I appreciate everyone’s efforts to keep each other safe as we watch the rapidly changing restrictions resulting from the upward trend of COVID-19 cases. On January 12, the Province declared a State of Emergency which includes issues a 28 day Stay-at-home order effective 12:10 a.m. Thursday January 14, 2021 until at least February 11 (under 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA).
The announcement, in response to new COVID-19 modelling that shows the health-care system at risk of being overwhelmed, will require people to only go out for essential purposes like grocery shopping, accessing health care, exercise and going to essential work. Staff have confirmed that outdoor Skating rinks are still open and operational during the enhanced measures.
What this means for Flamborough:
- All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m.
- Restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, or gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants for takeout or delivery. However, the government did announce that enforcement of capacity and other lockdown restrictions will be stepped up to ensure that essential businesses are in compliance.
- All employers must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home.
- Masks or face coverings are required to be worn indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open. Masks are now recommended outdoors when 2 metres of physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- Hamilton City Hall and Municipal Service Centres, including Flamborough, will be closed to the public. Those who had appointments will be contacted.
- City of Hamilton Media Release January 13 with further information on Flamborough/Hamilton impacts
Additional measures include:
- Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings are further restricted to a limit of five people with limited exceptions.
- Non-essential construction is further restricted, including below-grade construction, exempting survey.
- Schools in hot zones (including Hamilton) will remain closed for in-class until February 5
REMINDER: Extension of Emergency Child Care
As part of the current Provincial shutdown measures remote learning for school-aged elementary school students in Southern Ontario has been extended to January 25, 2021. As schools remain closed for in-person learning for elementary students, the Ministry of Education and the City of Hamilton is providing targeted free emergency child care for the school aged children of designated essential front line and heath care workers.
During this period, emergency child care is available for designated essential workers, as defined by the Provincial eligibility requirements, who are not able to accommodate their school-aged child’s learning or care at home. The Ministry of Education expanded the list of eligible workers to include those working with vulnerable populations, maintaining food, hydro and water systems, those supporting court and public safety operations and education staff that are required to attend schools in person to support children with special needs that cannot be accommodated through remote learning. A complete and updated list of eligible frontline and health care workers is available on the City website by visiting www.hamilton.ca/childcare
Please keep safe and protect yourselves. Taking care of each other’s physical and mental health is so important and we must continue to take steps to support one another while staying safe. Protecting you, protects others – this is up to all of us.
If you have any questions or need anything, please send me an email at Judi.Partridge@hamilton.ca. Christine, Veronica and I are here to help you as best we can. Regular updates are available on my website judipartridge.ca and at Hamilton.ca/coronavirus