Province of Ontario announces strengthened restrictions for York Region, including Newmarket, to help stop the spread of COVID-19
Created: Friday, October 16, 2020
Province of Ontario announces strengthened restrictions for York Region, including Newmarket, to help stop the spread of COVID-19Today, the Province of Ontario announced new orders and regulations for York Region under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act to continue to help limit the spread of COVID-19. York Region follows other communities in Ontario including Toronto, Ottawa and Peel where these increased regulations were recently implemented.
“Now that The Province of Ontario has placed York Region into Stage 2, we will continue to do everything within our power to follow the direction of the Province and the medical experts so that our children can continue to go to school, our hospitals do not become overwhelmed and for the protection of those that are most vulnerable in our community, including our residents in long-term care facilities,” says Newmarket Mayor John Taylor. “Please, let’s continue to come together and be vigilant. This is going to be another difficult time for all of us and particularly our businesses, we must do our part and support each other and our business community during these very uncertain times.”
The new regulations from the Province of Ontario are effective Monday October 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. the following targeted measures will be implemented in York Region for a minimum of 28 days:
- Reducing limits for all social gatherings and organized public events to a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained. The two limits may not be combined for an indoor-outdoor event;
- Prohibiting indoor food and drink service in restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments, including nightclubs and food court areas in malls;
- Closing of:
- Indoor gyms and fitness centres (i.e., exercise classes and weight and exercise rooms);
- Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments;
- Indoor cinemas;
- Performing arts centres and venues;
- Spectator areas in racing venues;
- Interactive exhibits or exhibits with high risk of personal contact in museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks, etc.;
Schools, child care centres, and places of worship will remain open, while continuing to follow the public health measures in place. Before-school and after-school programs will also be exempt from these new restrictions.
- Prohibiting personal care services where face coverings must be removed for the service (e.g. makeup application, beard trimming);
- Reducing the capacity limits for:
- Tour and guide services to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
- Real estate open houses to 10 people indoors, where physical distancing can be maintained.
- In-person teaching and instruction (e.g. cooking class) to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, with exemptions for schools, child care centres, universities, colleges of applied arts and technology, private career colleges, the Ontario Police College, etc.
- Meeting and event spaces to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, and
- Limiting team sports to training sessions (no games or scrimmages).
As a result of this announcement, the Town of Newmarket fitness centre at the Magna Centre (800 Mulock Drive) will be closed and group fitness classes, including aqua fitness, will be cancelled for at least 28 days. All memberships will be put on hold. The Magna Pool and ice pads and the Recreation Youth Centre and Skate Park (56 Charles Street) will remain open with capacity restrictions as outlined by the Province of Ontario (above) and other public health measures in place. All existing Town of Newmarket bookings will proceed this weekend as planned, with updated regulations taking effect on Monday, October 19 as directed by the Province. The Town will be working closely with all user groups on the implementation of these new regulations.
The Town strongly urges residents to continue to shop local and support the local business community. The Town will launch an Enjoy Local campaign in the coming weeks to encourage people to shop within the community.
"The coming months are going to be hard on our business community. The one thing we all need to do is support our local businesses. Amazon doesn’t need us right now but our local restaurants and stores do need us,” says Mayor John Taylor. “The holidays are around the corner, please try to do your shopping within our community. Order take out whenever possible, purchase gift cards – please show our homegrown businesses that we care and that we are in their corner.”
All residents are asked to keep the following reminders from York Region Public Health top of mind to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
For more information on COVID-19 in Newmarket, please visit newmarket.ca/covid19, for information on what is open and what is closed in Newmarket, please visit newmarket.ca/reopen.
- Stay home as much as possible
- Practice physical distancing with anyone outside of your household by staying 2-metres away from everyone else
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often
- Practice respiratory etiquette
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Wear a face mask or covering when inside public places and when physical distancing cannot be maintained
- Clean high-touch surfaces often
- Download the COVID-19 Alert App
For further information on COVID-19 in York Region, please visit york.ca/covid19.