On March 18, 2020, the Town of Newmarket declared a State of Emergency at the Emergency Council Meeting in response to COVID-19. The Town of Newmarket will be taking steps today and in the future to protect our most vulnerable community members. The State of Emergency declaration does not change the rules and regulations that exist to ensure our Town operates effectively.
The Town will continue to provide essential services to the community. This includes, but is not limited to, water and wastewater services, waste and recycling pick-up, general maintenance of Town-maintained roads, sidewalks and trails, customer service centre and more.
Statement from Mayor John Taylor
"This is an unprecedented time that most of us have never experienced in our lifetime. Declaring a state of an emergency is not to incite panic, but to incite action and allow the Town to dedicate more resources and be in a better position to respond to COVID-19." says Mayor John Taylor. "It is time for us as a community to do our part to help flatten the curve and stabilize the spread of COVID-19. We need to listen to our Public Health Officials and seriously practice social distancing in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 to save lives."
Frequently asked questions about declaring a State of Emergency
Why did the Town declare a State of Emergency COVID-19 is an extraordinary event requiring extraordinary measures. This declaration has been made not to create panic, but to incite actions.
Our leadership in government and health have stated the breadth and spread of COVID-19 is extensive and rapid. It will take everyone’s dedication and focused effort to change processes and behaviour in order to flatten the curve.
Our Province and neighbouring municipalities have declared a state of emergency. On Tuesday, March 17, a province-wide state of emergency was enacted. The City of Toronto, along with the Town of Newmarket, and our neighbouring municipalities of Vaughan and the Town of Aurora also declared a state of emergency.
COVID-19 is a global pandemic with a local impact. There are currently over 200,000 cases in 157 counties. While there are currently limited cases in Newmarket, we have an opportunity to practice the highest standards of social distancing and self-isolation in order to maintain the health of our community and limit the spread here and in York Region.
Everyone is listening and watching. Every member of the community is looking to its leaders to provide direction and model the behaviour we need to practice. The Town of Newmarket wants our community to know - we are taking this seriously and acting around the clock to put measures in place from cancelling all recreation programs to closing Town offices to the public and asking our own staff to work from home when possible. We are ahead of and following the latest recommendations from our regional, provincial and federal public health experts.
These are only a few of the reasons why the Town of Newmarket declared a state of emergency. The Town will continue to communicate changes to the Town’s operations and offerings throughout the fluid situation.
What does the “State of Emergency” in Newmarket mean?
For the Town, this means we can increase emergency measures. To start, we will activate our Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), effective Thursday, March 19th. It will also allow us to dedicate more resources, outside of normal processes, including creating plans to support our community in these unprecedented times.
During this time, all Council, Committee of the Whole, Board and Advisory Committee meetings will be suspended for the time being. The public will receive notice when scheduling resumes.
In order to meet the challenge we face, everyone needs to do their part to:
Limit contact with one another
Practice social distancing (having 2 meters, or 6 feet between people)
Wash their hands & disinfect our spaces
Self-monitor & self-isolate as required
Please take the advice and direction from our Public Health officials seriously. Please visit ontario.ca/covid19 for the latest recommendations and a self-assessment tool.