Aurora, ON –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.