Following the lead of Public Health leaders, I’ve been pleading with people for weeks to stay at home to stop the spread of COVID-19.

I’ve been doing this to save lives. The projections of COVID-19 cases and deaths released by the Ontario government today should make everyone stop and think.

We are in unprecedented times. A global pandemic is not the time to take chances or argue about semantics.

People need to heed the warnings and follow public health orders and measures or risk more deaths.

Stay at home. Only go out for essential items. Do not congregate or gather. Only take fitness/health breaks in your neighbourhood. Stop driving to popular destinations.

Today, I’m turning up the heat. The warnings are done. I am responsible for 130,000 people. We need compliance.

With lives at stake, and the continued disregard by some in the community to acknowledge the enormity of this public health crisis, I am announcing the following new measures which will be put in place over the coming days.

  • A zero tolerance approach to parking along the Ajax Waterfront (including Lake Driveway, Lakeview Boulevard and other streets). This also extends to the closed parking lots along the waterfront. Offenders will be ticketed and/or towed at their expense.
  • A zero tolerance approach to parking at Greenwood Conservation Area. Offenders will be ticketed and/or towed at their expense.
  • Increased enforcement, including the issuance of fines, for use of the Town’s closed amenities, including playgrounds, picnic shelters, skateboard parks and sports fields.
  • Full support of DRPS enforcing provincial emergency orders in the Town of Ajax, including issuance fines of up to $10,000 for non-compliance.
  • Removal and/or postponement of installation of seasonal recreational accessories and infrastructure.

Residents should continue to report major non-compliance of provincial orders to DRPS online at www.drps.ca under Online Services) or call the DRPS Intelligence Branch Hot-line at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5802.

If you are feeling overwhelmed there are resources to support you. If you’d like to talk, call the Mental Health Hotline at 1-866-531-2600.

Unfortunately, if these measures still do not stop the gathering of some, I will have no choice but to close ALL public spaces, including the waterfront.

On behalf of Ajax Council. Be safe. Be well, and have a nice weekend.