Burlington Ontario Begins Stage 3 of Re-opening

Posted August 9, 2020

Burlington Slowly Re-opens its Economy and Issues New Rules for Events and Get-Togethers

On July 24, 2020, The Region of Halton, in which the City of Burlington, Ontario resides, was allowed by the Province of Ontario to begin Stage 3 and slowly re-open with new rules and guidelines in place.

Existing rules continue in that all citizens are responsible for the protection of themselves and others to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Novel Coronovirus that has been the centre of the 2020 world pandemic.  This includes maintaining a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) between people who do not reside at the same residence, washing your hands and not touching your face.  Using a hand sanitizer.  When you need to cough or sneeze, do so into your folded elbow.

People travelling into Ontario from out of the country must quarantine for 14 days.  Non-essential travel between the USA and Canada is not permitted.

New rules:  The City of Burlington has passed a By-law requiring all persons entering a building or enclosed space, or using the local transit system shall wear a non-surgical mask covering the nose, mouth and chin.  A maximum of 10 people may gather in a social setting, a maximum of 50 people may attend an indoor function and a maximum of 100 people may attend an outdoor function, provided that all COVID-19 requirements are adhered to regarding physical distancing and personal hygiene.

See the following websites for official information:

Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19

Province of Ontario: www.ontario.ca/page/how-ontario-is-responding-covid-19

Region of Halton: www.halton.ca/For-Residents/New-Coronavirus

City of Burlington: www.burlington.ca/en/your-city/corona-virus

Keep well.  Stay Safe.


Ontario Begins Stage 2 of Re-opening

ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Update: June 29, 2020

Ontario has begun the Stage 2 of the re-opening of the Province

The Province of Ontario has announced that that it will allow a gradual re-opening of the province on a region-by-region basis as progress is made in the fight against COVID-19.  Halton Region was allowed to move into the Stage 2 opening on June 19, 2020.  The Province has introduced new rules including a requirement to maintain physical distancing of 2m and limit public event gatherings to a maximum of 10 people.  With these rules, the CSMMI is unable to hold a monthly show.     The City of Burlington has not yet announced the opening of the Seniors Centre for public events.  The CSMMI is continuing to monitor the situation and will advise on the September show when The City and Province allows it.

The health and well-being of our community remains our top priority and we advise everyone to follow the recommendations and requirements of Public Health Organizations, the Government of Canada, and the Province of Ontario.  Please practice hand washing, and comply with social distancing and self-isolation requirements.

For more information see:

Government of Canada: Canada.ca/coronavirus.       en français     Canada.ca/maladie-coronavirus

Province of Ontario:  Ontario/coronavirus

City of Burlington: burlington.ca/en/your-city/corona-virus.asp

We thank everyone for their assistance as we all work through this challenge.

CSMMI Cancels the 2020 Annual Show

Update: March 31, 2020

The CSMMI has Cancelled the June 19 & 20, 2020 Annual Show

The CSMMI Executive has decided to cancel the June 19 & 20, 2020 Annual 2-Day Show due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   The CSMMI is hopeful that it will host the Sept. Oct. and Nov. shows.  We will reserve any decision to later in the year based on the information and advice received from public health officials at that time.  Access to the Burlington Seniors Centre is currently closed.

All members and vendors that have pre-paid for a table for one of the cancelled shows, and/or prepaid their registration for the Annual Show will receive a refund.  The CSMMI continues to advise its community to listen to the advice and guidelines by public health and government officials and practice social distancing, personal hygiene and self-isolation.  We want everyone to remain safe, healthy and return to our events when it is safe to do so.  Keep well.

The CSMMI Executive is closely monitoring the evolving situation and will let our community know of any changes.  The health and well-being of our community remains our top priority and we advise everyone to follow the recommendations and requirements of Public Health Organizations, the Government of Canada, and the Province of Ontario.  Please practice hand washing, and comply with social distancing and self-isolation requirements.

For more information see:

Government of Canada: Canada.ca/coronavirus.       en français     Canada.ca/maladie-coronavirus

Province of Ontario:  Ontario/coronavirus

City of Burlington: burlington.ca/en/your-city/corona-virus.asp

We thank everyone for their assistance as we all work through this challenge.

CSMMI Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Previous responses by the CSMMI on the COVID-19 Pandemic are listed below.
Updated: March 26, 2020

CSMMI’s Response to COVID-19

The City of Burlington and the Province of Ontario have declared States of Emergency.  The Government of Canada has closed the borders to international travellers.  As a result, public facilities are closed, the hotel industry is suffering, and people are required to observe and practice hand washing, social distancing and refrain from large gatherings.

The CSMMI and the Events Planning Committee are currently planning for multiple contingencies for the Annual 2-Day Show in June.  At the moment, the CSMMI will proceed with the Convention.  However, we are monitoring the situation closely and are staying up to date. We will continue to stay informed, research options and ensure we are taking steps to mitigate risks and are following the recommendations of public health organizations and Province of Ontario. Please know that we are evaluating the COVID-19 situation daily and will adjust based on additional feedback from our research and the direction of government and public health officials.

The April Monthly Show may be cancelled if the City of Burlington extends its facility closure.  Check back with this website for updates closer to the event. The Events Planning Committee is also looking into the possibility of rescheduling the Annual Show to later in the year.  Should the Annual Show eventually require cancellation, we will issue refunds on registration fees.

Update: March 13, 2020

The City of Burlington has announced the closing of its facilities that includes the Burlington Seniors Centre, for 3 weeks.  See announcement at www.burlington.ca

Update: March 12, 2020

The CSMMI Executive has Cancelled the Sunday, March 15, 2020 Show

The CSMMI Executive is monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and are listening to the advice of both the City of Burlington and public health officials.

At the moment, the CSMMI has not cancelled the April or May monthly meetings or our annual conference in June.  We are proceeding to hold these future events.  However, since our monthly meetings are held in a City of Burlington facility, we must comply with the decisions the City makes with respect to holding events.  Please check this website or the City of Burlington website for the most current announcements.  We will advise as soon as any new information is available.

As this is an evolving situation, we recommend that attendees make flexible travel arrangements which can be re-booked or cancelled as may be required. We will be reassessing the situation as the outbreak develops and will keep our community fully informed.  We thank everyone for their assistance as we all work through this challenge.

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