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July 27, 2021 - Town of Aurora terminates State of Emergency
Today Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas terminated the Town’s State of Emergency that was declared on March 18, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a huge milestone for our community, signaling light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel,” says Mayor Tom Mrakas. “I declared the State of Emergency to give our staff and organization the agility and flexibility to address the unprecedented nature of the challenges posed by the pandemic. I am thrilled that, in light of the drop in case numbers and the high vaccination rates in our community, we are able to make this next step towards a state of new normal.”

This emergency declaration followed the Ontario government’s announcement that a province-wide state of emergency was in place and allowed the Town to access additional resources and funding where needed to help control the spread of the virus.

“I want to caution everyone that although we are in a very positive position, we must all continue to play our part in maintaining our low rate of infection and in supporting our community’s recovery from the pandemic,” continues Mayor Mrakas. “Wash your hands and respect all the guidelines established by health authorities. Be smart, be safe, and be healthy.”

July 15, 2021 - Aurora moves to Step 3 of Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen

Aurora, ON – Effective Friday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario will move to Step 3 of the roadmap to reopen. The Province of Ontario announced the update as COVID-19 case counts drop and vaccination numbers increase.

“We have finally made it to Step 3 of Ontario’s reopening plan, and I would like to thank each of you for the sacrifices you have made to get us here. We have worked together to bring down the COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations and we can now start to focus on getting back to a new normal. I hope each of you enjoy the summer and connect with those you have been apart from, but I encourage you to do so safely, and if you haven’t already, get your vaccinations so we can continue to stay in this step of the reopening plan.” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas.

Under Step 3 the following municipal service will reopen on Monday, July 26:

The following municipal services are available now:

  • Aurora Public Library is open with access to study tables, computer use, Wi-Fi and window holds pickup. Visit aurorapl.ca 
  • Field, ball diamonds and arenas are available for permitting. Email bookings@aurora.ca
  • Outdoor fitness classes and personal training in parks or public places are by permit only. Email bookings@aurora.ca for more information.

Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen includes but is not limited to the following:

  • 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 religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted with physical distancing
  • Indoor dining permitted with no limits on the number of patrons per table with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities to open subject to a maximum 50 per cent capacity of the indoor space
  • Indoor meeting and event spaces permitted to operate with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect and capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity or 1,000 people, (whichever is less)
  • Essential and non-essential retail with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres
  • Personal care services, including services requiring the removal of a face covering, with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres
  • Museums, galleries and festivals, with restrictions on capacity
  • Cinemas, and theatres permitted to operate at up to 50 per cent capacity indoors or a maximum limit of 1,000 people for seated events (whichever is less)
  • Cinemas and theatres outdoors up to 75 per cent capacity or a maximum limit of 5,000 people for unseated events (whichever is less); and up to 75 per cent capacity outdoors or a maximum of 15,000 people for events with fixed seating (whichever is less)

Residents are asked to stay vigilant and follow the guidelines from York Region Public Health to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions will be posted on aurora.ca/covid19 as the situation changes.

For information on what is open or closed in Aurora, please visit aurora.ca/reopen.

June 30, 2021 - Aurora moves to Step 2 of Ontario's Road to Reopen

Effective Wednesday, June 30 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario will move to Step 2 of the roadmap to reopen for a minimum of 21 days. The Province of Ontario announced the update as COVID-19 case counts drop and vaccination numbers increase.

“I feel we are finally getting to a place where we can get back to a more normal sense of life for our residents and businesses. Everyone has struggled through this pandemic, but I am pleased that the Premiere has moved Ontario into Step 2 earlier. Over 30 per cent of Ontario’s population are fully vaccinated which is impressive, and while we still need to be cautious and follow public health guidelines – we are starting to see the light in the darkness. This is a time to celebrate. We have all worked so hard to get here and have sacrificed so much. I hope you all continue to support our local businesses, enjoy the nice weather and spend some time with your loved ones reconnecting,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas.                                                                          

Under Step 2 the following municipal services will be permitted:

  • Aurora Public Library will open on Monday, July 5 with capacity limits for computer access, printing and individual study tables. Collection browsing is not yet available. The holds pickup window service will continue. Visit aurorapl.ca.
  • Club Aurora Fitness Centre is providing outdoor fitness programs. Visit aurora.ca/fitnessclasses
  • Outdoor fitness classes and personal training in parks or public places are by permit only. Email bookings@aurora.ca for more information.
  • Games and sports leagues are permitted to return
  • Field and Ball Diamonds are available for permitting. Email bookings@aurora.ca for more information.
  • Aurora’s Patio Extension Program is available. Visit aurora.ca/businesssupport to learn more.

Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Outdoor gatherings up to 25 people and indoor gatherings up to 5 people
  • Outdoor dining up to 6 people per table
  • Personal care services where face coverings can be worn at all times at 25 per cent capacity
  • Essential and other select retail permitted at 50 per cent capacity
  • Non-essential retail capacity at 25 per cent
  • Stores in shopping malls open, with restrictions
  • Larger indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services at 25 per cent capacity.
  • Outdoor religious services, rites or ceremonies including wedding services and funeral services permitted with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres.
  • Outdoor fitness classes are capped at the number of people who can maintain 3 metres of distance
  • Public libraries permitted at 25 per cent capacity
  • Outdoor meeting and event spaces at 25 per cent capacity
  • Outdoor sports games, leagues and events at 25 per cent capacity
  • Outdoor cinemas, performing arts, live music events and attractions at 25 per cent capacity

Residents are asked to stay vigilant and follow the guidelines from York Region Public Health to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions will be posted on aurora.ca/covid19 as the situation changes. For information on what is open or closed in Aurora, please visit aurora.ca/reopen.

June 9, 2021 - Aurora Moves to Step 1 of the Roadmap to Reopening

Effective Friday, June 11, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. the Province of Ontario including Aurora will be placed in Step 1 of the roadmap to reopen for a minimum of 21 days. On Monday, June 7, the Province of Ontario announced the update as COVID-19 case counts drop and vaccination numbers increase.

“I am pleased with the provincial announcement that Ontario will be moving to Step 1 as of this Friday. I have been advocating for Ontario to open as we have seen a decline in COVID-19 cases and our vaccination numbers going up. We still need to take a cautious approach and continue to follow the public health guidelines, but I believe this is an indication of the first step towards a more normal life for our residents and businesses. I hope that our residents will continue to support our small businesses as more non-essential retail stores open,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas.

Under Step 1 the following municipal services will be permitted:

  • Day Camps will be operational. Visit aurora.ca/camps to register.
  • Club Aurora Fitness Centre is looking to provide outdoor fitness programs. Visit aurora.ca/fitnessclasses for updates.
  • Outdoor fitness classes and personal training in parks or public places are by permit only. Email bookings@aurora.ca for more information.
  • Field and Ball Diamonds will be available for permitting on Monday, June 14. Email bookings@aurora.ca for more information.
  • Aurora’s Patio Extension Program is available. Visit aurora.ca/businesssupport to learn more.

Step 1 of the Roadmap to Reopen includes but is not limited to:

  • Outdoor gatherings up to 10 people
  • Outdoor dining up to 4 people per table
  • Outdoor fitness classes, personal training and sports training up to 10 patrons. No games or practices permitted
  • Retail at 25 per cent capacity and discount and big box stores can sell all goods
  • Non-essential retail at 15 per cent capacity and can sell all goods
  • Retail stores in malls closed unless the stores have a street facing entrance
  • Indoor religious services, rites and ceremonies including weddings and funerals at 15 per cent capacity of the room
  • Outdoor religious services, rites and ceremonies including weddings and funerals are permitted with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres
  • Horse racing, motor speedways without spectators
  • Outdoor pools and wading pools with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres
  • Outdoor zoos, landmarks, historic sites, and botanical gardens with capacity limited to 15 per cent for ticketed area
  • Day camps
  • Campsites, campgrounds and short-term rentals
  • Overnight camping at Ontario Parks

All residents are asked to stay vigilant and follow the reminders from York Region Public Health to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions will be posted on aurora.ca/covid19 as the situation changes. For information on what is open or closed in Aurora, please visit aurora.ca/reopen.

May 27, 2021 - Aurora offers additional day to its COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

The Town’s COVID-19 pop-up vaccination clinic will be extended until Monday, May 31.

Aurora is hosting a pop-up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic in partnership with the Regional Municipality of York and the Ministry of Health on May 29 and 30 and all the appointments booked up fast.

While vaccination appointments are fully booked for the first two days – an additional day has been added on Monday, May 31. The clinic will operate from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be located at the Aurora Community Centre, 1 Community Centre Lane.

“I am excited to hear that the Ministry of Health and York Region approved our request to add an additional day to our vaccination clinic. We have seen clinics popping up in neighbouring Towns and are happy to provide Aurorans with this three-day vaccination clinic,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas.

Anyone 12 years of age and older who lives, works or attends school in the Town of Aurora is eligible to book an appointment to receive a vaccine.

Individuals 13 years of age and under require a parent or legal guardian to provide consent at the time of the vaccination. If a parent or legal guardian is unable to accompany their 12 and/or 13-year-old child to the appointment they then can complete and sign a consent form and send it with the child to the appointment.

Eligible individuals can book an appointment by visiting york.ca/covid19vaccine. If you require assistance with booking an appointment, please contact Access York at 1-877-464-9675.

This pop-up clinic will be located outdoors. Individuals are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and protect themselves against the sun.

Continue to visit york.ca/covid19vaccine for the latest information on clinics and available appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

May 21, 2021 - Town of Aurora reopens outdoor amenities 

On May 20, the Government of Ontario announced a three-step reopening plan as well as plans to reopen some outdoor amenities. In response, the Town of Aurora is reopening a number of outdoor amenities, effective May 22.

As of May 22, outdoor recreational amenities such as golf courses, tennis, pickleball and basketball courts, soccer, baseball and other sports fields and skate parks will be allowed to reopen. Outdoor limits for social gatherings and organized public events will be expanded to allow these amenities to be used by up to five people. No outdoor sports or recreational classes are permitted.

Under the new reopening plan the following municipal services will reopen:

  • All outdoor recreational amenities will open, including but not limited to baseball diamonds, sports fields, tennis, pickleball and basketball courts, BMX and skate parks, all patrons must maintain physical distancing. Team sports are not permitted to practice or play games.
  • Portions of parks and recreational areas containing outdoor fitness equipment will reopen
  • Playgrounds will remain open, all patrons must maintain physical distancing
  • Trails and park benches are open, all patrons must maintain physical distancing
  • The off-leash dog park will remain open, all patrons must maintain physical distancing
  • Park washrooms will be open.

All outdoor picnic sites, picnic tables, gazebos, and shelters are closed.

“With yesterday’s announcement from the Province, I am pleased to hear that outdoor activities will be reopening as of Saturday, May 22. I, along with other Mayors across the province advocated for this and I am in support of reopening our economy and outdoor facilities while staying safe. This is the first step to reopening safely and returning to a more normal everyday life,” says Mayor Tom Mrakas.

Updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions will be posted on aurora.ca/covid19 as the situation changes. For information on what is open or closed in Aurora, please visit aurora.ca/reopen.

May 20, 2021 - Aurora Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic Coming May 29 and 30

The Regional Municipality of York, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, will be offering a pop-up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic in the Town of Aurora on Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30. The clinic will operate from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be located at the Aurora Community Centre, 1 Community Centre Lane.

“I am excited to work with our regional and provincial partners to bring this opportunity to all Aurorans,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas. “Now everyone aged 12 and over who lives or works in Aurora has the opportunity to get vaccinated and be part of the solution to keeping our community healthy and safe.”

Anyone 12 years of age and older who lives, works or attends school in the Town of Aurora is eligible to book an appointment to receive a vaccine.

Currently, Pfizer is the only vaccine authorized by the Government of Canada for those age 12 to 17. Individuals must be 12 years old as of the date of their appointment.

Individuals 13 years of age and under require a parent or legal guardian to provide consent at the time of the vaccination. If a parent or legal guardian is unable to accompany their 12 and/or 13-year-old child to the appointment they then can complete and sign a consent form and send it with the child to the appointment.

Eligible individuals can book an appointment by visiting york.ca/covid19vaccine as of Friday, May 21, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.

If you require telephone assistance booking an appointment, please contact Access York at 1-877-464-9675.

This pop-up clinic will be located outdoors. Individuals are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and protect themselves against the sun.

Continue to visit York Region's COVID-19 Vaccine page for the latest information on clinics and appointments available to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

May 13, 2021 - The declaration of emergency and province-wide Stay-at-Home order have been extended until June 2, 2021.
The declaration of emergency and province-wide Stay-at-Home order have been extended until June 2, 2021.
April 19, 2021 - Town of Aurora announces changes in response to new public health measures

On April 16, the Government of Ontario announced additional public health measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. The previously announced emergency declaration and stay-at-home order will also be extended by two weeks.

Under the new orders, the following municipal services will be impacted:

  • All outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields will be closed, including but not limited to baseball diamonds, sports fields, tennis, pickleball and basketball courts BMX and skate parks
  • All portions of park and recreational areas containing outdoor fitness equipment are closed
  • All outdoor picnic sites, picnic tables gazebos and shelters are closed
  • Playgrounds will remain open, all patrons must maintain physical distancing
  • Trails and park benches are open, all patrons must maintain physical distancing
  • The off-leash dog park will remain open, all patrons must maintain physical distancing
  • Parks and other recreational areas are open for walking through only
  • Town and residential construction projects, including Library Square, will continue

“This is not where any of us wanted to be at this point. These are difficult circumstances for everyone, physically, mentally, and emotionally. However, I understand the need for additional caution given the high incidence of cases and the risks associated with the spread of COVID-19,” says Mayor Tom Mrakas. “As a Council, we remain committed to ensuring that we continue to support our local businesses as much as possible, as they are the hardest hit by these additional restrictions. I urge residents to follow all public health measures so that we are part of the solution to being able to return to everyday life in the near future.”

Public health measures effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2021 include:

  • Limiting outdoor gatherings to members of the same household; individuals who live alone can join with one household
  • Religious ceremonies limited to 10 people.
  • Retail store limits where in-store shopping is permitted at 25 per cent capacity
  • Closure of all non-essential workplaces in the construction sector
  • Restricting the use of all outdoor recreational amenities, including golf courses, campgrounds, basketball courts, sports fields and tennis courts

Town of Aurora Bylaw staff will be taking an education-first approach in response to the newly announced measures. Bylaw officers are committed to working with residents and businesses to ensure that health and safety protocols are in place and followed to support the eventual reopening of the economy and the Town.

Updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions will be posted on aurora.ca/covid19 as the situation changes. For information on what is open or closed in Aurora, please visit aurora.ca/reopen.

April 1, 2021 - Ontario implements Province-wide Emergency Break

Town facilities will close and all in-person programs will be cancelled


Aurora, ON – The Ontario Premier announced today that a province-wide Emergency Brake will take effect on Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. The COVID-19 Response Framework (colour-coded zones) will be put on pause for a minimum of four weeks to slow the spread of the virus.


All Town indoor recreation facilities will be closed to the public. Parks and some amenities will be open to the public as long as physical distancing can be maintained.


“I respect the decisions of the Premier and Cabinet, as case counts rise across the Province, these are tough decisions to be made. I know we all have COVID fatigue and want this pandemic to be over. We are making great strides in our vaccination numbers in York Region and across the province. I fully support the small local businesses who are now in economic jeopardy. I continue to strongly encourage residents to help support our local businesses, shop online locally or order takeout from the variety of restaurants in our Town. I also ask our residents to take advantage of the warm weather and wonderful outdoor trails Aurora has to offer over the next four weeks, while maintaining physical distancing and provincial guidelines”, says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas.


As a result of this announcement, effective Saturday, April 3, 2021:

  • Club Aurora Fitness Centre at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex is closed. Virtual group fitness classes will continue to run as scheduled.
  • All Pools, Aquatic programs and Pool Permits are cancelled.
  • All Indoor Ice rinks are closed. Permits and programs are cancelled.
  • All gymnasium drop-in programs at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex are cancelled.
  • The Chartwell Walking Indoor Track at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex will be closed.
  • All sport field permits are cancelled.
  • In-person April Break Camps are cancelled.
  • Aurora’s Hello Spring event is cancelled.
  • The Aurora Art Show and Sale will be postponed - details will be announced at a later date.
  • Aurora’s Community Cleanup will be postponed - details will be announced at a later date.

The Emergency Brake will require all indoor and outdoor restaurants, bars, and food and drink establishments to close to patrons and only provide takeout, drive-through or delivery. All personal care services will be closed. Supermarkets and stores selling groceries and pharmacies can have a 50 per cent capacity and all other retailers can have a 25 per cent capacity.

All indoor social gatherings are limited to members of your household or one other household if you live alone and outdoor social gatherings are limited to five people. Religious, wedding and funeral services indoors are limited to a 15 per cent capacity.

All residents are asked to stay vigilant and follow the reminders from York Region Public Health to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions will be posted on aurora.ca/covid19 as the situation changes. For information on what is open or closed in Aurora, please visit aurora.ca/reopen

March 18, 2021 -Town of Aurora Marks One Year of Operating under COVID-19
Town of Aurora is marking one year of operating under COVID-19. On March 17, 2020, the Town began remote operations; on March 18, Mayor Tom Mrakas declared a State of Emergency to align with the provincial declaration.

“This has been a challenging year in any number of ways and I think it appropriate to mark one year to the day since enacting a State of Emergency ensuring we had the ability to effectively support residents and staff through the pandemic,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas. “Over the past year, despite operating remotely for an extended period of time, the work didn’t stop and we safely maintained a large number of services and programs to residents by focusing on remaining agile and keeping the overall well-being of the community top of mind.”

Those services included, but were not limited to:

  • Deferred tax payments to assist residents whose income was negatively impacted by the pandemic.
  • Responded to nearly 46,000 calls by residents to Access Aurora.
  • Hosted the first ‘in-person’ concert within the entire region and GTA
  • Innovated a “stationary parade” concept which was presented to the region.
  • Reconstructed, paved, or resurfaced 10 lane kilometres of road.
  • Issued 990 building permits (2020).
  • Granted 20 patio extension requests in response to COVID-19.
  • Issued hundreds of communications in various formats informing residents of changing circumstances.
  • Active participation in regional efforts to monitor, respond to, and enforce provincial and local regulations.
  • Establishing and maintaining ice pads for outdoor skating; and
  • Maintained dozens of virtual programs for all age groups including cooking, creative projects, exercise and fitness, take-home kits, virtual tours, photography, geo-caching, festivals, and art – with overall participation in the thousands.

“Our goal since declaring the State of Emergency has been to balance quality of life and livelihood with the health and safety of our staff and citizens,” continues Mayor Mrakas. “Now that we see light at the end of the tunnel, our ability to maintain this balance is a testament to the team effort of our entire community. On behalf of Council, I want to recognize our residents’ and business owners’ resilience throughout this pandemic. We have all been impacted by the pandemic to varying degrees. Most importantly, our thoughts are with those who have lost friends, family, or livelihoods in the last year.”

Town of Aurora maintains a page on its website dedicated to the latest information related to COVID-19. For more information, please visit aurora.ca/covid19

“This has been an unusual year for Aurora, as it has for municipalities across the country,” says Chief Administrative Officer, Doug Nadorozny. “Through it all, I have been proud of the compassion, commitment, and adaptability of our staff. I want to thank all of our employees – those working from home and those on the front line – for their hard work and dedication.”

February 26, 2021 - Aurora reopens some programs and services in the Red-Zone
Residents are reminded to follow public health measures to curb the spread of COVID-19

Aurora, ON – On Monday, February 22, the Region of York including Aurora moved into the Red-control zone of the Provincial Framework. Staff have been finalizing plans to allow residents to participate in some Town programs and services while respecting health and safety guidelines.

“Moving to the Red-Control zone is critical for our local businesses. I am pleased at the announcement that the province is working towards getting the economy back on track. The Town’s focus is on the safety of the public and staff and will ensure all public health measures are in place as we look to slowly and carefully reopen our programs and services in the weeks ahead. Let’s all work together to support our local businesses as they start to reopen and follow all the health guidelines to keep each other safe,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas.

The following Town amenities are set to reopen with strict guidelines and restrictions:

  • Club Aurora Fitness Centre will reopen on Monday, March 1. Pre-registration is required. Visit aurora.ca/fitnesscentre for more information or to register.
  • Aurora Family Leisure Complex (AFLC) and Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex (SARC) pools will reopen for lane swim, learn to swim lessons and Aquafit classes on Monday, March 1. Visit aurora.ca/aquatics for more information or to register.
  • Indoor Ice pads will reopen on Monday, March 1 for public skate, senior skate, adult skate and stick and puck programs. For more information or to register visit aurora.ca/skating.
  • AFLC Chartwell Walking Track will reopen on Monday, March 8. Visit aurora.ca/fitnesscentre for more information or to register.
  • AFLC Gymnasium Drop-Ins will reopen the week of March 8. Visit aurora.ca/aflcdropin for more information or to register.

Town staff will continue to provide safe programs and services to the community in accordance with provincial and regional health department regulations. These include controlled access, limited capacity and scheduled time blocks. As per provincial and regional health department regulations, all participants are required to wear a face mask or face covering when entering, exiting and travelling throughout the facility and maintain physical distancing.

Details on Aurora’s reopening can be found on the Town of Aurora’s Reopening webpage.

Staying at home is still the best way to protect yourself and others. For a full breakdown of the Red-Control zone public health measures, visit the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework webpage.

February 19, 2021 - Aurora moves into the Red-Control zone of the Provincial Framework

Select Town facilities and local businesses to open with stringent measures

Aurora, ON – Effective Monday, February 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. the Region of York including Aurora will be moved out of the Shutdown zone and placed in the Red-Control Zone as the Province moves to open up the economy. The Region will no longer be subject to the stay-at-home order.

The Red-Control restrictions will allow restaurants, bars and other eating establishments to allow 10 patrons for indoor dining with a limit of four people sitting together. Establishments will have restrictions placed on the times they can operate and sell alcohol.

Retail stores can have a capacity of 75 per cent for stores selling groceries, convenience stores and pharmacies and a 50 per cent capacity for all other retail including big box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores and garden centres. Personal care services requiring the removal of face coverings is prohibited.

Organized public events and social gatherings are limited to five people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Religious ceremonies including weddings and funeral services can operate with a 30 per cent capacity indoors and a maximum of 100 people outdoors. Meeting and event spaces can open with 10 people per facility indoors and 25 outdoors, with no more than four people sitting together.

Sports and recreation facilities can operate with capacity limits of 10 people indoors for classes, or in an area with weights and exercise machines and spacing of three-meters is required in these spaces. Outdoor classes can accommodate 25 people where physical distancing can be maintained. Team sports must not be practiced or played with the exception of training and no spectators are permitted.

Although the stay-at-home order is no longer in effect for the Region, trips outside of the home should be only for essential reasons such as work, school, groceries, health care, assisting vulnerable individuals or for exercise and physical activity.

Details on Aurora’s reopening plan will be released in the near future. Visit Town of Aurora’s Re-opening webpage for more information as it becomes available.

Staying at home is still the best way to protect yourself and others. For a full breakdown of the Red-Control zone public health measures, visit the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework webpage.

February 8, 2021 - Ontario Extending Stay-at-Home Order across Most of the Province to Save Lives

TORONTO — In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the government is moving to a regional approach and maintaining the shutdown in the majority of the public health regions in Ontario, including the Stay-at-Home order and all existing public health and workplace safety measures. When it is safe to do so, the province will gradually transition each region from the shutdown measures to a revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open (the "Framework"). 

Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.

"Our number one priority will always be protecting the health and safety of all individuals, families and workers across the province," said Premier Ford. "But we must also consider the severe impact COVID-19 is having on our businesses. That's why we have been listening to business owners, and we are strengthening and adjusting the Framework to allow more businesses to safely reopen and get people back to work."

To support the province's economic recovery, the government has updated the Framework to allow for a safer approach to retail. Limited in-person shopping in Grey-Lockdown zones will be permitted with public health and safety measures, such as limiting capacity to 25 per cent in most retail settings. In addition, public health and safety measures in retail settings will be strengthened for other levels of the Framework. Individuals will also be required to wear a face covering and maintain physical distance when indoors in a business, with limited exceptions.

Other measures include a requirement for individuals to wear a face covering when attending an organized public event or gathering (where permitted) if they are within two metres distance of another individual who is not part of their household (both indoor and outdoor). All other requirements for gatherings and organized public events would be maintained.

Based on the improving local trends of key indicators, including lower transmission of COVID-19, improving hospital capacity, and available public health capacity to conduct rapid case and contact management, the following three regions will be moving back to the Framework at the Green-Prevent level on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and will no longer be subject to the Stay-at-Home order:

  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health;
  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health; and
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit.

Due to the fact that public health trends are improving in some regions faster than others, the current Stay-at-Home order will be amended and individual orders making it applicable to each public health region will be made except for the three above. It is proposed that the Stay-at-Home order will continue to apply to 28 public health regions until Tuesday, February 16, 2021. For Toronto, Peel and York regions, it is proposed that the Stay-at-Home order will continue to apply until Monday, February 22, 2021. Final decisions will be subject to review of the trends in public health indicators at that time.

"While we have seen some progress in our fight against COVID-19, the situation in our hospitals remains precarious and the new variants pose a considerable threat to all of us," said Minister Elliott. "As we cautiously and gradually transition out of the province-wide shutdown, we have developed an emergency brake system giving us the flexibility to contain community spread quickly in a specific region, providing an extra layer of protection."

Recognizing the risk posed by new variants to the province's pandemic response, Ontario is introducing an "emergency brake" to allow for immediate action if a public health unit region experiences rapid acceleration in COVID-19 transmission or if its health care system risks becoming overwhelmed. If this occurs, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, in consultation with the local medical officer of health, may advise immediately moving a region into Grey-Lockdown to interrupt transmission.

"While we are seeing our numbers trend in the right direction, our situation remains precarious as the variants of concern remain a serious risk," said Dr. Williams. "This is not a re-opening or a 'return to normal' and we must continue to limit close contact to our immediate households and stay at home except for essential reasons. By continuing to follow all public health and workplace safety measures, we can continue to reduce the number of new cases and the strain on our health system."

In addition, the provincial emergency declared under s 7.0.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA) will be allowed to terminate at  the end of February 9, 2021. While the province-wide Stay-at-Home order will cease to apply in some regions as of February 10, 2021, everyone is strongly advised to continue to stay at home, avoid social gatherings, minimize travel between areas with different rules, and limit close contacts to their household. Employers in all industries should continue to make every effort to allow employees to work from home.

Enforcement of residential evictions will remain paused in the public health unit regions where the provincial Stay-at-Home order remains in effect. This will ensure people are not forced to leave their homes. In regions where the Stay-at-Home order is lifted, the regular process for residential eviction enforcement will resume.

Orders currently in force under the EMCPA have been extended to February 23, 2021 and will be extended further if necessary. O.Reg.55/21 (Compliance Orders for Retirement Homes) is currently in effect until February 19, 2021.

"While the declaration of emergency will be ending, the risks posed by COVID-19 and the new variants remain serious concerns," said Solicitor General Jones. "That's why extending the stay-at-home orders for most of the province is necessary to protect our communities, our most vulnerable populations, and stop the spread of COVID-19. We continue to urge all Ontarians to follow public health guidelines and stay home, stay safe, and save lives."

The Chief Medical Officer of Health will continue to consult with public health and other experts, review data, and provide advice to the government on the appropriate and effective measures that are needed to protect the health of Ontarians. Municipalities and local medical officers of health may have additional restrictions or targeted requirements in their region.

January 15, 2021 - Town services affected by second state of emergency and stay-at-home orders

On January 12, 2021, the Ontario Government declared a second state of emergency. Effective January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., stay-at-home orders are in effect for at least 28 days to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

This stay-at-home order will require all Ontario residents to remain at home and only leave their homes for essential trips such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, to exercise or access health-care services or essential work. Subject to limited exceptions, employees who are able to work from home are required to work from home.

“With today’s announcement from the Province of Ontario, I encourage all residents to take these new orders seriously. Please stay home, only go out for essentials and together we can all help curb the spread of COVID-19. I ask that you continue to support our local businesses by shopping online and ordering takeout. As a community, I know we will get through this tough time and prevail,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas.

All non-essential retailers, including stores currently offering curbside pick-up, will be required to adjust their operating hours and must not open earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m. These restrictions do not apply to grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, gas stations, other stores that primarily sell food and restaurants operating takeout or delivery. Non-essential construction will also be restricted, including below-grade construction.

In addition, schools in York Region will not return to in-person learning until at least February 10. Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings have been further restricted from 10 people down to five.

Under the second state of emergency, the government will allow all Provincial Offences
Officers, including police officers, bylaw officers and provincial workplace inspectors, to ticket those who do not comply with the stay-at-home order and failing to comply could result in a fine or prosecution under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 and the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

As a result of this announcement, effective until at least February 10, 2021 the following Town of Aurora events and services are impacted:

  • Aurora’s E-waste event on January 23 is cancelled
  • Friday Family Campfires are cancelled for January 22, 29 and February 5. February 12, 19 and 26 event dates are pending any further restrictions.
  • Outdoor skating and tobogganing are permitted with physical distancing and mandatory face masks. Six skating rinks in Aurora will be open with 10 registered participants per time slot as of Wednesday, January 20. Full registration and operating details are available at aurora.ca/outdoorrinks.

All municipal facilities are still closed to the public under provincial orders.

Residents are asked to stay vigilant and follow the reminders from York Region Public Health to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions will be posted on aurora.ca/covid19 as the situation changes. For information on what is open or closed in Aurora, please visit aurora.ca/reopen

January 13, 2021 - Province of Ontario declares a State of Emergency and enacts a Stay-at-home-order

In response to increasing COVID-19 cases across Ontario, the Province has declared a State of Emergency and has enacted a Stay-at-Home Order effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday, January 14, 2021 advising all Ontarians to stay home except for essential purposes. Additional restrictions under the State of Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order include: 

  • Outdoor gatherings limited to a total of 5 people
  • Non-essential retail stores have hours restricted to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; does not apply to stores primarily selling food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores and restaurants for takeout or delivery
  • Non-essential construction is further restricted, including below-grade construction
  • Under declaration of provincial emergency, the Province will provide authority to all enforcement and provincial offences officers to issue tickets to individuals who do not comply with the Stay-at-Home Order, those not wearing a mask and those retail operators who do not enforce regulations
  • Enforcement and inspection blitz to commence for big-box stores
  • Schools in hot zones, including York Region, will not return to in-person learning until at least February 10, 2021
December 11, 2020 - Aurora moves to Grey-Lockdown Zone as COVID-19 Cases are on the rise

 

Aurora, ON – Effective Monday, December 14 at 12:01 a.m. Aurora will be placed in the Grey-Lockdown Zone for a minimum of 28 days. On Friday, December 11, the Province of Ontario announced the updated order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in York Region.

The new lockdown restrictions require that restaurants, bars, and food and drink establishments will only be able to provide takeout, drive-through and delivery; indoor and outdoor dining services are prohibited and personal care services will be closed. All Town indoor recreation facilities will be closed to the public. The delivery of community services will continue as normal operation.

“With today’s announcement from the Province of Ontario, York Region including Aurora will enter the Grey-Lockdown zone. Our small businesses will be required to shut their doors to the public, offering only curbside pickup. The impact on our local businesses will be immeasurable, especially during the holiday season, so I encourage residents who are able to order takeout, shop online locally and help support our businesses. Residents can visit exploreaurora.ca to access a directory of local businesses and help support local through the next 28 days”, says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas.

As a result of this announcement, effective Monday, December 14 until at least January 10, 2021:

  • Club Aurora Fitness Centre at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex is closed. Virtual group fitness classes will continue to run as scheduled. Fitness membership credits will be returned for future registration use. For refunds or inquiries contact rleisure@aurora.ca.
  • All Pools, Aquatic programs and Pool Permits are cancelled. A credit will be returned for future registration use. For refunds or inquiries contact rleisure@aurora.ca.
  • All in-person classes and activities at the Aurora Seniors Centre are cancelled. Visit aurora.ca/scww to view the virtual older adult program schedule.
  • All Indoor Ice rinks are closed. Permits and programs are cancelled. Accounts will be credited and applied to future use.
  • All public skates, adult skates, seniors’ skates and stick and puck drop-ins are cancelled.
  • All gymnasium drop-in programs at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex are cancelled.
  • The Chartwell Walking Indoor Track at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex will be closed.
  • All in-person registered holiday programs are cancelled. Participants will be contacted directly regarding refund options.

All residents are asked to stay vigilant and follow the reminders from York Region Public Health to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions will be posted on aurora.ca/covid19 as the situation changes. For information on what is open or closed in Aurora, please visit aurora.ca/reopen 

November 13, 2020 - York Region placed in RED-Control Zone of Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework

Today the Government of Ontario announced The Regional Municipality of York will move to the RED-Control Zone within the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework effective 12:01 a.m. Monday, November 16, 2020.

Within York Region, daily cases of COVID-19 have been increasing and positivity rates remain high. York Regional Council and York Region’s Medical Officer of Health acknowledge the difficult decision the provincial government and the Chief Medical Officer of Health made to help stop further spread of the virus in our communities.

We recognize this may be disappointing news for some York Region residents and business, however swift move by the provincial government serves as a stark reminder the virus remains a persistent threat. It is also a strong indication we must remain vigilant and continue to do everything we can to reduce the spread.

Throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic York Region has remained committed to protecting the health and safety of all residents while taking prudent measures to stop the spread of this virus. Now, more than ever, we must continue working together to keep our families and our communities safe. It is vital we follow public health measures, including staying home as much as possible, especially when feeling ill, maintaining physical distancing, washing your hands frequently with soap and water, limiting gatherings to those in your immediate household and wearing a face mask or covering when physical distancing is not possible.

York Region will continue to work closely with the provincial government to monitor COVID-19 within our communities.

We are all in this together. Our collective actions will help get the pandemic under control in York Region so we can continue to build strong, caring and safe communities we all call home.

 

Wayne Emmerson
York Region Chairman and CEO

 

Dr. Karim Kurji
York Region Medical Officer of Health

November 9, 2020 - Aurora looks to balance economic well-being and health and safety under Ontario’s re-opening plan

On Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. restaurants, bars and gyms were scheduled to re-open in York Region, including Aurora, under a new framework for guidelines released this week by the Province to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. York Region joins other municipalities in Ontario including Ottawa where similar restrictions have been imposed.

“This new targeted framework provides a balanced, sustainable and proactive approach that will keep our businesses open while we minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19,” said Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas. “As Mayor, I have been advocating for a modified approach to managing the health and safety impacts of the pandemic in relation to businesses and employment, rather than an overall shutdown of businesses. We need to create a safe environment and minimize the risk of transmission to ensure the viability of our local economy. It is now up to every individual to make sure that we can keep our businesses open: wash your hands, wear your mask, and maintain proper physical distancing protocols.”

As a result of this announcement:

  • Club Aurora Fitness Centre will re-open on November 11, for use of weights and equipment space.
  • Most group fitness classes will remain virtual, with some transitioning to in-person over time. Some group classes may occur in-person, starting November 16, and these will be listed on the Town of Aurora website.
  • All participants are required to preregister online for the use of weights and equipment and/or classes. Registration for use of weights and equipment will be open on November 10 at 12 p.m.
  • Participants can purchase 1-month or 3-month memberships or pay-as-you go. Members who previously had 1-month and 3-month memberships will have their memberships reactivated before November 10 at 12 p.m., and will receive a 23-day refund credited to their account for future registration. Members who previously had 1-month memberships will need to repurchase a new membership.
  • Participants are required to maintain 3 metres distance between each other. Maximum capacities are determined based on the requirement to maintain 3 metres distance.
  • Changeroom access will be for washroom use only.
  • Council and Committee meetings will continue to take place virtually.

Aquatic drop-ins (i.e. Lane Swim, Stronach Aurora Recreation Centre Therapy Pool, Aquafit classes), swim lessons, and permit holders are not affected. Playgrounds and play structures are still open. Recreation facilities will continue to operate under modified operating procedures according to the Provincial guidelines. All municipal offices such as Aurora Town Hall, Aurora Public Library, Aurora Museum & Archives, Aurora Cultural Centre and the Joint Operations Centre are still closed to the public.

The Town encourages residents to support our businesses during this pandemic by shopping or eating locally. Visit exploreaurora.ca to access a directory of local businesses and help contribute to our community’s local economy.

All residents are asked to stay vigilant and follow the reminders from York Region Public Health to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • 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 more information on the re-opening framework in Aurora, please visit aurora.ca/reopen.

For information on COVID-19 in York Region, please visit york.ca/covid19.

October 19, 2020 - York Region, including Aurora, moves to modified Stage 2 over rising COVID-19 cases

As of today at 12:01 a.m. York Region has implemented a modified Stage 2 amid the rising positive cases of COVID-19. On Friday, October 16, the Province of Ontario announced amendments to the orders and regulations under the Reopening Ontario Act (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) to limit the spread of COVID-19. York Region joins other municipalities in Ontario including Toronto, Ottawa and Peel where similar restrictions have been imposed. The orders are effective for a minimum of 28 days.

“With today’s announcement from the Province of Ontario that York Region will now join Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa in reverting back to a modified Stage 2, many of our small local businesses will now have to shut their doors once again. I am greatly concerned about the impact this will have on all of our local businesses to survive through this 28 day shutdown,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas.

“These businesses are our neighbours and our friends and they are hanging on by a thread with the hope that they will see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is disheartening to know that this move will see some businesses shut their doors forever. I spoke with the Province and voiced my concerns about York Region reverting back to a modified stage 2 and that I was not in favour of this decision and favoured exploring other alternatives such as enhanced enforcement. I, along with many of my colleagues, advocated hard to keep our local economy open, but in the end, this was a Provincial decision. Our Premier has faced a very difficult decision, one that is driven by the expert advice of the Medical Officers of Health. At this time I ask that we all do our part and continue to follow the health guidelines set out to keep us all safe. Wear your mask, be diligent about washing your hands, practice social distancing and limit your exposure in social gatherings so we can see a drop in the numbers that will allow our businesses affected by this modified stage 2 to reopen. Please shop local, order some takeout or visit a patio. Let’s try to help our local businesses where we can. Please stay safe, we will get through this together.”

As a result of this announcement, effective immediately:

  • Club Aurora Fitness Centre in-person group fitness classes at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex and the Aurora Seniors’ Centre are closed until at least November 15, 2020. For fitness membership credits, refunds or inquiries visit aurora.ca/clubaurora.
  • Aquatic Leadership programs during this period are cancelled. A credit will be returned for future registration use. Refunds are available upon request.
  • Outdoor public park washrooms are closed until further notice.
  • Some registered recreation programs will be affected. Impacted users will be contacted by recreation staff for cancellations and refunds.
  • Public skating and stick and puck programs will be offered with pre-registration only. Programming at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex for multi-sport options will be offered by pre-registration only.

Club Aurora will be transitioning to virtual Group Fitness classes as of Wednesday, October 21 and will have a modified Group Fitness schedule for fitness members and participants.

Aquatic drop-ins (i.e. Lane Swim, Stronach Aurora Recreation Centre Therapy Pool, Aquafit classes), swim lessons, and permit holders are not affected. Playgrounds and play structures are still open. Recreation facilities will continue to operate under modified operating procedures according to the Provincial guidelines. All municipal offices such as Aurora Town Hall, Aurora Public Library, Aurora Museum & Archives, Aurora Cultural Centre and the Joint Operations Centre are still closed to the public.

The Town encourages residents to support our businesses during this pandemic by shopping or eating locally. Visit exploreaurora.ca to access a directory of local businesses and help contribute to our community’s local economy.

All residents are asked to stay vigilant and follow the reminders from York Region Public Health to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • 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 more information on the closures or programming changes due to COVID-19 in Aurora, please visit aurora.ca/covid19. For information on what is open or closed in Aurora, please visit aurora.ca/reopen.

For information on COVID-19 in York Region, please visit york.ca/covid19.

October 16, 2020 - Province announces York Region will move to a modified Stage 2

On October 16, 2020, the Government of Ontario announced that The Regional Municipality of York will be placed under Modified Stage 2 COVID-19 restrictions effective Monday, October 19, 2020 for a minimum period of 28 days.

These restrictions include the closure of indoor dining and drinking in bars and restaurants, and the closure of gyms, fitness centres, cinemas, performing art and gaming venues. In addition, organized public gatherings will be reduced to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

For more information on the changes visit the Government of Ontario website

September 19, 2020 - Province announces changes to social gathering limits across Ontario

On September 19, 2020, the Province of Ontario announced a change to gathering limits across the province.

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Public Health Measures Table, is reducing limits on the number of people permitted to attend unmonitored and private social gatherings across the entire province. 

Unmonitored and private social gatherings include functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas.

The new limit on the number of people allowed to attend an unmonitored private social gathering across the province is:

  • 10 people at an indoor event or gathering (previous limit of 50); or
  • 25 people at an outdoor event or gathering (previous limit of 100).

Indoor and outdoor events and gatherings cannot be merged together. Gatherings of 35 (25 outdoors and 10 indoors) are not permitted.

The new limits will not apply to events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities, such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres, banquet halls, gyms, places of worship, recreational sporting or performing art events. Existing rules, including public health and workplace safety measures for these businesses and facilities, continue to be in effect.

August 14 - Aurora to receive $1.2M in emergency funding due to COVID-19 pandemic

On Wednesday, August 12, 2020, the Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, announced it is providing necessary funding to the 444 municipalities in Ontario, including the Town of Aurora. Aurora will receive $1,298,500 and the funds will be allocated to municipal pressures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic under the Safe Restart Agreement.

“I am pleased to announce that the province and the federal government, will be supporting the local municipalities in Ontario and providing funding to help alleviate municipal pressures associated with this pandemic. While the Town is in a good financial position, we are grateful to accept this funding and help provide some extra financial support for Aurora as we continue to move forward through this global health crisis,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas.

“The Safe Restart funding will help the Town of Aurora as we begin to bring back services to the community and provide relief for interest charged on the late payment of tax and water bills to residents and businesses facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. This added funding will help our Town, as we recognize the impact of COVID-19 will extend into 2021,” says Aurora Chief Administrative Officer, Doug Nadorozny.

In September, municipalities in Ontario will receive $695 million in Phase 1 funding for municipal operating pressures per household. Additional funding of up to $695 million will be available through Phase 2 for municipalities that have COVID-related financial impacts that exceed the initial per household allocation provided under Phase 1.

For more information on this funding announcement, please visit news.ontario.ca.

 

 

 

June 17 - Statement by Mayor Tom Mrakas on reopening Aurora

The following statement is from Mayor Tom Mrakas regarding the reopening of Aurora after the province’s announcement on June 15 about entering into the second stage of the framework for reopening Ontario.

“Thank you to our residents and businesses for your co-operation over the past few months as we all work to flatten the curve. I know it has been difficult but our collective sacrifices and efforts have resulted in a positive step forward. The Town of Aurora is pleased to initiate a staged approach to reopening our community. As the province begins to reduce restrictions, Town staff are starting to assess and begin the necessary preparations for a gradual reopening of Town amenities over the coming months. Our top priority is to ensure all considerations are addressed to maintain the safety and well-being of patrons and staff. We know residents are anxious to get back to normal, but this will be a slow, gradual process in order to minimize the potential risk of future waves of COVID-19.

As we enjoy these new freedoms, I ask you to continue to follow the advice of our public health officials. We should all still be diligently maintaining physical distance with others, washing hands with soap and water often, wearing a mask if necessary and staying home if you are feeling unwell. Please remember to abide by the provincial orders regarding social gatherings of 10 people from outside your household, while maintaining a physical distance. You can also create a social circle, with guidelines. Please make sure to read the rules about how Ontarians can safely gather and stay true to your social circles. This is the only way we can continue to flatten the COVID-19 curve and end this pandemic.

By following the guidelines set out by the health experts, we have been able to move forward and if we stay vigilant, we will continue to progress.

The Town of Aurora will continue to work closely with the province and York Region Public Health officials to monitor the pandemic and the impact on our community. As always, the safety of our community is a main priority. Thank you to my fellow Aurorans for your continued co-operation and patience during this crisis. We will all get through this together.”

June 16 - Town introduces new relief measures for property tax payments

The Town of Aurora is supporting residents and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing additional property tax relief measures for the remaining 2020 property tax installations. Relief measures include extended property tax deadlines for all residents and businesses, as well as tax penalty relief for those who qualify.

“We continue to look at ways that we can ease the financial burden on our businesses and residents during these challenging times. These measures will give property owners who are experiencing financial hardship additional time to recover and will provide greater flexibility for families working hard to make ends meet,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas.

The final property tax instalment due dates are as follows:

  • September 15, 2020 (Final 2020 bill, first installment due)
  • December 1, 2020 (Final 2020 bill, second installment due)

There will be no penalties on payments made on or prior to these property tax final instalment due dates.

Property owners who are unable to make their payments due to financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for tax penalty relief. Once approved these individuals will be able to defer their tax installments without penalty or interest. This excludes accounts that have previously been in arrears from 2019.

The Town previously announced that property tax payments due on February 25 and April 15 could be paid by June 30 without any penalty or interest charges. Any unpaid and overdue balances will be subject to a monthly interest at a rate of 1.25% starting July 1 unless an application for relief on tax penalties has been approved.

Residents and businesses who are able to pay their property taxes are encouraged to do so by the deadlines of June 30, September 15 and December 1.

For more information on property tax payments and to access the tax penalty relief form, please visit aurora.ca/propertytaxes. For updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions please visit aurora.ca/covid19.

June 16 - Aurora implements new outdoor patio program during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Town of Aurora will begin to gradually reopen some community amenities and facilities, including outdoor patios for restaurants and bars, in alignment with the province’s phase 2 reopening strategy announced yesterday.

“With support from Aurora’s Business Improvement Association (BIA) and the Town’s Economic Development Division, we will be working with our local businesses for a phased in reopening. We have developed an outdoor patio program to help local restaurants, bars and retailers navigate the potential expansion of their patio areas and to accommodate patrons while keeping the safety of patrons and staff a key priority,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas.

For restaurants and bars who are interested in extending their patio space, the Town of Aurora requires the business to submit a Site Plan Exemption Application that includes a scaled plan showing the location of buildings, location and dimensions of the patio, fencing, entrances, exits and aisle widths. All applications are required to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Fire Code.

Some highlights from Aurora’s Outdoor Patio Program include:

  • All site plan application fees will be waived
  • Application fees for minor variances for patio expansions will be waived
  • Restaurants and bars that would like to expand or create patio space onto the sidewalk will have to enter into an encroachment agreement with the Town and must maintain accessibility requirements.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will not require licensees to apply or pay a fee for these temporary extensions but the retailer must ensure they have completed the Town’s application form, received approval by the Town and met all other applicable requirements. The AGCO measures will be in effect until January 1, 2021.

Town staff continue to work closely with the BIA and the local business community to ensure that procedures, tools and support are available to help businesses navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the support Aurora is providing to local businesses please visit aurora.ca/businesssupport.

For inquiries about Aurora’s Outdoor Patio Program, please email planning@aurora.ca. For updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions please visit aurora.ca/covid19. For updates on the status of the COVID-19 virus in York Region, please visit york.ca/covid19.

June 5 - Aurora introduces new Business Visitation Program to support local business recovery

Starting Monday, June 8, the Town of Aurora is launching a new Business Visitation Program to provide assistance to local businesses as they move forward to recovery. This program is open to all businesses in Aurora.

“I am pleased the Town is providing this support to our local business community. It is critical we help guide Aurora’s economic development efforts as we emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown and work to return to a prosperous local economy,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas. “One of our top priorities is to support the economic health of our community by providing adequate support in times of crisis.”

The Town’s Economic Development staff will work with local businesses to understand the impact of COVID-19 and provide assistance to move forward toward recovery. Town staff will be reaching out to businesses to schedule visits and outreach calls. An online intake form is also available on the Town’s website for businesses to submit a request for an in-person visit or outreach call.

Town staff have prepared a resource kit to help triage issues businesses may be facing as a result of the pandemic. The toolkit includes a reopening checklist, a list of local personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturers and suppliers and several marketing initiatives.

For more information on Aurora’s new Business Visitation Program or to access the intake form, please visit aurora.ca/businesssupport. For updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions please visit aurora.ca/covid19. For updates on the status of the COVID-19 virus in York Region, please visit york.ca/covid19.

June 2 - Aurora Cancels all previously scheduled summer camps

Recreation staff currently exploring alternative programming options for summer

Due to the ongoing risks associated with COVID-19 and in the interest of public safety, the Town of Aurora has made the difficult decision to cancel all previously scheduled summer camp programs in 2020. The Town’s existing summer camp offerings are designed and structured in a way that cannot be delivered in line with current provincial requirements for physical distancing and social gatherings.

"I know this will be disappointing to both parents and children, but we must put the health and safety of our community first. Staff are continuing to look into whether modified camps can be offered in accordance with provincial guidelines. We will then consider whether it's in the best interest of the community to deliver these modified camps and whether this can be done in a manner that ensures everyone's safety," says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas.

"With direction and assistance from the Province and York Region Public Health, Town of Aurora Recreation staff are working on modified summer camp options. Town staff continue to look into the possibility of offering these new day camps in compliance with provincial guidelines regarding social gatherings and physical distancing. The Town of Aurora will consider whether it is feasible to offer any modified summer camps and if programs can be delivered in a safe and meaningful manner while still adhering to these provincial guidelines. If the Town of Aurora decides to run these alternative camp options, a new registration process will be opened", says Robin McDougall, Director of Community Services.

The health and safety of all participants is a top priority and the Town will continue to work with York Region Public Health to determine what additional health and safety measures can be put in place to protect campers, volunteers and staff, if the situation changes. In the meantime, recreation staff are exploring alternative camp options that will be announced at a later date.

Full refunds will be issued to all registered participants. Registrants will be contacted directly by Town staff regarding refund options based on the method of payment.

Further updates regarding Town of Aurora’s summer camps will be posted when available at aurora.ca/summercamps

For updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions please visit aurora.ca/covid19.  

For updates on the status of the COVID-19 virus in York Region, please visit York.ca/covid19.

May 27 - Aurora implements new Clean Communities Bylaw

New legislation introduces section on graffiti and maintenance of boulevards


Effective today, the Town of Aurora will be implementing a new Clean Communities By-law #6257-20 replacing the Clean Yards By-law No. 4754-05.P and Debris By-law No.4738-05.P. The new legislation consolidates both former bylaws and introduces new standards on graffiti and maintenance of boulevards. The former bylaws were written in 2005 and this new standard provides more progressive and updated legislation.

“I am excited to have the new Clean Communities Bylaw in place. I have always been a strong supporter of protecting and preserving the beauty of Aurora. This new bylaw will provide more regulations addressing graffiti within our community and will align our legislation with other municipalities in York Region,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas.

The new features of the Clean Communities Bylaw includes:

  • A more modern, consolidated and easy-to-read document that helps Aurora meet the current needs of the community and prepare for future growth
  • New standards to address graffiti that align with other York Region municipalities
  • Provides Bylaw staff with the appropriate enforcement tools
  • Allows the community to maintain its local, small-town charm
  • Introduces the maintenance of boulevards on all properties within the Town (including keeping boulevards free of long grass, weeds and waste with a minimum three-day compliance timeframe)

Many of the existing items from the combined bylaws still remain such as requiring owners and occupants to clean the debris and garbage from their property, keeping their property free of grass or weeds exceeding 20 centimeters in height and more.

To report an offence to the Clean Communities Bylaw please email bylawdept@aurora.ca or call 905-727-1375. For specific requirements and more information on the Clean Communities Bylaw, please visit aurora.ca/bylaws.

May 19 - Aurora to reopen select recreational facilities

Exclusions apply to pools, water-play areas, playgrounds and washrooms

Effective Tuesday, May 19, the Town of Aurora is permitting recreational use of tennis courts, basketball courts, sports fields, baseball diamonds, skateboard parks, pickle ball courts and the dog park. All outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in parks and recreational areas in Aurora are now open. Staff are working to prepare and open the skateboard parks over the next few days. Excluded are water-play areas, playgrounds, play structures, washrooms and clubhouses. Also prohibited is the use of these facilities for organized sporting activities, such as football, softball, ball hockey, soccer, frisbee and basketball, as these activities do not allow for proper physical distancing.

Aurora’s trail system continues to be open. Open park spaces in Aurora were reopened on May 7 for activities such as catching or kicking a soccer ball, flying a kite or letting young children run around.

"Following the lead of the Province of Ontario, we are pleased to announce that Aurora’s park amenities will begin to reopen effective immediately, being one of the first municipalities to do so. We are focused on resuming operations on a gradual basis to ensure the health and safety of our community. This incremental approach protects our community and at the same time allows residents to spend time outdoors to benefit their well-being and overall health," says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas. "We must remain mindful that this pandemic is ongoing, and in order to keep enjoying these activities we need to practice proper physical distancing, wash our hands frequently and follow provincial orders."

Public health guidelines will still apply according to the prohibitions under the current Provincial Orders including the ban of organized public events, gatherings of more than five people (inclusive of gatherings on private property but excluding family members who reside at the same address), physical distancing of at least two metres from non-household members during all outdoor activities and entry to and use of certain outdoor recreational amenities.

School board open spaces are still closed as this use is governed by the school boards. Sheppard’s Bush will be reopening as of May 29 with restrictions, please visit lsrca.on.ca for more details.

For updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions please visit aurora.ca/covid19. For updates on the status of the COVID-19 virus in York Region, please visit york.ca/covid19.

May 7 - Aurora permits limited use of open spaces in Town parks

Exclusions apply to park amenities such as playgrounds, benches etc.

Effective immediately, the Town of Aurora is permitting limited use of open spaces in Town parks. This excludes the use of play structures and playgrounds, swings, washrooms, benches, picnic tables, shelters, and off-leash dog areas.

“By allowing our residents to use our open park spaces, we are providing much needed access to families of the same household to spend time outdoors. This will aid in the health and well-being of our community and give residents a chance to participate in some limited outdoor activities. This health pandemic is not over, we still need to flatten the COVID-19 curve and practice safe physical distancing, washing our hands often and following the provincial orders,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas. “Aurora will fully reopen its parks and facilities once it is safe to do so. Our number one priority is the safety of our residents, visitors and community.”

Everyone must still comply with current prohibitions under the current Provincial Orders including the ban of organized public events, gatherings of more than five people (inclusive of gatherings on private property but excluding family members who reside at the same address), physical distancing of at least two metres from non-household members during all outdoor activities and entry to and use of certain outdoor recreational amenities.

Examples of permitted activities for individuals from the same household in an open park space include:

  • Playing catch or kicking a soccer ball
  • Flying a kite
  • Exercising and stretching on a yoga mat, but not in a class
  • Letting young children run around

Use of all playgrounds, sports fields, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, basketball courts, skateboard parks and the dog park are still prohibited as per the provincial orders. School board open spaces are still closed as this use is governed by the school boards. Sheppard’s Bush also remains closed as it is governed by the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority.

Additionally, prohibited park use extends to all organized sporting activities and training, such as football, softball, ball hockey, soccer, frisbee and basketball, as these activities do not allow for proper physical distancing.

For updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions please visit aurora.ca/covid19. For updates on the status of the COVID-19 virus in York Region, please visit york.ca/covid19.

April 22 - Aurora starts planning to safely reopen facilities and local businesses

The Town of Aurora is beginning the critical plans to eventually reopen municipal facilities and local businesses once the Province of Ontario deems it is safe to reopen. Town staff has established an internal working group and are in the initial stages of developing safe and proactive return to work plans once the facilities reopen. Plans will also include advice from York Region Public Health.

“The Town wants to ensure we are well-prepared to phase residents, businesses and staff back to work in a safe and gradual approach. Aurora’s Business Continuity Task Force is taking a proactive approach to developing a “back-to-work plan” so we are ready to reopen safely when the Province and medical experts give the go ahead to begin whatever the “new normal” will be. This is not a time to sit back and wait. The Town, all our businesses, and residents need to be ready to go once the green light is given,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas.

The Town, in partnership with the Aurora Chamber of Commerce created a specialized task force to help support the local economy and provide assistance to small businesses in Aurora. The Aurora Business Continuity Task Force brings together business professionals with global, national and local experience to help find creative ways to assist Aurora’s small businesses. For more information on Aurora’s Business Task Force, please visit aurora.ca/businesstaskforce.

For updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions please visit aurora.ca/covid19. For updates on the status of the COVID-19 virus in York Region, please visit york.ca/covid19.

April 17 - Town of Aurora Cancellations and Closures Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Town of Aurora, in the interest of the health and safety of our staff and our community, has indefinitely closed all municipal facilities and suspended programs, events and facility rentals until further notice. Town staff are still available to service the needs of the public through email and telephone. For a list of key departmental contacts and facility closures, please visit aurora.ca/covid19.

Virtual Council meetings

Aurora Town Council will continue to meet remotely to move forward critical municipal business during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on upcoming virtual meetings, please visit aurora.ca/livecouncilmeeting.

Virtual recreation programming and events

Are you looking for ways to stay active and engaged while physical distancing and self-isolating? Find a collection of games, activities and ideas to keep you and your family engaged at home. Activities range from creative projects, fitness training, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) programming for kids, seniors activities and more. Stay tuned for details regarding virtual Canada Day activities. Follow the Town’s social media accounts (FacebookTwitter and Instagram) for more information on virtual events and activities.

Waste events & textile recycling cancellations

Aurora's Textile Recycling program has been temporarily suspended until further notice and all Diabetes Canada and Cornerstone to Recovery community bins are closed. All Town waste and recycling events have also been cancelled for the remainder of the year.

Parks & public spaces

All Town parks, playgrounds, sports fields, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, basketball courts, skateboard parks and the dog park are closed. Playgrounds are not sanitized and can easily spread the COVID-19 virus in our community. Trails are still open and patrons must use physical distancing. Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority has closed Sheppard’s Bush Conservation Area. York Region Forests will be reopening this weekend with specific guidelines for use in place.
For updates on status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions please visit aurora.ca/covid19. For updates on the status of the COVID-19 virus in York Region, please visit york.ca/covid19.
April 9 - Aurora Town Council to meet virtually for General Committee and Council Meetings

On March 31, the Town of Aurora held its first virtual special council meeting to discuss matters relating to Town operations during the state of emergency. Based on the success of the meeting, Aurora Town Council will continue to meet remotely to move forward critical municipal business during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
The next virtual meetings of Council are as follows:

  • General Committee Meeting, Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 7 p.m.
  • Council Meeting, Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 7 p.m.
  • General Committee Meeting, May 5, 2020 at 7 p.m.
  • General Committee Meeting, May 19, 2020 at 7 p.m.
  • Council Meeting, Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Delegations will be allowed by video conference. To delegate for a meeting, please email clerks@aurora.ca. To view the livestream meeting please visit aurora.ca/livecouncilmeeting


For updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions, please visit aurora.ca/covid19. For updates on the status of the COVID-19 virus in York Region, please visit york.ca/covid19.

April 9 - Aurora to issue fines for individuals not complying with emergency orders during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Town of Aurora will begin strict enforcement of provincial emergency orders and trespassing of municipal closures this weekend. On March 27, the Province of Ontario granted Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Officers the ability to issue fines under the Emergency and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) in an effort to flatten the COVID-19 curve.

Under the provincial guidelines, the Town of Aurora will begin to issue fines to individuals who do not comply with the following emergency orders:

  • No gatherings of more than five (5) people (inclusive of gatherings on private property but excluding family members who reside at the same address).
  • Trespassing in areas that are closed to the public (parks, tennis courts, skateboard parks, sports fields, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, playgrounds, Sheppard’s Bush and the dog park).
  • Closure of non-essential businesses
  • Price gouging on necessary goods such as hand sanitizers and household cleaners

Individuals charged with an offence under the EMCPA will face fines starting at $880. Failing to identify yourself upon the request of a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer conducting an investigation under the EMCPA will result in fines of $1,250. Fines could also carry punishments of up to one-year imprisonment or a fine of up to $100,000 for an individual and up to $10,000,000 for a corporation.

The Town of Aurora reminds residents to continue to stay at home, limit the number of people you come into close contact with, stay at least 6 feet apart from others when walking outside or in a grocery store and refrain from having social gatherings.

For updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions, please visit aurora.ca/covid19. For updates on the status of the COVID-19 virus in York Region, please visit york.ca/covid19.

April 7 - Aurora launches first Mayor’s Roundtable of Sport meeting

The Town of Aurora recognizes the significant impact that the global health crisis COVID-19 has had on our community and our local sport organizations. The Mayor’s Roundtable of Sport has been created to empower all local sport organizations to work together to move sport forward and find solutions to address the current and upcoming challenges they are facing.

 “Our local sport organizations and recreational sport programs play a key role in the health and well-being of our community, so it is vital that there is a collaboration of efforts to get the community active again in a safe way. The Mayor’s Roundtable of Sport will bring local sport organizations together as the current situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves and will provide next steps to ensure people are able to quickly get active in sports when this crisis ends,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas. 

The first virtual roundtable meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The roundtable will consist of members from local sport organizations, Town staff and members of Aurora Town Council. The meeting will focus on opportunities to collaborate and support sport organizations, how local sport organizations are engaging with their members during the current health crisis and the challenges they anticipate during this situation. Other key areas of interest will also be discussed. 

The Mayor’s Roundtable on Sport will not only meet during the COVID-19 health crisis, it will be an ongoing forum where the group will move forward the priorities of Aurora’s Sport Plan, discuss critical topics in sport and demonstrate collaboration within a safe and inclusive environment. 

Looking to participate? If you are from a local sporting organization and you are interested in attending, please email.

For more information on the Mayor's Roundtable of Sport, please visit aurora.ca/roundtableofsport

For updates on the status of Aurora’s municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions please visit aurora.ca/covid19. 

April 3 - Aurora assembles community action team to help the most vulnerable citizens in the community

The Town of Aurora recognizes the significant impact that the global heath crisis COVID-19 has on our community. During this difficult time, all levels of government are working together to find solutions to address the challenges citizens and businesses are facing. Community leaders in Aurora have come together to form the Aurora Cares Community Action Team. This team will assess the emerging needs of the most vulnerable and at risk in our community such as citizens who may become homeless or who are homeless, seniors, disabled persons and those who rely on food banks. The goal is to help fill in the gaps where needed and add to what is already being provided by the provincial and federal government. 

“The Town of Aurora has always been recognized as being a community that is giving, generous and dedicated to helping those in need. Keeping this in mind, I believe that the Town must help the citizens in our community who are most vulnerable. We need to respond to these emerging needs and provide tools and resources to assist our citizens during this very difficult and confusing time,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas.

The action team will consist of the following community leaders which will be supported by Town staff:

  • Barb Allan, Executive Director, Able Network (2019 Citizen of the Year)
  • Christina Bisanz, Chief Executive Officer, CHATS - Community & Home Assistance to Seniors
  • Wendy Browne, Past President, The Aurora Rotary Club
  • Erin Cerenzia, Manager, Neighbourhood Network
  • Wendy Gaertner, Councillor, Town of Aurora
  • Rosalyn Gonsalves , Former General Manager, Aurora Chamber of Commerce
  • Nancy Harrison, Community Relations Representative, Salvation Army
  • Sandra Humfryes, Councillor, Town of Aurora
  • Koula Koliviras, Aurora resident
  • Tom Mrakas, Mayor, Town of Aurora
  • Heidi Schellhorn, Superintendent, York Regional Police
  • Beverley Wood, Founder and Past Chair, Welcoming Arms (2014 Citizen of the Year)
The first meeting of the action team will occur early next week. The group is expected to meet on a regular basis via video conferencing until the impact of this pandemic ends.  

For more information on the Aurora Cares Community Action Team, please visit aurora.ca/auroracares

For updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions please visit aurora.ca/covid19 as the situation changes. For updates on the status of the COVID-19 virus in York Region, please visit york.ca/covid19

March 31 - Aurora assembles task force to focus on local economy

The Town of Aurora in partnership with the Aurora Chamber of Commerce has created a specialized task force to help support the local economy and provide assistance to small businesses in Aurora. The Aurora Business Continuity Task Force will bring together business professionals with global, national and local experience to help find creative ways to assist Aurora’s small businesses.

“I recognize these are challenging times for our local businesses and we are committed to actively helping our residents and businesses during this pandemic. The Town has already announced tax and water bill deferral programs for those in need to ease demands on the community. While this is a small offering during a time of great need, it is something that we can do quickly and within our local authority. This pandemic will likely be impacting us for several weeks and businesses will need support from community leaders to steer them through this uncharted territory,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas. “To that end, with the support of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, we will be assembling a task force of business and community leaders to focus on our local economy and the small businesses that are the backbone of Aurora. As a group, we will be looking for creative and innovate ways to support local businesses and help them through these challenging times.

“I am pleased to launch this much needed task force with the Town of Aurora to support our local businesses through this global health crisis. The Chamber and the Town recognize the challenges that local businesses are facing and we have made it a priority to ensure this task force looks at all possible supports available to businesses,” says Aurora Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO, Sandra Ferri. “We care about the health and welfare of our business community and by collaborating together we are a stronger voice on behalf of local businesses.”

The task force will consist of the following business professionals which will be supported by Town staff:
  • Aaron McCarthy, Executive Vice President &Chief Human Resource Officer, MAGNA
  • Al Wilson, Vice-Chair, Aurora Chamber of Commerce
  • Debra Wilson, Chair, Aurora Chamber of Commerce
  • Harold Kim, Councillor, Town of Aurora
  • Joanne Russo, Aurora Business Improvement Area (BIA), Chair
  • Marilee Harris, Vice-Chair, Economic Development Corporation
  • Nicholas Fidei, President, Treasure Hill Corporation
  • Raz Khamissa, Business Owner, Omars Shoes & Clothing
  • Sam Palmerio, Manager, Government Relations, Desjardins Group
  • Sandra Ferri, President & CEO, Aurora Chamber of Commerce
  • Tim Hammill, Chair, Economic Development Corporation
  • Tom Mrakas, Mayor, Town of Aurora

The first meeting of the task force will occur later this week. The group is expected to meet on a regular basis via video conferencing until the impact of this pandemic ends.

The task force is seeking feedback from the community about how to help our local businesses. Please submit your ideas to tmrakas@aurora.ca. Every idea is worth considering, no matter how small or large the potential impact.

For more information on Aurora’s Business Continuity Task Force, please visit aurora.ca/businesstaskforce.

For more information about the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, please visit aurorachamber.on.ca.

For updates on status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions please visit aurora.ca/covid19 as the situation changes. For updates on the status of the COVID-19 virus in York Region, please visit york.ca/covid19.

March 26 - Aurora closes all public open spaces to help flatten the COVID-19 curve

To encourage social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Aurora will be closing all public open spaces effective immediately including parks, tennis courts, skateboard parks, sports fields, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, playgrounds and the dog park.

“I would like to strongly encourage residents to adhere to the closure of public open spaces in Aurora. We need to flatten the COVID-19 curve, and we can only do this with a global commitment from everyone to practice social distancing and refrain from social gatherings,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas. “Residents can still take a walk, go for a bike ride or sit outside but just maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from each other.”

Trails in Aurora are still open to the public although the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority has closed Sheppard’s Bush Conservation Area. If you decide to use the public trails system in Aurora, you are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing.

We encourage residents to report violations of the public open spaces closure instead of approaching the groups themselves by sending an email with the day, time and location to bdepartment@aurora.ca or leaving a voicemail at 905-727-3123 ext. 4240 with the details mentioned above. All complaints will be investigated. Fines of up to $5,000 may be made in accordance with the Town’s Parks and Public Spaces Bylaw.

Updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions will be posted on aurora.ca/covid19 as the situation changes. For updates on the status of the COVID-19 virus in York Region, please visit york.ca/covid19
March 25 - Aurora lists essential services available for residents

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 the Town of Aurora adjusted operations to provide essential services only in response to the COVID-19 global crisis. 

Town staff will continue to respond to calls and emails for essential service requests such as roads, water, bylaw and billing inquiries. We will also have a Report-an-Issue menu that residents can use to help direct their inquiry which can be accessed through aurora.ca/covid19. A range of additional services will also be provided by staff who have been equipped to deliver town services from their home. Response times may vary as we work to establish business processes during this transition. 

While our on-site staff have been reduced to a minimum, the Town still has staff available on-call to respond to any emerging issues. 

Please see the following list of essential services by department below.

Communications 

  • Website and social media monitoring in place. All inquiries will be responded to. 

Community Services 

  • Business support to process cancellations and refunds for programming and facility booking
  • Monitoring of all Town facilities for security and safety

Corporate Services 

  • Access Aurora phone and emails for all general inquiries 
  • Bylaw and Animal Services inquiries and enforcement operations 
  • Information and Technology Services supporting all Town systems and off-site workers 

Finance 

  • Tax and water bill payments and inquiries 

Operations 

  • Parks maintenance 
  • Road patrol and road maintenance 
  • Waste & recycling collection and inquiries (Green For Life Environmental Inc. collects waste and recycling in Aurora). 
  • Water and wastewater infrastructure monitoring, maintenance and repair services 
  • Water testing

Planning & Building 

  • Building inspections and permit processing for permits already submitted 
  • Reviewing Planning in process applications, draft agreements and bylaws 

Emergency Services

  • Emergency, fire and police services are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week 

Updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions will be posted on aurora.ca/covid19 as the situation changes. For updates on the status of the COVID-19 virus in York Region, please visit york.ca/covid19

March 23 - Aurora reduces service levels in response to global COVID-19 concerns

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 the Town of Aurora will be adjusting operations to provide essential services only. This change is to ensure the safety of our staff and community by reducing the number of employees required to attend their workplace. This action is consistent with the recommendations of Canadian health officials to assist in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

 

Town staff will continue to respond to calls and emails for essential service requests such as roads, water, bylaw and billing inquiries. We will also have a Report-an-Issue menu that residents can use to help direct their inquiry which can be accessed through aurora.ca/covid19. A range of additional services will also be provided by staff who have been equipped to deliver town services from their home. Residents will be able to directly email or leave a voicemail for the division they need to contact. Response times may vary as we work to establish business processes during this transition.

“The health and safety of our residents and staff continues to be our top priority. We are constantly monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and we are making decisions to best protect our community,” says Town of Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas. “We ask that everyone stay home unless absolutely necessary, practice social distancing and proper hand washing and most of all please stay at home if you’re sick. We need to work together to flatten the curve of the spread of this virus.”

“This is a dynamically evolving situation and in order to protect the health of our community and staff the Town has decided to undergo a significant change in our operations. We will use every effort available to help minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus and get through this challenging time,” says Town of Aurora Chief Administrative Officer Doug Nadorozny.

Updates on the status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions will be posted on aurora.ca/covid19 as the situation changes. For updates on the status of the COVID-19 virus in York Region, please visit york.ca/covid19
March 18 - Mayor's message regarding state of emergency
My fellow Aurorans, I wanted to let you know that out of care and concern for our residents the Town of Aurora is declaring a state of emergency. This decision was not made lightly. We are following the lead from the Province of Ontario to ensure that we can properly support the long-term needs of our businesses and residents. Declaring an emergency allows Council and staff to assess the ongoing crisis and provide additional resources to help our community as necessary.

In an effort to ensure the safety of our residents and staff, we have closed Town Hall, the JOC, all recreational facilities, the Aurora Public Library, the Aurora Museum and Cultural Centre and the Aurora Seniors’ Centre. We have also cancelled some of our upcoming events to ensure the spread of this virus is contained. We will still be servicing the needs of the public through email and phone. Services such as water, wastewater, roads, parks maintenance and solid waste collection services are not expected to be affected.

We have also temporarily suspended overnight parking enforcement. This restriction will not apply if we have a snow event. Daytime parking enforcement is still active for all general offences and complaints. We have also approved an exemption to the noise bylaw that will allow deliveries at all times to ensure that our retail businesses and local grocery stores are fully stocked and able to service the needs of our residents. We are also currently in discussions to create some options for tax deferrals which we will announce soon.

We will be meeting with our emergency operations team to see how we can further monitor the situation and support our residents.

My top priority is to keep our citizens safe. Every step and action that we take ensures that the proper procedures are in place to contain and limit the spread of this virus. I hope you are all staying safe and healthy during this COVID-19 crisis and practicing social distancing, washing your hands frequently, containing your cough, avoiding contact with people who are sick and staying home if you are feeling ill.

We need to come together as a Town to help each other and stop the spread of this virus. My sincere thanks and support goes out to all the doctors, nurses and first responders who are committed to taking care of those who are sick. We applaud your efforts to help keep our community safe.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. As always, I am here for you!

Sincerely,

Mayor Tom Mrakas

 March 18 - Town of Aurora formally declares state of emergency

Today, Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Ontario. This declaration follows the Ontario government’s announcement that a province-wide state of emergency is now in place and will allow the Town to access additional resources and funding if necessary to help control the spread of the virus.

“These are unprecedented times that call for extraordinary measures,” said Mayor Mrakas. “We need to give residents and businesses confidence that the Town will be positioned to provide whatever assistance is required and by declaring an emergency we are best positioned to do this.”

As a result of this declaration, the Town will also be suspending all General Committee and Council meetings at this time. The next meeting will take place when required with notice being provided to the public when scheduling is confirmed.

The Town of Aurora acknowledges that this is a fluid situation that we are continuously monitoring. The Town is committed to keeping Aurora residents informed through our dedicated webpage aurora.ca/COVID19 and will continue to provide more information about the Town’s response to COVID-19 as it becomes available.

 March 17 - General Committee and Council meeting procedures during COVID-19

Update: All General Committee and Council meetings are suspended at this time. The next meeting will take place when required with notice being provided to the public when scheduling is confirmed. If you have any questions about General Committee or Council meetings email clerks@aurora.ca

In an effort to protect staff and the community, the Town of Aurora is taking a proactive approach to social distancing and has closed Town Hall and the Joint Operations Centre to the public as of 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17. Some services will still be available by email, online and telephone.

There will be no delegations allowed at the meeting. If any member of the public wishes to provide Council with comments to any item on the agenda, please email clerks@aurora.ca and this will be forwarded to all Council members.

To view the live meetings, visit aurora.ca/gcstream or view the archived video on the Town of Aurora's YouTube channel.

As well, all Advisory, Ad Hoc and Committee meetings and Local Planning Appeal Tribunals will be cancelled until further notice.

For questions regarding council and committee meetings, please email clerks@aurora.ca.

Updates on the status of our municipal operations will be posted on aurora.ca/covid19 as the situation changes. For updates on the status of the COVID-19 virus in York Region, please visit York.ca/covid19.