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Halton in red phase: Here’s which city programs and facilities will be affected in Burlington and Oakville

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Halton in red phase: Here’s which city programs and facilities will be affected in Burlington and Oakville

The province announced today that all of Halton Region will move into the red (control) phase with additional restrictions to help control the spread of COVID-19.

The new restrictions take effect starting Monday, November 16 and will last for a minimum of 28 days.

Here’s which city programs and facilities will be affected in Burlington and Oakville:


Burlington:

New restrictions for City facilities and recreation as a result of moving in the Red (Control) Phase include:

  • 10 people maximum for indoor programs such as ice pads, gymnasiums, pools, etc.
  • 25 people maximum for outdoor programs
  • Drop-in recreation programs will have a maximum capacity of 10 people. This includes Aquatic Fitness, recreational swimming and skating, lap swims, etc.
  • Swimming lessons and indoor pickleball are cancelled
  • No spectators permitted at sports and recreational fitness facilities except for parent/guardian supervision of children
  • All other program participants will receive targeted communication.

These new restrictions will impact program providers in the following ways:

  • For all team sport, indoor and outdoor game-play is no longer permitted
  • Teams in City facilities and on City fields can adjust their programming to training and skill development with a maximum of 10 people indoor and 25 outdoor. Program participants are encouraged to reach out to their organization for additional information
  • If you are a participant in a non-City program, please connect with your organization to understand how this may impact you
  • No spectators permitted at sports and recreational fitness facilities except for parent/guardian supervision of children
  • No contact permitted for team or individual sports
  • Limit duration of stay to 90 minutes
  • Require active screening, contact information and attendance for all patrons
  • No live performances. Performing arts rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event permitted
  • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or other impermeable barrier.

Existing restrictions that will remain for City facilities and recreation include:

  • Physical distancing
  • Mandatory face coverings
  • Mandatory health pre-screening, pre-registration and online payment.

“The new level allows most businesses to remain open with additional protocols and restrictions,” said Burlington mayor Marianne Meed Ward. “I support this measure along with the new thresholds given the new and concerning modelling that was released this week.”


Oakville:

The following changes will be in effect at all town recreation facilities:

  • Gyms and fitness studios permitted to be open with maximum 10 people for indoor classes and areas with weights or exercise equipment; and a maximum 25 people in outdoor fitness classes
  • No team sports game play, practices or scrimmages allowed, except for training
  • Access to recreation facilities is limited to 90 minutes
  • Spectators are not permitted

The following in-person activities are available for reservation:

  • Weight room and fitness centres visits (3-metre distancing, 10 person capacity)
  • Group exercise classes (3-metre distancing, 10 person capacity)
  • Recreational and length swims
  • Drop in and instructional culture programs
  • Limited Seniors Services programs
  • Recreational skating

“The additional restrictions announced by the Province today are necessary to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect our residents,” said Oakville mayor Rob Burton. “We remain committed to working with Halton’s Medical Officer of Health and all levels of government to ensure Halton’s curve is flattened and to help avoid further restrictions or a complete lockdown.”


For more information, visit burlington.ca/coronavirus and oakville.ca/townhall/covid-19.

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