Effective Wednesday, January 5 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario will move into a modified version of Step Two of Ontario’s roadmap to reopen for a minimum of 21 days. The Province of Ontario announced more COVID-19 restrictions due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant and increased hospitalizations.

“This is not how I was hoping any of us would start the New Year, we have been through such challenging times the past few years and we all hoped the worst was behind us. But the Omicron variant is spreading so quickly and our hospitalization numbers are up again,” said Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas. “I ask that you all stay the course to protect yourself and our community, get your vaccinations and boosters to help keep hospitalization numbers down and support our local businesses, who once again will bear the brunt of this announcement.”        
                               
Under Step 2 the following municipal services will be impacted as of January 5, 2022:

  • All recreation facilities, meeting and event spaces will be closed.
  • Club Aurora Fitness Centre will be closed. Virtual classes will continue. Visit aurora.ca/fitnessclasses.
  • The Aurora Seniors’ Centre will be closed.
  • The Seniors Centre Without Walls program will be operational. Visit aurora.ca/scww.
  • Aurora Public Library will operate at 50 per cent capacity. Visit aurorapl.ca.

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

  • Social gathering limits, including social gatherings for weddings and funerals, will be reduced to five people indoors and 10 people outdoors.
  • Indoor dining and food courts will be closed.
  • Retail settings, including shopping malls, will operate at 50 per cent capacity.
  • Personal care services where face coverings can be worn will operate at 50 per cent capacity.
  • Indoor weddings, funerals, and religious services will be limited to 50 per cent capacity. Outdoor services are limited to the number of people that can maintain physical distancing.
  • All publicly funded and private schools will move to remote learning starting January 5.

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.