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.