Please below my first Burlington Post guest column for 2021 that’s already online and will appear in print in the Thursday, Jan. 21 print edition.
This year isn’t starting off exactly how we had hoped. We’re now in the worst of the COVID-19 crisis. We need to pull together and continue looking after each other and ourselves now more than ever.
As our federal and provincial partners continue with the vaccine rollout, it’s crucial we continue following the advice of our medical health practitioners – stay home unless it’s essential, stick to members of your own household (unless you live alone and can choose an exclusive single household to join), wear masks, stay 2 m/6 ft. apart and continually wash and sanitize your hands.
Thank you to all our Burlington residents who have been following these protocols from the start; you’re all doing your part and making sacrifices to help protect your family, friends, loved ones and even the folks you don’t know.
We’re all trying to make sense of the most recent Provincial announcements regarding the stay at home orders and updated regulations.
At the City of Burlington, we’re working to understand what it means particularly for City services and programs. Please check Burlington.ca/coronavirus for updates.
If you have specific questions regarding how these new provincial regulations may affect your personal circumstances, please reach out to your local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) and Halton Public Health at 311, as they will be in the best position to answer those questions.
I will continue providing updates on the senior levels of governments’ vaccination rollout on my website at bit.ly/COVIDVaccineUpdates and recommend you also continually check Halton Region’s dedicated webpage at Halton.ca/covid19 for local updates.
We all have a role to play in vaccination efforts, and the City of Burlington stands ready to do our part. Our primary responsibility will be providing facilities and staffing for public vaccine campaigns that will occur in later stages of the vaccine rollout.
To plan for those efforts, we have created a City of Burlington COVID-19 Vaccine Coordination Taskforce. We will be coordinating our efforts with Regional Public Health, and the federal and provincial governments who are responsible for procuring the vaccine and the criteria for eligibility.
It will take all of us working together to get this done, and the City is ready to serve.
Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward can be reached at email@example.com.
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 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