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Although the stay-at-home order is no longer in effect for the Region, trips outside of the home should be only for essential reasons such as work, school, groceries, health care, assisting vulnerable individuals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