COVID-19 - Closures and Cancellations

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COVID-19 Closures and Cancellations

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Facility Closures

The following Town of Whitby facilities are closed:

  • Ashburn Community Centre
  • Brooklin Community Centre
  • Brooklin Community Centre & Library
  • Centennial Building
  • Fire Stations
  • Heydenshore Pavilion
  • Iroquois Park Sports Centre
  • Luther Vipond Memorial Arena
  • McKinney Centre
  • Port Whitby Marina
  • Spencer Community Centre
  • Whitby 55+ Centre (Whitby Seniors’ Activity Centre)
  • Whitby Animal Services Centre
  • Whitby Civic Recreation Complex
  • Whitby Garden Street Branch
  • Whitby Municipal Building (Town Hall)
  • Whitby Operations Centre
  • Whitby Public Library – all locations

The need for the closures will continue to be re-assessed as the situation evolves. Changes and updates will be communicated through the Town’s website and  Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign-up for our eNews to receive email updates.

View our Frequently Asked Questions for information on refunds and program specific cancellation information.


Park Amenities and Playground ClosuresPark Amenities and Playgrounds Closed

In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep people home, the Ontario Government has ordered the shutdown of all outdoor recreation amenities in the province.

While in a park, do not use any park amenities or gather in groups – maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres between you and anyone outside of your household. Dogs can be walked through park areas on a leash.

Closed park amenities include:

  • Playgrounds
  • Sports fields
  • Basketball and tennis courts
  • Off-leash dog parks
  • Skateboard parks
  • Picnic areas
  • Outdoor exercise equipment
  • Parking lots
  • Community gardens
  • Park washrooms/shelters
  • And benches

Stay Home, Save Lives

We all need to work together and do our part to stop COVID-19 by staying home, practicing physical distancing, and avoiding social gatherings.

What Can I do?

  • We want you to stay at home, but understand that physical exercise is important
  • When you are outdoors, always maintain a distance of two metres or six feet between yourself and any person living outside your household
  • Use our parks and trails to get some exercise, but maintain physical distancing – stay at least two metres apart at all times
  • When you need to go outside for some fresh air, don’t drive to a park. Take a short walk around your neighbourhood
  • Discover the sidewalks and trails in your neighbourhood network.
  • And remember, right now your backyard is the best place to play!

Enforcement

By-law Services staff are patrolling local parks and will issue fines to anyone using closed park amenities. People being charged with an offence under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) are required to identify themselves, as directed by the Province of Ontario.

Fines

Fines for failing to identify oneself range from $750-$1,000.

Fines for failing to comply with an emergency order are set out by the province and can carry punishments of up to one-year imprisonment or a fine of up to $100,000 for an individual.

More information available here.

Reporting

Report use of closed park amenities or gatherings of more than 5 people to Durham Regional Police Services here.


Spring Recreation Program Cancellations

Effective immediately, the Town of Whitby and Station Gallery are cancelling the spring program session until further notice.

Refunds will be issued for all spring program payments collected to date. Read our notice for more information.


Upcoming Public Meetings and Committee Meetings

The following meetings will be live streamed to ensure safe social distancing:

  • March 30 – Committee of the Whole

We have postponed the following Public Meetings and Committee Meetings, including:

  • March 26 – Committee of Adjustment Meeting
  • April 20 – Public Meeting

Event Cancellations

Due to the #COVID19 public health crisis and provincial order to prohibit gatherings of more than five people, all Town events, town-supported events and third-party event permits are cancelled until June 30, with a possibility of further extensions.

Read the Public Notice for full details.

The following events are cancelled:

  • Art Attack - May 7
  • Maple Glen Open Space clean up – April 18 
  • Open Streets
  • Pitch In Brooklin – April 25
  • Scouts Tree Planting, Brooklin Lions Trail area – May 2
  • Whitby Farmers’ Market (First two Wednesdays)
  • Whitby in Bloom Speakers Series

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