In Ontario’s hotspots, including York Region, the province has ordered all fitness centres and gyms to close and indoor food and drink service in restaurants and bars is also prohibited for at least a 28-day period starting October 19.
In keeping with provincial guidelines, the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville has closed some facilities in a bid to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Under Modified Stage 2 COVID-19 restrictions, which came into effect Monday, Oct. 19, the Lebovic Centre for the Performing Arts (‘19 on the Park’); indoor fitness centres, including fitness studios at the Leisure Centre; and the indoor gymnasium and gym at the Leisure Centre are closed for a period of at least 28 days.
The Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum and Community Centre will remain open but with a restriction of 10 people. The Leisure Centre pool and Public Library will both remain open with no new restrictions.
Arenas are open with new restrictions that include a maximum capacity of 10 people per rink, including coaches and players. No games or scrimmages are allowed. Development is permitted and physical distancing must be practised on ice. Benches and the timekeeper’s box are unavailable for use and spectators are no longer permitted. Any breach of restrictions could result in cancellation of the rental or permit.
The provincial government imposed Modified Stage 2 restrictions on York Region due to increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Between October 3 and October 9, York’s case rate increased by 49 per cent to 38.7 per 100,000 people, which is above the provincial average.
In addition to the measures being implemented in the four COVID-19 hotspots – York, Toronto, Peel and Ottawa – the Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams continues to remind all Ontarians to limit trips outside of home, except for essential purposes such as work where it is not possible to work from home, school, grocery shopping, medical appointments, and outdoor healthy physical activity.
You’re also reminded to stay home if you’re feeling unwell, even with mild symptoms. Limit travel to other regions in the province, especially from higher transmission to lower transmission areas, for essential purposes only; practise physical distancing of at least two metres with those outside your household; wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge or where it is mandatory to do so; wash your hands frequently and thoroughly; and follow social gathering and organized public event limits.
Visit www.stouffvillereopens.ca to learn more.