Among the many changes announced by the City of Niagara Falls due to new restrictions imposed by the province include the cancellation of S’more Fun Toboggan Days at Firemen’s Park and the closure of some indoor walking facilities.
Premier Doug Ford on Monday, Jan.3, announced numerous restrictions that will last for at least 21 days, amid the rise in COVID-19 cases driven by the Omicron variant.
In turn, the city announced several changes, including:
• While outdoor recreational facilities, such as toboggan runs and ice rinks, will remain open, S’more Fun Toboggan events will be canceled and possibly rescheduled.
• All MacBain Community Center facility reservations for January have been canceled.
• All activities and programs for seniors at the MacBain and Coronation 50-Plus centers are canceled for the month of January.
• Gale Center and MacBain Center indoor walking trails are closed. The Gale Center will remain closed.
• The MacBain Center customer service counter and Town Hall remain open for walk-in bill payments, but proof of vaccination is required. At both locations, all other services remain open by appointment only and alternative service provision may be adapted.
• As of January 4, the city will only accept the QR code issued by the province as proof of vaccination to enter a recreational facility.
• As of January 10, the City of Niagara Falls will no longer accept physician notes; customers should use the QR code system instead.
• The Niagara Falls History Museum will be closed for the month of January.
Some of the province’s other restrictions include an indoor dining ban, gym closures, and a 50% capacity cap on personal care services and libraries.
The city has asked residents to be patient and to cooperate to adapt to new regulations and restrictions as they come into force. He said the measures will continue to be reviewed and adjusted based on public health guidelines.