Hamilton closes courts; long-term care facilities restrict visitor access

News Mar 16, 2020 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton has taken additional measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

It has closed the provincial offences court located at 50 Main St. E., while provincial offences administrative services hours have been reduced. The closure takes effect March 16 until April 3.

The public can still make a payment for a fine at the administrative services desk, but officials are urging people to go online at www.hamilton.ca/pay-your-ticket and www.ontario.ca/ticketsandfines.

On March 13, Hamilton closed all recreation and seniors centres, as well as library branches and museums. For a full list of the closures, check the city’s website at www.hamilton.ca/covidclosures.

Other closures or reductions in services include restricting access to all hospitals, long-term care facilities and nursing homes, such as Maccassa Lodge and Wentworth Lodge.

The provincial government announced restrictions that allow only essential visitors to visit long-term care, retirement and supportive housing to see loved ones.

“We will re-evaluate this measure in the coming weeks and ensure consistency with my recent guidance on enhanced public health measures,” wrote Ontario’s chief medical officer Dr. David Williams in a memo that was released March 13.

Patients are allowed only one visitor per day, and only one visitor can accompany a patient to a clinic or a hospital visit. Visiting hours have also been curtailed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and no visitors can accompany COVID-19 patients.

Meanwhile, Metrolinx has reduced service to Hamilton starting March 16. Route 16, an express GO bus travelling between Toronto and Hamilton, will offer only one Toronto-bound bus at 12:30 a.m. on weekdays and weekends. Customers can still switch to the Lakeshore West train.

Metrolinx has also suspended train service to Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Customers can take GO bus Route 12 to Niagara Falls, which connects to GO at the Burlington station.

Other reductions in service include Route 15 Brantford / Aldershot; Route 18 Lakeshore West; Route 40 Hamilton / Richmond Hill and Routes 45, 46, 47, 48, 51, 52 and 54 to Highway 407. 

“Our key consideration is ensuring our services can continue and our employees and customers are safe,” said Metrolinx president and chief executive officer Phil Verster.

And for the next two weeks, effective March 16, Cadillac Fairview Lime Ridge Mall in Hamilton will cut its hours from Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekend. After the two weeks, the company will re-evaluate its situation.

“Access to the property will remain unchanged as we understand there are some services and tenants that may operate per their usual hours of business and we will continue to support them in their opportunity,” stated a notice on the company’s website.

The provincial government cancelled all planned events that had been scheduled at provincial parks on March 13, including closing park buildings.

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice announced it was suspending all regular operations starting March 17. Court will continue to hear urgent matters, including jury trials.

Theatre Aquarius has cancelled its existing schedule for its production of "A Belly Full" and is rescheduling its "Ring of Fire" performance.

Hamilton courts closed; long-term care facilities restrict access during COVID-19 pandemic

News Mar 16, 2020 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton has taken additional measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

It has closed the provincial offences court located at 50 Main St. E., while provincial offences administrative services hours have been reduced. The closure takes effect March 16 until April 3.

The public can still make a payment for a fine at the administrative services desk, but officials are urging people to go online at www.hamilton.ca/pay-your-ticket and www.ontario.ca/ticketsandfines.

On March 13, Hamilton closed all recreation and seniors centres, as well as library branches and museums. For a full list of the closures, check the city’s website at www.hamilton.ca/covidclosures.

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Other closures or reductions in services include restricting access to all hospitals, long-term care facilities and nursing homes, such as Maccassa Lodge and Wentworth Lodge.

The provincial government announced restrictions that allow only essential visitors to visit long-term care, retirement and supportive housing to see loved ones.

“We will re-evaluate this measure in the coming weeks and ensure consistency with my recent guidance on enhanced public health measures,” wrote Ontario’s chief medical officer Dr. David Williams in a memo that was released March 13.

Patients are allowed only one visitor per day, and only one visitor can accompany a patient to a clinic or a hospital visit. Visiting hours have also been curtailed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and no visitors can accompany COVID-19 patients.

Meanwhile, Metrolinx has reduced service to Hamilton starting March 16. Route 16, an express GO bus travelling between Toronto and Hamilton, will offer only one Toronto-bound bus at 12:30 a.m. on weekdays and weekends. Customers can still switch to the Lakeshore West train.

Metrolinx has also suspended train service to Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Customers can take GO bus Route 12 to Niagara Falls, which connects to GO at the Burlington station.

Other reductions in service include Route 15 Brantford / Aldershot; Route 18 Lakeshore West; Route 40 Hamilton / Richmond Hill and Routes 45, 46, 47, 48, 51, 52 and 54 to Highway 407. 

“Our key consideration is ensuring our services can continue and our employees and customers are safe,” said Metrolinx president and chief executive officer Phil Verster.

And for the next two weeks, effective March 16, Cadillac Fairview Lime Ridge Mall in Hamilton will cut its hours from Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekend. After the two weeks, the company will re-evaluate its situation.

“Access to the property will remain unchanged as we understand there are some services and tenants that may operate per their usual hours of business and we will continue to support them in their opportunity,” stated a notice on the company’s website.

The provincial government cancelled all planned events that had been scheduled at provincial parks on March 13, including closing park buildings.

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice announced it was suspending all regular operations starting March 17. Court will continue to hear urgent matters, including jury trials.

Theatre Aquarius has cancelled its existing schedule for its production of "A Belly Full" and is rescheduling its "Ring of Fire" performance.

Hamilton courts closed; long-term care facilities restrict access during COVID-19 pandemic

News Mar 16, 2020 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton has taken additional measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

It has closed the provincial offences court located at 50 Main St. E., while provincial offences administrative services hours have been reduced. The closure takes effect March 16 until April 3.

The public can still make a payment for a fine at the administrative services desk, but officials are urging people to go online at www.hamilton.ca/pay-your-ticket and www.ontario.ca/ticketsandfines.

On March 13, Hamilton closed all recreation and seniors centres, as well as library branches and museums. For a full list of the closures, check the city’s website at www.hamilton.ca/covidclosures.

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Other closures or reductions in services include restricting access to all hospitals, long-term care facilities and nursing homes, such as Maccassa Lodge and Wentworth Lodge.

The provincial government announced restrictions that allow only essential visitors to visit long-term care, retirement and supportive housing to see loved ones.

“We will re-evaluate this measure in the coming weeks and ensure consistency with my recent guidance on enhanced public health measures,” wrote Ontario’s chief medical officer Dr. David Williams in a memo that was released March 13.

Patients are allowed only one visitor per day, and only one visitor can accompany a patient to a clinic or a hospital visit. Visiting hours have also been curtailed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and no visitors can accompany COVID-19 patients.

Meanwhile, Metrolinx has reduced service to Hamilton starting March 16. Route 16, an express GO bus travelling between Toronto and Hamilton, will offer only one Toronto-bound bus at 12:30 a.m. on weekdays and weekends. Customers can still switch to the Lakeshore West train.

Metrolinx has also suspended train service to Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Customers can take GO bus Route 12 to Niagara Falls, which connects to GO at the Burlington station.

Other reductions in service include Route 15 Brantford / Aldershot; Route 18 Lakeshore West; Route 40 Hamilton / Richmond Hill and Routes 45, 46, 47, 48, 51, 52 and 54 to Highway 407. 

“Our key consideration is ensuring our services can continue and our employees and customers are safe,” said Metrolinx president and chief executive officer Phil Verster.

And for the next two weeks, effective March 16, Cadillac Fairview Lime Ridge Mall in Hamilton will cut its hours from Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekend. After the two weeks, the company will re-evaluate its situation.

“Access to the property will remain unchanged as we understand there are some services and tenants that may operate per their usual hours of business and we will continue to support them in their opportunity,” stated a notice on the company’s website.

The provincial government cancelled all planned events that had been scheduled at provincial parks on March 13, including closing park buildings.

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice announced it was suspending all regular operations starting March 17. Court will continue to hear urgent matters, including jury trials.

Theatre Aquarius has cancelled its existing schedule for its production of "A Belly Full" and is rescheduling its "Ring of Fire" performance.