City Hall has closed to the public until April 20th at which time, the current situation will be assessed and the public will be advised if further closure is necessary. The Premier has declared a state of emergency and issued a shelter in place directive for all residents. All merchants, retailers and restaurants have been ordered closed as of Saturday, April 4th. Exclusions include grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies. Essential services such as refuse collection remain in place.
Bermuda National Gallery and the Bermuda Society of Arts have temporarily closed due to the heightened health risk.
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The City has reduced its trash collection to once per day. Morning crews will collect trash from 6:00am - 1:30pm throughout Hamilton.
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Latest News - March 19th, 2020
With confirmed cases of COVID-19 now on island, the Corporation of Hamilton will be taking further steps to curtail possible spread of the virus. The City will be scaling down its operation and initiating an emergency plan as it looks to minimize its footprint and the risk of infection for both its staff as well as the public.
With the closure of all schools, many Government offices and suspension of public transportation, the City recognizes that many of its staff will need to remain at their homes in order to care for children or elderly loved ones. As of 5:00pm, March 19th, the administration offices at City Hall and the City Works Depot on Laffan Street closed to the public with essential staff working on a remote basis. With the two art galleries located in City Hall already closed, this indicates a full shutdown of the City Hall building to the public until further notice.
The public can be assured that essential City services such as refuse collection and sewage treatment will not be interrupted at this time. The volume of refuse in the City is expected to drop dramatically and the collection crews will adapt as necessary. Waste bins will continue to be emptied and street and sidewalk sweeping has been halted.
With the Government’s directive to practice social distancing and to limit congregating in groups, the City has closed its gated parks – Queen Elizabeth Park, Victoria Park and Fort Hamilton – until further notice. The City will continue to deploy staff to all parks, on an as needed basis, for maintenance and upkeep.
The Port of Hamilton public wharves at No.1 and No.6 are closed to arrivals. The Hamilton Cargo Docks continue to operate as per usual.
All barrier arms at the City Car Parks have been lifted. There will be no need to take a ticket or visit a paystation until further notice.
The public bathrooms around the City will close as of Saturday, April 4th.
The City’s website continues to be operational for online applications and payments and any additional press releases from the City will be posted online as well as to our social media platforms on FaceBook, Instagram and Twitter.
Below is a list of department heads at the City should anyone need to urgently contact a City official:
Operations: Duane Crockwell email@example.com 533-2441
Engineering: Kirk Richards firstname.lastname@example.org 505-2677
Sanitation: Anthony Darrell email@example.com 504-8261
Parks: Steven DeSilva firstname.lastname@example.org 300-6446
Port: Earl Francis email@example.com 505-0892
Communications: Zoë Mulholland firstname.lastname@example.org 537-7072
Finance: Tanya Iris email@example.com 537-0608
Marketing & Events: Jessica Astwood firstname.lastname@example.org 707-1364
The email@example.com inbox will not be monitored at this time but an automatic message from that address will list City official contacts to direct the public to the person that can assist them.
The City’s number one priority for its staff and the public is their safety. The City urges everyone to use best practices and heed the advice of the Government and health officials. Information and directives are changing on a daily basis but we are a resilient community and together we will see each other through these challenging times.
Latest News - March 13th, 2020
The City of Hamilton reassures the public that in the light of the recent global health crisis, City of Hamilton services are operating as per normal and the City is implementing contingency plans as deemed necessary at this time.
With the recent outbreak of Coronavirus in other parts of the world, the City confirms that its services are not impacted at this time. It reminds the public that they must do their part and use best practices, when it comes to matters of prevention and protection.
The cleanliness of the City is of utmost importance during these unchartered times and until alternate directives from a Government body is received, essential service such as refuse collection will continue to operate on a daily basis.
The sanitizing of City fixtures, including trash bins, crosswalk buttons, car park pay stations and street furniture, on both the sidewalks and in the City parks, has been heightened. All public bathrooms are currently sanitized and replenished with soap every two hours. All sanitation vehicles continue to be thoroughly cleaned after each daily pick-up.
The City has contingency and preparedness plans in place with regard to its staff and will prioritize the maintenance of the City and its services should Bermuda experience a significant impact due to the Coronavirus.
The City encourages everyone to remain informed during these uncertain times and to heed the advice of the Bermuda Government. Updated information can be found on their https://www.gov.bm/coronavirus webpage as well as on their Treefrog app. The City will update its social platforms – FaceBook, Instagram and Twitter – as well as issue press releases with any new developments that may affect the operation of City services.
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Press Release - City Postpones Events
With the Bermuda Government’s directive to limit mass gatherings, as well as the recent order for certain arriving passengers to self-quarantine, the City of Hamilton will postpone several of its upcoming events. This will affect the City Scavenger Hunt scheduled for April 5th in Queen Elizabeth Park as well as the Bermuda International Town Crier Competition scheduled for April 22nd – April 24th. Both events will be rescheduled.
The City was also to be hosted at the Anglican Cathedral on Sunday, March 22nd for an Evensong church service to celebrate the City’s 225 years of service to the community. This, too, has been postponed to a later date, yet to be determined.
An Unsheltered Awareness Week was to be hosted by the City from March 22nd – March 27th has also been postponed. Events included a ‘sleep-out’, a public event on the steps of City Hall, as well as a free public screening of the movie, The Public, on March 26th at City Hall. The City will look to reschedule the awareness week to later in the year.
City services have not been affected at this time and will continue to operate as per usual. Any updates from the City regarding events and service interruption will also be shared to its social media platforms including FaceBook, Instagram and Twitter as well as the City website.
Visit the official webpage of the Bermuda Department of Health for the latest local updates on the Coronavirus and its impact on Bermuda.