COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed our communities over the last two years. The risk of transmission and severe outcomes remains greater for some individuals, especially for those who are vulnerable or immunocompromised.

View the latest news from the Provincial Government about COVID-19, health and education closures and re-openings.

Vaccine

As of Sept. 26, 2022, Children 6 months to 4 years are eligible for the Pediatric Moderna or Pediatric Pfizer vaccines. The recommended interval between each dose is eight weeks. Fourth-dose vaccinations (second booster doses) are available to individuals aged 5 and over. The province has recommended an interval of at least five months (140 days) or at a minimum interval of at least three months (84 days) after receipt of the previous dose.

Booking a vaccine

Beginning Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 8 a.m. eligible individuals can book their fourth dose appointment through:

York Region-led community vaccination clinics:

  • 24262 Woodbine Ave., Town of Georgina
  • 17150 Yonge St., Town of Newmarket
  • 9275 Markham Rd., City of Markham 
  • 50 High Tech Rd., City of Richmond Hill 
  • 9060 Jane St., City of Vaughan 

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. 

Customer service

You can call Service Georgina from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m at 905-476-4301, ext. 3001.
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. 3006. 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 about beaches and waterfront parks? Visit georgina.ca/beaches for the FAQs. 

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.

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.

Precautionary measures

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

Closures and cancellations

Civic Centre: On April, 11, 2022, the Civic Centre reopened offering in-person service at the Service Georgina counter located on the first floor. For anyone requiring service specific to permits, licensing or planning-related matters, appointments are strongly encouraged to ensure clients receive the assistance they require. Appointments can be booked by calling 905-476-4301. 

You can call Service Georgina from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, at 905-476-4301, ext. 3001.
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. 3006. 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. 

Parks and beaches

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

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 July 4, 2022, new bag tag rules came into effect. A maximum of five bags (two without tags, three with tags) are allowed per garbage pickup. Collection times may vary. To ensure collection, all materials must be out at the curb before 7 a.m. If you have any questions, contact Service Georgina at 905-476-4301, ext. 3001 or the Town's waste collection contractor, Green for Life (GFL), at 1-866-421-5625. 

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. 

Southlake Regional Health Centre - COVID-19 Action Fund

Georgina Pop Up Breakfast Club

Clearwater Farm

Neighbourhood Network

Linking Georgina

Recreation and Culture

Recreation: To learn more about the available 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.

Short-term rental accomodations

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. 

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 information on how to donate. 

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. 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.

Previous updates

Feb. 28, 2022 Lifting proof of vaccination requirements and capacity limits

Town of Georgina to follow provincial regulations on lifting proof of vaccination requirements and capacity limits

In response to the provincial announcement on Feb. 14, 2022, the Town of Georgina plans to lift some public health measures at indoor recreation facilities. Effective March 1, 2022, proof of vaccination will no longer be required and capacity limits will be lifted. Face coverings in indoor public settings and maintaining physical distancing remains in place, with exceptions for people participating in specific recreation programs. Patrons visiting any Georgina facility are encouraged to conduct a self-health assessment for COVID-19 symptoms before entering the building. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms are asked not to visit the facility until their symptoms have subsided. See the release

March 18, 2022 - Georgina removes mandatory mask requirements at Town facilities

March 18, 2022 - Georgina removes mandatory mask requirements at Town facilities

The Town of Georgina will no longer require people entering Town facilities to wear a mask or face covering as of Monday, March 21. This is in line with the provincial measures announced March 9. The Town recognizes some people may still choose to wear a mask in public settings and encourages anyone who feels more comfortable wearing one to continue to do so. Read the media release.

Feb. 17, 2022 Next phase of reopening

Province announces move to next phase of reopening on Feb. 17

With key public health and health system indicators continuing to improve, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is cautiously and gradually easing public health measures sooner, with the next phase of measures being eased on Feb. 17, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. The Town is reviewing this update from the province and waiting for the new regulations. 

Oct. 4, 2021 End of declaration of emergency

On Oct. 4, 2021, the Town of Georgina 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.

Media releases and Council updates

Council reports and updates

Fire chief verbal update to Council - Sept. 9, 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.

Contact Us

26557 Civic Centre Rd,
Keswick, ON  L4P 3G1

T: 905-476-4301 / 705-437-2210
F: 905-476-8100
info@georgina.ca

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.