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COVID-19 Update

Updated at 10 a.m. July 15, 2020

Community Message from Mayor Virginia Hackson Mayor Hackson Bio Image

On Monday, the Province of Ontario announced that York Region will move to Stage Three of Ontario’s framework for reopening for province tomorrow (Friday, July 24, 2020). This is an exciting time as we begin to have an additional sense of normalization with nearly all businesses and public spaces permitted to gradually reopen ensuring public health and workplace safety restrictions are in place. Some of the businesses that will be permitted to reopen include gyms/fitness studios, libraries, community centres and indoor seating at restaurants.

Here in East Gwillimbury we will be taking a cautious and phased approach to reopening our facilities including our libraries, community centres, and playgrounds. Town staff are currently reviewing the guidelines and documentation from the Province and will ensure that we are working hard to move forward in a safe manner before opening any facilities.

Residents can expect our playgrounds to open next week once proper signage and procedures are posted at each location. Further details regarding the reopening of playgrounds will be shared through the Town Page next week, on our social media channels and here on our website.

I caution everyone that we must remain diligent in our efforts to flatten this curve. Although this is a positive step in the right direction, the risk of spreading COVID-19 still exists. We must continue to practice physical distancing and frequent hand washing and sanitizing. In addition, those who can must wear a face mask or covering in all indoor public spaces in York Region and outdoor spaces where physical distancing is difficult.

Again, please understand and respect that not everyone is able to wear a mask and I continue to ask that you please be kind to one another, and do not judge those who are not wearing a mask.

Virginia Hackson

Bill 195

On July 24, 2020, the Province of Ontario passed Bill 195, which terminated the Provincial State of Emergency and extends the Provincial Emergency Orders for an initial period of 30 days. The Town of East Gwillimbury  will remain under a regional and municipal declared State of Emergency and will continue to work with York Region Public Health and our neighbouring municipalities to determine when it will be safe to lift our State of Emergencies.

Over the last five months, East Gwillimbury and York Region residents have worked hard to help plank the curve, and reported cases of COVID-19 continue to decline. Currently in York Region statistics report that more than 2,700 cases have been resolved and there are approximately 230 active cases.  

By remaining in the current State of Emergency, Town Council have the flexibility to quickly respond to this health and economic emergency and provide support to our residents and businesses where needed.

Further updates will be provided as available.

Reopening of Park Amenities 

The following amenities are open for individual use:

  • Playgrounds 
  • Splash pads
  • Basketball courts
  • Tennis courts
  • Skateboard/scooter and bike parks
  • Picnic shelters and benches
  • Sports fields 
  • Trails
  • Off-leash dog park (owned and operated by York Region)

Guidelines and COVID-19 reminders have been placed at each amenity. Please abide by the signs posted. Guidelines include:

  • Amenities are open for individual/household use only. No team play is permitted unless it is with members of the same household.
  • Anyone using these amenities must maintain a minimum two metre physical distance from others.
  • Be sure to follow proper hygiene including hand washing or sanitizing before and after use. 
  • Do not share sport equipment with others.
  • When biking, skateboarding, or using a scooter be sure to keep a minimum of five metres distance from others.
  • Please avoid congregating and leave immediately after playing. 

Temporary Impacts to Programs and Services

The following Town of the East Gwillimbury and East Gwillimbury Public Library programs and services remain closed due to COVID-19:

  • All Town facilities, including the Town of East Gwillimbury Civic Centre, community centres, libraries, and indoor recreational spaces.
  • Town Council continues to meet virtually. Visit the Town's Agenda Portallinks to external site for more information about meetings. 
  • All summer programs/camps, facility permits, and Town events have been cancelled until August 31, 2020.
  • The Town is offering at-home camp programs. For more information about camp in a box click here
  • Some Statutory Committees, Advisory Committees, Working Groups and Community Group meetings have resumed virtually. The Town continues to work to resume all meetings virtually. 

  • The Curbside Giveaway Event scheduled for Saturday, July 25 has been cancelled. 

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Reference and Community Links

For the most up to date information please reference the following sites:

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