Flamborough festive spirit alive and well despite Hamilton lockdown

News Dec 21, 2020 by Julia Lovett-Squires Flamborough Review

As Flamborough residents and businesses prepared to enter a holiday season lockdown on Dec. 21, shoppers and business owners still felt hopeful and full of Christmas spirit.

The Ontario government announced on Dec. 19 that Hamilton would enter the grey lockdown category within the provincial COVID-19 response framework as of Dec. 21. The lockdown, which will last for at least 28 days — until Jan. 18, 2021 — include a ban on gathering with anyone outside your household — with some exceptions. The City of Hamilton is warning residents not to invite people into their homes, with fines of $880 for attendees and $10,000 for organizers.

Linda and Robin Heaver, who were doing some shopping in downtown Waterdown on Dec. 20, said they typically have the entire family over for holiday celebrations and also stay with their extended family during the holiday. But this year, like so many others, their plans have had to change.

“It’s unfortunate, but what can we say,” said Robin.

For Waterdown's Robert and Debra Walker, this year’s Christmas isn’t completely out of the ordinary as they both did shift work during their careers and often missed the big family get together. In fact, now that they have both retired, they have gotten more active than in the past.

“We’re going to get through this and we’re looking forward to next year,” said Robert.

Similarly, for Maureen McCartney, who was also shopping in the downtown core on Sunday, in a normal year her house would be loud and full to the brim with her children, significant others and grandchildren. This one, however, will be a quiet day.

“Me and my boyfriend are just going to be hanging out and doing probably nothing, maybe playing Sequence and making good food," she said.

Local businesses are also preparing for the lockdown. As a result of the new restrictions, a large number of retailers will be closed to in-person shopping, but will remain open for curbside pickup and delivery. In-person shopping is allowed in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, hardware stores, other retailers selling groceries, beer and wine and liquor stores, pharmacies, safety supply stores and pet stores.

However, capacity will be cut in half and shoppers will continue to be screened at the door.

At the Fix at 299, Anastasia Yarrow and her team are resigned to the fact that they are among the businesses that have to close until further notice.

“It is what it is, there’s nothing we can do about it right and we were expecting it,” said Yarrow. “I’m glad we got through as much of December as we did, hopefully it doesn’t last more than the 28 days.”

According to the Government of Ontario website, all personal care services will join casinos, bingo halls and gaming locations in shutting down.

“All the businesses down here have been affected by it," Yarrow said. "I do understand why they have to close this time though.”

Meanwhile, at Tea at the White House, co-owner Andrew May said that the lockdown won’t change the way their shop operates as they haven’t had sit-in service since the early fall.

Instead, they are offering curbside or in-house pickup.

“It’s going to be a little bit different because we do Christmas Eve pickups for scones," he said, noting they will also be adding an express door for curbside pickup. "I think we’re at about 1,200-1,500 right now scones total.”

The Tea at the White House team changed the way their business operates months back, and May said their customers have become used to how things operate.

“It’s definitely strange, though,” he admitted.

Flamborough festive spirit alive and well despite Hamilton lockdown

28-day lockdown for Hamilton went into effect Dec. 21

News Dec 21, 2020 by Julia Lovett-Squires Flamborough Review

As Flamborough residents and businesses prepared to enter a holiday season lockdown on Dec. 21, shoppers and business owners still felt hopeful and full of Christmas spirit.

The Ontario government announced on Dec. 19 that Hamilton would enter the grey lockdown category within the provincial COVID-19 response framework as of Dec. 21. The lockdown, which will last for at least 28 days — until Jan. 18, 2021 — include a ban on gathering with anyone outside your household — with some exceptions. The City of Hamilton is warning residents not to invite people into their homes, with fines of $880 for attendees and $10,000 for organizers.

Linda and Robin Heaver, who were doing some shopping in downtown Waterdown on Dec. 20, said they typically have the entire family over for holiday celebrations and also stay with their extended family during the holiday. But this year, like so many others, their plans have had to change.

“It’s unfortunate, but what can we say,” said Robin.

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For Waterdown's Robert and Debra Walker, this year’s Christmas isn’t completely out of the ordinary as they both did shift work during their careers and often missed the big family get together. In fact, now that they have both retired, they have gotten more active than in the past.

“We’re going to get through this and we’re looking forward to next year,” said Robert.

Similarly, for Maureen McCartney, who was also shopping in the downtown core on Sunday, in a normal year her house would be loud and full to the brim with her children, significant others and grandchildren. This one, however, will be a quiet day.

“Me and my boyfriend are just going to be hanging out and doing probably nothing, maybe playing Sequence and making good food," she said.

Local businesses are also preparing for the lockdown. As a result of the new restrictions, a large number of retailers will be closed to in-person shopping, but will remain open for curbside pickup and delivery. In-person shopping is allowed in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, hardware stores, other retailers selling groceries, beer and wine and liquor stores, pharmacies, safety supply stores and pet stores.

However, capacity will be cut in half and shoppers will continue to be screened at the door.

At the Fix at 299, Anastasia Yarrow and her team are resigned to the fact that they are among the businesses that have to close until further notice.

“It is what it is, there’s nothing we can do about it right and we were expecting it,” said Yarrow. “I’m glad we got through as much of December as we did, hopefully it doesn’t last more than the 28 days.”

According to the Government of Ontario website, all personal care services will join casinos, bingo halls and gaming locations in shutting down.

“All the businesses down here have been affected by it," Yarrow said. "I do understand why they have to close this time though.”

Meanwhile, at Tea at the White House, co-owner Andrew May said that the lockdown won’t change the way their shop operates as they haven’t had sit-in service since the early fall.

Instead, they are offering curbside or in-house pickup.

“It’s going to be a little bit different because we do Christmas Eve pickups for scones," he said, noting they will also be adding an express door for curbside pickup. "I think we’re at about 1,200-1,500 right now scones total.”

The Tea at the White House team changed the way their business operates months back, and May said their customers have become used to how things operate.

“It’s definitely strange, though,” he admitted.

Flamborough festive spirit alive and well despite Hamilton lockdown

28-day lockdown for Hamilton went into effect Dec. 21

News Dec 21, 2020 by Julia Lovett-Squires Flamborough Review

As Flamborough residents and businesses prepared to enter a holiday season lockdown on Dec. 21, shoppers and business owners still felt hopeful and full of Christmas spirit.

The Ontario government announced on Dec. 19 that Hamilton would enter the grey lockdown category within the provincial COVID-19 response framework as of Dec. 21. The lockdown, which will last for at least 28 days — until Jan. 18, 2021 — include a ban on gathering with anyone outside your household — with some exceptions. The City of Hamilton is warning residents not to invite people into their homes, with fines of $880 for attendees and $10,000 for organizers.

Linda and Robin Heaver, who were doing some shopping in downtown Waterdown on Dec. 20, said they typically have the entire family over for holiday celebrations and also stay with their extended family during the holiday. But this year, like so many others, their plans have had to change.

“It’s unfortunate, but what can we say,” said Robin.

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For Waterdown's Robert and Debra Walker, this year’s Christmas isn’t completely out of the ordinary as they both did shift work during their careers and often missed the big family get together. In fact, now that they have both retired, they have gotten more active than in the past.

“We’re going to get through this and we’re looking forward to next year,” said Robert.

Similarly, for Maureen McCartney, who was also shopping in the downtown core on Sunday, in a normal year her house would be loud and full to the brim with her children, significant others and grandchildren. This one, however, will be a quiet day.

“Me and my boyfriend are just going to be hanging out and doing probably nothing, maybe playing Sequence and making good food," she said.

Local businesses are also preparing for the lockdown. As a result of the new restrictions, a large number of retailers will be closed to in-person shopping, but will remain open for curbside pickup and delivery. In-person shopping is allowed in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, hardware stores, other retailers selling groceries, beer and wine and liquor stores, pharmacies, safety supply stores and pet stores.

However, capacity will be cut in half and shoppers will continue to be screened at the door.

At the Fix at 299, Anastasia Yarrow and her team are resigned to the fact that they are among the businesses that have to close until further notice.

“It is what it is, there’s nothing we can do about it right and we were expecting it,” said Yarrow. “I’m glad we got through as much of December as we did, hopefully it doesn’t last more than the 28 days.”

According to the Government of Ontario website, all personal care services will join casinos, bingo halls and gaming locations in shutting down.

“All the businesses down here have been affected by it," Yarrow said. "I do understand why they have to close this time though.”

Meanwhile, at Tea at the White House, co-owner Andrew May said that the lockdown won’t change the way their shop operates as they haven’t had sit-in service since the early fall.

Instead, they are offering curbside or in-house pickup.

“It’s going to be a little bit different because we do Christmas Eve pickups for scones," he said, noting they will also be adding an express door for curbside pickup. "I think we’re at about 1,200-1,500 right now scones total.”

The Tea at the White House team changed the way their business operates months back, and May said their customers have become used to how things operate.

“It’s definitely strange, though,” he admitted.