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March 1 - East Gwillimbury lifts public health measures to enter recreation facilities

Effective March 1, visitors are no longer required to complete an online pre-screening or show proof of vaccination prior to entering Town recreational facilities. The Town has also lifted the capacity limits in its facilities.

Face coverings and physical distancing requirements remain in place, except when actively participating in a recreation program.

Before you enter a facility, please self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms using the information posted at the facility entrance. If you are experiencing symptoms, please do not enter the facility; return home and contact your healthcare provider or local public health unit to see if you should self-isolate.

Spring programs

The spring Health and Active Living Guide is now available online, please visit the Health and Active Living Guide page for information on spring programs. Registration opens on March 7 and programs begin in April.

For more information, please visit the What is Available in EG page.

News and Notices 

February 4 - EG recreational facilities COVID-19 screening update 

We've updated the screening process to enter EG recreational facilities and community centres. Effective today, visitors will no longer have to complete the online screening form prior to entering our facilities. Screening questions are posted in the entrance of all facilities and visitors are asked to self-screen when they arrive and verify that they passed the screening with Facility Screeners or the permit holder for unstaffed facilities.

Visitors 12 and up are still required to show proof of vaccination or a medical exemption along with their ID to enter facilities. 

January 28, 2022 - EG facilities reopening to the public on Monday, January 31, 2022 
On January 5, the Civic Centre was closed to public access due to increasing COVID-19 cases. These steps were aligned with the Town’s risk-based decision-making framework that considers provincial regulations and Public Health direction.

In keeping with the province’s approach to cautiously lift public health measures, the Civic Centre will re-open on Monday, January 31 to staff and the public. Residents will continue to be encouraged to schedule appointments to meet with staff. Marriage license applications and Civil Ceremonies will also resume on an appointment basis. 

Customer Service can be reached by email or calling 905-478-4282.

January 4, 2022 - EG aligns with provincial government measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19
 Effective Wednesday, January 5, the East Gwillimbury Sports Complex, Ross Family Complex and Holland Landing Community Centre are closed for sport, recreation programs, drop-in activities, and meetings. Town staff are notifying participants and permit holders and credits will be applied to accounts where possible.

The library branches at Ross Family Complex and Holland Landing Community Centre will remain open with limited capacity of 15 customers per branch and public health measures are enforced including physical distancing and required face mask use for staff and visitors. Curb-side pick-up is available.

In addition to these changes, effective Wednesday, January 5, the Civic Centre will be closed to walk-in public access. Customer Service can be reached by email or calling 905-478-4282.

December 23, 2021 - Proof of vaccination at recreation facilities 

The Town of East Gwillimbury, under the direction of the Government of Ontario is implementing new measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Effective January 4, 2022, The use of the Enhanced Vaccine Certificates with QR codes will be required for all individuals entering municipal facilities where proof of vaccination is mandatory. The QR code can be used digitally or by printing a paper copy.

Individuals can download their Enhanced Certificate with a QR code by visiting the Province of Ontario's website.

For further information on this and other new measures on this, please visit Health Ontario's website.

East Gwillimbury Public Library Assistance 

The East Gwillimbury Public Library is available to assist residents with printing a copy of their Verify Ontario QR code for free. Visit a branch, email, or call (905) 836-6492 for more information.

December 17, 2021 - Capacity limits at Town recreation facilities 

Following the Ontario Government's recent announcement on restricting capacity limits, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, December 19, East Gwillimbury will be reducing capacity limits at its facilities. Visit the Community Centres page for more information. 

View the Province of Ontario's news release

November 22, 2021

On Friday, November 19, Health Canada authorized the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in children 5 to 11 years of age. 

Based on additional guidance and direction from the National Advisory Committee on Immunizations and the Minister of Health, York Region will open appointment bookings for children 5 to 11 years of age as of 8 a.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

Subject to vaccine availability and supply, administration of COVID-19 vaccinations for this age group is anticipated to begin as of Friday, November 26, 2021.

Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 will be available by appointment only. Appointments can be booked online at york.ca/covid19vaccine or by calling 1-877-464-9675.

Read the full message from the Canadian Government Read the full message from the Ontario Government

November 12, 2021 

EG has a new COVID-19 Screening app for visitors entering Community Buildings. You can access the EG COVID-19 Screening App by clicking the button below.

Fill out the COVID-19 Screening Form Now!

November 3, 2021

The Government of Ontario announced expanded eligibility for booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, effective Saturday, November 6, 2021.

Based on the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and in alignment with the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recent recommendation, the province will begin offering booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the following vulnerable populations if at least six months have passed since their last dose:

  • Individuals aged 70 and over (born in 1951 or earlier)
  • Health care workers and designated essential caregivers in congregate settings (including long-term care home and retirement home staff and designated caregivers)
  • Individuals who received a complete series of a viral vector vaccine (two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine)
  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis adults and their non-Indigenous household members

Booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be offered by appointment only within York Region at specific locations.

Read the Full Memo Where can I book an appointment?

 October 1, 2021

Effective October 3 at 11:59 p.m., Mayor Virginia Hackson, on behalf of Town Council, will terminate the State of Emergency for the Town of East Gwillimbury. The State of Emergency was initially enacted on March 19, 2020, to ensure the Town has the flexibility to quickly respond to the COVID-19 health and economic emergency and provide support to our residents and businesses where needed. 

The State of Emergency provided for rapid procurement capability, the ability for the Mayor to provide direction independently, and to meet potential eligibility requirements for federal and provincial funding. The ability to make decisions independently was not exercised by the Mayor, all procurement continued to abide by the Town’s procurement by-law and the status has not been a requirement for funding. As such, the status will be terminated.  

Beginning October 4, in conjunction with the termination of the State of Emergency, members of the public will have non-scheduled access to the Customer Service area located inside of the Civic Centre. Residents will be able to complete payments, drop off or pick-up items and schedule appointments with Town staff.  

“It’s been more than 18 months since we implemented the State of Emergency for East Gwillimbury,” said Mayor Hackson, “While we continue to monitor and abide by all of the public health and safety measures, we determined that the State of Emergency status is no longer required. We will continue to be vigilant about ensuring our facilities and amenities are safe for staff and the public. 

 September 21, 2021

Beginning Wednesday, September 22, proof of vaccination status will be required to eat indoors at restaurants and bars, to enter a gym, movie theatre, sporting venue or concert, and to use a large meeting and event space. Ontario residents will need to either print or download their second dose receipt from the province’s website. The new rules will not impact children under the age of 12 who are not yet eligible for the vaccine. A digital vaccine certificate is anticipated to be available by October 22, 2021. Few details have been released regarding the format of the certificate, but the province previously said it would involve a QR code that can either be printed or stored on a phone. The province will also be developing an app for businesses that will allow them to scan the QR code.

 

Download your vaccination receipts Read the full memo

September 13, 2021 - Expanded Access to the Civic Centre Effective October 4 

Expanded access to the Civic Centre will be aligned with the Town’s decision to lift the State of Emergency. On September 13, appointment-based services resumed for marriage licences, commissions, marriage ceremonies and other in-person meetings. Beginning October 4 as the State of Emergency is terminated, non-scheduled public access to the Customer Service area at the Civic Centre will resume.

September 7, 2021 - Appointment-based Services at the Civic Centre

Beginning September 8, the Town is expanding appointment-based in-person services at the Civic Centre for marriage licences, civil ceremonies, commissioner of oaths, planning and development, and other requests as required. Appointments will be available Monday to Friday during regular business hours.

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Resident concerns
To report physical distancing concerns in residential homes please contact York Regional Police at their non-emergency number at 1-866-876-5423. If the complaint is in relation to a municipal facility or business please complete the online By-law Complaint Form.
 Do you need help to self-isolate?

Close contact continues to drive the spread of COVID-19 and the variant in York Region. Residents who need a comfortable place to safely self-isolate from others may be eligible for a free stay at York Region's COVID-19 Voluntary Isolation Centre. While the Centre is not a health care facility, it can be a home away from home for residents to rest and recover from COVID-19, free of charge for up to 14 days. For those who have come in close contact with someone with COVID-19, the Centre is a safe place to self-isolate. Each stay at the Centre helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community. The Centre is operated by the Canadian Red Cross on York Region's behalf.

For more information and eligibility details, visit york.ca/IsolationCentre

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COVID-19 roles and responsibilities 
 List of COVID-19 rules and responsibilities for East Gwillimbury, York Region, Ontario and Canada

Download the COVID Alert App

The COVID-Alert App is designed to let you know if you may have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.