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.
It’s a traditional sign of spring – yard and garage sales. However, as part of the Town of Georgina’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, permits will not be issued for yard or garage sales until further notice.
The move is being made to prevent large groups from gathering. Under the current provincial orders, groups of more than five people are prohibited.
All cancellations/closures will be regularly reviewed by the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and could be extended or revised at any time.
The Town has lowered its flags to honour the victims killed in the shooting rampage in Nova Scotia.
The Town extends its condolences to their families.
The following is a statement from Mayor Margaret Quirk on the COVID-19 pandemic in the Town of Georgina: