*Please see below a media release issued by the City of Burlington.
Burlington, Ont. — July 23, 2020 — Summer will be in full swing soon as Burlington enters Stage 3 on July 24, which means playground equipment can be open for use.
Parents and caregivers should note that the playground equipment is not being sanitized and standard health practices with heightened awareness such as staying home if sick, washing hands and not touching faces should be strictly followed. Parents and caregivers are reminded to bring hand sanitizer with them to the park.
Anyone using the playground equipment should still practice physical distancing of two metres with anyone not from their household or their social circle.
If a playground structure is busy, residents may want to consider one of Burlington’s many other parks or come back at another time.
“We know parents and kids will be very excited for playground equipment to re-open and be added to the growing list of recreation services we are now able to offer. Thank you for your patience and for staying off the equipment until now and we’re looking forward to bringing more services back to residents.” — Denise Beard, Acting Director of Recreation Services, City of Burlington
Other Summer Activities
- Parks are open for casual use, such as exercising, picnics, kicking or throwing a ball
- Mountainside, Nelson and LaSalle Pools are open for leisure swims and lap swims with online pre-registration and payment only. Splash Parks at Nelson and Mountainside Pools are now open as well
- Spray pads at parks are open
- Lowville Park is open. New, as of July 30, entry will require pre-registration through parkvisit.ca/burlington. Reservations and use of the park remain free
- Redesigned summer camps are open. The next registration date is July 27 at 9 a.m. View camps at burlington.ca/summer
- Redesigned Adult 19+ and Adult 55+ programs are open. View programs at burlington.ca/summer.
- All City recreation programs are operating with public health safety precautions including increased cleaning (outdoor amenities like playgrounds are not sanitized), screening and reduced program capacities in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19
- Permits for picnics will not be issued in an effort to mitigate large gatherings at this time
- Physical distancing of two metres is still in place on public property with anyone not from your household or social circle and in groups of less than 10
For more information, including safety measures, facility videos, program information and registration dates, visit burlington.ca/summer.
Because of an abundance of illegal parking near Beachway Park, the beachway lots have been reconfigured with one entrance and one exit to maximize legal parking spots, add a drop-off area and block off areas that are not available for parking. Parking ambassadors are available on weekends to help direct drivers and will close parking lot entrances when they are full.
We encourage drivers to continue to abide by all signed parking regulations such as no stopping and no parking in loading zones.
MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:
I know the Stage 3 reopening is welcomed news to many of our businesses and I encourage you to open only when you’re ready and have taken measures to protect the health and safety of staff and customers. I urge both residents and businesses to be cautious and diligent, and do everything possible to safeguard each other and especially members of our community with more vulnerable immune systems, as more services reopen. I urge residents to continue following all health directives, including physical distancing, wearing masks if you can inside public spaces, using hand-sanitizer and frequently washing hands, as well as staying home when sick. These measures will be especially critical in larger gatherings.
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 email@example.com or online.
- 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
- 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