Mayor Fred Eisenberger joined Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Medical Officer of Health, and the City’s Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) Director, Paul Johnson yesterday to update media and the community on the City’s response to COVID-19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRH7h7Uz8qQ
As of noon yesterday, there are 32 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton.
At the time of this media release, City staff are reviewing the Province of Ontario’s announcement from earlier yesterday: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/list-of-essential-workplaces.html?fbclid=IwAR3Cz-gOsqRP2epuMxKG_0wKEVI7TGQ0pxbgDQ1JW6a1hmA4aHrDg8iwzP8
Some operational updates from the City are listed below.
Waste Collection Update
At the time of this media release, the City is continuing to work through issues with our waste collections service. Residents who had waste collection scheduled for Monday March 23 but did not get their waste collected, should put their waste out at the curb again today. We are continuing to review the provision of waste collections and will provide updates as we have them.
Leaf and Yard waste suspended beginning today
Beginning Tuesday, March 24, the City will suspend curbside pick up of leaf and yard waste until further notice. Residents are directed to either hold on to their leaf and yard waste, or take it to one of the Community Recycling Centres.
Keeping Collectors Healthy
The City of Hamilton waste collection crews are still out on the streets, picking up green bins, blue boxes and garbage. While crews have their own health and safety procedures in place, residents are asked to help protect them on the job:
- Place used tissues and napkins in the garbage, rather than the green bin.
- Please use liner bags (either paper or certified compostable plastic) in the green bin.
- Please ensure that all material placed in garbage bins is bagged, not kept loose.
- Please follow the advice of Public Health and keep a physical social distance of at least two metres from waste collection staff.
These steps will help protect the health of crews who handle thousands of bins, bags and boxes each week.
Playground structures Closed
Beginning today, the City will be posting closure signs at all playground structures across Hamilton. Residents are advised that playground structures are closed until further notice. The City is strongly recommending that residents do not use City park equipment. Residents are welcome to enjoy park greenspaces in small groups while observing physical distancing practices, however, they should be aware that park equipment and play structures are not sanitized.
In order to accommodate members of the community who may be self-isolating, working from home or caring for others, while balancing road safety, availability of parking and safe traffic circulation, the City is announcing the following updates to parking:
- 30 free minutes at all municipal car parks (except York Parkade and Convention Centre) and at all on-street meters in order to support drop-off, pick-up and take-out services.
- Until further notice, enforcement of the following parking regulations has been suspended:
- 12-hour time limit for parking on City streets.
- On-street signed time limit regulations such as 1, 2 and 3 hour time limits in residential areas.
- Time limit exemption permits for City Streets with posted time limits.
- Parking related fines for vehicles with expired Ontario License Plate Stickers.
- Commercial Vehicle Time Limit Regulation for vehicles that may need to remain on street during this time.
- The above parking offences may still be enforced in exceptional circumstances where a significant traffic safety, and/or of community concern exists.
- All other parking offences will continue to be enforced. This includes No Stopping and No Parking Offences. This is to ensure traffic and pedestrian safety.
- For any inquires relating to the above please contact email@example.com or call 905-540-6000
Supporting our vulnerable residents
The City’s EOC activated a lead last week to ensure that we are supporting our most vulnerable residents. To date, that work focuses on:
· Supporting vulnerable residents identified and referred by Public Health to assist with food and basic needs
· Providing and coordinating emergency funding to extend services and supports at some local agencies to continue service until the end of April
· Collaboration with youth and other drop-in centres to expand their services as a location for hygiene and food
· Establishing an Isolation Centre to provide food and shelter to any individuals that currently are in the shelter system that test positive for COVID-19
· Exploring online supports for children and older adults to help during their stay-at-home period
· Looking at ways to help housing providers support their residents and review and change their processes to reduce contact during unit offers, unit viewing and lease signing processes
- For regular City of Hamilton COVID-19 updates, please visit www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus and www.hamilton.ca/covidclosures
- Visit www.ontario.ca/coronavirus to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19
- Public Health Services’ COVID-19 Hotline 905-974-9848 or firstname.lastname@example.org