*Please see the media release below issued by the City of Burlington.
Burlington, Ont. — April 3, 2020 — Physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most important steps everyone needs to take. The COVID-19 virus doesn’t move on its own; it needs people to move it. To discourage people from gathering and to help reduce the transmission of the virus, the City of Burlington is closing all vehicular access to our parks. Only walking, jogging, riding a bike or scooter/wheelchair through a park or trail is permitted. Remember to keep 2 metres away from others – about the length of a hockey stick.
The best thing residents can do to protect themselves and the community, is stay home.
All amenities in our parks have already been closed, please continue to respect the caution tape and keep off of playgrounds, sports fields, skateboard areas, tennis and basketball courts.
Over the next few days, the City will be placing signage and barricades in the entrances of parking lots to block vehicles from parking. Vehicles left in parking lots as of April 4 will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Residents who see groups of five or more people gathering or individuals using outdoor recreational facilities can call the Halton Regional Police Service COVID hotline to file a report at 905-825-4722.
Local enforceable orders (as of April 2) include:
- Closure of places of non-essential businesses
- Prohibiting events and gatherings of more than five people
- Closure of public places and establishments
- Closure of all outdoor recreational amenities and parks
MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:
I want to thank those of you in our community who are staying at home and only going out to access healthcare or medication, to shop for groceries once per week, to walk your dog, or to get your daily exercise (and staying in your own neighbourhood) while maintaining a physical gap of at least 2 metres between you and others.
But there are some who are still not getting the message. Unfortunately, we are still seeing and hearing reports from the public of people not obeying the directives and orders from our provincial and federal governments. A few people have also been ignoring the closed signs and locked facilities by jumping fences or removing posted signs and caution tape. All this must stop now.
It won’t be long before every one of us will know someone with COVID-19 and now is the critical time where we must do everything we can to effectively slow down the spread of this deadly virus. Please stay home, and help save your own life and the lives of your family, friends and neighbours.
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.
To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.
HELPFUL RESOURCES & RELATED LINKS:
- With the closure of City facilities, telephone access to Service Burlington is currently unavailable. Please send your community questions and requests to Service Burlington by email at email@example.com or visit burlington.ca/coronavirus
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or 905-335-7738
- City of Burlington: www.burlington.ca/coronavirus
- Halton Region: www.halton.ca/coronavirus
- Government of Ontario: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
- Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/coronavirus
- World Health Organization: www.who.int
- Joseph Brant Hospital: josephbranthospital.ca/covid-19
- Chamber of Commerce Business Supports: burlingtonchamber.com/team-burl-supporting-burl-business-during-covid-19/
*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist