What You Need to Know: Whitby Enters Stage 3 of Reopening on July 24

Posted on Thursday July 23, 2020

Playgrounds to reopen this Friday

On, Monday, July 20, the Ontario government announced that municipalities within the Durham Region Public Health Unit – including the Town of Whitby – can move into Stage 3 to re-open our local economy. The change is effective as of Friday, July 24, at 12:01 a.m.

As part of the Stage 3 reopening, the Province announced gathering limits have been increased to the following:

  • A maximum of 50 people for indoor gatherings; and,
  • A maximum of 100 people for outdoor gatherings.

Safe physical distancing is still required when interacting with individuals outside of your own household or social circle.

“As we enter Stage 3, it’s incumbent upon all of us to continue to be vigilant and keep everyone safe by practicing safe physical distancing, good hand hygiene and following Public Health direction on the wearing of masks,” said Mayor Don Mitchell. “It’s through our collective action that we will support the safe and gradual reopening of our community.”

Here’s what residents need to know as the Town of Whitby begins to reopen its facilities and additional amenities as part of Stage 3:

Connecting with the Town

While we continue to encourage residents to access Town services online, some services will be offered in-person by appointment only starting Tuesday, August 4, including:

  • civil marriage ceremonies and licences,
  • lottery licensing,
  • commissioner of oaths, and
  • property tax roll assessment viewings.

As of Monday, July 27, residents wishing to book an appointment for one of these services can visit whitby.ca/appointments. Before entering a Town facility, residents will be required to wear a non-medical face mask or covering and complete a health and safety screening.

Many of the Town’s services have been moved online in response to COVID-19 and the continued need to practice safe physical distancing. This includes a variety of ways for residents to stay active and connected through virtual programming. To register for a summer camp or program, visit whitby.ca/getactive. For other ideas on how to stay connected virtually, visit whitby.ca/stayingconnected.

For a complete listing of services available online, through email, over the phone or in-person, visit whitby.ca/services.

Playgrounds and Outdoor Fitness Equipment

Municipal playgrounds and playground structures are anticipated to be opened throughout the community on Friday, July 24. Outdoor fitness equipment will also be opened for public use.

A reminder that Whitby’s playground structures are made of high-touch surfaces that can’t be sanitized after each use. Residents are reminded to help keep themselves, their children and others safe by maintaining a safe physical distance of 2 metres (or 6 feet) apart from those living outside of their household or social circle. Residents are also encouraged to bring and use their own hand sanitizer before and after using playground equipment.

Community Centres

The Town is currently reviewing when and how it will safely reopen its community centres to the public. The Town thanks residents for their patience and will provide further information about reopening as soon as possible.

Limited space at some Whitby community centres continues to be open for private bookings. Groups interested in booking a space can email facilities@whitby.ca or call 905.668.7765 to learn more about space availability.

Outdoor Sports Fields

Outdoor sports fields will begin to reopen in early-August for game play in alignment with guidelines provided by the Province and provincial sports organizations related to physical distancing and other health and safety measures. No prolonged physical contact between players will be permitted, as required under current provincial guidelines.

To reserve field space, a permit is required. To obtain a permit, Whitby sports organizations can email facilities@whitby.ca or call 905.668.7765.

Picnic Shelters

Due to continued physical distancing requirements mandated by the Province, no permits for the Town’s picnic shelters will be granted at this time.

Outdoor events

All of the Town’s in-person events, town-supported events, and third-party permits continue to be cancelled to the end of the summer, up to and including the Harvest Festival on September 19, 2020.

Whitby Public Library

The library continues to offer contactless pickup service at the Central Library, Brooklin Branch and Rossland Branch.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about municipal services and how the Town is reopening safely to the public, visit whitby.ca/reopening.