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Covid ..Hamilton Update…..

Community Gardens – We have received a number of questions about community gardens operating in the Grey – Lockdown category – Please note that community gardens are permitted to operate under appropriate health and safety guidelines. We will provide more specifics before the long weekend.

Gage Park Tropical Greenhouse – Please be advised that the Gage Park Tropical Greenhouse will also be closed during the Grey – Lockdown period.

REMINDER: Easter Weekend Ahead – With the Easter Weekend ahead, it is important for residents to understand gathering limits under the Grey – Lockdown category. o No indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household  Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation o Limit for outdoor organized public events and social gatherings, where physical distancing can be maintained are set at 10 people outdoors – Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services (but not receptions), in all venues, where physical distancing can be maintained: o 15% capacity of the room indoors  This number includes priests, ministers, musicians, alter-servers, etc.  15% of the capacity is based on the building/fire capacity o 50 people outdoors – Virtual and drive-in events and religious services, rites or ceremonies permitted – Due to these restrictions, we will not be issuing permits for any organized Easter Egg Hunts at City parks this year.

Lockdown, Third Wave and Municipal Impacts – As we begin to enter this third wave of the pandemic, we expect to see further increases in positive case numbers and could experience further impacts to municipal services. – As you know, many municipal services are currently available online or by appointment only. We expect this to continue for the foreseeable future. – If cases continue to rise in our community, we may once again experience impacts to our workforce as staff may become ill or be required to self-isolate. – We anticipate this could cause impacts to our service levels or delays in response times. If there are areas significantly impacted, I will inform Council but overall staff response times may be not be as prompt due to COVID illness or required isolation (if they do not work from home) and redeployment. I appreciate your understanding, patience and explaining this to your constituents if you receive complaints.

REMINDER: Vaccination Program Update – The Province has approved our request to begin vaccinating adults 70 years of age and older as of today – The Province made the announcement last night for several public health units in Ontario who are using the Provincial booking portal to book appointments. – This is a more tailored approach to vaccination distribution based on vaccine supply and appointment availability across individual health units. – This means that not all health units will be at the same place in phasing at this time and will continue to work on vaccinating their populations based on their own needs and vaccine availability/capacity. We need your assistance in explaining this to your residents and discouraging them to make comparisons. – We do have clinic availability up for this coming week and many available spots. – We are finalizing clinics for the following week (week of April 5th) due to vaccine shipment delays that impact clinics for that week. – Please understand that we run very tightly on matching vaccine as it comes in to vaccine appointments. – As soon as we are able to guarantee vaccine for each appointment we will be asking the Province to open up additional appointment slots.

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