COVID-19 - Closures, Cancellations and Reopening

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As the COVID-19 public health crisis evolves, this page will provide updates on:

  • Current facility closures
  • Program/event cancellations
  • Reopening of Town facilities and amenities

Our staff are still here to assist you, please reach out to us by phone and email. Visit our Contact Us page for contact information.


COVID-19 Closures and Cancellations

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Park Amenities and Playgrounds - What's Open and Closed

On May 19, the Ontario government announced the immediate reopening of a number of outdoor recreational amenities as part of the first stage of its plan to reopen the province.

A number of outdoor amenities are open for public use, including off-leash dog parks, beaches, sports fields, and benches. A list of which amenities are open and which remain closed is below.

Permitting for outdoor sports fields and picnic shelters, including barbeque permits, is cancelled at this time.

Provincial Orders Still in Effect

At this time, the following provincial orders remain in effect:

  • no gatherings of more than five people who are not in the same household,
  • all playgrounds, playground structures, splash pads and outdoor fitness equipment are still closed and not to be used.

Stay Safe, Practice Physical Distancing

When outdoors, residents are reminded to do their part to stay apart by maintaining a distance of at least two metres (or six feet) between themselves and any person living outside of their household.

Infographic with tips on how to stay safe when using outdoor amenities

Status of Amenities Reopening

Amenity

Anticipated Reopening Date*

Status

Port Whitby Marina

Opened to boaters on May 16

Open

Public boat launch

Opened to boaters on May 16

Open

Beaches

Opened on May 19

Open

Benches

Opened on May 19

Open

Off-leash dog park

By May 22

Open

Picnic shelters

Waterfront area by May 22

Remaining areas by May 29

Waterfront Open

Remaining Areas Closed

Skate parks

By May 22

Open

Baseball diamonds

Opened May 29, casual use only, no permitting

Open

Basketball courts

Opened May 29

Open

Pickleball courts

Opened May 29, casual use only, no permitting

Open

Sports fields (soccer, multi-use areas)

Opened May 29, casual use only, no permitting

Open

Tennis courts

Opened May 29, casual use only, no permitting

Open

Lacrosse boxes

Opened May 29, casual use only, no permitting

Open

Municipal facilities (including Town Hall)

Closed to the public at this time

Closed

Municipal playgrounds

Closed at this time

Closed

Outdoor fitness equipment

Closed at this time

Closed

Public washrooms / fieldhouses

Closed at this time

Closed

Splash pads

Closed at this time

Closed

Whitby Public Library

Facility closed; digital collection remains open

Closed

* Use only permitted when maintaining physical distance of at least two metres (or six feet) between yourself and any person living outside of your household; dates may change based on weather and unforeseen circumstances.

 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What park amenities are open/closed at this time?

A: Park amenities are being reopened as it is safe to do so. Town staff must complete required maintenance and repair of park amenities to ensure they are safe and ready for the public, in addition to posting updated signage throughout Town parks to reinforce the need to stay six feet apart.

View the open/closed status of park amenities with anticipated opening dates.

Q: Is the waterfront trail open?                    

A: Yes, you can use the waterfront trail. Always keep physical distance of 2 metres between yourself and others.

Q: Can I sit on a bench while I’m out for a walk?

A: Yes, park benches, were reopened as of May 19.

Q: Can I use a basketball court, soccer field or similar amenity if I’m only with people in my family?

A: Sports fields and courts are anticipated to reopen for casual use (no permitting) on May 29. Confirm the open/closed status of sports fields and courts.

Q: How do I report people using park amenities or gathering in groups of more than 5 people?

A: At this time, the following provincial orders remain in effect:

  • no gatherings of more than five people who are not in the same household,
  • all playgrounds, playground structures, splash pads and outdoor fitness equipment are still closed and not to be used. 

To report the use of closed amenities or gatherings of 5 of more people who are not from the same household, contact Durham Regional Police Services by:

1. Online reporting: www.drps.ca

2. Email: Intel-C19hotline@drps.ca

3. Calls to the COVID-19 Hotline: 905-579-1520 ext. 5802

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

To report use of closed park amenities or gatherings of more than 5 people, contact Durham Regional Police Services.

There are three ways to contact the police:

1. Online reporting: www.drps.ca

2. Email: Intel-C19hotline@drps.ca

3. Calls to the COVID-19 Hotline: 905-579-1520 ext. 5802


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 - open to boaters, closed to the public
  • 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.


Summer Camps and Recreation Program Cancellations

What's Cancelled

All Town of Whitby, Community Connection, and Station Gallery summer day camps, as well as the recreation programs and activities found in the 2020 Spring/Summer Activity Guide, have been cancelled. This includes swimming lessons, general interest programming, 55+ programs and the Junior Fire Camp offered by Whitby Fire and Emergency Services.

Refunds

The Town is issuing full refunds for all payments received to date. Refunds will be issued to each partcipant’s Active account and can be used toward future programs, a membership, or activity payment. Participant’s can request a refund to their original credit card or by cheque by emailing their full name and mailing address to parks.rec@whitby.ca. Please note that refunds may take up to four weeks to process due to volume.

Exploring New Recreation Opportunities

The Town continues to monitor the situation. As restrictions from the Province and Public Health are lifted, the Town will explore modified day camp and recreation program opportunities, where possible, in accordance with all guidelines and health and safety protocols.


Public Meetings and Committee Meetings

Meetings are currently being live streamed to ensure safe social distancing. Visit Civic Web for meeting details and to view live streams.


Event Cancellations

Event Cancellations to September 19

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 September 19 (including Harvest Festival), with a possibility of further extensions.

The Town continues to explore opportunities to offer events and programming virtually or through alternate means that support physical distancing. The Town will be contacting all event organizers to advise them of the extended cancellation and will work with them to determine next steps.

Read the Public Notice for full details.

The following events are cancelled. We’re exploring virtual event opportunities – stay tuned!


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