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MORE COVID-19 IMPACTS ON PARKS AND FIRE BANS

The latest changes to municipal services and municipally-owned services include the closure of three park areas (playgrounds, gazebos and skateparks) and a ban on open air burning effective Sunday, March 29.


“The Town continues to take a strong and measured approach to addressing the impacts of COVID-19,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette. “We are aware that some residents are not practicing physical distancing and so we have taken the measure of posting closed signs and taping off equipment at facilities where people seem to be congregating. The entire Council is very concerned that some of our residents are simply not taking physical distancing seriously.”


The Town will be posting signage on playgrounds, gazebos and skateboard parks advising residents to avoid these areas. Staff will monitor the level of use and the potential risk.


The Town will be instituting a ban on open air burning as of midnight March 29, 2020. No new permits will be issued or renewed.


“This is the time of year when Fire staff typically sees an increase in calls related to open air burning, in particular grass fires”, said Fire Chief Harry Olivieri. “The ban is intended to reduce unnecessary contact with the public and ensure that Fire staff is available to respond to COVID-19 related calls, which are of course our first priority. We also want to preserve air quality in light of the COVID-19 respiratory challenges."


The Town’s business continuity plans were also activated to ensure essential Town services continue to be delivered. ServiceHaltonHills remains open to respond to general inquiries and requests for essential public safety service requests by phone at 905-873-2600, by email at servicehh@haltonhills.ca


About the Town of Halton Hills

The Town of Halton Hills, with a population of approximately 60,000, consists of two urban centres, Georgetown and Acton, the Halton Hills Premier Gateway employment area, three hamlets – Glen Williams, Stewarttown and Norval – and several smaller settlements. Halton Hills has long been recognized for its natural beauty, active agricultural community, high quality of life and proximity to major centres, including Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto. The Town is ranked as one of the top small communities in Canada by a national magazine.

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