“We know how difficult it is to once again face restrictions to slow the spread of Covid-19. These last two years have been so hard and you’ve all made so many sacrifices. Thank you for hanging in and caring for each other. We’ll get through this.
Our Emergency Control Group has met regularly throughout the holidays to review the impact of recent announcements on City services, so we can respond appropriately to this rapidly changing situation. Our key focus remains delivering the essential services you count on, while keeping staff & residents safe.” — Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward
*Please see below a news release issued by the City of Burlington.
Burlington, Ont.—Jan. 4, 2022— The Province of Ontario has announced a return to a modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Re-open with new public health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. The following temporary changes will be in place from Jan. 5 until at least Jan. 27, 2022.
- City of Burlington facilities for indoor sports, recreation and fitness activities will be closed, and the start of all in-person Winter programs will be postponed
- All indoor programming, including recreation courses and drop-ins are cancelled or have transitioned to online. Registered participants and pass holders are being contacted directly, and those who wish to withdraw for a full refund may do so
- Facility rentals at City recreation locations, as well as Halton District School Board and Halton Catholic District School Board are cancelled. Renters are being contacted with details around rental contract adjustments and credits
- Faith-based rentals and renters who provide child care may continue to operate in modified Step 2
- Registered recreational virtual programming will continue, and online registration can be found at burlington.ca/recreation. Options to stay active at home are also available online at burlington.ca/activeathome
There are still opportunities to be active for your physical and mental health, including:
- tobogganing, neighbourhood rinks and parks and open spaces. Please stay off any artificial turf as it can be easily damaged during winter.
- The Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond is open with pre-registration required for outdoor skating. Online registration opens 25-hours in advance of the skate time at burlington.ca/dropinandplay. Please remember to complete COVID-19 screening before arrival for your skate.
- The Play Lending Library has outdoor equipment to borrow. Contactless pick up and drop off is available at Brant Hills Community Centre at XX address and a full listing of equipment is available at burlington.ca/playlending
Impacts to other city services
City Hall, located at 426 Brant St., remains open for in-person service by appointment only for commissioning services and marriage licences. Walk-ins are not permitted.
Please visit burlington.ca/commissioning, burlington.ca/marriage or call 905-335-7777 to book your appointment. Residents can also visit burlington.ca/onlineservices to access a variety of City services online.
Service Burlington is available to answer questions by phone during regular business hours, at 905-335-7777 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Burlington Transit will run a COVID-emergency schedule beginning Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. For schedules and routes, visit burlingtontransit.ca
Halton Court Services
The Court administration counter services at 4085 Palladium Way will remain open for in-person services from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Where possible, members of the public are encouraged to access court administration services online by email at email@example.com or on the Halton Court website at Halton Court Services.
Parking enforcement requests and parking exemptions may be delayed. Urgent parking enforcement requests posing a safety concern will be given priority.
For more information on the City’s COVID-19 response, visit burlington.ca/coronavirus.
Links and Resources:
- Province of Ontario media release: ontario.ca/en/release/1001394/ontario-temporarily-moving-to-modified-step-two-of-the-roadmap-to-reopen
- City of Burlington media release: City reviewing impact on services after Province announces new restrictions effective Jan. 5
- For information about COVID-19 in Halton Region, including the latest public health guidance and the status of COVID-19 cases, please visit halton.ca/coronavirus
- 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
- Residents can stay informed at burlington.ca/coronavirus as well as on City of Burlington social media channels: @cityburlington on Twitter and facebook.com/cityburlington
- Government of Ontario: covid-19.ontario.ca
- Government of Canada: canada.ca/coronavirus
- World Health Organization: who.int
- Joseph Brant Hospital: josephbranthospital.ca/covid-19
- Team Burlington (Burlington’s business organizations)
*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist