The Town of Newmarket has cancelled its current offering of summer camps and programs based on the present state of COVID-19 and provincial direction limiting social gatherings.
"I want to assure our residents that this decision has not been made lightly and has been guided first and foremost in the interest of community health and safety," says Mayor John Taylor. "Our programs as they are currently designed cannot be delivered safely and according to Provincial guidelines."
"As a parent of a 10 and 12 year old I know just how important camps are to parents and to kids. I know this is a challenging time to keep our kids active, entertained and supervised," says Taylor. "Unfortunately, right now, the risk of operating a traditional camp program is still too high. We are exploring alternative options for camps for later in the summer but we will only pursue them if it can be done safely and provide meaningful help to our community."
The Town's existing summer camp program is designed and structured in a way that cannot be delivered in line with current Provincial requirements for social distancing and gatherings. Based on this reality, the Town must cancel all camps and refund all fees paid. The Town is looking into the potential for a modified camp program which may be offered only if the Town is able to deliver it in a meaningful and safe manner.
The Town will continue to work with the Ontario Camping Association and Parks & Recreation Ontario to gain insight into industry best practices and procedures being developed across Ontario.
Everyone registered for a Town of Newmarket Summer Camp will receive a full refund. Registrants will receive an initial, automatic credit to their account. 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. For those who paid by credit card, refunds will be processed to the card. A cheque will be issued to those who paid with cash or debit.
Registered Summer Programs
All registered programs
have also been cancelled. In line with summer camps, it is not possible for the
Town to safely offer its planned registered programs, including swimming
lessons, fitness and cultural programs.
For what's open and closed, visit newmarket.ca/reopen