Burlington discouraging fireworks on Victoria Day weekend

 

Burlington has is banning burning permits. 

Starting April 13, the Burlington Fire Department (BFD) is suspending all Open-Air Burning Permits until further notice. 

The decision is to ensure the BFD’s services and resources will be available when needed most. Further, the Fire Department is trying to limit non-emergency interactions with residents to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Additionally, firework displays associated with the Victoria Day weekend are strongly discouraged due to the possibility of needlessly tying up the BFD’s resources as well as the risks associated with large gatherings. 

Moreover, all parks, including parking lots, remain closed and only walking, jogging, riding a bike or scooter/wheelchair through a park trail is permitted. 

"I support the decision to ban open fires and fireworks for the time being as we manage the COVID-19 response throughout our city. Removing additional risk helps us ensure our emergency responders are better able to focus on the urgent work ahead of us in this unprecedented global health challenge,” Mayor Marianne Meed Ward said in a news release. 

"The open-air burning ban is a temporary measure to assist with the strategies put in place during this time of COVID-19, including physical distancing to help "flatten the curve". It will also allow fire crews and fire inspectors to focus only on essential services without the need to deal with the issues and workload created by open-air burns. We anticipate lifting the ban as soon as it is safe to do so,” Dave Lazenby, fire chief and operations section, said in the same release. 

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