The Regional Municipality Of York


York Region lockdown extended to January 23, 2021

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Today the Government of Ontario announced a province-wide shutdown as part of the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, effective 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, December 26, 2020.

New and enhanced restrictions in the shutdown include the closure of indoor and outdoor dining and drinking in bars and restaurants, sports, recreational facilities, community centres, meeting and event spaces, the prohibition of indoor shopping in non-essential retail stores and malls and the closure of personal care services, cinemas, performing art and gaming venues. In York Region, these closures will remain in place until January 23, 2021.

Additional measures in the Province-wide Shutdown include restricting access to shopping-malls and limiting capacity to 25% in discount and big box retail stores selling groceries.

To further slow the spread of COVID-19, students across the province will move to remote learning following the winter break on January 4, 2021. Elementary students will return to in-class learning on January 11, 2021, while secondary students will continue remote learning until January 25, 2021.

We recognize further restrictions are difficult on individuals, families and businesses. We are grateful for all who chose to live, work and conduct business within our communities, and encourage those who are able to take advantage of the various supports and resources available to businesses.

With the holiday season upon us, we urge all residents to abide by the new restrictions; collectively, we bring our case numbers down. We all look forward to a better 2021.

Now, more than ever, it is important for residents to follow public health measures, including staying home as much as possible, maintaining physical distancing, washing your hands frequently with soap and water, limiting gatherings to those in your immediate household and wearing a face mask or covering when physical distancing is not possible.

Wayne Emmerson
York Region Chairman and CEO
The Regional Municipality of York

Dr. Karim Kurji
York Region Medical Officer of Health

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The Regional Municipality of York
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