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Updates to Burlington services and programs amid second COVID-19 provincial emergency

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Updates to Burlington services and programs amid second COVID-19 provincial emergency

Last week, Ontario announced a State of Emergency as well as additional restrictions to help control the spread of COVID-19.

The State of Emergency began on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 12:01 a.m., which included a Stay-at-Home Order in place for all regions of Ontario, including Halton Region, for a minimum of 28 days.

The following are impacts being made to city services and programs.

City Hall, located at 426 Brant St., will remain open for in-person service by appointment only for commissioning services and marriage licences. Residents are reminded that walk-ins are not permitted.

Building staff are processing building permit applications.

Anyone wanting to apply for a building permit or those who want to follow up on an existing building permit application can email [email protected].

Staff are responding to requests and are assisting applicants with the building permit process.

Burlington Transit will continue to run as scheduled including specialized transit.

The transit terminal at 430 John St. will remain open to provide PRESTO services including SPLIT passes.

While Halton Provincial Offences Office (POA) administration counter services are closed, telephone payments are still available by calling 905-637-1274, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Many online services are also available by email at [email protected] or by visiting [email protected]

Outdoor exercise is allowed under the current provincial regulations with physical distancing.

Outdoor recreational parks and open spaces that are allowed to stay open include City-sanctioned toboggan hills, neighbourhood rinks, multi-use courts, playgrounds, trails, Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond and parks.

Equipment lending with curbside pick-up can continue.

The Rotary Centennial Pond at 1340 Lakeshore Rd. is open for skating daily from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m with pre-registration. The capacity limit is 35 people and meets the provincial regulations.

A new artificial outdoor rink at Hidden Valley Park, 1137 Hidden Valley Rd. is also open daily for skating from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pre-registration is also required for this rink. The capacity limit for this rink is 10 people and meets the provincial regulations.

Visitors must wear masks while standing in line and it is also recommended to wear them while skating.

Residents may also take the Outdoor Winter Play Challenge to see how many free activities they can complete by Feb. 19, 2021.

For those who prefer to stay home, there are options to stay active online at burlington.ca/activeathome.

Services provided by the Roads, Parks and Forestry Department will continue as required.

“I support additional measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, including the new Stay at Home measures from the Province. Essential services will remain open, with restrictions,” said Burlington Mayor, Marianne Meed Ward.

“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.”

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