On April 1st, the Ontario government announced a province-wide shutdown effective Saturday, April 3 at 12:01 a.m. for at least four weeks. As a result and in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, residents should be aware of the following closures and cancellations:
· In-person fitness classes and drop-in recreation programs that were scheduled to begin at the Bayview Hill Community Centre on April 6 are cancelled and the facility remains closed until further notice.
· Recreational swimming and Aquatic Leadership Programs that were scheduled to begin at Centennial Pool on April 12 are cancelled and the pool remains closed until further notice.
· All Richmond Hill Public Library locations are open for pre-booked curbside pickup and drop box returns only starting Saturday, April 3. A variety of programs and digital services are available online. Find current information on library programs and services at rhpl.ca/reopening.
- All other City facilities remain closed to the public, but residents can access many City services online or by phone.
- Those impacted by cancelled programs and closed facilities will be contacted by the City directly.
- Gathering limits
- Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not allowed, except with members of the same household.
- Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation.
- Outdoor organized public events and social gatherings are limited to five people, as long as physical distancing can be maintained.
- Staying active during lockdown
- Parks, trails, playgrounds and off-leash dog areas are open. Residents are encouraged to stay local and explore our outdoor recreation spaces with members of their own household. Please continue to practice physical distancing.
- Many tennis courts are now open when weather conditions are favourable. Please read the COVID-19 health and safety guidelines before you play. Visit RichmondHill.ca/Tennis for details.
- We’ve got virtual programs and at-home resources for all ages including fitness, arts, theatre, astronomy and more, so residents can keep their mind and body active with us at home. Visit RichmondHill.ca/RecGuide for details.
Residents are encouraged to limit trips into the community by shopping online as much as possible. Support our small businesses and restaurants by shopping local online or for curbside pickup. Visit RichmondHill.ca/ShopLocal for business directories and more information.
Help keep our community safe
Residents are further reminded that you can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by doing the following:
- Maintain physical distancing of at least two metres from others
- Wear a mask or face covering indoors, as well as outdoors if you cannot physical distance
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often
- Stay home if you’re sick, even with mild symptoms
- Download the COVID Alert app
- Get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible
Updates and information on the City’s response to COVID-19, including a complete list of what’s open and closed, is available online at RichmondHill.ca/COVID19.