Welcome to the Mayor’s standing post dedicated to COVID-19 updates from the City of Burlington and our public health professionals and experts.
This page will be updated has often as new information is available and released.
On Saturday, March 21, 2020, Mayor Meed Ward declared a state of emergency for the City of Burlington.
If you have questions about what the state of emergency means, please head to the COVID-19 FAQ page (bit.ly/COVID19BurlingtonFAQ) – this page is continually updated with new questions as we encounter them from the public.
If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, please visit Halton Region Public Health’s website at halton.ca/coronavirus for further instructions about diagnosis and testing.
The Province of Ontario has an online self-assessment tool for anyone experiencing some symptoms but are unsure, please click the link to access it.
Click this link for what Physical (Social) Distancing Means and how best to employ it: Physical (Social) Distancing Infographic.
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:
- 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: burlingtonchamber.com/team-burl-supporting-burl-business-during-covid-19/
Sunday, April 5, 2020:
- Federal government highlights:
- Starting tomorrow Canadians can sign ups for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit at https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html
- Canadians can expect their first payments by mail in 10 days, sooner if you register for direct deposit. There will be a staggered approach to applying, see below, so the system does not crash.
- Canadians have been asking how they can help – the best thing they can do is follow public health recommendations
- There will be volunteer opportunities with Health Canada for those with specialized skills.
- There will be full time jobs for reservists.
- The Federal government is looking at ways they can support young Canadians who rely on part time summer jobs that may not be available.
- Provincial government highlights:
- Province providing relief funding for residential service providers that support vulnerable populations – Media Release
- The province is investing up to $40 million to support organizations that provide residential services for children and youth, people with developmental disabilities and emergency shelters for women and families fleeing domestic violence.
- The COVID-19 Residential Relief Fund will cover costs such as additional staffing, residential respite for caregivers; personal protective equipment and supplies; initiatives to support physical distancing and transportation to minimize client exposure.
- Province providing relief funding for residential service providers that support vulnerable populations – Media Release
Saturday, April 4, 2020:
- Mayor’s April 2020 Newsletter
- Halton Region Update: How Do I…? listing of contacts and supports, click here — Halton Region_Contact Information_April 3_10am — for more.
- Federal government briefing highlights:
- At this time the federal government will not be releasing modelling data. “Regardless of the data that is used the measures that have been put in place is what is making a difference
- The PM spoke about the measures that have been put in place to assist homeless shelters the victims of domestic abuse.
- We have asked a lot of Canadians – to stay home, close their businesses and stay away from friends and family
- He continued to urge Canadians to stay at home. “Physical distancing needs to be taken seriously – it will save lives.”
- In the next 48 hours a shipment of millions of masks is expected.
- The PM spoke about two activities for children:
- On Sunday April 5, the PM and Dr. Tam will be doing a teleconference for children and youth. Prime Minister Trudeau and Dr. Tam will answer them in a video conference that will be available simultaneously on the CBC Kids News and MAJ platforms, and broadcast on CBC TV, CBC Gem and ICI TÉLÉ on Sunday, April 5th at 9am. CBC/Radio-Canada will make this video conference available to all broadcasters.
- Canadian Astronaut Jeremy Hansen will answer questions on Sunday April 5 at 1:30 p.m. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdNtqpHlU1pCaVy2wlzxHKQ
- Provincial government highlights:
- Premier’s briefing:
- Again today a Province wide alert will be issued, urging everyone, except essential workers to stay home.
- “We collectively have the power to flatten the curve and save lives.”
- The Province has launched a new web portal to help employers and Ontarians looking for work in the agri-food sector. Supermarkets need workers; people need jobs – Media Release
- Ontario.ca/AgFoodJobs provides access to information on job opportunities and training resources in all parts of Ontario’s food supply chain – from grocery retailers to bakeries and cheese processing plants to opportunities on farms.
- Ontario Protecting Seniors in Retirement Homes During COVID-19 Outbreak
- The Province issued a temporary order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act that will help retirement homes address emergency staffing needs as they respond to COVID-19. Under this order retirement homes will have more flexibility to recruit and reassign staff.
- Retirement homes are also required to report any outbreak of COVID-19 to the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority, as well as the local medical officer of health.
- To further safeguard the health of seniors living in retirement homes the Provincial government has also amended the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 requiring that all retirement homes follow the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s guidance and recommendations regarding infection control and prevention.
- $20 million in additional funding has been provided to support increased infection control and active screening measures
- Regulation on essential workplaces – Province of Ontario_closure-nonessential-business-2020-04-03_0
- Statement from Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, on tentative agreement with Ontario Council of Educational Workers (OCEW): Statement
Friday April 3, 2020:
- All Burlington Parks to be Closed to Vehicular Access
- Starting April 8, Metrolinx is reducing GO train & bus service levels in order to sustain a safe transit experience customers can rely on. For schedule changes click here.
- Burlington Foundation launches $100,000 COVID-19 Pandemic Response Fund to support local charities on the front-line helping those most vulnerable.
- Province extends business closures and updates essential businesses list
- Ontario Increasing Public Health Units’ Capacity to Stop COVID-19 — Province launches a new user-friendly online portal for the public to easily access their COVID-19 lab test results.
- Highlights from Ontario’s briefing on COVID-19 models:
- No action: 6,000 deaths by the end of April
- With current action: 1,600 deaths by the end of April
- With stronger action: 250 deaths by the end of April
- Over the course of the pandemic there could be 100,000 deaths with no measures, with measures we can expect 3,000 to 15,000 deaths
- The full pandemic is expected to last 18 months to 2 years
- If we “bear down hard” now we can get through this more quickly and the economy could also rebound more quickly
- Immediate focus:
- Enhanced capacity for case and contact tracing is underway.
- Increased testing for COVID-19, with a focus on long-term care, retirements homes and other congregate settings.
- Future measures:
- Reduce the number and types of essential workplaces
- Enhance the focus on enforcement and fines for non-compliance
- Expand directions/guidance on physical distancing, including retail settings
- Enhanced support for elderly, homeless and other vulnerable populations and communities.
- Consider entry restrictions in some communities including First Nations.
- Human resource management (movement of health care workers between settings)
- Use of technology to reinforce self-isolation (alerts).
- Additional public education and communication (shelter in place with limited protections)
- Every year in Ontario we lose 1,350 people to the normal seasonal flu. In a bad year we could lose 1,500. For COVID-19 it’s 10 times higher.
- Dr. Donnelly “use of masks is best preserved for those who need them most – front line health care workers”
- Highlights from federal government briefing today:
- The Canadian Government has signed an agreement with Amazon Canada do distribute critical equipment and supplies to provinces.
- Food banks are facing unprecedented challenges – fewer volunteers, fewer donations and greater need. $100 M will go to meeting the urgent food needs of Canadians.
- The $100 million investment is divided as follows:
- $50 million to Food Banks Canada
- $20 million divided evenly between Salvation Army, Second Harvest, Community Food Centres Canada, and Breakfast Club of Canada
- $30 million for local-level organizations who serve people experiencing food insecurity
- The GST credits and child benefits will be sent out in April instead of May, which was originally announced.
- There were several questions from reporters to the PM about the order issued by President Trump to 3M to stop exporting masks. The PM said it would not be advantageous for the US or Americans to limit trade/exports between the US and other countries.
- On Sunday the PM along with Dr. Tam will be doing a video conference for children and youth.
- Media Release on Food Bank funding
- Readout from First Ministers Meeting on April 2
- They talked about the measures underway to ensure that Canadian health care workers have the necessary personal protective equipment and medical supplies they need.
- The Prime Minister updated premiers on the Government’s commitment to invest $2 billion to purchase testing products, ventilators, and protective personal equipment. This funding includes bulk purchases with provinces and territories, as well as measures to help businesses scale-up production or re-tool their manufacturing lines to produce products that will help in the fight against COVID-19.
- First Ministers agreed on the need to continue working together, including sharing necessary information, to ensure that equipment is provided where and when it is needed.
- First Ministers also discussed emergency actions taken by provinces and territories, including restrictions on non-essential travel between provinces, as well as between Canada and the United States, while ensuring that essential goods and supply chains are maintained.
Thursday, April 2, 2020:
- Message From Your Mayor: Burlington, You Must Do More to Slow COVID-19 Spread
- Halton Regional Police Service: Enforcement of Emergency Orders Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act
- Federal government briefing today:
- There will be a First Ministers conference call this evening with the Premiers. They will discuss data sharing and modeling as well as how they can continue to work together to keep people safe.
- Medical supplies are being shipped to all Provinces. Hockey giant Bauer is producing protective face shields for first responders instead of hockey helmets.
- Canadians urged to listen to doctors and medical experts. “Make the right choices now.” We can “save lives together by staying apart.”
- The federal government will continue to work with Provinces who have the powers to keep people at home. The Federal government will only step in if what is happening provincially isn’t working.
- Provincial government briefing today:
- The situation is extremely serious and the Province “will all have to make some very difficult decisions.”
- Medical experts will be providing an update tomorrow with details on where we were, where we are and where we could be.
- This information will help Ontarians make the best decisions for their families. The information “may not be easy to hear.”
- Mental health was the focus of today’s briefing — “You are not alone, we are listening, we care. If you are struggling talk to someone.”
- Premier Doug Ford was asked about when “he would pull the trigger” on a mandatory stay home order. He again said that nothing was off the table.
- The list of essential services is being reviewed and we will hear about changes in the coming days.
- Attorney General Doug Downey also announced emergency action to support victims of crime and protect front-line staff.
- The Province is providing an emergency payment of more than $2.7 million to support services for victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes during the COVID-19 crisis. This additional one-time emergency payment will support more than 50 community agencies across Ontario, including victim crisis assistance organizations (VCAOs), Indigenous organizations and those based in rural areas, stay operational and accessible to victims during the public health crisis.
- The funds will help front-line staff respond to challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis and enhance access to immediate supports for victims, including extended hotels stays, and transportation and meal vouchers available through the Victim Quick Response Program Plus (VQRP+). – Media release
- Minister of Health, Christine Elliot and Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney issued a joint statement regarding the Ontario trucking industry. They asked:
- businesses who rely on truck drivers are expected to provide the necessary facilities for them. Everyone is being asked to do their part to make sure drivers can keep doing their jobs safely.
- the Province is providing more safe places for truck drivers to stop and rest across the province. All 23 ONroute travel plazas will remain open for take-out, grab and go and drive-through services, including washrooms with enhanced cleaning. The Province is providing portable washrooms at 32 truck inspection stations so trucks have a place to stop and rest safely.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020:
- How Does the City of Burlington Make Decisions During the COVID-19 Emergency?
- Halton Region offers emergency child care to health care and frontline workers during the COVID-19 outbreak
- Now more than ever we need to support small businesses in Burlington
- Ontario Announces Public Required to Identify Themselves if Charged with Breaching an Emergency Order During the COVID-19 Outbreak
- Provincial government briefing today:
- Premier stated today that they will be looking at the list of businesses on the Essential Services list and adjustments will be made. “We will be doing everything we can to reduce the list.”
- Province announced $50M through the Ontario Together fund to help manufactures to retool their production lines to help produce medical supplies. – I will include the release in my end of day email.
- Other Provincial News
- The Provincial Medical Officer directed public health agency throughout the province to use their powers to enforce isolation of those who have tested positive for COVID- 19 — Letter from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer.
- Late last night the Province issued and order that people who are being charged with an offence under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) will be required to identify themselves if asked by a provincial offences officer, which includes police officers, First Nations constables, special constables and municipal by-law enforcement officers. This measure to allows provincial offences officers to lawfully require an individual to disclose their correct name, date of birth and address in order to protect our communities. Media Release
- Minister Lecce published and open letter to parents regarding the extended school closures and phase two of the Learn at Home Program — April 1 – Open letter from Minister Lecce.
- Federal government briefing today:
- Announcement of Three Point Economic Plan:
- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (75%)
- Available to businesses large and small that are NOT publicly funded including restaurants, bars, charities and non-profits
- Available to businesses that have seen a 30% drop in review
- Employers can apply on the CRA website
- The money is intended for employees
- There will be stiff penalties for anyone who tries to take advantage of the program
- Further details will be announced later today (another briefing will be held at 2 p.m. today)
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
- Starting April 6
- Canadians can apply online to receive the benefit which is available to everyone
- People receiving the wages subsidy cannot also receive CERB
- People can register for this benefit at Canada.ca
- The government is putting measures in place to not overload the system
- Details on the process and eligibility will be announced later today
- Loan Program for Businesses – no details provided yet on this program
- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (75%)
- Announcement of Three Point Economic Plan:
- Link to all the federal programs — https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html
Tuesday, March 31, 2020:
- Statement from Burlington Mayor Meed Ward: City Working Closely with Joseph Brant Hospital to be Prepared, Mayor Expresses Gratitude for all Front-line Workers
- How Burlington Council/Committee Meetings will be Held During COVID-19
- Burlington’s business support organizations come together as Team Burlington to support businesses through COVID-19
- Team Burlington (Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Burlington Downtown Business Association, Burlington Economic Development, Aldershot Village BIA and Tourism Burlington) are providing the business community with COVID-19 support — visit the Team Burlington website or call the Burlington Ec Dev at 289-337-5505, ext. 102, Monday-Friday between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or the Province’s Stop the Spread toll-free line at 1-888-444-3659.
- For more information about the upcoming virtual Business Support Forums from April 2-17, click the Eventbrite link here.
- Today’s federal government briefing:
- $2B will be spent on bulk purchasing of protective equipment for front line workers. The federal government is working with provinces and territories to purchase masks, gowns, gloves, face shields, ventilators and hand sanitizer.
- Thousands of companies came forward when asked by the government to retool their production lines to produce personal protective equipment.
- Ontario Extends School and Child Care Closures to Fight Spread of COVID-19 — Public schools will remain closed to teachers until Friday, May 1, 2020, and to students until Monday, May 4, 2020. As these dates come closer, this decision will be re-evaluated based on public health advice.
- Ontario Extends Emergency Declaration to April 13 to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 — All Outdoor Recreational Amenities across Province Now Closed
- Province Announces Supports for Postsecondary Students During COVID-19 — Ontario Enabling Students to Complete the Academic Year, Offering Loan Payment Deferrals and Financial Support for Institutions
Monday, March 30, 2020:
- Statement from Burlington Mayor on City’s COVID-19 Three-Month Horizon Outlook
- City of Burlington Cancels Spring Programs and Extends Closures
- Burlington’s Sound of Music Cancels Festival and Live on the Lake for 2020
- Pandemic Response Unit to increase Joseph Brant Hospital’s capacity to care for patients during COVID-19
- Ontario Enhancing Public Reporting about COVID-19 — Dedicated Website Will Include Expanded Information of Confirmed Cases Across the Province
- Statement from the Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health — “We Must Do More.”
- Ontario’s Emergency Orders to date
- Highlights from federal government’s briefing today:
- People staying home has impacted businesses Canada.
- The Federal government will subsidize wages of employees of companies big and small, non-profits and charities that have had their revenues decrease by at least 30%. The subsidy will cover 75% of the first $58,700 that an employee earns, which amounts to up to $847/week, back dated to March 15.
- Employers, that can pay, are encouraged to top up the employees’ wages by the remaining 25%
Sunday, March 29, 2020:
- Federal government announces support for vulnerable Canadians affected by COVID‑19
- $7.5M of new funding will go to the Kids Help Phone to hire more counsellors and volunteers to support youth during this time. Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 or text 686868. KidsHelpPhone.ca
- $9M of funding will go to the United Way for programs that will support seniors during this time. The programs will provide check ins and grocery delivery.
- There is $200M in funding for shelters for the homeless and those fleeing family violence.
- Province issued the following statement regarding construction sites and how to make them safer for workers.
Saturday, March 28, 2020:
- Burlington Successfully Holds Tele-Town Hall on COVID-19 Response & Supports
- Province to Buy Urgently Needed Critical Goods and Services and Deploy them to Where They are Needed the Most
- Provincial government briefing:
- Individuals and companies that are hoarding and/or selling of “necessary goods”, which include: masks, gloves, non-prescription medications, disinfecting wipes and cleaners and personal hygiene products (including toilet paper) at higher prices will be fined or could face jail time. Consumers can report an individual who is price gouging by filing a complaint at 1-800-889-9768 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, or by filing a report online. See details in the release below.
- The maximum gathering size will be lowered to 5. An order on this later today.
- Minister Lecce will be making an announcement on Monday about parents having to pay for daycare when children are not attending. No mention of an announcement on the extension of school closures yet.
- Ontario Prohibits Gatherings of More Than Five People with Strict Exceptions
- Federal government briefing:
- Starting Monday March 30 at noon, there will be new restrictions in place for domestic travel on federally regulated transportation (planes and trains). Anyone showing signs/symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied boarding. Provincial borders are not closed.
- Canadians are encouraged to pre-register for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit program on the Canada Revenue Agency portal: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/e-services/e-services-individuals/account-individuals.html.
- The Prime Minister once again encouraged people to continue to do what they have been doing – stay at home and continue to social distance:
- 75 per cent wage subsidy for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. This will help businesses to keep and return workers to the payroll. More details on eligibility criteria will start with the impact of COVID-19 on sales, and will be shared before the end of the month.
- Allow businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer all Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) payments until June, as well as customs duties owed for imports. This measure is the equivalent of providing up to $30 billion in interest-free loans to Canadian businesses. It will help businesses so they can continue to pay their employees and their bills, and help ease cash-flow challenges across the country.
- Launch the new Canada Emergency Business Account. This program will provide up to $25 billion to eligible financial institutions so they can provide interest-free loans to small businesses. These loans – guaranteed and funded by the Government of Canada – will ensure that small businesses have access to the capital they need, at a zero per cent interest rate, so they can pay for rent and other important costs over the next number of months.
- Launch the new Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan and Guarantee program that will enable up to $40 billion in lending, supported through Export Development Canada and Business Development Bank, for guaranteed loans when small businesses go to their financial institutions to help weather the impacts of COVID-19. This is intended for small and medium-sized companies that require greater help to meet their operational cash flow requirements
Friday, March 27, 2020:
- Update on Burlington OP Timelines and Processing of Development Applications as a Result of COVID-19
- Canada Announces Additional Support for Canadian Businesses from the Economic Impact of COVID-19
Thursday, March 26, 2020:
- Statement from Burlington Mayor Meed Ward: Walk, Don’t Stop – Engage in Physical Distancing
- Provincial government provides $3.3B more to increase health care capacity: funding will add more beds, testing and protective equipment for frontline workers fighting COVID-19
- Ontario announces few financial measure will allow insurance premium payment deferrals for six months
- The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) announces liquor sales licensees may now sell liquor for takeout or delivery along with food
Wednesday, March 25, 2020:
- Burlington Successfully Holds Virtual Special Council Meeting and Announces Modified Schedule for Transit Starting Sunday, March 29
- Halton Region announces 15th confirmed positive case of COVID-19 experienced symptoms while travelling
- Ontario announces toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.
- Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19
- $200 million in new funding to provide temporary emergency supports for people in financial need as well as funding to municipalities and other service providers to respond to local needs; for example, food banks, homeless shelters, churches and emergency services;
- Deferring the upcoming quarterly (June 30) remittance of education property tax to school boards by 90 days. This will provide municipalities with the flexibility to, in turn, provide property tax deferrals of over $1.8 billion to local residents and businesses; and
- Working in conjunction with the government of Ontario, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) will allow employers to defer payments for a period of six months. This will provide employers with $1.9 billion in financial relief.
- The government will provide a $200 cheque per child up to 12 years old, and $250 for children with special needs, to offset additional costs associated with school and child care closures.
- Increased funding to charities and non-profits by $148 million to recognize increased reliance on the institutions during the coronavirus.
- Cutting business taxes by $355 million through a temporary increase to the Employment Health Tax exemption.
- Doubling the Guaranteed Annual Income System support for low-income seniors for six months.
- As previously announced, providing six months of loan and interest accrual relief for post-secondary students.
- $1.5 billion in electricity subsidies that were previously announced. The government is projected to fund $5.6 billion in hydro subsidies, an effective continuation of the previous Liberal government’s Fair Hydro Plan.
- Federal Government Introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit to Help Workers & Businesses, and Quarantine Measures Act
- Quarantine Measures:
- All travellers returning to Canada — with the exception of what the federal government is calling “essential workers” — will have to enter a mandatory 14-day quarantine as of midnight tonight.
- Individuals who exhibit symptoms upon arrival in Canada will be forbidden, they will also be forbidden from using public transit to travel to their places self-isolation. Those travellers also will not be permitted to quarantine in a place where they can come into contact with vulnerable people. The Public Health Agency of Canada will make alternative arrangements for people in those circumstances.
- More specific information on enforcement is coming later today.
- Highlights of the program – Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan:
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadians who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, as well as working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of school and daycare closures will also be eligible.
- A temporary boost to Canada Child Benefit payments, delivering about $2 billion in extra support.
- A new Emergency Support Benefit to provide up to $5 billion in support to workers who are not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment.
- A six-month, interest-free reprieve on student loan payments.
- A doubling of the homeless care program.
- An extension of the tax filing deadline to June 1. There is also a policy change allowing taxpayers to defer until after Aug. 31 tax payments that are due after today and before September.
- $305 million for a new Indigenous Community Support Fund to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation communities.
- Quarantine Measures:
Tuesday, March 24, 2020:
- Statement from Burlington Mayor on Halton Regions Emergency Declaration
- Halton Region announces Burlington resident experienced symptoms while travelling, awaiting confirmatory testing for COVID-19
- Ontario Providing Electricity Relief to Families, Small Businesses and Farms During COVID-19 — suspending time-of-use rates for 45 days
- Canada announces federal benefits and services that will be available to Canadians
- Regional Chair declares state of emergency in response to COVID-19
- Town of Oakville declares State of Emergency
- Ontario launches enhanced version of interactive COVID-19 self-assessment tool.
- Province Closing At-Risk Workplaces to Protect Health and Safety
Monday, March 23, 2020:
- Mayor Applauds Provincial Closure of Non-Essential Businesses, Announces Special Council Meeting and Community Town Hall Updates
- Ontario government orders mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective as of Tuesday, March 24th at 11:59 p.m. This closure will be in effect for 14 days with the possibility of extending this order as the situation evolves. A full list of businesses that are permitted to stay open will be released tomorrow.
- Ontario announces new funding to support municipalities, food banks, homeless shelters and individuals
- PM says “Enough is enough. Go home and stay home” in latest media briefing and announces support for farmers and agro-food businesses. PM will be meeting with the Premiers this evening to discuss what further measures need to be taken.
Sunday, March 22, 2020:
- Lowville Park Closure & Burlington State of Emergency FAQs
- Federal MPs will reconvene in Ottawa on Tuesday at noon to pass emergency aid measure
- The federal government is relying on provinces and municipalities to impose tough measures to ensure social distancing.
- PM says they are not at the stage yet to enact the Emergency Act.
- Ontario to Open Select Child Care Centres across the Province
Saturday, March 21, 2020:
- Burlington Mayor Meed Ward Declares State of Emergency for City Amid COVID-19
- Community and Business Supports Available for Burlington During COVID-19
- Ontario Urges Business to Join the Fight Against COVID-19 – New Government Website Removes Barriers for Companies to Provide Essential Goods and Services
- Ontario Takes Extraordinary Steps to Ensure Health Care Resources are Available to Contain COVID-19
Friday, March 20, 2020:
- Burlington Announces Upcoming Telephone Town Hall on COVID-19 Response and Support
- Burlington Rolls Out Stars of Hope Program in Response to COVID-19
- Province of Ontario Launches First Phase of the Learn at Home Portal for Students
- Prime Minister Announces Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Businesses and Manufacturers Industry to Help Fight Spread of COVID-19
Thursday, March 19, 2020:
- Burlington Council Considering Tax Relief for Businesses and Residents, Applauds Provincial Announcements Today
- Burlington Mayor’s Letter to Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
- Halton Region Public Health confirms second COVID-19 related death in Ontario
- Ontario Extending Validation Periods for Driver, Vehicle and Carrier Products, Services and Health Cards
- Province of Ontario provides COVID-19 information in 30 different languages
Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
- Burlington Offers Free Transit, Closes City Hall, Discourages Group Gatherings in Parks and More Steps to Slow COVID-19 Spread
- Federal government announces $82B COVID-19 emergency response package for Canadians, businesses
- Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health recommends licensed retirement homes only allow essential visitors — people visiting residents who are very ill or require end-of-life care — until further notice.
- Fifth case of COVID-19 confirmed in Halton Region, an Oakville resident
Tuesday, March 17, 2020:
- What Ontario’s COVID-19 State of Emergency Declaration Means for Burlington
- City of Burlington Waives Downtown Parking Fees During COVID-19
- Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public
Monday, March 16, 2020:
- City of Burlington Information on Emergency Planning Operations, Additional Closures and Other Updates
- Canada is barring entry to all travellers who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents, Prime Minister announces today
- Fourth Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Halton Region (Please note, the Region will not be publishing media releases for future cases unless public notification for contact-tracing purposes is required. All future cases will be posted on halton.ca/coronavirus daily)
- Joint Statement from Mayor Meed Ward and Councillor Bentivegna Regarding March 23 Millcroft Public Meeting
- Premier Ford Announces Job Protection for Workers During COVID-19 Situation
Sunday, March 15, 2020:
- Here’s What You Can Do to Help as We Deal With COVID-19 in Burlington
- City of Burlington Closes all City Facilities to Public Access Effective March 16 to April 5
Saturday, March 14, 2020:
- UPDATE: City of Burlington Closures and Cancellations
- Burlington Resident Third Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Halton Region
Friday, March 13, 2020:
- Burlington’s Recreation Facilities Closing for 3 Weeks to Help Reduce COVID-19 Spread
- Changes to Burlington Mayor’s Calendar, Events and Office Operations Amid COVID-19
- Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health: Enhanced Public Health Measures for COVID-19
- Burlington Chamber of Commerce reschedules events and addresses local businesses.
- Province of Ontario announces it’s set to open first wave of COVID-19 assessment centres.
- Facilities will be at William Osler Health System – Peel Memorial site; The Ottawa Hospital; North York General Hospital; Mackenzie Health in Vaughan; Scarborough Health Network; and Trillium Health Partners.
- The centres will be located in separate spaces to protect other patients.
- More centres are set to be established across the province in the next few weeks.
- Ontario’s chief medical officer Dr. David Williams says to “avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada” and the “immediate suspension” of all gatherings over 250 people because of the risks of COVID-19.
- Federal government warns Canadians against international travel and is considering tightening the border to some international travellers.
Thursday, March 12, 2020:
- Recreation facilities and program registration refunds
- With the COVID-19 situation, the City of Burlington will be offering full refunds for Recreation facilities and program registrations (including March Break programs) without any administration charge.
- For facility rentals: organizations and residents with upcoming rentals may cancel or rebook at a future date (pending availability) with no penalty. Please contact email@example.com.
- For registrations, including March Break programs: to withdraw from an upcoming course without penalty, or to withdraw from a course in progress to receive a prorated refund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us during customer service hours. If you have more questions about cancellations, please reach us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-335-7738.
- For the most up to date information from the City about COVID-19, please bookmark or subscribe to www.burlington.ca/healthandsafety. For the latest information and resources, please visit the Halton Region Public Health’s page at www.halton.ca/coronavirus.
- Second Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Halton Region
Wednesday, March 11, 2020:
- Statement from Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward on COVID-19
- City of Burlington Monitoring COVID-19 and Taking Action to Help Protect Staff and Residents
Monday, March 2, 2020:
*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist.