*Please see media release below issued by the City of Burlington.
Burlington, Ont. — May 8, 2020 — The Burlington Fire Department has lifted the open-air burning ban issued on April 13, 2020. This change is effective immediately.
Residents that live in rural designated burning areas, with open-air burning permits, can resume open-air burning if necessary. Those with permits are reminded to follow the bylaw and conditions of their permit.
Unnecessary burning and recreational fires should be avoided and urban residents are reminded that open-air burning in urban areas of Burlington is never allowed. The Burlington Fire Department will issue fines to those with open-air fires in urban Burlington.
As part of the COVID-19 response, the burn ban was implemented as a preventative measure to make sure that Fire Department resources were available when and where needed most. Additionally, the Fire Department was trying to limit non-emergency interactions with residents and respect physical distancing requirements.
“Though the fire ban has been lifted, residents should only burn if necessary for farming and controlled clearing of land. I also encourage those with permits to check weather conditions and use extra caution when burning outdoors. Open-air burning is only allowed in approved rural areas of Burlington and requires an open-air burning permit.” — Dave Lazenby, Burlington Fire Chief and Operations Section
The Burlington Fire Department will continue to monitor and assess the affect on resources and provide updates on city burning restrictions.
For more information about open-air burning and fire safety tips, contact the Burlington Fire Department at 905-637-8253 or visit www.burlington.ca/burnpermit.
Emergency orders continue to be in place to address the COVID-19 outbreak include the prohibiting of organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people. Failing to comply with any of the emergency orders is an offence under the Emergency Management and Civil Protections Act and may result in fines.
The best thing residents can do to protect themselves and the community, is stay home.
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 903-335-7777, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.