The Regional Municipality Of York


Joint Chairman and Dr. Kurji Statement - York Region looks to safely re-open local businesses

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On Monday, October 19, 2020, the Ontario Government placed The Regional Municipality of York under Modified Stage 2 COVID-19 restrictions for a minimum period of 28 days. The initial 28-day timeframe ends Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

To help stem the increase of COVID-19 cases, restrictions include the closure of indoor dining and drinking in bars and restaurants, the closure of gyms, fitness centres, cinemas, performing art and gaming venues.

York Regional Council and York Region Public Health remains committed to protecting the health and safety of our 1.2 million residents. At the same time, we cannot ignore the financial and personal impacts these restrictions have on our community, including the economic impact on large, medium and small businesses alike.

The COVID-19 global pandemic is unlike anything we have ever experienced. In response, both Regional Council and our Public Health experts are listening to the advice and concerns of those within our nine cities and towns, including business owners, residents, organizations and associations.

York Region Public Health has developed a task force to review feedback received thus far from the business community and studying measures which could be put in place to allow businesses, including restaurants and health facilities, to safely re-open following the 28-day period within Modified Stage 2.

Early findings of the task force will be shared with members of Regional Council in a public meeting on Thursday, November 5, 2020. Discussion will begin at 9 a.m. Watch the livestream at

Following this discussion, York Region Public Health will finalize measures businesses would need to implement in order to safely re-open. The plan will be provided to Premier Doug Ford and the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health to advocate for a safe re-opening strategy for York Region.

The concerns of our residents, our municipalities and our local business community are genuine. By working together and supporting each other we can get through this second wave and continue to build strong, caring and safe communities.

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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