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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. On Friday, April 16, the province extended the stay-at-home order by two weeks and announced further public health measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19. As a result of these changes, many Town amenities are closed until further notice. This includes basketball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts, skate parks, soccer fields, baseball diamonds and picnic tables/areas.
Residents should also be aware of gathering limits:

  • Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not allowed, except with members of the same household.
  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to members of your own household.
  • Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation.

Business checklists:
PDF icon Shutdown zone general regulations (8.35 KB)
PDF icon Requirements for retail stores during shutdown (6.8 KB)

COVID-19 vaccinations in York Region: The COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Georgina is located at the Georgina Ice Palace. On Tuesday, May 4, 2021 the immunization area at the Georgina Ice Palace COVID-19 vaccination clinic moved to a new area at the back of the facility. The entrance, exit and client parking for the clinic are now now be at the north side of the building. This is an accessible entrance. As the situation continues to change, visit york.ca/covid19vaccine for appointments and availability.

York Region advancing vaccine eligibility: Over the next three weeks, York Region will open new vaccination appointments each week with the intent all York Region residents who wish to receive a vaccine will be eligible to book an appointment by the week of May 24, 2021.
Based on known available vaccine supply at this time, York Region is planning to move ahead with the following: 
Week of May 10

Week of May 17

  • All previous eligible groups
  • York Region residents 30 years of age and older (born 1991 or earlier)

Week of May 24

  • All previous eligible groups
  • York Region residents 18 years of age and older (born in 2003 or earlier)

These timelines are in alignment with the Province’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan and are subject to change depending on vaccine availability. Should York Region receive additional vaccine supply, every effort will be made to further advance vaccinations and open eligibility sooner.

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. 

Media Releases

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
 

The Town encourages everyone to follow its communications channels, including this webpage and social media, for updates – FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Have you seen our Jack videos?

Sept. 17 – Jack goes to the Leisure Pool and Ice Palace

July 17 – Jack goes to the beach


May 1 – Find out what Jack is doing to help stop the spread of COVID-19

PDF icon Fire chief verbal update to Council (188.1 KB)- Sept. 9, 2020
Fire chief briefing, Emergency Operations Centre - April 22, 2020

Office of the CAO, corporate update - April 22, 2020

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.

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.

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.

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Closures and cancellations

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.

 

Parks and beaches

As per the provincial announcement on April 16 and amended on April 17, 2021, parks, beaches and playgrounds are open. Benches can be used, but not picnic tables.

The dog park remains open.

Tennis/pickleball courts, basketball courts, sports fields, skateboard parks, soccer fields and baseball diamonds are closed.

 

Town trails

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.

Waste and recycling

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.

Council meetings

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.

Parking

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.

 

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.

Southlake Regional Health Centre - COVID-19 Action Fund

Georgina Pop Up Breakfast Club

Clearwater Farm - clearwaterfarm.ca

Neighbourhood Network - neighbourhoodnetwork.org

Linking Georgina - acloserlookgeorgina.ca

 

Property taxes and water/sewer bills

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 and culture

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.

 

Short-term rental accommodations

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. 

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. 

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. 

Business services

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 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.

Playgrounds

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

 

Boat launches

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.