In response to yesterday's announcement from the province that Ontario is temporarily moving back into a modified step two of its roadmap to reopen, the Town of Newmarket will close all indoor recreation facilities and winter programming will be cancelled until at least January 26, in accordance with provincial regulations.
Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, January 5, the following town facilities will be closed and all programming will be postponed or cancelled:
- Town of Newmarket Magna Centre, including the fitness centre
- NewRoads Centre for Performing Arts
- Ray Twinney Recreation Complex - Please note the vaccination clinic at the Ray Twinney Complex will remain open for vaccinations by appointment only. The Inn From the Cold drop by program will also remain open.
- Recreation Youth Centre and Sk8 Park
- Elman W. Campbell Museum
- Newmarket Seniors' Meeting Place
- The Community Centre and Lions Hall and Old Town Hall are currently closed and will remain closed to the public. On January 6, York Region will open a new mass vaccination clinic at the Community Centre and Lions Hall
All Town of Newmarket winter programs that were scheduled to begin in January have been cancelled. All program participants will receive a full refund. Residents are asked for their patience at this time as staff work quickly to process refunds, which may take up to eight weeks to complete. The status of programs beginning February 1 and on will be determined at a later date.
“This is not the way any of us were planning on starting 2022, but we will move forward as a community and stay strong together,” says Newmarket Mayor John Taylor. “As we near the two year mark of this pandemic, I know this has been extremely tough on everyone, please continue to reach out and check on your family, friends and neighbours. Sometimes we don’t fully realize how meaningful a quick phone call or message can be to someone who is struggling – now might be the time to reach out. As a Town we will continue to do our best to provide as many outdoor amenities as possible to provide safe outdoor activities for the community at a time when we all need to try to stay busy and active.”
All outdoor amenities in Newmarket will remain open, including skating at Riverwalk Commons, the Global Pet Foods Dog Park presented by Snap'd, the outdoor community skating rink at Lions Park, outdoor basketball, pickleball and tennis courts and all trails, playgrounds and parks.
As a result of updated regulations, all Council and Committee meetings will return to a fully virtual format and will continue to be streamed live online. We continue to welcome resident participation in all meetings of Council, for those who wish to participate, please email email@example.com by the deadline included on the agenda.
Newmarket continues to offer services in a variety of ways, for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-895-5193. For the most up-to-date information on programs, events and cancellations, visit newmarket.ca/covid19. The Customer Service Centre at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive) remains open from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Newmarket Public Library will remain open with reduced capacity in line with the provincial regulations.
For more information on COVID-19 in York Region and Ontario, including vaccination booking information, visit york.ca/covid19 or ontario.ca/coronavirus