As we head into the first long weekend of the season, the Town of Georgina has some reminders surrounding closures, celebrations and travel in the community.
Reduced speeds: The speed limit along Lake Drive East, Lake Drive North and Hedge Road is being reduced to 30 km/hr as the Town takes steps to improve traffic safety. Speed limits will also be reduced on the side streets. Everyone is reminded to share the road responsibly as these are residential areas that are popular with pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
Closures: All Town parks remain closed to the public. Town boat launches and fishing areas within Town parks are also closed. Town trails are open with the following guidelines: practise physical distancing of at least two metres, leash and pick up after your dog, take your litter home with you and, parks remain closed with walk-through access only while on designated trails. Park ambassadors will be at waterfront parks over the long weekend to assist with monitoring parks grounds and providing customer service related to waterfront closures.
Fireworks: Residents are reminded that while under a declared emergency, issued by the Town on March 19, the discharge of fireworks are prohibited to reduce safety risks. Information on fireworks can be found at georgina.ca/fire.
Fires: There is currently no fire ban in place in Georgina. However, the Fire Services administrative building at 165 the Queensway South is closed to the public, and open-air burn permits and agricultural burn permits are not being issued. For property owners that have valid 2020 permits, they are allowed to burn. Every resident who has an agricultural or open-air burn permit must call in and provide their permit number and the date they are burning. The automated line is 905-476-2332 or 905-476-5167. Recreational fires are allowed and do not need a permit. If residents do have a recreational fire, they still have to follow the requirements of the by-law. Visit georgina.ca/fire to learn more.
Yard sales: Permits are not being issued for yard or garage sales until further notice. This is to prevent large groups from gathering. Under the current provincial orders, groups of more than five people are prohibited.
Yard waste: Due to the Victoria Day holiday, yard waste collection for the week of May 18 will be one day later. There is no limit on the amount of yard waste that can be placed with collection. Use environmentally friendly Kraft paper bags or a regular garbage container.
Customer service will not be available on Monday, May 18 and will resume on Tuesday, May 19. For the latest information and updates on municipal operations, cancellations and closures, visit georgina.ca/COVID-19.