Current Situation in Whitchurch-Stouffville

Our community will be forever changed as a result of the COVID-19 virus. While the impacts have been felt across all areas of the Town, some municipal work and parts of our community are feeling pressures far greater than others.

As we move ahead and look forward in our continued response to the COVID-19 emergency and plan for our new reality, these areas require extra consideration, attention and problem solving. There will be a significant change to the way the Town delivers these particular services due to the profound impacts that will continue as we manage this pandemic in Whitchurch-Stouffville.

Page last updated: February 28, 2022 (afternoon & evening)

Current Mask Requirements

As of March 21, the Town of Stouffville will no longer require patrons entering Town facilities to wear a mask or face covering in accordance with the Provincial measures announced on March 9. While masks and face coverings are no longer mandated by Public Health, the Town recognizes the importance of personal choice and encourages those who feel more comfortable wearing a mask in public settings to continue to do so.

Visitors are encouraged to self-screen for symptoms prior to entering any Town building. Patrons should remain vigilant and stay home if they are sick until their symptoms subside.

Under the provincial regulations, masks will continue to be mandatory in high-risk and congregate settings including public transit, long-term care and retirement homes, health-care settings, congregate care settings, shelters and jails under provincial regulation.

Those who feel unwell and believe they have symptoms related to COVID-19 should contact York Region Public Health at 1-800-361-5653 or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. For additional information and resources on the virus, visit York Region’s website at york.ca/COVID19.

Current Provincial Control Zone

REOPENING

The Roadmap to Reopen is a three-step plan specified by the province of Ontario to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures.

The plan is based on:

  • the provincewide vaccination rate
  • improvements in key public health and health care indicators
 

Effective January 31, 2022

  • increasing social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
  • increasing capacity at organized public events to 25 people indoors
  • increasing or maintaining capacity limits at 50 per cent in most indoor public settings, including but not limited to:
    • restaurants, bars, other food or drink establishments without dance facilities and strip clubs
    • non-spectator areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities (such as gyms and businesses offering personal fitness training)
    • cinemas
    • meeting and event spaces
    • museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions
    • casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
  • allowing indoor spectator areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities (such as sporting events), concert venues, and theatres to operate at 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity or 500 people, whichever is less
  • proof of vaccination requirements would continue to apply in existing settings
  • singing and dancing in restaurants and bars and other select settings will not be allowed except for workers or performers
  • requiring the number of patrons permitted to sit at a table in bars and restaurants and meeting and event spaces and other venues at which food or drink is sold or served, including nightclubs, restobars and strip clubs that serve food and drink to be limited to 10 people and patrons must remain seated
  • prohibiting food or drink services at indoor sporting events, concert venues, theatres and cinemas, bingo halls and other gaming establishments, and horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues.
  • requiring patrons to remain seated at concert venues, theatres and cinemas

Effective February 17, 2022

  • increasing social gathering limits to 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
  • increasing capacity at organized public events to 50 people indoors
  • lifting the 500-person limit on indoor spectator events, in spectator areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities (such as sporting events), concert venues, and theatres where proof of vaccination requirements are in effect, while requiring a capacity limit of 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity
  • increasing capacity limits to 100 per cent in the following indoor public settings where proof of vaccination requirements are in effect, including:
    • restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments and strip clubs
    • non-spectator areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities (such as gyms and businesses offering personal fitness training)
    • cinemas
    • racing venues
    • meeting and event spaces
    • studio audiences in commercial film and television production
    • casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
    • businesses or facilities that are permitted to “opt-in” to proof of vaccination requirements, during the time when proof of vaccination requirements are in effect.
  • indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies limited to the number that can maintain two metres physical distance (no limit if proof of vaccination required).
  • increasing capacity limits to 25 per cent in the indoor areas of the following settings where proof of vaccination requirements are in effect:
    • food or drink establishments with dance facilities (such as nightclubs, wedding receptions in meeting or event spaces where there is dancing)
    • bathhouses and sex clubs
  • capacity limited to permit physical distancing in all other indoor public settings, including but not limited to:
    • personal care services
    • retailers (including grocery stores and pharmacies)
    • shopping malls.
  • requiring patrons to remain seated while eating or drinking at indoor restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments (with or without dance facilities), sporting events, concert venues, theatres and cinemas, casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments, and horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues.

Effective March 1, 2022

The following changes to public health and workplace safety measures are in effect as of March 1, 2022. For the full list of measures in effect, see O. Reg. 364/20.

  • capacity limits have been lifted in all indoor public settings
  • proof of vaccination requirements have been lifted
    • businesses and organizations may choose to require proof of vaccination upon entry
  • other protective measures, such as mask/face covering requirements and passive screening of patrons remain in place
  • businesses and organizations that are open must continue to have safety plans in place

Summary

FACILITY / PROGRAM

OPENING DATE

Leisure Centre  – including Library, Art Gallery, Customer Service
Museum & Community Centre
In person Museum programs
Virtual and online programs at the Museum
Virtual and online recreation programs
Lebovic Centre for the Performing Arts (“19 on the Park”)
Clippers Arena – both pads
Latcham Hall
Fitness Centre
Gymnasium Program – Leisure Centre
Pool
Stouffville Arena
6240 Main Street / 55+ Club
Ballantrae Community Centre
Lemonville Community Centre
SoccerCity

Open
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Open
Open
Open
Open
Open
Open
Open
Open
Open
Open
Open
Open
Open


Please be sure to check townofws.ca/whatsnew
to stay up to date on the roll-out of all leisure re-openings and to register for programs. 

OPEN

  • Arenas
  • Community Centers
  • Indoor pool at Leisure Centre
  • Fitness Centre at Leisure Centre
  • Gymnasium at Leisure Center
  • Library,  Whitchurch-Stouffville Public
  • Latcham Art Center
  • Lebovic Center for the Performing Arts – ‘Nineteen on the Park’
  • Museum
  • Outdoor Skating Rinks
  • Playgrounds
  • Rouge National Urban Park
  • Stouffville off-leash dog park
  • Stouffville Reservoir trails (not maintained)
  • Toboggan hills (Memorial Park and Rupert Park)
  • Town Hall
  • Trails (Town-owned; not maintained)
  • Whitchurch Conservation Area
  • York Regional Forests

SERVICES OPERATING / AVAILABLE

  • Community engagement (various)
  • Customer service (online and telephone)
  • By-Law Enforcement including parking
  • Building Permits
  • Committee Meetings
  • Council Meetings (virtual)
  • Emergency Services
  • Facility Rentals
  • In-person Museum programs
  • In-person fitness programs
  • Latcham Art Centre in-person, outdoor programs for families
  • Library services and programs
  • Library virtual programs for all ages
  • Planning applications
  • Property inspections
  • Public Planning Meetings
  • Road Maintenance
  • Waste and Recycling collection
  • Water treatment services
  • Watermeter replacement program
  • Wedding licences
  • Wedding ceremonies at Museum and 19 on the Park
  • Virtual Programs, fitness  & workshops, various ages
  • Virtual and online programs at the Museum
  • Virtual and online programs at Nineteen on the Park

CURRENTLY CLOSED

  •  Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area (closed for the season)
  • Basketball courts (closed for the season)
  • Cricket pitches (closed for the season)
  • Community gardens (closed for the season)
  • Fire Stations 5-1 and 5-2 (public access)
  • Operations Center (public access)
  • Outdoor fitness equipment (closed for the season)
  • Pickleball courts, outdoor (closed for the season)
  • Running tracks (closed for the season)
  • Skateboard parks (closed for the season)
  • Soccer fields (closed for the season)
  • Tennis courts (closed for the season)

PROGRAM / SERVICE NOT OPERATING

  • Fire Department tours and educational programs
  • Food or toy donations at the Fire Halls

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • none currently

CANCELLED

  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks

PROGRAM/SERVICE IMPACTS

Customer Service

All general inquiries will be handed by Whitchurch-Stouffville’s Customer Service Centre. We are available by telephone (905-640-1900) or email (customer.service@townofws.ca) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. For municipal emergency service outside these hours, please call 905-640-1900 ext. 0 and follow the prompts for our after-hours service

Outdoor Recreation Amenities

Most outdoor recreation amenities that are not closed for the season, are open. Open outdoor areas may be used by individuals, or a group of up to 25 people (effective January 31, 2022). Town trails are open.  For a complete list, see the Summary posted above.

Recreation Programs

Recreation facilities are now open, including in-person fitness, group fitness, aquatics and gymnasium programs. 

Residents are asked to visit our website at townofws.ca/active for more information about programs.

Residents are asked to call the Leisure Center at (905) 642-7529 or email leisure.services@townofws.ca for details.

Town Facilities

Please see the list of facilities above for the opening dates.  If a facility is not listed, they will remain closed.

Museum & Community Centre

The Museum is currently open.  For more information, please contact the Museum at wsmuseum@townofws.ca or 1 (905) 727-8954.

The museum will also continue to bring you a variety of Learn From Home options at townofws.ca/museum. Visit L4A.ca to view the virtual exhibit, Archaeology Alive: The Jean-Baptiste Lainé Site in Whitchurch-Stouffville. See the exhibit in-person until August 21th

You will also find regular posts from the Museum on @WSMuseum on Facebook – posts include historic photos and local stories. For further information about rentals or research appointments and donations, please contact wsmuseum@townofws.ca or 1 (905) 727-8954.

Public Library

The Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library is open to the public with restricted capacity. Items can still be placed on hold using the library catalogue and customers will be notified when they can come pick them up.  The library’s external book return is open 24/7.

The Library is open on the following days and times:

  • Sunday & Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For up to date information, please visit the Library’s website at www.wsplibrary.ca

Latcham Art Centre

The Latcham Art Centre is open to the public, but is running in-person, outdoor programs.

For up to date information, please visit Latcham’s website at latchamartcentre.ca

 

Council and Committee Meetings

All Council meetings, until further notice, will be held via teleconference at 1 p.m.  Committee meetings are at various times, please check the meeting schedule on the Town’s website

Further details are on the Council and Committee Page.
 

By-Law Inquiries

Please send all By-Law enforcement inquiries by phone or email only. By-Law will not be setting up meetings or facilitating tickets in person, however, it can be done by phone, online or email. By-Law will be reviewing all complaints as to whether it is safe to attend that particular property and/or meet with property owners.

Parking bylaws are still being enforced. If any residents have any By-Law questions, please call 905 640 1910 (ex. 2229) or Customer Service at (905) 640-1900.

Animal Services

Animal Services’ calls will be responded to case by case. Our shelter has been shut down to the public therefore we will no longer be able to take in domestic animals. We would like to remind residents to be extra diligent at this time to ensure that their pets are not at large.  Also, if your dog does not have a dog tag it is highly recommended that you purchase one now. Dog tags can be purchased at townofws.ca/dogtags

Whitchurch-Stouffville shares animal adoption services with Pickering. Their animal shelter is still closed to the public, however, their adoption program is open. Anyone interested in adopting an animal is encouraged to visit www.pickering.ca/petadoption. If you see an animal of interest, complete the online adoption application form. The application forms are reviewed by staff and a phone interview and/or virtual chat takes place.

Development Services

The Town continues to accept building and planning applications and customers can drop non-confidential plans and relevant information in the drop-box at Town Hall. Due to construction, the drop-box is now located near the entrance next to the York Regional Police office.  All meetings with external clients will be converted to conference calls. We will continue to schedule and conduct building and engineering inspections on unoccupied buildings and inspections that are outside (open-air) only.

For more information about the effect of COVID-19 on Planning Division procedures, visit the dedicated COVID-19 updates page for planning.  For more detailed information about building permit applications and inspections, please visit our dedicated COVID-19 page

Emergency Services

All emergency services provided by the Whitchurch-Stouffville Fire & Emergency Services will remain uninterrupted. All public education events have or will be cancelled until further notice, including school visits and station tours. All non-essential fire prevention activities have also been cancelled or postponed. The Fire Prevention Division will still be responding to requests and/or complaints that involve immediate threat to life. Burn permits are still available online on the Town’s website. Fire Station 5-1 and Fire Station 5-2 remain closed to the public.

Roads and Infrastruction

Our on-call Operator is available through the Town’s after hour service at (905) 640-1900. Down stop signs, flooding, trees that have fallen across roads/sidewalks will be dealt with immediately. Other road activities such as tree trimming, pothole patching, will continue. Winter maintenance activities of roads, sidewalks and municipal parking lots will continue and be conducted as required.

Water quality sampling will continue as per Provincial regulations and water/wastewater emergencies such as breaks and backups, will be dealt with immediately. Water/wastewater Operators will not be entering private homes, however, they will respond to investigate the municipal infrastructure and advise residents to contact a private plumber for internal investigations. Routine water/wastewater activities will continue. Further inquiries should be directed to Customer Service at (905) 640-1900.

Waste Collection

Solid waste collection and recycling will continue as usual. Inquiries should be directed to Green For Life (GFL) Customer Service at 1-866-421-5625.

EVENTS STATUS

Strawberry Festival

Details about the 2022 Strawberry Festival will be announced later this year.

The Strawberry Festival takes place over the Canada Day weekend and is run for the benefit of our community – all the Festival organized entertainment and kids’ activities are free. From the festival market, to inflatables, live entertainment, the food zone, pancake breakfast, the Red Berry Café, fireworks and all the fun in between – it’s a weekend where thousands come to participate and enjoy, and it takes place in the heart of Stouffville in Memorial Park.  For more information, please visit strawberryfestival.ca

Stouffville Ribfest

Details about the 2022 Stouffville RibFest will be announced later this year.

For further event information, please contact events@townofws.ca or go to: townofws.ca/events

Art in the Park

Details about the 2022 Art in the Park will be announced later this year.

For more event information head to: townofws.ca/artinthepark or follow @TWSEvents on Facebook.

Food Truck Frenzies

Details about the 2022 Food Truck Frenzies will be announced later this year.

Food Truck Frenzy allows you to experience Food Trucks from across the GTA in our own Memorial Park. You will enjoy bands and entertainment as you sample dishes from over 20 different vendors.

Farmers Market

Details about the 2022 Farmers Market will be announced later this year.

Mayor's Bike & BBQ

Details about the 2022 Mayor’s Bike & BBQ will be announced later this year.

Antique & Classic Car Show

Details about the 2022 Antique & Classic Car Show will be announced later this year.

Movies in the Park

Details about the 2022 Movies in the Park will be announced later this year.