*Please see below a media release issued by the City of Burlington.
Burlington, Ont. — Oct. 21, 2020 — Following the recommendation of Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health and emerging evidence indicating cases from physical activity settings and contact sports are on the rise, the City of Burlington is taking further action to help reduce COVID-19 transmission.
The City will continue to follow the advice of Halton Region Public Health in an effort to protect the health and safety of residents and staff. As of Oct. 22, 2020:
- All sport games in City of Burlington facilities and on outdoor sport fields will be paused. Community Sport Organization renters are limited to training only where proper physical distancing can be maintained. There will be no games or scrimmages until further notice.
Dance is now permitted to continue with restrictions.
“In game situations, it is nearly impossible to ensure the players on each team stay two metres away from each other. Ensuring safety protocols is much easier at practices and training sessions. At the end of the day, preventing COVID-19 and protecting our health is what is most important. There are still many opportunities to be active in our parks and open spaces, as well as our Active at Home video series and TelePALS. We are committed to ensuring our staff and participants are safe and healthy.” — Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation Services, City of Burlington
Indoor Fitness Pause
The outdoor sports game pause is in addition to the City of Burlington facility indoor fitness pause announced on Oct. 16.
- Pausing all City-run indoor fitness classes for Adult 19+ and 55+, including indoor pickleball and aquatic fitness
- Pausing any City of Burlington facility renter offering indoor fitness programs, including Pilates and yoga. To confirm if your program is still running, check with your organization
The intent of this pause is to slow the spread of COVID-19 and avoid going back into a modified Stage 2 status with further precautions.
The pause will be evaluated frequently and will be lifted once Halton Region Public Health deems it safe to resume these indoor and outdoor activities in City facilities and parks. The City of Burlington will continue to share updates with the public.
For more information on Burlington’s COVID-19 response, visit burlington.ca/coronavirus.
MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:
These decisions and actions by our City are temporary until we flatten the curve and effectively slow down the increasing rate of spread of COVID-19. Select restrictions help keep our city and region out of a larger roll back to a Stage 2, or a modified version of Stage 2 like we’ve seen in some of our neighbouring municipalities. I thank our residents who have been patient and kind during these difficult times, and for coming together as a community should.
Links and Resources:
- All City of Burlington Indoor Fitness Classes to be Paused, Sport Groups Limited to Training Only in City Facilities as of Oct. 17
- Re-Opening Halton Region
PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages burlington.ca/coronavirus (and subscribe) and bit.ly/mayormeedwardCOVID19updates, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — bit.ly/COVID19BurlingtonFAQ that are updated as new information becomes available.
A Burlington COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help support our community through this unprecedented emergency — updates will be provided at burlington.ca/COVID19taskforce.
To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.
We’ve also created a dedicated page to feature the local organizations and businesses that have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways — head to bit.ly/covidwallofinspiration.
HELPFUL RESOURCES & RELATED LINKS:
- Community questions and requests regarding City of Burlington services can be directed to Service Burlington by phone at 905-335-7777, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or online.
- Halton Region has created a Reopening Schools resource webpage for parents, students and teachers at halton.ca/covid19.
- For further COVID-19 information, including where to get tested, please visit Halton Region Public Health halton.ca/coronavirus
- Residents can stay informed at burlington.ca/coronavirus as well as on our social media channels: @cityburlington on Twitter and facebook.com/cityburlington
- Questions about the cancellation of Recreation programs can be directed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-335-7738
- City of Burlington: www.burlington.ca/coronavirus
- Resources for Residents & Non-Profit Organizations: www.burlington.ca/covid19resources.
- Halton Region: www.halton.ca/coronavirus
- Government of Ontario: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
- Provincial Emergency Orders: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200052
- Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/coronavirus
- World Health Organization: www.who.int
- Joseph Brant Hospital: josephbranthospital.ca/covid-19
- Team Burlington Business Supports: burlingtonchamber.com/team-burl-supporting-burl-business-during-covid-19/
- Burlington Food Bank: call 905-637-CARE (2273), or visit burlingtonfoodbank.ca
- Food for Life: call 905-635-1106 and press 7, or visit foodforlife.ca
- Canadian Mental Health Association – Halton Branch: call 289-291-5396, or visit halton.cmha.ca
*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist