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All Sport Games Paused on City of Burlington Sports Fields and in Facilities

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*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.

For information on recreation services, visit burlington.ca/fall. To reach customer service, call 905-335-7738 or email liveandplay@burlington.ca.

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:

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:

*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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2 thoughts on “All Sport Games Paused on City of Burlington Sports Fields and in Facilities”

  1. Glad to see that Burlington is taking these measures. It cannot be easy and I’m sure that there are many who would disagree with this decision. COVID 19 is not going away and it must be contained as much as possible. You have our support.

    1. Hi Jack, this is John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist. Thank you for your comments and feedback. I will be sure to share them with Mayor Meed Ward. Take care out there.

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Media Specialist: John Bkila
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