Brantford Announces Plan to Reopen in Phase 3

As the Province of Ontario moves into phase 3 of reopening, the City of Brantford has announced their initial plan to begin reopening the city safely.

Below is a series of City services that will be resuming as follows:

Brantford Transit & Brantford Lift Services

Under the new Mandatory Face Covering By-law, wearing a face covering will be required in enclosed public indoor spaces in the City of Brantford, including all public transit beginning Friday, July 17, 2020, until further notice.

Further, Brantford Transit is moving to a 20-passenger maximum on all City buses beginning on Monday, July 20th.

There have already been a number of changes to transit that have taken place over the last several weeks that are and will still be in effect:

  • Blocking off select seats so riders can practice physical distancing while riding the bus
  • Asking all riders to board and exit the bus using the rear doors. People with accessibility needs can continue to board and exit using the front doors
  • Providing extra services to industrial areas of the city
  • Offering free transit service until further notice
  • Reminding customers to only ride the bus for essential travel (e.g. work, medical appointments and grocery shopping)
  • Operating on an hourly schedule (every 60 minutes) Monday to Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Running evening routes from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. (routes 11,12,13,14 and 15)
  • All buses are cleaned and disinfected every 24 hours including frequent touch points like handrails, buttons, seats and straps
  • Each bus automated voice callout system has also been updated to remind passengers to wash their hands and follow COVID-19 preventative measure best practices as instructed by the driver. 
  • Brantford Lift service customers are asked to avoid all non-essential travel. Mobility services will be screened as many are older adults who may be more at risk of severe illness

Unchanged

  • Monday to Friday morning rush half-hour service from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. remains unchanged
  • Sunday service remains unchanged and will continue to operate hourly from 8:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.

Parking Operations & Enforcement

Free parking at Municipal Lot No. 3 (Darling Street) and Municipal Lot No. 4 (Dalhousie Street) will end on July 31st as the City moves towards the gradual resumption of regular parking operations and enforcement beginning August 1st, 2020.

Residents are encouraged to utilize the Market Centre Parkade at 59 Icomm Drive where parking will remain free until August 31st. Payment at the Parkade will be required beginning September 1st, 2020. 

Parking regulations will also be fully enforced across the city, including downtown beginning on August 1, 2020 to ensure the safe and orderly movement of vehicles.

To purchase a parking pass, contact the Parking Enforcement Office at (519) 753-2311, Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Customer Service Offerings

Below are the additional services that will be offered at City Hall (100 Wellington Square):

  • Entertainment Licences and Dog Designation payments will be available beginning Thursday, July 16th
  • Customer Service document Commissioning, Building Permit payments and drop off and Planning Commissioning will be available beginning Monday, July 20th
  • Driveway, Site Alteration and Street Excavation permits will be available beginning Wednesday, August 5th

Please phone 519-759-4150 for additional information.

Sports Track Reopenings

Both the Kiwanis and Bision’s Alumni running tracks will reopen for use starting Monday, July 20th. Physical distancing must be practiced at all times.

Opening pending implementation of additional preventative measures before operations can resume safely 

  • Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre Arenas Rink 3 and 4

Previously announced reopenings/available City services:

  • Parks and trails for walking and cycling while physical distancing
  • Parking lots at parks and trails
  • Benches 
  • Northridge and Arrowdale golf courses
  • Disc golf at Mohawk Park
  • Tennis and pickleball at Steve Brown Sports Park (four people per court maximum)
  • Running track at Steve Brown Sports Park
  • Mulch bins
  • Dogford Park Dog Park (12-person maximum, 30-minute time limit)
  • Dufferin Park Tennis courts from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (four people /court; 25-person maximum)
  • Bike Park at Rotary Centennial Waterworks Park from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (15-person maximum, 30-minute time limit) 
  • Jaycee Park half-pipe 
  • Skate Park at Brant’s Crossing 
  • Multi-use pads
  • Picnic Tables and Shelters 
  • Brantford Splash Pads at Bridlepath Park and Mohawk Park (Harmony Square location has been reopened but is currently being repaired) 
  • Woodman Park Pool
  • Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre pool

The following sports fields remain open for bookings for recreational/training use:

  • Jaycee Sports Park (softball)
  • Steve Brown Sports Park (softball)
  • Mayfair Park (baseball)
  • Cockshutt Park (hardball, excludes stadium use)
  • Kiwanis Field (football, running track)
  • Bisons Alumni North Park Sports Complex (football, running track)
  • Daubigny Creek Park, George Campbell, Steve Brown Red/Blue and John Wright Soccer Complex (soccer)
  • Rotary Centennial Waterworks Park (cricket pitch)

All other sports fields remain closed, with limited washrooms facilities at the fields that are open.

 Remaining closed/unavailable until further notice 

  • Park play equipment
  • Outdoor exercise equipment
  • Select washroom buildings
  • Lawn bowling 
  • Bocce
  • Earl Haig Family Fun Park

Please visit brantford.ca/closures for a complete list of City closures, cancellations and service modifications during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Source: https://www.brantford.ca/en/city-announces-initial-plans-of-stage-3-reopening.aspx

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