What is a declaration of emergency?
- Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, the Mayor (or his or her designate) and the Lieutenant Governor in Council or the Premier have the authority to declare an emergency
- An emergency declaration may extend to all or any part of the geographical area under the jurisdiction of the municipality
- An emergency is defined under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act as “a situation or an impending situation that constitutes a danger of major proportions that could result in serious harm to persons or substantial damage to property and that is caused by the forces of nature, a disease or other health risk, an accident or an act whether intentional or otherwise.”
- It aligns us with the Province of Ontario's declaration and we are seeing many communities across North America do the same to ensure people understand the gravity of COVID-19, to support self-isolation and social distancing, and to help focus our City on essential services and activities.
- View the City of Niagara Falls State of Emergency Press Release
Why would the City of Niagara Falls declare an emergency?
- Niagara Region and Niagara’s 12 local area municipalities have jointly declared a State of Emergency. By declaring this emergency together, it provides one clear voice across the Niagara Region.
- For more information, view the Niagara Region’s media release
How the City is currently delivering our services?
- At this time, there is no change to how we are currently operating in terms of following provincial directives on core service delivery
- The declaration is in place in the event the current landscape changes and immediate measures need to be taken in the workplace or in the community
How long is this going to last?
There is no way to know at this time. From what we have seen in other countries, it could be weeks or it could be longer. The most important thing we can do to help slow the spread of this virus and mitigate the impact it has on our community and our healthcare system is to stay home. The more we do right now, the better off we will be later.
Can I still go for a walk with my family?
The answer to this question will depend on each individual's situation. Please see the Government of Canada's guidelines on social-distancing, self-monitoring, self-isolation or mandatory self-isolation.
While all of the City’s park amenities and facilities are closed, the City encourages people to take advantage of the milder weather and exercise while engaging in physical distancing.
If you need some fresh air and activity:
- It is okay to walk, cycle or jog through our parks, but please do not linger.
- Stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from everyone else in the park or on a trail.
What is the City of Niagara Falls doing to help slow the spread of COVID-19?
The City of Niagara Falls Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been activated since March 13, 2020, and is meeting 7 days a week. Direction is being received from Public Health officials at the Provincial and Regional levels. We are making decisions and taking action every day to reduce the potential for spread in our community.
View the City’s COVID-19 webpage.