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  • Newmarket prepares to gradually reopen some indoor recreational amenities in Stage Three by July 19

    Created: Thursday, July 15, 2021

    ​With the Province of Ontario entering Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen on July 16, at 12:01 a.m., the Town of Newmarket is pleased to announce the reopening of the Fitness Centre and the pool at the Magna Centre (800 Mulock Drive) on Monday, July 19, 2021. Newmarket will continue to take a phased approach to reopening other indoor amenities to the public and will gradually provide more in-person services to the community. The Town will provide an update to the community when more information becomes available.

     
    “I am pleased that we are able to reopen some of our indoor recreational amenities to the public as soon as possible with more set to reopen as we fully transition into Step Three of the Province’s reopening plan,” says Mayor John Taylor. “With the COVID-19 numbers starting to come down due to an increase in vaccinations, it’s now more important than ever that we continue this trend. If you haven’t done so already, please book a vaccine appointment at one of York Region’s vaccination clinics and continue to follow public health guidelines to ensure we continue this downward trend of COVID-19 cases.”
     
    The Magna Centre pool will reopen to the public on Monday, July 19 for various programming, including: public swim, lane swim and parent and tot swimming. Aqua Fitness will resume the week of July 26. The Fitness Centre will also resume operations on Monday, July 19 with indoor fitness classes expected to restart on August 3. All programs will operate in accordance with public health and safety measures. All participants must register ahead of time, with weekly registration opening each Sunday at 8 a.m., for the following week. Registration for Monday, July 19 times slots will begin on Sunday, July 18 at 8 a.m. at play.newmarket.ca.
     
    For more information on programs, schedules, registration information and how the Town is keeping participants safe, please visit newmarket.ca/swimming and/or newmarket.ca/fitness
     
    One ice pad at the Magna Centre will be available for use by community groups and organizations. For more information, please email recreation@newmarket.ca
     
    The Newmarket Youth Centre and Skatepark is scheduled to reopen on July 26. For more information, please visit newmarket.ca/youth  
     
    The Ray Twinney Recreation Complex remains in use by York Region Public Health as a Regional Vaccination Clinic and a drop-in program area for vulnerable populations and the Newmarket Seniors’ Meeting Place is currently in use by Southlake Regional Health Centre as a COVID-19 Assessment Centre.
     
    Step Three of the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 100 people with limited exceptions
    • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people;
    • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities to open subject to a maximum 50 per cent capacity of the indoor space
    • Essential and non-essential retail with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metre
    • Indoor dining permitted with no limits on the number of patrons per table with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect

    For a full list of the regulations, please view the media release.
     
    Face coverings in indoor public settings and physical distancing requirements remain in place throughout Step Three.
     
    The Province will remain in Step Three of the Roadmap for at least 21 days and until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second, with no public health unit having less than 70 per cent of their eligible population aged 12 and over fully vaccinated. 
     
    For more information on what’s open and closed in Newmarket, visit newmarket.ca/reopen.