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As a result of the province’s direction to close all non-essential business operations, all Hamilton Conservation Authority areas will be closed to the public, including membership pass holders, effective March 25. This means Flamborough’s Christie Lake and Valens conservation areas will be closed.
All municipal facilities are closed to the public. The closure includes all municipal service centres, including Flamborough’s located at 163 Dundas St. East, public counters and City Hall. The move followed an announcement from the Provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health late Monday.
Hamilton recreation centres, seniors’ centres, public library branches, community halls and arenas are closed until at least April 6. This includes the Flamborough Seniors’ Centre at 163 Dundas St. East, Flamborough branches of the Hamilton Public Library, including in Waterdown, Carlisle, Freelton, Greensville and Lynden, Flamborough arenas and community centres, including Carlisle Community Centre, Beverly Arena in Rockton and Waterdown’s Harry Howell.
Community halls in Flamborough are also closed, including Carlisle, Millgrove, Mountsberg, Sealy Park, Sheffield, Valens, and Memorial Hall in Waterdown.
Hamilton Provincial Offences court services, located at 50 Main St. East, have been reduced until further notice. Courtrooms are closed up to and including April 3.
Ontario schools are shut down for two weeks after March Break. The unprecedented move begins March 23 and impacts the province’s more than 4,800 schools, including Hamilton public and separate schools.
The Waterdown District Children’s Centre will be closed until April 5, due to the closure of all publicly funded schools in Ontario. During the closure they will not be running any pre-planned or alternative on-site programs.
Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Waterdown is closed. In a tweet, the church said it was closing its doors to all services and programs March 15-21. Decisions around services and programs will be made on a week-to-week basis.
Elements Casino Flamboro temporarily suspended all operations, in conjunction with OLG. While there have been no reported cases at the casino, the move has been deemed to be in the best interests of the public’s health.
Racing facilities at Flamboro Downs have been closed to the general public, as of March 15, for a minimum of two weeks. Live harness racing will continue as scheduled, but without spectators and only essential team members, licensed horsepeople and regulators will be permitted in the facility or on the backstretch.
The Flamborough Family YMCA is closed and all programs and services are cancelled until April 5. As well, all March Break camps and cancelled and all Child Care, YMCA Beyond the Bell, and Early ON Centres are closed.
The Yogashala Waterdown is closed until further notice. The local yoga studio is working on creating online classes and live stream options for its clients.
The Flamborough Connects office at 163 Dundas St. East is closed to the public but staff are working remotely to ensure community support is managed, according to executive director Amelia Steinbring.
A number of Flamborough restaurants are closed. Others are closed for dine-in service but continue to offer take-out and delivery service. Call your favourite neighbourhood eats to find out what’s on offer and how you can order takeout or delivery.
Ontario Provincial Parks are closed until April 30. This includes car camping, backcountry camping, roofed accommodations, day use opportunities and all public buildings. Any person or group with a reservation for arrival up to April 30 will automatically be provided a full refund with no penalty.
The remaining days of Westfield Heritage Village Maple Syrup Festival have been cancelled due to COVID-19. The Hamilton Conservation Authority and Westfield Heritage Village feel that the cancellation is in the best interest of the public, staff and volunteers.
All Hamilton Public Library programs and group activities from March 14 to April 6 will be suspended. This includes programming at the Waterdown, Carlisle, Lynden, Freelton and Greensville branches. Bookmobile service and Visiting Library Service is also cancelled.
All City of Hamilton-run programs and events, including public engagement events up to April 5. The city will also not accept any new group bookings or private events in city facilities. All municipal facilities in Hamilton are closed.
Mohawk College has suspended all classes by end-of-day March 13 with online and alternative delivery of classes to begin March 23. All events and facility rentals on and off campus have also been cancelled until the end of April.
McMaster University has suspended all in-person classes for undergraduate and graduate students. No in-person exams will be held at the end of this term. The university made the announced March 13. All student residences are closed.
Community Church Waterdown will be suspending its services and activities for at least two weeks. It plans to resume its church service on March 29. Services on this day are set for 9:15 and 11 a.m.
Carlisle United Church has suspended worship services.
Scheduled for March 26-28 and April 2-4, the Rockton Dinner Theatre, serving a family-style roast beef dinner, all-you-can-eat pie and a homegrown production, is cancelled. “This is an extremely difficult decision to make and we are all devastated that this must happen but at the present time, it is the correct, responsible thing to do,” said the Rockton Agricultural Society, which puts on the event. The Society will offer refunds to ticket holders April 16 to May 2 at the Rockton Fairgrounds. The office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 18, 25 and May 2. For more information, call 519-647-2502 or email email@example.com.
Flamborough Connects programs, including Wheel of Fitness classes in Freelton, Carlisle, West Flamborough, Waterdown, Troy and Beverly Hills Estates, have been suspended. The Income Tax preparation program has been suspended. The Flamborough Senior Rural grocery bus is on hold.
The Diocese of Hamilton has suspended mass, funerals, baptisms and marriages in response to COVID-19.
Lifeline Driver Training Centre’s driver training classes and in-vehicle lessons have been cancelled until at least March 30. For more information, visit www.lifelinedrivertraining.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-517-4059.
The Around the Bay Road Race, scheduled for March 29 has been scraped. A decision has not been made whether it will be cancelled or postponed.
The Flamborough Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Achievement Awards has been postponed until June 8 due to the COVID-19 situation. It was slated to take place March 26 at Flamborough Hills Golf Club.
The Board of Directors for the Lynden Spring Revue agreed to postpone the April performance. “Postponement is the prudent thing to do as COVID-19 spreads,” said the board. The Spring Revue has rescheduled its show and is looking forward to performing on the weekends of October 16 and 23.
The Voices Against Bullying event that planned to bring together leading local mental health and anti-bullying advocates to share expertise and experience March 28 at the Royal Canadian Legion’s Waterdown branch has been postponed. For more information, email email@example.com.
Ward 15 Coun. Judi Partridge‘s March 28 Community Clean Up at Memorial Park has been postponed. Plans are still in place to have a clean up based around Earth Day.
Waterdown Easter Egg Hunt organizer Laura Harris said the April 10 Easter Egg Hunt at Waterdown’s Memorial Park has been postponed.
Village Theatre Waterdown’s Enchanted April performances have been suspended until further notice. New dates for the production, originally set to premier in April, will be announced in the near future.
– with files from the Hamilton Spectator