May 19 2020
HAMILTON, ON – Earlier today, Mayor Fred Eisenberger joined Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Medical Officer of Health, and the City’s Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) Director, Paul Johnson to update media and the community on the City’s response to COVID-19.
As of 9 am this morning, there are 592 confirmed positive cases, seven probable cases, and 28 deaths from COVID-19 in Hamilton. More details about cases are available on the City’s website including demographics, risk factors, exposure, etc.
“Hamilton Reopens” - New for May 19
Municipal Golf Courses
Hamilton’s municipal golf courses will open this week. City staff are working to undertake the final pieces of coordination to get the courses up and running. King’s Forest will reopen tomorrow, and Chedoke will open this weekend (Beddoe on Friday and Martin on Saturday). Details regarding COVID-19 safety measures, payment, booking tee times, and all other information is available on the City’s newly launched www.hamilton.ca/golf website.
Other Outdoor Recreational Amenities and Programming
Today, the province officially entered the first stage of its Framework for Reopening the Province. As part of this initial stage, the government is permitting the reopening of some outdoor recreational amenities. The government also announced that some summer programming can resume, provided trends in key public health indicators continue to improve and they can operate within strict health and safety guidelines. The City’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is reviewing today’s announcements to determine which City facilities and programs are impacted, and we will share more on these as soon as possible.
City Facility Closures and Programming
We continue to follow provincial emergency orders, currently extended to May 29, and the province’s emergency declaration, currently extended to June 2. The City is working on a plan to slowly and safely reopen facilities and resume regular services and operations in accordance with public health and provincial direction, and we will share the plan with Council and the general public on May 27.
This week, the Ontario government allowed retail stores with a street entrance to provide curbside pickup and delivery. To ensure that on-street parking and parking in municipal lots is available for businesses and employees, payment is once again required, and will be enforced, at all parking meters and lots. Monthly permits from March or April that were not renewed will be honoured in municipal lots through May, but permits for June 1 will need to be renewed.
To support local businesses and restaurants participating in curbside pickup and delivery, the first 30 minutes at parking meters will be free until further notice.
Face Coverings for HSR Customers
HSR is asking customers to consider wearing a face covering/face mask on public transit. It is not mandatory but can help protect others in spaces where physical distancing can be hard to maintain. The City wants to remind customers that transit continues to be for essential travel only. Operators are committed to providing a safe, reliable and professional service and will do their best to limit instances of over-crowding by monitoring the boardings of 10 or 15 customers the best they can, while safely operating buses. The public is reminded to adhere to the public health measures that have been put in place.
Dog parks in the City of Hamilton reopened today.
Bayfront Park Boat Launch
The boat launch at Bayfront Park reopened over the weekend.
Announcements from other levels of government
- The federal government today announced an expansion to the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to include many owner-operated small businesses.
- The provincial government today announced it has extended all emergency orders currently in force until May 29, 2020.
- The provincial government today announced that schools in Ontario will remain closed through June.
- The provincial government today announced it will be launching an independent commission into Ontario's long-term care system beginning in September.
- For regular City of Hamilton COVID-19 updates, please visit www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus and www.hamilton.ca/covidclosures
- Visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19
- Public Health Services’ COVID-19 Hotline: 905-974-9848 or [email protected]
- Information about financial supports available from other levels of government to help individuals and families experiencing challenges due to COVID-19: https://www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus/financial-support-individuals
- Caring for our mental health during the COVID-19 emergency:
- Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 (24/7)
- COAST: 905-972-8338