Town cancels March Break camps, closes facilities

All March Break camps and programs here have been cancelled as the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville closes all municipal facilities until Tuesday, April 14 in a “proactive” response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

“The Town is taking swift and decisive action to protect our residents and prevent the spread of COVID-19,” says Mayor Iain Lovatt. “The health and well-being of our community is a top priority and we feel that taking this proactive approach is the best solution for everyone in Whitchurch-Stouffville.”

Though there’s no evidence of the coronavirus spreading within York Region and the risk to York residents of acquiring the virus remains low, the Town is responding to developments that include the World Health Organization declaring the coronavirus an epidemic on March 11. Many health officials have called for ‘social distancing’ to help slow the spread of the virus.

Stouffville Arena, Stouffville Clippers Sports Complex, Whitchurch-Stouffville Leisure Centre, Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library, Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum and Community Centre, SoccerCity, the Lebovic Centre for Arts & Entertainment – Nineteen on the Park, all community centres and 6240 Main Street/55+ Club are all affected by the closure.

Town Hall, located at 111 Sandiford Dr., will be closed to the public but online and telephone services will remain available. Visit the Town’s website at www.townofws.ca for more information. All non-essential activities associated with Fire & Emergency Services will be cancelled but emergency services will remain. All parks, parkettes and outdoor facilities will remain open to the public.

“We recognize the impact this decision will likely have on families and our facility users, but this precaution is necessary to help keep people safe,” Lovatt says. “The situation with COVID-19 is rapidly changing and we will continue to adjust our operations according to the recommendations of health authorities.”

The Town is working with York Region Public Health, provincial and national health agencies to monitor COVID-19 and to share information and resources. More information about Town-related COVID-19 concerns can be found at townofws.ca/COVID19.

The City of Markham is closing all community centres and libraries, as well as the Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Flato Markham Theatre and Markham Museum until Sunday, April 5. It has also suspended all programs and drop-ins until that date. To learn more about the virus, including symptoms and how to protect yourself, visit www.york.ca/COVID19.

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