Township of West Lincoln MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release: April 1, 2021

Update # 38 - Response to COVID-19 – Ontario Government puts “Emergency Brake” on the entire Province in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19

As cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, the Ontario Government puts an Emergency Brake on the entire Province to address concerning trends in public health indicators. This becomes effective April 3rd, 2021 and will be in place for at least 4 weeks.

People should only leave home for groceries, medical appointments, exercise or essential work, and all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, work from home. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 5 people.

The Township Administrative building and other facilities will remain closed to the public. As a result of this announcement, there will be limited staff working in the office while other staff will continue to work remotely. Efforts will be made to provide residents and businesses with minimal disruptions when accessing Township services. Everyone is encouraged to call 905-957-3346 or check for updates.

The West Lincoln Community Centre, including the indoor Walking Track, will be closed during the Provincial Emergency Brake, except when utilized as a vaccination site per the Regional Vaccine Site schedule.

Committee and Council will continue to meet virtually (as previously scheduled) to provide policy direction to staff regarding Township operations and initiatives. The next Committee meeting, being the Planning/Building/Environmental Committee Meeting is scheduled for April 12, 2021, via ZOOM. To view future Committee and Council meeting information, please visit the Council and Committee Meetings page on the Township’s website.

The West Lincoln Public Library is open for appointments for curbside pickup only. Please visit the West Lincoln Public Library website for hours, the online catalogue and e- resources, as well as information on how to schedule a curbside pickup appointment and we request that you continue to return any materials via the drop boxes at each branch.

Many people are being impacted by the shutdown and there are resources available to our residents. We encourage those who are impacted to visit the Niagara Region - Health and Wellness page for more important information.

Report a COVID-19 concern
To report a concern about gatherings or businesses not following COVID-19 guidelines, contact Municipal Law Enforcement: 905-957-3346. For By-law enforcement after hours (after 4:30 p.m. and weekends), please call Niagara Region dispatch line at 905-984-3690 or 1-877-552-5579. Another easy way to connect is the use the “Report a Concern” on the Township website.

Mayor Dave Bylsma stated:

“The Township will be continuing services within the new “Emergency Framework” and we are very proud of the work that Township staff, along with Niagara Region Public Health, have done to facilitate the roll out of the vaccine at the West Lincoln Community Centre. Wishing everyone a Happy Easter.”

Media Contacts:
Dave Bylsma
Township of West Lincoln

Media Contacts:
Bev Hendry
Township of West Lincoln

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