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Victoria Day Long Weekend in Burlington Amid COVID-19

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*Please see below a media release issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont.—May 14, 2020 —As the Victoria Day long weekend approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic, residents are asked to continue to practice physical distancing by staying at least six feet apart and continue to follow the advice of health care experts.

The City of Burlington is committed to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 to protect its residents and employees.

Virtual Fireworks

Residents wanting to enjoy virtual fireworks can take part in an augmented reality (AR) fireworks experience by going to the snapd HUB app. Visit  snapd.com/victoriaday for more information on how to view the virtual fireworks.

Fireworks Bylaw

The Burlington Fire Department is discouraging family firework displays this Victoria Day weekend due to the potential fire hazard and concerns around social gathering.

Fireworks must be used in accordance with the City’s bylaw that regulates the sale and use of fireworks:

  • The setting off of fireworks is only permitted on Victoria Day and Canada Day and the three days immediately before each of these holidays.
  • Fireworks shall only be discharged on private property. No person shall set off any fireworks on any highway, street and not on public property including city parks or school yards.
  • No person under the age of eighteen years shall set off any firework(s).
  • No person shall use, set off any firework(s) in such a place or in such a manner as might create danger or constitute a nuisance to any person or property, or cause or allow any unsafe act or omission at the time and place for the setting off of any fireworks.
  • No person shall set off any firework or fireworks in or into any building, doorway, automobile or other place where such setting off might create a danger or nuisance to any person or property

If you have any questions, please contact the Burlington Fire Department by email at firedepartment@burlington.ca.

Community Gardens

Residents who have reserved a Community Garden plot for 2020 are now allowed to access the plots to grow their own food.

A set of COVID-19 safety instructions have been prepared including recommendations from Halton’s Medical Officer of Health that each permitted gardener must comply with to participate. Throughout the season there will be restrictions on when gardeners can visit to limit the number of people in the garden at any one time, who is allowed entry, and sanitization requirements that everyone must be responsible for so that all may garden in the safest way possible. For more information, visit burlington.ca/communitygardens.

Burlington Transit

As an essential service, Burlington Transit continues to operate on a modified schedule for essential trips only. Essential trips include going to medical appointments and picking up medication or groceries. Extra buses will be added if needed to help protect drivers and allow passengers to practice physical distancing from other riders. Please use the back doors to enter and exit the bus, keep behind the marked area and follow the recommendations of public health professionals. For more information on Burlington Transit, visit burlingtontransit.ca.

Updates to Downtown On-street Parking

With downtown Burlington retailers offering curb side pickup, the City of Burlington is making adjustments to on-street parking in the downtown. Changes include converting all on-street paid parking areas to 20-minute parking only. This applies to the following areas: Caroline Street to Lakeshore Road, Burlington Avenue to Martha Street. Parking is still free until further notice. Working with the Downtown Burlington Business Association, the intention of these changes is to aid businesses providing curb side pickup. We encourage drivers to continue to abide by all other signed parking regulations such as no stopping and no parking in loading zones.

Service Burlington

At this time, in order to protect the public and City staff and to help minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all City facilities including City Hall are closed until June 30, 2020. Customer Service staff are available by phone at 905-335-7777 and email city@burlington.ca for resident questions and for more information. Online forms can also be submitted via our website Burlington.ca. Only in-person services, such as marriage licences, are not available during the pandemic. Essential services continue to operate to support our community.  Please visit Burlington.ca/coronavirus to learn more.

MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:

As we head into the long weekend, I encourage all our residents to safely enjoy as many activities as they can to support their mental and physical well-being. Walk or bike through parks and neighborhoods, spend time in your garden or yard, support a local restaurant or business by ordering take-out or curbside pick-up, and check in with friends and family at a safe distance. Continue to follow the advice of healthcare experts and use common sense and good judgement as you make choices each day that help keep everyone in our community healthy.

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.

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*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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