Stay-at-Home Order extended for Ontario and new restrictions added in response to COVID-19

NIAGARA FALLS, ON - Effective April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the government extended the province-wide Stay-at-Home order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely, for 2 additional weeks (until May 20, 2021), and has imposed further restrictions on outdoor activities and retail.

City Facilities 

Staff will be working at home where possible, with limited exceptions, for instance, where the nature of their work requires them to be on-site at the workplace.

  • In order to comply with the Stay-at-Home order, the following City facilities will be closed to the public until further notice:
    • City Hall - 4310 Queen Street
    • Gale Centre - 5152 Thorold Stone Road (including the walking track)
    • MacBain Community Centre - 7150 Montrose Road (including the walking track)
    • Niagara Falls History Museum - 5810 Ferry Street
    • Wayne Thomson Building – 4343 Morrison Street
    • Niagara Falls Transit/WEGO Building - 8208 Heartland Forest Road
  • This is in addition to the following City facilities that have been closed since March 16, 2020, and will remain closed until further notice:
    • Coronation 50 Plus Recreation Centre - 5925 Summer Street
    • Chippawa Willoughby Arena - 9000 Sodom Road
    • Niagara Falls Ryerson Innovation Hub - 4551 Zimmerman Avenue
  • While city facilities are closed to the public, City of Niagara Falls staff will remain available to assist and serve citizens online and over the phone.Phones will continue to be answered between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM Monday to Friday (905-356-7521), holidays excluded, and online services will remain available at www.niagarafalls.ca 
  • For after-hours water or sewer emergencies, individuals should contact our Service Centre directly at 905-356-1355.


    Gathering Limits

    All events and social gatherings:

    • Indoors: not allowed, except with members of your household (or one other household if you live alone).
    • Outside: not allowed, except with members of your household (or one other household if you live alone).

    Religious, wedding and funeral services:

    • Effective Monday, April 19, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the government is limiting the capacity of weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies to 10 people indoors or outdoors. 
    • Social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions are prohibited, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone.
    • Drive-in services will be permitted.

    Retail and Restaurants

    • Capacity limits of 25 per cent in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted.
    • This includes supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers' markets, other stores that primarily sell food, and pharmacies.
    • Restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments  - Take out, drive through, and delivery permitted only (includes the sale of alcohol).  All indoor and outdoor dining closed.

    Recreation and Sports

    As of April 17, 2021 at 4PM, the following outdoor City recreational amenities are open:

    • Outdoor parks and recreational areas, including trails and pathways.
    • Benches in parks or recreational areas
    • Off - leash dog parks
    • Playgrounds
    • Oakes Park walking track
      • People are encouraged to get outside for exercise by walking on streets and trails.
      • Keep a minimum distance of 6 feet (2 metres) from others, observe gathering limits, and stay home if you are sick.

    As of April 17, 2021 at 4PM, the following outdoor City recreational amenities are closed. Municipal Works staff are presently working to close the following outdoor amenities with signage:

    • Playing fields (soccer, baseball, Frisbee golf etc.)
    • Skateparks
    • Tennis and basketball courts
    • Chippawa Boat Launch
    • Outdoor fitness equipment
    • Golf courses and outdoor driving ranges are also closed.

    Transit

    • Niagara Falls Transit continues to provide essential trips on both conventional routes and on specialized service to the public during the Stay st Home order period.
    • Enhanced cleaning has not stopped onboard our buses daily and our riders are reminded on all our displays that masks or face coverings continue to be mandatory for everyone’s safety on our service.
    • For information go to https://niagarafalls.ca/living/transit/bus-routes.aspx

    Environmental Services

    • The Water Meter Replacement Program is continuing for those residents with previously booked appointments.
    • Residents should expect a wellness check call, prior to the appointment. At that time the resident will be given the option to keep their appointment or postpone to a later date.
    • Other in-home services provide by Environmental Services such as response to basement flooding as a result of a sewer back up will continue.

    Construction

    Construction activities or projects are permitted relating to:

    • Land Surveying and demolition construction services.
    • All residential construction, including housing, additions, apartments, pools, decks and fences and affordable housing projects
    • Infrastructure site servicing (water and sewer) for new institutional, commercial, industrial, or residential developments.
    • Construction to temporarily close construction sites or construction to ensure safety.
    • Health Care Projects.
    • Provincial or municipally funded projects including municipal infrastructure projects.
    • Petrochemical projects such as gas stations
    • Power generating and distribution projects.
    • Schools, colleges and universities projects.
    • Industrial construction of new buildings that will produce food or beverage, processing, manufacturing and distribution.
    • Industrial construction to EXISITING facilities that produce, maintain personal protective equipment, and medical devices.
    • Construction of new buildings that will produce agricultural products
    • The following are permitted industrial construction projects that commenced before April 17, 2021 that would provide:
      • Business for logistics support
      • Distribution services
      • Warehousing
      • Storage, shipping and delivery
      • Information technology or telecommunication
      • Businesses that extract, manufacturer and distribute goods, products, equipment, and materials.
      • Internet and cellular technologies projects.
    • All other construction of buildings or renovation, not mentioned above, and relating to industrial, commercial, institutional, or hotels, is deemed non-essential.

    Finance

    • No water shut offs will take place during the Provincial Stay at Home Order.

    Vaccinations

    • Niagara Region Public Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics will continue during the Stay at Home Order (details available at niagararegion.ca)
    • .All currently scheduled Niagara clinics are listed on the province's booking system.
    • The provincial booking system is the most up-to-date resource on availability for eligible residents. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ 
    • Adults 55 and older can continue to book at select pharmacies. View details.
    • As part of Province’s Phase Two of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, people living in regions with the highest rates of transmission will be prioritized to receive a vaccine, starting with the most at-risk in the Peel and Toronto public health regions. This initiative will be expanded to additional "hot spot" regions based on established patterns of transmission, severe illness, and mortality. In Niagara Falls, the L2G postal code area will be targeted as this initiative rolls out, using the provincial booking system, with vaccines for individuals aged 18 or over (not yet available).  

    Enforcement

    • The Niagara Regional Police Service is continuing to review the new regulations to ensure appropriate enforcement.  They will not be conducting random vehicle or individual stops. As before, their initiatives will be both complaint driven or proactive, with the goal of gaining compliance. Those that refuse to comply will receive the appropriate penalty. The Niagara Regional Police Service continues to urge residents to take personal responsibility to follow the restrictions to limit the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus. https://www.niagarapolice.ca/en/news/nrps-response-to-new-provincial-covid-19-regulations.aspx 
    • City of Niagara Falls Bylaw enforcement is waiting for any new details on enforcement from Niagara Regional Police. In the meantime, City enforcement staff will continue to do their best to respond to enforcement issues 7 days a week, 8:30am to 8:30pm. Requests can be made by phone at 905-356-7521 ext. 4253 or 4341 or by email at [email protected] 

    For up to date information on the City’s response to COVID-19, please visit Frequently Asked Questions on City Services.

    For more information, contact:

    Jim Boutilier
    Fire Chief, CEMC, City of Niagara Falls
    [email protected] 

Posted on: 4/17/2021 7:04 PM - Category: Media Releases