Cities shut down many non-essential services in wake of COVID-19

As precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 ramp up, many places are closing down more public places.

The City of Hamilton is closing rec centres, senior centres, arenas, city-run musuems and all branches of the Hamilton Public Library.

The City of Burlington have closed City Hall, the animal shelter, city offices in SIMs Squares and Burlington Fire Headquaters, along with libraries, museums, Royal Botanical Gardens and the Art Gallery of Burlington. They will keep open essential services such as the fire department, police station, transit and court services.

In Welland, arenas, museums, libraries, and farmers’ markets will be closed until April 5th.

And in St. Catharines, all arenas, sports complexes, rec centres, farmers’ markets, senior centres and libraries will be closed until April 5th as well.

Malls in many cities have also gone to reduced hours. They will be open from 11am-7pm.

A number of retailers including Apple and Nike announced temporary closures in Canada to combat the virus.

Goodlife Fitness, along with other gyms have shut down all its locations across Canada effective immediatly. And Starbucks is shifting to a “to go” only model.  They will be shutting down their indoor seating, but all drive-thrus and delivery services will continue.