Posted on Monday, May 04, 2020 06:30 AM
Burlington, Ont.—May 4, 2020— With the current COVID-19 pandemic emergency situation, Emergency Preparedness Week’s theme of “Putting on your resiliency backpack” and being prepared for an emergency is more important than ever.
The best thing residents can do to protect themselves and the community is stay home, practice physical distancing and use online tools for social connectedness.
In an emergency, protecting yourself from mental stress and harm is just as important as protecting yourself from physical harm.
Within the page burlington.ca/covid19resources, there are several organizations offering mental health supports and resources across the City. Many workplaces also offer similar resources and supports through workplace employee assistance programs.
If you do not have access to the internet, you can dial 311 to get the number for an organization that will best suit your needs. If it is an emergency and you feel your life or someone else’s life or well being is in immediate danger, please...
Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2020 10:00 AM
Burlington, Ont.—April 30, 2020— The City of Burlington is committed to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 to protect its residents and employees. City facilities and park amenities remain closed and staff are focused on providing essential services to the community. The Province of Ontario is solely and directly responsible for lifting or easing their emergency orders under which the City operates to deliver essential City services.
Online and phone supports
On April 28, a new COVID-19 resource webpage launched and can be found at Burlington.ca/coronavirus. The site features links to organizations who are looking for volunteers and donations plus organizations offering support to individuals through the COVID-19 emergency.
On May 1, the City of Burlington is launching TelePALS, a free phone service designed to help adults stay connected as everyone practices physical distancing to help flatten the curve of COVID-19.
Through TelePALS, users can participate in free, over-the-phone programs,...
Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 09:15 AM
Burlington, Ont. — April 21, 2020 — At Burlington City Council on Monday, April 20, senior City staff provided an update on the financial impacts of COVID-19 as the City continues to monitor and address the impacts of this pandemic emergency. Council endorsed a three-month strategy that prioritizes City services to be provided through to the end of June 2020 to maintain critical and essential services for the city. Council also approved the recommendation that Committee of the Whole meetings be scheduled to help City business continue and moving forward, virtual delegations will now be allowed for members of the public at City Council meetings. In addition, Council also approved adding an increased penalty of $250 to specific parking infractions that violate COVID-19 bylaws and orders.
Financial impacts of COVID-19
The strategic management of the City budget and finances continues to be a priority. City Council and staff remain committed to fiscal responsibility and accountability...
Posted on Monday, April 06, 2020 10:00 AM
Today I launched the Burlington COVID-19 Task Force with the goal of further supporting our community through this unprecedented health crisis.
The Task Force will share information and mobilize community and agency resources to support our hospital and healthcare workers as we prepare for the anticipated surge of patients in the coming weeks and the recovery period to follow, as well as coordinate our broader community efforts on COVID-19. Members will bring information and/or requests for assistance back to each of their own organizations and emergency response tables.
While this information-sharing and collaboration is already happening, the Task Force will formalize and add structure to this effort as we collectively serve our community over the coming weeks and months.
Membership includes community leaders and decision-makers representing various organizations and agencies involved in the COVID-19 response. New members may be added as needs evolve. Each participant is likely to be a...
Posted on Friday, April 03, 2020 12:00 PM
Physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most important steps everyone needs to take. The COVID-19 virus doesn’t move on its own; it needs people to move it. To discourage people from gathering and to help reduce the transmission of the virus, the City of Burlington is closing all vehicular access to our parks. Only walking, jogging, riding a bike or scooter/wheelchair through a park or trail is permitted. Remember to keep 2 metres away from others - about the length of a hockey stick.
The best thing residents can do to protect themselves and the community, is stay home.
All amenities in our parks have already been closed, please continue to respect the caution tape and keep off of playgrounds, sports fields, skateboard areas, tennis and basketball courts.
Over the next few days, the City will be placing signage and barricades in the entrances of parking lots to block vehicles from parking. Vehicles left in parking lots as of April 4 will be towed at the owner’s expense.