October 19 2020
HAMILTON, ON - Earlier today, Mayor Fred Eisenberger joined Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Medical Officer of Health, and the City’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Director, Paul Johnson to update media and the community on the City’s response to COVID-19.
As of today, there are a total of 1525 cases, an increase of 19 positive cases from yesterday, and 47 deaths from COVID-19 in Hamilton. We are also reporting that of the 1525 cases, 1320 or 87% are resolved. More details about cases are available on the City’s website including demographics, risk factors, exposure, etc.
New Enhanced Interim Guidance for Gyms and Recreational Activities in Hamilton
Today, Dr. Elizabeth Richardson announced new enhanced interim guidance for gyms and recreational activities. In addition to all existing provincial requirements, as of October 19, 2020, Hamilton Public Health Services is requiring that all recreation fitness facilities in Hamilton put in place the following additional measures:
- Ensure that physical distancing of at least 3 metres is maintained between every person involved in any exercise/ physical exertion activity.
- Ensure that a physical distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet) between employees, gym patrons and visitors is maintained at all times, or that a non-permeable physical barrier is in place when not involved in exercise.
- Set a capacity limit of up to 10 persons (including staff) per indoor group fitness class/training session, with a final capacity limit being determined by the ability of persons to practice 3 metre physical distancing between every person.
- Ensure all persons (including staff, patrons and visitors) wear a face covering while in the facility (including when actively engaged in physical activity).
Owners/operators are reminded of their responsibility to follow the provincial requirements set out in Guidance for facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities during COVID-19 issued in accordance with section 8 of Schedule 2 to O. Reg. 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 including:
- Ensuring that the building heating, venting and air conditioning (HVAC) system is well maintained in accordance to manufacturer’s instructions and meets minimum American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditions Engineers (ASHRAE) standards.
- Ensuring that no shouting or singing occurs in classes (to facilitate communication, fitness instructors should consider using microphones).
More information can be found on www.hamilton.ca/publicplaces
Recommendations for Halloween
Earlier today, the Province of Ontario issued public health advice for Halloween this year. The city of Hamilton is encouraging residents to stay home and celebrate Halloween in different ways this year. Avoid attending parties/gatherings with others who live outside your household to limit the spread of COVID-19.
If you are trick-or-treating this year, follow public health measures to stay safe.
Handing out Halloween treats
- Wear a non-medical mask that fully covers your nose, mouth and chin.
- Set up a trick or treating station outside, using a table to place treats on to maintain distancing.
- Portion treats out ahead of time to prevent contact & use tongs to hand out. Do not leave out self-serve bowls of bulk candy.
- If you hand out treats indoors, place a sign on your door asking trick-or-treaters to knock instead of ringing the doorbell.
- Wash or sanitize hands frequently.
- Stay 2 metres away from trick-or-treaters.
- Build a candy slide, candy catapult or other fun, non-touch delivery methods.
- Minimize contact with others: trick-or-treat only with those who you live with and stay two metres apart from all others.
- Only trick-or-treat outside.
- Wash hands before eating candy.
- Choose a costume that allows a non-medical mask to be worn underneath and that allows you to easily wash your hands.
- Wash your hands before and after trick or treating and bring hand sanitizer with you.
- Avoid touching doorbells or railings, knock instead of using doorbells, use hand sanitizer after touching surfaces.
- Line up 2 metres apart if waiting for treats.
- Outline a plan with older children who are trick-or-treating on their own, including how to avoid situations such as crowded door steps or joining with other groups and talking about the number of homes they can visit.
- Remember the usual Halloween safety tips – dress for the weather, wear reflectors, watch for traffic, and check treats before eating
Thank you for doing your part this Halloween by celebrating safely. For more information, visit: www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus/celebrations-during-covid-19
“Along with the province, our public health teams have provided guidelines to ensure we slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community while celebrating Halloween: avoid handing out candy or trick-or-treating if you are feeling unwell or are self-isolating, avoid coming into close contact with people not in your household, avoid gathering indoors or sharing food and always wear a mask if you are inside or are unable to keep your distance from others. Following these measures will help ensure we all do our part to slow the spread while enjoying a healthy and safe Halloween.”
- Mayor Fred Eisenberger