The Town of Georgina is working closely with public health authorities monitoring the global situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 19, 2020 Mayor Margaret Quirk issued a declaration of emergency in response to COVID-19.
Province-wide stay-at-home order: Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the provincial government issued a province-wide stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise , or for work that cannot be done remotely.
COVID-19 vaccinations in York Region: The COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Georgina is located at the Georgina Ice Palace. York Region is experiencing a serious reduction in vaccine due to the delays in the Moderna shipment for this week. Regretfully, this overall lack of COVID-19 vaccine will force York Region Public Health to close our COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Canada’s Wonderland (drive-thru) in the City of Vaughan and the Georgina Ice Palace in the Town of Georgina. York Region Public Health will also reduce the capacity at the remaining three public health clinics in the City of Markham, City of Richmond Hill and the City of Vaughan. These closures and adjustments will remain in place until the Region receives additional vaccines.
COVID-19 vaccines are available to the following:
- York Region residents age 65+ (born in 1956 or earlier) in all clinics
- York Region residents age 60+ (born in 1961 or earlier) at the Cornell and Soccer City clinics
- Updated: York Region residents age 45-54 (previously 45-59) who live in five identified high priority communities in York Region for bookings April 14-17
- NEW: Individuals (and one of their caregivers) with highest and very high risk health conditions as identified in Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan
- NEW: Special education staff who work in York Region
- Highest, very high and high priority health care workers as identified in the Ministry of Health’s guidance on Health Care Work Prioritization who work or live in York Region
- Staff, essential caregivers and any residents that have not yet received a first dose in long-term care homes, retirement homes and First Nations elder care homes
- Alternative level of care patients in hospitals who have a confirmed admission to a long-term care home, retirement home or other congregate care home for seniors
- Staff, residents and caregivers in retirement homes and other congregate care settings for seniors
- Indigenous adults and members of their households
- Adults with a chronic condition receiving home care services and who live in York Region (appropriate documentation will be required)
- Eligible adult recipients of chronic home care
- Faith leaders who live or work in York Region and provide end of life care, care of the deceased, care of those who are unwell or provides pastoral services in vulnerable settings
Residents age 55+ are also able to book vaccine appointments at select York Region pharmacies.
Walk-in appointments are not available. Appointment bookings can be made at york.ca/covid19vaccine. The online booking process requires two steps – first create an Active Net account if you don’t have one and then book an appointment. You must complete both steps to be fully registered for an appointment, and will receive a confirmation email with your appointment date and time. Some residents who are not able or not comfortable booking an online appointment are encouraged to seek out a support person (caregiver, family member, friend or neighbour) who can assist in booking an appointment. If you need assistance booking, call 1-877-464-9675.
York Region Public Health has produced a video on what to expect when visiting a vaccination clinic.
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 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.
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.
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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.
Effective June 8, 2020 all parks were reopened for public use while adhering to physical distancing guidelines and provincial restrictions on gatherings. Also reopened were tennis/pickleball courts, basketball courts and sports fields for non-organized play, skateboard parks, splash pads, ROC beach volleyball courts, ROC baseball diamonds and soccer fields.
Sports fields and basketball and tennis/pickleball courts are for individual use or for use by people in the same household. Maintaining physical distancing continues to be a requirement. New signage has been placed to serve as a reminder on how these public spaces are to be used safely and responsibly.
The Town has reopened its trails 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.
Winter parking restrictions are now in effect until April 15, meaning no parking between the hours of 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. Visit georgina.ca/snow to learn more.
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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The Town is offering deferrals for the first instalment of the 2021 interim property tax bill for property owners who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible applicants will have their Feb. 26, 2021 instalment deferred until April 26, 2021, meaning no penalty or interest charges. Eligible applicants may also have their quarterly water/wastewater bill deferred penalty free until April 26, 2021 or until their next billing cycle after that. To be eligible for the deferral, a property owner’s tax and water/wastewater accounts must be at a zero balance as of Aug. 1, 2020 and they must be experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic from loss of employment, temporary suspension of pay or general financial hardship. Property owners must apply to the Town of Georgina in order to receive the deferral. The form can be found online at georgina.ca/taxes.
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.
By provincial order, every person who provides short-term rentals in rental accommodations shall ensure that any rentals booked after April 4, 2020 are only provided to individuals who are in need of housing during the shutdown period. 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 2279. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To ask questions over the phone, contact Karyn Stone, Manager of Economic Development and Tourism, at 905-476-4301, ext. 2312.
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The De La Salle playground has reopened along with Vista Park, Pefferlaw Lions Hall and Community Park, Egypt Hall Park, Udora Hall Park and Virginia Park.
As of Aug. 7, 2020 the following additional playgrounds were reopened –
- Lorne Street Park
- Sheppard Avenue Park
- Highcastle Park
- Civic Centre Park
- Wyndham Park
- Kin Park
- Sutton Multi-use Park
- West Park
- Thornlodge Park
- Const. Garrett Styles Park
- Hollywood Park
- Bayview Park
- Richmond Park (2 locations)
- Watson Park
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