Media Release - Town of Lincoln facilities closing as of January 5

Media Release - Town of Lincoln facilities closing as of January 5

Province returns to a modified Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen

 

Lincoln, ON – (January 4, 2022) – Beginning on Wednesday, January 5, all recreation and sports facilities will be closed and Lincoln Public Library will move to curbside pickup services only. Town Hall will remain open for limited services and Fire Administration will be open by appointment only.

The Province announced a return to a modified version of Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen effective January 5 at 12:01 a.m. and for at least 21 days (until January 26).

“We are following the direction of the province, and while never an easy decision, the health and well-being of our families is paramount,” said Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton. “I encourage everyone in Lincoln to get vaccinated including booster doses if you haven’t already – to reduce severity of the virus and help us get back on our path to recovery.”

Following guidance from the province, all Town staff who are able to work from home will do so during the three-week time frame outlined by the province. This will help keep everyone safe and allow the Town to keep delivering essential services to the community,” said Town of Lincoln CAO Michael Kirkopoulos. “We would like to remind everyone to shop local and support our local businesses. For a directory of local shops, visit www.shoplincoln.ca.”

Impacts to Town of Lincoln facilities and services and new restrictions beginning January 5 are as follows:

  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people (previously 25); indoor gatherings are limited to 5 (previously 10).
  • Town Hall will remain open for bill payments and limited services; appointments are strongly encouraged.  The Fire Administration building will be closed – services by appointment only. Visitors are asked to contact the Town ahead of time to make an appointment for meetings and other services. Please call 905-563-8205 or e-mail info@lincoln.ca to book appointments.
  • All indoor sports and recreation facilities in Lincoln are closed including the Fleming Centre, Jordan Arena, Lincoln Community Centre (Seniors Centre) and Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre.
  • To register for virtual programs, please visit lincoln.ca/recreation. Also check out the Museum’s online exhibits and virtual experiences.
  • Program start dates will be adjusted based on the most current provincial restrictions.  Memberships will be on hold, and their expiration dates extended. If programs are cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Town will issue refunds to registered participants. Programs, activities, and services will be restored as soon as the Province lifts the restrictions.
  • All Lincoln Public Library branches will be closed, and the Library will offer curbside pickup service only. Visit www.lincoln.library.on.ca for hours and guidelines. 
  • Hear & Now Mental Health Walk-in Clinic has moved back to video counselling and 24/7 Crisis and support line. This service provides free one-on-one mental health counselling for children and youth up to age 18 in Lincoln. To set up a video counselling appointment, call 1-800-263-4944 to make a same-day or advance appointment.
  • 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.
  • NRT OnDemand: visit the Niagara Region website for more information. 

While indoor facilities are closed, the Town encourages people to find safe ways to get outside and stay active this winter while respecting the public health restrictions. Charles Daley Park Toboggan Hill is open for use, Hilary Bald Park Outdoor Rink is open (limit of 10 at a time; no hockey permitted), and parks and trails are open for all to use and enjoy.

Please note:

  • Physical distancing requirements, of at least two metres from every other person, except from their caregiver or from members of the person’s household, must be followed.  
  • Masks or face coverings are recommended, especially where physical distancing is not possible.
  • Please continue to conduct passive self-screening to confirm you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms (as per signage).

The Town will provide updates to the reopening of facilities and programs as information becomes available and will share these on the Town’s social media channels and website. For more information on facility and service impacts and to find out what’s open and what’s closed in Lincoln, visit lincoln.ca/coronavirus-pandemic/facility-service-impacts.

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, visit www.lincoln.ca/coronavirus-pandemic.

More details on the current restrictions including impacts to businesses and services are available on the Province of Ontario’s website. Also see the yesterday’s Business Recovery Update from Economic Development at the Town of Lincoln. 

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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

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