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.