Dear Residents ,
Sadly here is another announcement which although necessary, comes at what should be a festive time celebrating Christmas . The provincial government has announced this afternoon that a shutdown across all of Ontario will go into effect for all regions beginning Saturday, December 26 at 12:01 am. The shutdown will be evaluated after 28 days on January 23, 2021.
The restrictions will put in place time-limited public health and workplace safety measures similar to those already being used in Flamborough/Hamilton. The announcement also included a delayed return to in-person classes for both high school and elementary students in January after the winter break. There is also an announcement of a new small business support grant.
Residents are encouraged to stay home as much as possible with trips outside the home limited to necessities such as food, pharmacies, medical appointments, or supporting vulnerable community members. Employers in all industries should make every effort to allow employees to work from home.
Winter Skating and Activities
Many have been asking if skating at the Waterdown Memorial Park loop and at the Freelton outdoor rink are impacted by the lockdown. Our outdoor winter activities are continuing through in the Grey – Lockdown, with extended hours of operation from 10am-9pm and enhanced public health safety measures in place. Find the details for all the winter activities and COVID-19 safety measures at www.hamilton.ca/winter. Our outdoor skating rinks continue to have a limit of 25 skaters at a time (10 for the Freelton park rink) and require reservations. Tickets become available 7 days in advance.
The province also announced that all publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools are to move to teacher-led remote learning when students return from the winter break on January 4, 2021. Elementary school students are planned to be able to return to in-person learning on January 11, 2021, and secondary school students will continue learning remotely until January 25, 2021, at which point they may resume in-person learning. During this period, child care centres, authorized recreational and skill building programs and home-based child care services will remain open.
The New Ontario Small Business Support Grant
In recognition that small businesses impacted by shutdowns will require additional support so they can continue serving their communities and employing residents, the province also announced the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant. This grant will provide a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to eligible small business owners to help during the shutdown.
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Please keep safe and be well,
Councillor Judi Partridge