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Hamilton ends COVID-19 state of emergency

The City of Hamilton has officially declared an end to the state of emergency that was first instated more than two years ago on April 17th, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Though the pandemic is not over and COVID-19 continues to be a global threat, the removal of the emergency declaration also comes with a number of changes that will be occurring within city-led settings and activities.

These include the removal of mandatory masking requirements for city staff in the workplace as of May 25th, with masks still required in high risk indoor settings like healthcare and long-term care facilities, shelters, and public transit until at least June 11th.

Also as of May 25th, council meetings will move forward with a hybrid model, and councillors will have the option to attend meetings in-person at council chambers if they choose.

The city’s Emergency Operations Centre will remain active, transitioning to a focus on monitoring the ongoing situation with COVID-19.

Proof of vaccination is still mandatory for all city employees, from casual to part-time to full-time or volunteer.

“I want to thank our City staff for their dedication and resiliency throughout this emergency period for continuing to deliver municipal services that residents count on,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger.

“I also want to thank Hamilton residents across our community for their hard work and ongoing support. As I have stressed throughout this pandemic, we are all in this together.”

Read the full release here.

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