Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,
Councillors were provided with a short update from the City Manager following Premier Ford’s recent announcement about extending Stay at Home Orders.
For more details, please continue reading below…
Below is an update from the City Manager with regards to what residents should expect over the next few weeks:
Earlier this afternoon, Premier Ford made an announcement about extending the Stay at Home Orders and gradually returning public health units back to the COVID-19 Response Framework. You will remember this as the coloured Framework we were using across the province, prior to the Stay at Home orders and province-wide shut down.
Here are some of the highlights from Premier Ford’s announcement today:
- Hamilton will remain under the current Stay at Home order until at least Tuesday, February 16, 2021
- We expect to return to the COVID-19 Response Framework on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, though at this time we don’t know what colour we will return to.
- The province has made some changes to the Framework, particularly as it relates to retail shopping in the Grey – Lockdown category. In-person retail shopping was previously not permitted under the Grey category, however moving forward it will be permitted with additional capacity restrictions (25 per cent in most retail settings).
- Another change to the Framework includes the requirement for individuals to wear a face covering when attending an organized public event or gathering (where permitted) if they are within two metres distance of another individual who is not part of their household (both indoor and outdoor).
- Some public health units in Ontario will be moving back into the coloured Framework beginning this week, but most are scheduled to move back alongside Hamilton on Tuesday, February 16. Toronto, Peel and York will continue under the Stay at Home order until at least Monday, February 22, 2021.
- Residents should continue to stay at home, avoid social gatherings, minimize travel between areas with different rules, and limit close contacts to their household.
- As well, employers in all industries should continue to make every effort to allow employees to work from home. The City will continue to encourage and allow staff to work remotely wherever possible.
Our EOC team will be reviewing what these changes mean for us municipally over the coming days, though we will not see any changes to our operations until at least February 16, 2021.
Questions or Concerns?
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Ward 8 office here.