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Media Release - September 19, 2020

In response to Premier Doug Ford's announcement this morning regarding limits to the size of unmonitored and private social gatherings across Ontario, the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, under the guidance of its Emergency Control Group, is urging residents to comply with these newly amended Provincial Order

This amendment has decreased the limit on the number of people allowed to attend an unmonitored private social gathering to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. This change went into effect, Province-wide, at 11:00 AM this morning, and will remain in place for the next four weeks unless further amended.

According to the Provincial Government, unmonitored and private social gatherings include functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs, or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, parks, and other recreations area.

These new limits do not apply to events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities, such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centers, banquet halls, gyms, places of worship, recreational sporting or performing arts events.

"We understand that this step backward may be disheartening," stated Lord Mayor Disero. "But we refuse to lose hope that as a community, we will get through this together. We must remain calm and continue to comply with Provincial Orders and Public Health recommendations."

What does this mean for Niagara-on-the-Lake?

• Town Administration Buildings - Remain closed to the public
• Community Centre - Open to the public (Click here for more information)
• Arenas - Open to the public (Click here for more information)
• Parks - Remain open to the public
• Recreational Facilities - Remain open to the public

It is essential that residents and community members continue to follow the advice of public health professionals. These include:

• Staying home when sick, keeping your child(ren) home from school when they are sick, even with mild symptoms.
• Monitoring your symptoms and completing self screening, as required.
• Practising physical distancing with those outside your household or social circle, or at gatherings.
• Protecting your social circle.
• Wearing a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge or where it is mandatory to do so.
• Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly.
• Adhering to gathering limits and rules.
• Being mindful of others.

"Staff is monitoring these rapidly changing circumstances and will continue to respond accordingly and inform our residents of changes," stated Sheldon Randall, Interim CAO. "Just as we have from the onset of this pandemic, we will continue to put the health and safety of our community at the forefront of all we do."

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is working diligently to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all residents, businesses, and Staff. The Emergency Control Group met today, will meet again on Monday, and will be working with the Niagara Regional Police Services to determine enforcement mechanisms. Further information and updates will be forthcoming through social media and the Town's website to ensure residents are well informed.

Visit Ontario's Newsroom to read the amended Provincial Order in its entirety, and covid19.ontario.ca for the most up to date information from the Provincial Government.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information about COVID-19 related measures being taken by Niagara-on-the-Lake, please visit notl.com/COVID-19, or call 905-468-3266. Town Staff continues to assist and serve citizens online and over the phone between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM Monday to Friday.

Community members looking to report contraventions of Emergency Orders are asked to email covidcomplaints@notl.com. After hours complaints or urgent issues can be reported by calling the Niagara Regional Police Services non-emergency line at 905-688-4111.


Media Release - September 19, 2020

In response to Premier Doug Ford's announcement this morning regarding limits to the size of unmonitored and private social gatherings across Ontario, the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, under the guidance of its Emergency Control Group, is urging residents to comply with these newly amended Provincial Order

This amendment has decreased the limit on the number of people allowed to attend an unmonitored private social gathering to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. This change went into effect, Province-wide, at 11:00 AM this morning, and will remain in place for the next four weeks unless further amended.

According to the Provincial Government, unmonitored and private social gatherings include functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs, or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, parks, and other recreations area.

These new limits do not apply to events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities, such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centers, banquet halls, gyms, places of worship, recreational sporting or performing arts events.

"We understand that this step backward may be disheartening," stated Lord Mayor Disero. "But we refuse to lose hope that as a community, we will get through this together. We must remain calm and continue to comply with Provincial Orders and Public Health recommendations."

What does this mean for Niagara-on-the-Lake?

• Town Administration Buildings - Remain closed to the public
• Community Centre - Open to the public (Click here for more information)
• Arenas - Open to the public (Click here for more information)
• Parks - Remain open to the public
• Recreational Facilities - Remain open to the public

It is essential that residents and community members continue to follow the advice of public health professionals. These include:

• Staying home when sick, keeping your child(ren) home from school when they are sick, even with mild symptoms.
• Monitoring your symptoms and completing self screening, as required.
• Practising physical distancing with those outside your household or social circle, or at gatherings.
• Protecting your social circle.
• Wearing a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge or where it is mandatory to do so.
• Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly.
• Adhering to gathering limits and rules.
• Being mindful of others.

"Staff is monitoring these rapidly changing circumstances and will continue to respond accordingly and inform our residents of changes," stated Sheldon Randall, Interim CAO. "Just as we have from the onset of this pandemic, we will continue to put the health and safety of our community at the forefront of all we do."

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is working diligently to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all residents, businesses, and Staff. The Emergency Control Group met today, will meet again on Monday, and will be working with the Niagara Regional Police Services to determine enforcement mechanisms. Further information and updates will be forthcoming through social media and the Town's website to ensure residents are well informed.

Visit Ontario's Newsroom to read the amended Provincial Order in its entirety, and covid19.ontario.ca for the most up to date information from the Provincial Government.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information about COVID-19 related measures being taken by Niagara-on-the-Lake, please visit notl.com/COVID-19, or call 905-468-3266. Town Staff continues to assist and serve citizens online and over the phone between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM Monday to Friday.

Community members looking to report contraventions of Emergency Orders are asked to email covidcomplaints@notl.com. After hours complaints or urgent issues can be reported by calling the Niagara Regional Police Services non-emergency line at 905-688-4111.

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