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COVID-19 Update

Updated at 4:10 p.m. May 29, 2020

Community Message from Mayor Virginia Hackson Mayor Hackson Bio Image

Our beautiful summer weather is here and without a doubt, everyone is excited to spend some time outdoors. With the Province making announcements related to the first phase of reopening Ontario, it may feel like we can return to normal however the risk of COVID-19 remains. What this means is that we must all continue to follow the important and critical recommendations of Public Health Officials, which include:

  • Continue to stay home where possible, and if you are going out keep a 2-meter distance from others in the community.
  • Wash your hands often and use sanitizer.
  • Connect virtually with loved ones, especially those who are vulnerable such as seniors.

If we continue to follow these steps, we can hope for a safe and successful reopening.

How does stage one of the provincial reopening strategy effect EG?

We have reopened our tennis and basketball courts, skate/scooter/BMX parks, picnic shelters and benches. These will be available for individual use or for use by those who live together. Maintaining physical distancing continues to be a requirement as well as not having gatherings of more than five persons outside of your household. Appropriate signage will be posted as a reminder for how these public spaces are to be used safely and responsibly.

Park equipment and splash pads will remain closed however, staff are preparing procedures for when the Province advises these spaces are safe to open.

Curbside pick-up at public libraries was also identified as part of the Province’s stage one reopening. In response both our Holland Landing and Mount Albert branches are preparing to reopen for curbside pick-up and drop off starting June 9th. More details will be shared in the coming days.

We will continue to respond to the provincial recommendations for reopening and will proceed keeping the safety of our residents at the forefront of all decisions.

Please, continue to be safe and respectful so we can continue this positive path forward. Our actions today will ensure better days ahead

Virginia Hackson

Reopening of Park Amenities 

On May 19, the Province of Ontario lifted its restrictions on some outdoor recreational amenities. As a result, the Town is gradually reopening a number of amenities for resident use

The following amenities are open for individual use:

  • 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.
  • Maximum use at any one facility is five people, if there are already five users please try to come back another time. 
  • Please avoid congregating and leave immediately after playing.

Please note: All Town playgrounds and splash pads remain closed, as per the Province's Emergency Closure Order. 

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 spring programs/camps, facility permits, and Town events have been cancelled until June 30, 2020. 
  • All summer camps and programs have been cancelled until August 31, 2020. The Town continues to monitor Provincial and Public Health updates and hopes to be able to offer modified or scaled back programs in the summer months. For more details click here
  • All Town playgrounds and splash pads remain closed, as per the Province's Emergency Closure Order. 
  • All Statutory Committees, Advisory Committees, Working Groups and Community Group meetings are cancelled. The Town is working to resume these meetings virtually. 

These are precautionary measures to mitigate the risk of potential community spread. We will continue to review recommendations from public health agencies and update as required.

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