This is quite similar in nature to the order we experienced In December/January when numbers were going up. The order is expected to last for 28 days, beginning Thursday April 8th and ending the morning of Thursday May 6th. The province has enacted its third official declaration of emergency as well today.
The continued rise of COVID-19 cases throughout Ontario, the rise in cases caused by more deadly variants, the increasing pressures on ICUs and hospitals and mounting requests from healthcare leaders across the province in recent days have certainly factored into this difficult decision. The trend of more than 3,000 new cases per day throughout the past week means that we are nearing the peaks seen back in January. Ontario’s ICUs now have more COVID-19 patients than they ever have before.
I genuinely send my thoughts, prayers and gratitude to every healthcare professional, essential worker, teacher, student, parent, caregiver and business owner who are continuing to find strength you never knew you had and giving it your best every single day for over a year now. When we look back on this time, I know you will be proud of everything you have done, grateful for the countless lives that have been saved, and amazed at the lessons in resilience and perseverance you will have taught your children. I know we will also cherish simple pleasures we took for granted with a renewed appreciation like never before.
Building on restrictions that the Premier announced just last week, the new Stay at Home orders mean that the following additional measures will be in effect (full details can be found on the Province’s website):
- Stay home except for essential purposes including work, groceries or medical supplies/appointments and outdoor exercise (ex: walks, bike rides, etc. while also ensuring you maintain physical distancing and/or wear masks when that is a challenge).
- All employees who can do their job from home should be permitted by their employer to do so.
- All non-essential retail to close including shopping malls except for delivery and curbside pick-up. Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open.
- Stores such as Walmart and Costco will be required to limit shopping areas to essential products only (ex:groceries/medical/cleaning supplies/personal and pet care items).
- Ontarians are urged to restrict their travel/mobility outside of their own region throughout this time and not travel between cities/regions.
- Schools in Halton will remain open, although Spring Break will continue next week as planned meaning kids will not be in class again until April 19th.
As we continue to see vaccinations happen – with over 82,000 doses already given here in Halton and a new record high of 104,000 doses administered – there is light at the end of the tunnel. Over 104,000 doses were administered yesterday across all of Ontario – a new record high.
IF YOU ARE FEELING SICK please get tested right away (book your test here) and if you are unable to go to work because of COVID-19, please access the supports that are available to you through the Federal Government. The new variants are more contagious and more deadly than before. The benefit is called the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit and it provides $500 per week for up to 4 weeks for individuals who are unable to work because they have contracted COVID-19. In addition to those supports, you can access food and other supplies through our local food banks and meal programs who have been doing phenomenal work this past year to take care of our community. Now is the time to ask for help if you and your family need it. A list of those supports can be found here under the “Get Support” heading.
Residents 60 years of age and older in Halton can presently book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment through our online booking system by clicking here.
There are currently also 19 pharmacies in Halton offering the AstraZeneca to individuals aged 55+. The AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and effective in preventing severe illness and complications from COVID-19. Booking through a pharmacy is also another option for eligible residents to get their vaccine and gain protection from COVID-19 as soon as possible. Find a location and book now.
I encourage everyone to check in on friends and family in these eligible age groups and ensure they are aware of their eligibility and how to book an appointment. While some of us watch the news and check the internet daily, that is not the case for many others especially those without internet access. Not everyone is fully aware of these vaccination details yet, so if we each help the people in our own network we can make even more progress toward herd immunity and a healthier community.
Thank you and please stay healthy and kind to yourselves and one another in the weeks ahead. We’re almost there Burlington.
- City of Burlington News Release: City of Burlington Services During Provincial Emergency & Stay-at-Home Order; Tyandaga Golf Course Opening
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 consolidated page for information and updates on the work of the provincial Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force is available at bit.ly/COVIDVaccineUpdates.
Halton Region has also created a dedicated COVID-19 Vaccine webpage at halton.ca/covidvaccines for up to date information on the status of our COVID19 vaccination program.
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