All of the escarpment stairs are now open. Residents choosing to use the escarpment stairs should continue to keep 2m or 6ft of distance between themselves and others as much as possible. Given the railings are not sanitized, those using the stairs should use alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash their hands with soap and warm water as soon as possible after using the stairs. As well, users should not gather in large groups or join crowds at the stairs.
Digital initiative to help Hamilton’s hard-hit small business community
To help support our local small business community, the City has been selected as one of eight municipalities to participate in the ShopHERE powered by Google program. The program helps independent businesses and artists set up online stores to help minimize the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal in Hamilton is to help businesses and artists gain the skills they need to build their own online store. Hamilton small businesses and artists can apply for this free program by visiting http://shophere.hamiltonbusinesscentre.ca/ .
Funding for social service providers and community organizations
The City has provided another $37,400 to local community organizations to support them in the delivery of delivering their services during the COVID pandemic, including: Keeping Six and HAMSMaRT, Hamilton Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army Lawson Ministries Hamilton, Global Citizens Care for Underprivileged and Refugee Empowerment, Hamilton and District Senior Citizens Home RAMBYNAS Inc., and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.
The City’s funding application for social service providers and community organizations provides funding to support efforts and services affected by COVID-19. The funding need must be generated by COVID-19 and be required for continued delivery of critical services, to hire additional staff or promote social distancing and self-isolation to keep people safe and healthy.
“HAMILTON REOPENS” REMINDERS
There are a number of recreation opportunities still available for families to participate in this summer. These include:
Recreation at Home – Posted resources and activities for children and their families. Create an activity calendar by mix and matching 12 weeks of programming ideas. Posted videos will demonstrate selected activities and encourage further play, engagement, and challenge.
EarlyON Child and Family Centres Virtual Programming – EarlyON centres are offering a variety of virtual programs such as story, music and gathering times, as well as activities that families can do at home with their children aged 0-6 years. EarlyON centres are also offering Indigenous and French Language programming for families.
Hamilton Public Library Virtual Branch – New and favourite library programs – all online. Enjoy preschool get ready to read programs, school-age summer reading and discover at home programs, and teen reading and writing. Find lots of activities, new books and countless summer reading club programs for all ages. It’s a whole summer of fun.
Senior Centre without Walls – Seniors’ Centre Without Walls provides free recreational activities over the phone with a group of other older adults in the community. SCWW allows participants to socialize and join in on Trivia, Family Feud, Finish the Lyrics, Brain Games and Fitness Classes with no special equipment required. Pre-registration required by calling 905-973-0891 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
June is Senior’s Month, a time for us to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of older adults in our community. This year, it’s particularly important that we stay connected virtually and support seniors in our community. Please take some time to reach out and check in with the seniors in your life or neighbourhood.
for more information on these summer programming options.
City parks and park amenities
The public is reminded that City parks and some park amenities are open for use within Public Health guidelines such as physical distancing and not gathering in groups of more than five. Sports fields can be used for passive use by families and small groups of five people or less, who are physical distancing. No organized sports or team sports are permitted on any City sports fields or diamonds. Park benches and other park amenities are also open for use. Residents are reminded that spray pads, drinking fountains and playground structures are still closed.
Public Health officials advise wearing face coverings
Public health officials began recommending this week that the public wear face masks when going out to run errands, attend medical appointments, taking transit, etc.
HSR is strongly encouraging customers to consider wearing a face covering when using 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.