Hello Ajax,

First, how are you?

I want you to know all levels of government are doing what we can to manage this unprecedented public health crisis. Thank you for your cooperation and support as we navigate this crisis together. #StrongerTogether

I have a few COVID-19 updates I want to share before the day gets ahead of me.

Operation #StayHomeAjax  is in full swing. What does that mean? It means stay at home. 

Only go out for:

  • essentials (groceries or medications);
  • fresh air (walk, run, bike ride); or 
  • emergencies. 

Please, please practice social and physical distancing of 2 meters (6 feet). I have a special public service announcement airing on Durham Radio stations all weekend imploring residents to comply with the advice being communicated. Give me a shout out on social media if you hear it.

As of March 28, all Town playgrounds, skate parks, basketball courts, off-leash parks, artificial turfs, soccer fields, tennis courts, picnic shelters, several parking lots and outdoor structures are closed.

Our passive amenities such as green spaces and trails remain open. I urge you to observe and respect these closures to keep our community safe and healthy. Our professional bylaw officers will be out enforcing these closures. DRPS has also initiated enforcement. Please visit drps.ca for more information.

I'm pleased to announce we now have official drop off locations for "Thank You” donations (e.g., gift certificates) for Ajax Pickering Hospital frontline healthcare employees. The sites have been set up to respond to the amazing generosity and support (albeit overwhelming) of the community. Please keep visits to the hospital to emergencies only. 

Drop off locations:

  • Ajax Fire HQ (900 Salem Rd.)
  • Ajax Fire Station 1 (40 Westney Rd.)
  • Ajax Fire Station 2 (435 Monarch Ave.)

I also want to applaud Ajax and Durham Region businesses for their support at this time, including OPG’s donation of 15,000 surgical and N95 masks to Lakeridge Health. Further, I’m proud to see residents rallying by honking their horns outside of our hospital and clapping from their porches in support of all heathcare and frontline workers.

Another small gesture you and your family can do is make a “Thank You” poster and display it in your front window in support of the COVID-19 Window Project. I’m also pleased to see all of the chalk messages circulating on social media. Let’s keep it up Ajax!

I also want to take this time to thank our amazing municipal staff who continue to deliver services and manage this unprecedented public health crisis.

If you have municipal inquiries, please email contactus@ajax.ca or call 905-683-4550.

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.

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

#StayHomeAjax.

Sincerely,

Mayor Shaun Collier

ajax.ca/COVID19