As the Town continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Emergency Operations Centre is adjusting and re-evaluating its operations daily to ensure the safety of residents, visitors and staff. Starting Saturday morning (May 16), Town boat launches will reopen. This includes:
Almost two months since the Town of Georgina issued a declaration of emergency, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on residents, businesses and the community. While the Town made the difficult decision to lay off 48 part-time staff in April, it is now faced with the need to take further steps to contain costs.
As we head into the first long weekend of the season, the Town of Georgina has some reminders surrounding closures, celebrations and travel in the community.
Reduced speeds: The speed limit along Lake Drive East, Lake Drive North and Hedge Road is being reduced to 30 km/hr as the Town takes steps to improve traffic safety. Speed limits will also be reduced on the side streets. Everyone is reminded to share the road responsibly as these are residential areas that are popular with pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
As the weather gets warmer, communities across Ontario are facing a potential influx of visitors seeking outdoor activities after weeks of staying inside due to COVID-19 restrictions. To help reduce the spread of the virus, municipalities surrounding Lake Simcoe and area—including the City of Orillia, Towns of Georgina, Innisfil and Bradford West Gwillimbury, and the Townships of Brock, Oro-Medonte and Ramara and the County of Simcoe —are urging everyone to skip the daytrip and not make the drive up north right now.
As the Town responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Emergency Operations Centre is adjusting and re-evaluating its operations daily to ensure the safety of residents, visitors and staff. Effective immediately, the Town has re-opened its trails under the following guidelines:
The Town of Georgina has approved its first-ever Broadband Strategy and Action Plan ahead of schedule. This will allow the Town to move directly to implementation and to prepare for government funding scheduled to become available in the coming months.
Kindness is always present in the Town of Georgina. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been many examples of residents and businesses showing good will in the community.
Effective today, the Town has terminated its contract with BECC Construction Group Ltd. in connection with the construction of the Pefferlaw Fire Station. In the near future, the Town will be retaining the services of another contractor to complete the construction project. Once retained, that new contractor will establish a completion date for the Pefferlaw Fire Station.
The Town of Georgina is setting up a $250,000 Emergency Response Benefit to support local businesses. This fund will grant eligible businesses, who have seen a 30 per cent reduction in revenue, up to $7,500 and will be administered through South Lake Community Futures.
Canada Day at the ROC is an annual celebration in the Town of Georgina that brings thousands of people together. This year, on July 1, the party will continue when the Town hosts it’s first-ever virtual celebration. This will allow residents to mark this popular event safely from the comfort of their homes.