*Please see below a media release issued by the City of Burlington.
Burlington, Ont.—Aug. 18, 2020 — Following public health direction, the City of Burlington continues to open redesigned recreation services with COVID-19 precautions in place to protect staff and public. Three, four-week sessions for Adults 19+ and 55+ and private, in-person music lessons will be offered in some indoor facilities this fall while following the same safety protocols established for outdoor pools and other programs. Programs include yoga, fitness programs, art classes, online wellness classes and more.
Physical distancing, health screening and increased disinfection will be in place. Masks or face coverings will be worn by participants and instructors in non-fitness programs and when in any facility. Regular exemptions will apply.
Fall Programs and Registration Dates
|Program||Catalogue online for viewing||Burlington resident registration date||Non-Burlington resident registration date|
|Private music lessons||Aug. 19, midnight||Aug. 19, 9 a.m.||Aug. 21, 9 a.m.|
|Adult 19+ and 55+ programs||Aug. 21||Aug. 29, 9 a.m.||Sept. 4, 9 a.m.|
The registration link and programs can be viewed at their designated dates at burlington.ca/fall. Residents who do not have access to technology and are unable to register online can call 905-335-7738 seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“The benefits of smaller recreation program sizes are not only COVID-19 safety precautions, but more opportunity for participants to really get involved in the activities and have more individual instruction or more time for their chosen activity. Our safety and our quality standards are second to none. We’ve got some great programs that will appeal to all ages, abilities and interests.” — Denise Beard, Acting Director of Recreation Services, City of Burlington
Recreation Fee Assistance
Recreation is for all, regardless of financial situation. Recreation Fee Assistance is funding made available to resident individuals or families who need help to pay for City of Burlington recreation programs.
For more information or to apply, visit burlington.ca/feeassistance. You can also leave a confidential voicemail message at 905-335-7738, ext. 8501 and our staff will return your call to assist you.
As program spots are limited, in order to secure your spot in programs, we recommend registering first, then staff will work to apply subsidy for those that qualify.
MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:
We know residents are looking forward to getting back to our fall programming, and the safety protocols we’ve put in place will help protect the health and safety of participants and staff. We hope this will help our residents feel more comfortable returning to activities you enjoy.
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.
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.
- 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
*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist