Whitchurch-Stouffville is coming together to create a pandemic recovery plan that recognizes everyone’s identity in the ‘new normal’
Stouffville Reopens is the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville’s plan for the next phases in responding to the COVID-19 emergency. This document outlines the plan for a gradual, safe and measured reopening of municipal facilities and restart of Town services and programs.
Our community will be forever changed as a result of the COVID-19 emergency and the impacts it has had on our families, our businesses, and our town.
Since COVID-19 began to spread in Whitchurch-Stouffville in March 2020, the Town has taken steps to prioritize the health and safety of residents and employees. We closed municipal facilities and cancelled programming and events. We found ways to deliver modified services to allow our operations to continue wherever possible. We also found new and different ways to continue delivering as many municipal services as possible.
The COVID-19 pandemic is not over. This virus will continue in our community for many months to come. As we begin to look ahead, Stouffville Reopens will serve as the roadmap to our new reality – one where COVID-19 is present in our community. It outlines the steps the Town will take to keep our residents and employees safe and provides a plan for the safe reopening of facilities and the restart of services and programs.
Alignment with Ontario's Reopening Framework
Stouffville Reopens is meant to align generally with the Province’s framework for Reopening Ontario after COVID-19. The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville’s framework also uses a phased approach, enabling both the Province and the Town to ensure there are appropriate measures in place to reopen safely and limit risks to public health.
The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville will take guidance from the Province of Ontario as we move between phases. However, reopening in Stouffville will depend on the pandemic situation within our city, and may not align exactly with the Province’s phases. We may choose to move through the phases of reopening at a different speed than the Province, based on the conditions in Stouffville and advice from the Region of York’s Medical Officer of Health.
Stouffville Reopens will be updated regularly and will likely change as the COVID-19 emergency evolves, and as the Province of Ontario updates its Emergency Orders and makes announcements for reopening businesses, schools, child care and more.
Stouffville Reopens is based on what we currently know about the COVID-19 virus and its behaviour. This plan may change and evolve as more information becomes available.
Remember the Rules
- Keep a 2 meter distance between yourself and others who don’t live in your house. If you can’t keep your distance consider wearing a non-medical face mask.
- Don’t gather in groups of more than 10 people
- Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer regularly, and don’t touch your face.
York Region Health Services is working to protect the health and safety of our community with our health system partners and Ministry of Health colleagues to ensure we’re responding to this situation as it evolves.