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Mayor Margaret Quirk has issued a declaration of emergency in response to COVID-19 in the Town of Georgina.

The Town of Georgina is working closely with York Region Public Health and N6 municipal counterparts monitoring the global situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Town is continually assessing this unprecedented situation to determine necessary changes to programming and service levels. 

During this time, residents can contact customer service at 905-476-4301 or by email at info@georgina.ca, and make payments through online banking.

As this matter is continually evolving, residents are encouraged to follow the Town’s communications channels, including this webpage and social media, for updates - Facebook and Twitter.

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.

Self-assessment

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.
 

The Town has taken precautionary measures regarding facilities, programs and services.

Closures and cancellations

Civic Centre: Closed to the public effective immediately. The Town will continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and will provide updates as available. During this time, the Civic Centre will be staffed and residents can contact customer service at 905-476-4301 or by email at info@georgina.ca, and make payments through online banking.

Council meetings: The Council meeting for March 25 will only include a closed session and no public reports. The Special Council on March 31 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled. The Council meeting for April 1 has been cancelled. Council meetings will resume once the Civic Centre is reopened to the public. The Province has passed legislation allowing municipalities the ability to fully conduct Council meetings electronically when faced with local and province-wide emergencies, empowering local governments to respond quickly when in-person meetings cannot be held.

Committee meetings: Cancelled until further notice.

Georgina Fire and Rescue Services: The Fire Services administrative building at 165 The Queensway South is also closed to the public. Open-air and agricultural burn permits will not be issued at this time. 

Town parks: The Town of Georgina is closing all Town parks until further notice, including the two skateboard parksand the dog park. Notices will be posted. 

The Link: The Link is closed to the public.

Georgina Leisure Pool, Georgina Gym, Sutton Arena, Georgina Ice Palace and Club 55 locations: Closed until further notice.

Facility rentals: All third-party rentals are cancelled until further notice. Refunds will be issued for cancellations.

Georgina Public Library: Closed until further notice. 

Stephen Leacock Theatre: All performances are cancelled until further notice.

Human Resources: As part of the collective effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Town of Georgina will not be conducting any in-person interviews at this time. The closing date of any current job postings will be extended to March 31 until further notice. No new job vacancies will be posted until further notice.

Georgina Animal Shelter and Adoption Centre

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. 

Business services

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting businesses locally and globally. Staff is 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 ed@georgina.ca. 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.

 

Waste and recycling

Garbage and recycling in the Town of Georgina will continue to be picked up as per the regular schedule. Residents who need to replace a blue box or green bin will 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. For more about waste and recycling in Georgina, download the free Recycle Coach app or visit georgina.ca/WasteandRecycling.

Bag Tag Exemption

Starting the week of March 30, the Town of Georgina will waive the requirement for bag tags until further notice. The bag limit of five bags will remain in place. If you have any questions, contact customer service at 905-476-4301 or GFL at 1-866-421-5625. 
Building inspections and building services

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. 

Parking

Overnight parking enforcement and the three-hour time limit on all streets have been suspended but will be in place if there is a snow event. Daytime parking enforcement is still active.

Noise By-law allows for 24-hour service delivery

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.

Community partners

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.

Georgina Pop Up Breakfast Club

Clearwater Farm - clearwaterfarm.ca

Neighbourhood Network - neighbourhoodnetwork.org

Property taxes and water/sewer bills

In response to the challenges presented by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Georgina will be waiving May penalty and interest charges associated with the April 27 installment of the interim tax bill. In addition, the Town will be delaying the transfer of unpaid amounts of the April water/sewer billings to the property tax account providing additional help to lessen the burden on the community. A property tax deferral program of up to 90 days is also being reviewed. Those who continue to pay their water and sewer bill by the due dates will continue to receive the two per cent discount.

Recreation and culture cancellations

The Town of Georgina has cancelled all spring recreation and culture programs. Those impacted by cancelled programs and third-party rentals will be contacted directly.

The Town will fully refund all user fees charged. All memberships have been put on hold and the length of the membership will be extended.