The Town of Georgina has officially ended the declaration of emergency that was declared on March 19, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency declaration aligned the Town with the Province, granting the Mayor the authority to take such action as she considered necessary to implement the Town’s emergency plan. It also granted the Town the power to protect volunteer emergency workers.
More Town facilities reopen: The Town of Georgina has reopened some recreation facilities for public use. The Georgina Leisure Pool and Georgina Gym reopened on Sept. 27 for registered drop-in aquatic and recreation programs, and third-party bookings. Registered aquatic lessons and recreation programs will begin Oct. 12 with registration opening on Sept. 28 at 8:30 a.m. COVID-19 safety measures will be in place and will be updated under provincial public health guidelines. As of Sept. 22, 2021, the Town will require proof of vaccination for people to access indoor services and programs/lessons taking place at community centres, arenas, pools and entertainment/cultural venues. Limited exemptions will be made as allowed by the Government of Ontario’s regulations. Read the media release.
Mandatory staff vaccination policy: In an effort to take every precaution to ensure the health and well-being of Town staff and the community, the Town of Georgina is announcing a new mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy that will require all Town staff to be fully vaccinated. This policy follows the lead of York Region, and mirrors policies announced by many municipal counterparts as well as numerous other public and private sector corporations. All Town staff will be required to receive two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by Nov. 1, 2021, to ensure they have the best possible protection against the virus. Staff members with valid medical or other human rights-based exemptions will be considered for appropriate accommodation within the policy.
Vaccinations for children aged five to 11: On Friday, Nov. 19, Health Canada authorized the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in children five 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 five to 11 years of age as of 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Subject to vaccine availability and supply, administration of COVID-19 vaccinations for this age group is anticipated to begin as of Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Vaccines for children aged five to 11 will be available by appointment only. Appointments can be booked online at york.ca/covid19vaccine or by calling 1-877-464-9675. York Region is working in partnership with local school boards and community partners to offer COVID-19 vaccinations in a variety of safe and friendly locations, including school-based, pop-up and community clinics.
Vaccination clinics: York Region Public Health has moved to smaller mobile and pop-up clinics. Visit york.ca/covid19vaccine for more information. If you need assistance, call 1-877-464-9675.
Pop-up vaccination clinics: To further increase access to vaccines and improve overall vaccination rates, the Regional Municipality of York will offer a series of targeted pop-up and community vaccination clinics.
Booster doses: The Government of Ontario has announced expanded eligibility for booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, effective Saturday, Nov. 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
York Region is working to finalize operational decisions on booster doses and will provide an update when available. Information on when appointment bookings for eligible populations will open will be included. Walk-ins and appointments for first and second dose COVID-19 vaccines remain available through York Region’s community hub and pop-up clinics.
Enforcement: As part of York Regional Council’s commitment to keep communities safe from COVID-19, members of the COVID-19 enforcement task force are increasing inspection activity to ensure compliance. Learn more.
Customer service: The Civic Centre remains closed, however, you can call customer service from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For after-hours emergencies about animal control, roads, water or wastewater, call 905-476-4301 and follow the prompts to reach after-hours on-call services. Municipal Law Enforcement can be reached at 905-476-4301, ext. 2279 or 2454. For after hours and weekends, call ext. 2281. If your call goes to voicemail, leave a detailed message including the date, time and location of the violation, and an officer will investigate.
To find out what's open and what's closed, visit the What's Open/Closed page.
To learn more about new protocols at the Georgina Leisure Pool, visit georgina.ca/swim.
Have questions? Visit our FAQs page.
Have questions about beaches and waterfront parks? Visit georgina.ca/beaches for the FAQs.
Town ends declaration of emergency for COVID-19 pandemic - Oct. 4, 2021
York Region COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics scheduled to close by end of August – July 30, 2021
Town to reopen some facilities - July 29 2021
Parking at waterfront parks expands in light of progress - June 9, 2021
Parking at waterfront parks and beaches available to resident pass holders – June 2, 2021
Town to reopen outdoor recreation amenities - May 21, 2021
Town's waterfront parks and beaches open - May 19, 2021
Georgina marks one year since declaration of emergency for COVID-19 pandemic - March 19, 2021
Town update on COVID-19 impact to service levels - March 17, 2021
Town enters ‘Red’ control classification under the COVID-19 response framework - Feb. 19, 2021
Town offers property tax deferrals for property owners - Jan. 27, 2021
Town responds to latest COVID-19 measures by province - Jan. 14, 2021
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All inquiries related to COVID-19 should be directed to York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, Monday to Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information on COVID-19, visit York Region Public Health’s website at york.ca/covid19, the Province of Ontario’s website at ontario.ca/coronavirus or for information on travel and self-isolating, visit the Government of Canada's website at canada.ca/coronavirus.
York Region COVID-19 Voluntary Isolation Centre makes self-isolation easier
York Region has a COVID-19 Voluntary Isolation Centre, available to residents facing complex barriers who may otherwise be unable to safely self-isolate away from others in their household. There is no cost for eligible residents to stay at the centre and the stay is entirely voluntary. The centre is funded by the provincial government and operated by the Canadian Red Cross on York Region’s behalf.
Use the Ministry of Health's online self-assessment tool to help determine if you need to seek care.
If you’re having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911. Always call your health care provider before visiting.
Know the difference – face masks versus face coverings
The best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to stay at home and avoid close contact with others outside of your household. If you do need to leave your home for an essential trip, such as picking up groceries or attending a medical appointment, you may be wondering if you should wear a face covering. Wearing a face covering is an additional measure you can take to protect others around you, especially in situations where physical distancing guidelines cannot be maintained. Learn more at york.ca/covid19.
The Town has taken precautionary measures regarding facilities, programs and services.
Civic Centre: The Civic Centre remains closed to the public. Customer service can be reached Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For after-hours emergencies about animal control, roads, water or wastewater, call 905-476-4301 and follow the prompts to reach after-hours on-call services. Municipal Law Enforcement can be reached at at 905-476-4301, ext. 2279 or 2272. For after hours and weekends, call ext. 2281. If your call goes to voicemail, leave a detailed message including the date, time and location of the violation, and an officer will investigate.
Georgina Fire and Rescue Services: The Fire Services administrative building at 165 The Queensway South is closed to the public.
Stephen Leacock Theatre, Sutton Arena, Georgina Pioneer Village and Club 55 locations: Closed until further notice.
As per the provincial announcement on April 16 and amended on April 17, 2021, parks, beaches and playgrounds are open.
The Town’s three major waterfront parks – Willow Beach, Holmes Point and De La Salle Beach and Park – are open with restrictions. Parking lots are available to resident pass holders, and those without. Pay and display machines are operating on site. The beaches and parks are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily with Town staff on site to monitor and control the number of users. Visit georgina.ca/beaches for more.
The dog park remains open.
As of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 22, outdoor recreation amenities reopened. This includes picnic tables, tennis courts and skate parks as well as baseball diamonds, soccer fields and basketball courts.
Town trails are open under the following guidelines:
• Practise physical distancing of at least two metres
• Leash and pick up after your dog
• Take your litter home with you
To learn more about designated trails, visit georgina.ca/trails.
Effective Jan. 18, 2021, the Town waived the requirement for bag tags until further notice. The bag limit of five bags/items remains in place. GFL will pick up bulky items such as a mattress. For everyone’s safety and the environment, do not litter. Used latex gloves and masks go in the garbage lined with a plastic bag. They do not go in recycling. If you have any questions, contact customer service at 905-476-4301 or GFL at 1-866-421-5625. Visit georgina.ca/WasteandRecycling for more.
Residents who need to replace a blue box or green bin are no longer be able to do so at the Green for Life (GFL) office in Aurora. GFL will continue to deliver replacement bins to residents. They can be reached at 1-866-421-5625 or by email at WasteLine@gflenv.com. The customer service line is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Town is holding virtual Council meetings. The Town is using the ZOOM platform for the meetings, in addition to the usual broadcast through the Town’s live internet streaming tool. Public participation by phone is now available. A pre-registration form is required to be submitted to the Clerks Division by noon the day before the meeting. The form can be found at georgina.ca/CouncilMeetings. Rogers TV Georgina will also broadcast the meetings.
The Town of Georgina has resumed regular parking enforcement. The suspension of the three-hour on-street parking restrictions has been lifted and the three-hour limit is being enforced. Everyone is encouraged to be aware of parking signage that indicates no parking or stopping. Remember – lanes need to be clear to allow safe road access for emergency vehicles. To learn more about parking regulations, visit georgina.ca/parking.
The Town’s Noise By-law currently meets the requirement to allow all service or delivery trucks, who are providing essential services to continue with their business outside of current daytime hours. This will ensure all essential services and stores will be stocked for our community.
The Georgina Community Food Pantry is open for regular distribution hours but will be providing pre-packaged food outside the entrance. Visit the website at georginafoodpantry.com.
Routes Connecting Communities Inc. is remaining operational. Call them at 905-722-4616 on weekdays between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit the website at routescc.org.
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Neighbourhood Network - neighbourhoodnetwork.org
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Recreation: The Town is offering outdoor recreation programs such as yoga, Zumba, canoe/kayak and the kids park program. To learn more about the available outdoor programs, visit georgina.ca/recreation. Pre-registration is required for all outdoor programs. Drop-ins will not be accepted.
Recreation at Home
During this unprecedented time, the Town of Georgina's Recreation and Culture Department is here for you. Are you looking for something fun to keep you and your family engaged while at home? Visit georgina.ca/RecreationAtHome for activities such as games, craft ideas and more. New content will be added regularly.
Memberships: All memberships have been put on hold and the length of the membership will be extended.
In the Town of Georgina, Short-Term Rental Accommodations (STRA) require a licence that is issued by the Town. Licensed STRAs are allowed to operate under the conditions of the provincial order. Report violations of the provincial order and unlicensed STRAs to the Municipal Law Enforcement Division by calling 905-476-4301, ext. 2272 or 2454. After hours and on weekends, call ext. 2281. If your call is not answered, leave a detailed message.
The Georgina Animal Shelter and Adoption Centre continues to monitor the developing situation as animal shelters cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The community is reminded that having a plan in place for their pets is critical. Individuals who become sick or require hospitalization will need to have someone to take care of their animals.
The Georgina Animal Shelter and Adoption Centre appreciates donations, however, at this time we ask residents to hold on to them for now until the centre re-opens to the public. Any donations left at the door will have to be disposed of as it is not known who or where they came from. Visit georgina.ca/AnimalServices for more.
Building, fire and by-law staff will not be doing any interior inspections of any occupied buildings in Georgina until further notice. Emergency inspections will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Building Division activity during the COVID-19 pandemic
After careful consideration and to reduce the risk to Town of Georgina residents, customers and employees during the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Town’s Building Division is amending some permit services and suspending most interior permit inspections until further notice. Be advised, this procedural change may be amended as events and decisions occur. Visit the building and renovating webpage for more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting businesses locally and globally.
Staff are committed to providing residents and businesses with trusted and timely updates that you need to support your business.
Georgina's Economic Development team is working remotely and will continue to support businesses during this difficult time by email at email@example.com. To ask questions over the phone, contact Karyn Stone, Manager of Economic Development and Tourism, at 905-476-4301, ext. 2312.
Our business page includes news and updates from all three levels of government.
As per the provincial announcement on April 16 and amended on April 17, 2021, playgrounds and parks are open.
To ensure everyone stays safe while at the playground, visitors are reminded of the following:
- Use at own risk
- Wash your hands before and after your visit
- Stay home if not feeling well
- Playground equipment is not sanitized
All Town of Georgina-owned and operated boat launches are open. Anyone launching a boat is reminded to maintain physical distancing by staying two metres apart. Parking is limited and available on a first-come basis.
Recreational boating from marinas is prohibited under current provincial guidelines. This means private marinas have been forced to close their launches for recreational boating. Refer to the latest provincial guidelines for the latest updates.