facilities and some changes in local service delivery, indoor and outdoor activities and gatherings, restaurants and retail capacities. Highlights are noted below. (For more details see the Backgrounder at the end of this media release.)

  • Fleming Centre will re-open to the public on Monday, July 19. Operating Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Walking Track will be open. Drop-in programs will commence on Tuesday, July 20. Please visit lincoln.ca for schedules and facility protocols.
  • Regular operating hours will resume for both Lincoln Public Library branches: Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 1 – 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • The Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre will open to the public in its new location at 3800 Main Street in Jordan on Saturday, July 24. The Beam Street location will not re-open.
  • Lincoln Community Centre (Seniors Centre) will remain closed to the public to support the public vaccination clinic.
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events of up to 25 people are now permitted.
  • Outdoor social and organized gatherings of up to 100 people are now permitted.
  • Essential and non-essential retail with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres.
  • Indoor dining permitted with no limits on the number of patrons per table with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect.

Please note that the majority of Section 22 orders issued in February by Niagara Region Public Health will still apply to all shopping malls, retail stores and food and drink premises in all of Niagara during Step One. In Step 3, the restriction on dining with household members only as part of section 22 orders in Niagara has been lifted for parties dining both indoors and outdoors.

For more details, see the Province's roadmap for re-opening at a glance.

“On behalf of Lincoln Council, I look forward to seeing even more activity in our community as restrictions ease and people can return to a greater sense of normalcy,” said Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton. “This is so important for our well-being and we must celebrate how far we’ve come as a community – through vigilance, care and continued vaccination.”

“As we progress through the re-opening steps, we are pleased to welcome community members back to our facilities and provide the level of service delivery that has been so much anticipated and desired by all,” said the Town’s CAO Michael Kirkopoulos. “This is an important step for our local business community and hospitality sector who will once again be able to showcase to Niagara and Ontario what Lincoln has to offer.”

The province will remain in Step Three of the Roadmap for at least 21 days and until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second, with no public health unit having less than 70 per cent of their eligible population aged 12 and over fully vaccinated. Other key public health and health care indicators must also continue to remain stable. Upon meeting these thresholds, the vast majority of public health and workplace safety measures, including capacity limits for indoor and outdoor settings and limits for social gatherings, will be lifted. Only a small number of measures will remain in place, including the requirement for passive screening, such as posting a sign, and businesses requiring a safety plan.

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 or outdoor 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 in Lincoln as of July 16:

Town Facilities:

Administrative Offices

  • Lincoln Town Hall and the Lincoln Fire Department administrative offices remain open.  We encourage everyone to continue to access our services online or by phone, or 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, or visit www.lincoln.ca to access our online services.

Fleming Centre

  • Fleming Centre will re-open to the public on Monday, July 19.
  • Operating hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. -9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • The Walking track will be open. Patrons must maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from every other person with some exceptions.
  • Customer service, program registration and facility rental will be available in-person, online and via phone.
  • Drop-in programs will commence on Tuesday, July 20. Please visit lincoln.ca for schedules and facility protocols.
  • Facility rentals – to book, please visit lincoln.ca or call 905-563-2799 ex 319.

Lincoln Community Centre (Seniors Centre)

  • Will remain closed to the public to support the public vaccination clinic.

Lincoln Museum & Cultural Centre

  • The Museum and Cultural Centre will open to the public in its new location at 3800 Main Street in Jordan on Saturday, July 24. The Beam Street location will not re-open.
  • Operating hours - Monday: Closed, Tuesday to Thursday: 10 a.m. - 5pm, Friday: 10 a.m. -8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
  • Programs continue to be pre-registration. Tours of historical buildings will be available during July and August. Please visit lincolnmuseum.ca for further exhibition and program information.

Playgrounds and other outdoor recreation amenities open

  • Even outside, people should stay at least two metres away from anyone they don’t live with.
  • Visit lincoln.ca/parks-trails for more information.

Regular hours for Lincoln Public Library branches

  • Lincoln Public Library resumes regular operating hours in Step 3, at both branches:
    • Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Friday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Capacity limits are: 25 people at the Fleming Branch in Beamsville, and 20 people at the Moses F. Rittenhouse Branch in Vineland.
  • Curbside pickup continues to be available during regular hours. Visit www.lincoln.library.on.ca for more details, hours and guidelines.

Priority Community Services

  • Hear & Now Mental Health Walk-in Clinic will re-open on Thursday, July 22 to in-person appointments. This service provides free one-on-one mental health counselling for children and youth up to age 18 in Lincoln. Please call 1-800-263-4944 to book a counselling session. Hours of operation are Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • 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.

Organized public events, social gatherings

No more than:

  • 25 people if the event is held indoors, or
  • 100 people if the event is held outdoors;
  • Some exceptions apply.

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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:

Retail

  • Essential and non-essential retail with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres.

All businesses in Niagara Region including Lincoln must adhere to Orders under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act – Shopping and Retail.

Restaurants, Bars and Food/Drink Establishments

  • Indoor dining permitted with no limits on the number of patrons per table with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect.
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).

All businesses in Niagara Region including Lincoln must adhere to Orders under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act – Food and Beverage.

Personal Care Services

  • Personal care services, including services requiring the removal of a face covering, with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;

Wedding, funeral and religious services, rites and ceremonies

  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted with physical distancing.
  • Social gatherings associated with a wedding, a funeral or a religions service, rite or ceremony, such as a wedding reception must adhere to social gathering limits 25 indoors or 100 outdoors.

Meeting and event spaces

  • Indoor meeting and event spaces permitted to operate with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect and capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity or 1,000 people, (whichever is less);

Museums, galleries, etc.

  • Museums, galleries, historic sites, aquariums, zoos, landmarks, botanical gardens, science centres, casinos/bingo halls, amusement parks, fairs and rural exhibitions, festivals, with capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors;

Concert venues, cinemas, and theatres:  

  • Permitted to operate at:
    • up to 50 per cent capacity indoors or a maximum limit of 1,000 people for seated events (whichever is less)
    • up to 75 per cent capacity outdoors or a maximum limit of 5,000 people for unseated events (whichever is less); and up to 75 per cent capacity outdoors or a maximum of 15,000 people for events with fixed seating (whichever is less).

Animal services continue to be permitted as per Steps 1 and 2.

 

Household services continue to be permitted as per Steps 1 and 2.

 

Accommodations

  • Permitted to operate, including indoor pools, indoor fitness centres, or other indoor recreational facilities that are part of the operation of these businesses.

 

For more details, see the Province's roadmap for re-opening at a glance.

 

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