As of today at 12:01 a.m. York Region has implemented a modified Stage 2 amid the rising positive cases of COVID-19. On Friday, October 16, the Province of Ontario announced amendments to the orders and regulations under the Reopening Ontario Act (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) to limit the spread of COVID-19. York Region joins other municipalities in Ontario including Toronto, Ottawa and Peel where similar restrictions have been imposed. The orders are effective for a minimum of 28 days.

“With today’s announcement from the Province of Ontario that York Region will now join Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa in reverting back to a modified Stage 2, many of our small local businesses will now have to shut their doors once again. I am greatly concerned about the impact this will have on all of our local businesses to survive through this 28 day shutdown,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas.

“These businesses are our neighbours and our friends and they are hanging on by a thread with the hope that they will see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is disheartening to know that this move will see some businesses shut their doors forever. I spoke with the Province and voiced my concerns about York Region reverting back to a modified stage 2 and that I was not in favour of this decision and favoured exploring other alternatives such as enhanced enforcement. I, along with many of my colleagues, advocated hard to keep our local economy open, but in the end, this was a Provincial decision. Our Premier has faced a very difficult decision, one that is driven by the expert advice of the Medical Officers of Health. At this time I ask that we all do our part and continue to follow the health guidelines set out to keep us all safe. Wear your mask, be diligent about washing your hands, practice social distancing and limit your exposure in social gatherings so we can see a drop in the numbers that will allow our businesses affected by this modified stage 2 to reopen. Please shop local, order some takeout or visit a patio. Let’s try to help our local businesses where we can. Please stay safe, we will get through this together.”

As a result of this announcement, effective immediately:

  • Club Aurora Fitness Centre in-person group fitness classes at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex and the Aurora Seniors’ Centre are closed until at least November 15, 2020. For fitness membership credits, refunds or inquiries visit aurora.ca/clubaurora.
  • Aquatic Leadership programs during this period are cancelled. A credit will be returned for future registration use. Refunds are available upon request.
  • Outdoor public park washrooms are closed until further notice.
  • Some registered recreation programs will be affected. Impacted users will be contacted by recreation staff for cancellations and refunds.
  • Public skating and stick and puck programs will be offered with pre-registration only. Programming at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex for multi-sport options will be offered by pre-registration only.

Club Aurora will be transitioning to virtual Group Fitness classes as of Wednesday, October 21 and will have a modified Group Fitness schedule for fitness members and participants.

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 closures or programming changes due to COVID-19 in Aurora, please visit aurora.ca/covid19. For information on what is open or closed in Aurora, please visit aurora.ca/reopen.

For information on COVID-19 in York Region, please visit york.ca/covid19.