We have all been watching the development of COVID-19 in our communities. I appreciate everyone’s efforts to keep each other safe and thank you for your due diligence.
The City’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is still activated and the management team continues to meet regularly to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Hamilton. As the beginning of a second wave of COVID-19 reaches our community, the EOC will take advice from the Province and our local Medical Officer of Health as we go forward over the coming weeks and months. At this time, there are no new closures or restrictions for municipal facilities, programs or events to share.
As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Hamilton and across the province, it is critical for residents to remember the importance of following good personal practices and public health measures at this time. Our best defense against COVID-19 is still to practice physical distancing, wear face masks and stay home when ill, even with mild symptoms.
COVID-19 assessment and testing centres have moved to online booking. Flamborough residents requiring a COVID-19 test can book online by visiting www.HamiltonCovidTest.ca. Public Health Services’ COVID-19 Hotline is 905-974-9848. As always, regardless of need for a potential COVID-19 test, if someone is very ill and in need of immediate care, they should go to the nearest Urgent Care Centre, Emergency Department or call 911. Learn more at www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus/assessment-centres.
The Provincial government announced mid September that they have placed province wide restrictions on social/private gatherings in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes our communities of Flamborough, Waterdown, Carlisle, Freelton and Millgrove, and is currently in effect for 28 days at least. The limit applies to private social parties and gatherings, which can now only have 10 people inside or 25 outside (that would also allow social distancing). Parties with 35 people (10 inside, 25 out) are not currently allowed.
The new limits don’t apply to events/gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities such as restaurants, banquet halls, gyms, theatres etc, where health and safety guidelines are place.
The province confirmed that Pick Your Own farms, apple orchards, corn maze events etc are considered a farm business and are not subject to the new gathering limits outlined above. As a business, they must follow all Provincial Guidelines of the Re-Opening Ontario Act (ROA) for 2 metre physical distancing line ups, signage and hand sanitizer available. If there is an indoor retail area on the farm, face masks must also be worn as well.
Please keep safe and protect yourselves & your loved ones. I can’t stress enough how important it is now and to continue to be diligent – not because we have to, but because it is important to support one another while staying safe.
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.
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