July 22, 2020

Town of Ajax preparing reopening plans as Durham Region moves to Stage 3

The Town of Ajax is excited to begin reopening plans as Durham Region moves into Stage 3 of the Province of Ontario’s Reopening Framework on Friday, July 24.

The reopening process will be gradual, and the Town remains committed to keeping the community informed as we move forward.

Status of Town services and facilities:

  • Town playgrounds and exercise equipment stations will begin to open on July 24, starting with community playgrounds (Rotary Park, Carruthers Marsh, McLean Community Centre Park and Audley Recreation Centre Park), then neighbourhood parks and parkettes. Health and Safety Guidelines will be posted at all playgrounds.
  • Town Hall remains open, with appointment-only access. Masks are required to access Town Hall.
  • Town recreation facilities remain closed until further notice. This includes Ajax Community Centre, McLean Community Centre and Audley Recreation Centre.
  • Splash pads, Memorial Pool (outdoor) and the Ajax Library cooling centre remain open.
  • Indoor and outdoor permits have been cancelled for the remainder of the summer (Labour Day weekend), unless otherwise arranged.
  • Library services including curbside pickup are available at the Audley Recreation Centre location.
  • By-Law Services will be resuming complaint-driven parking enforcement activities, and rolling back proactive patrols.

 A Business Recovery Plan for the Town will be presented to Council on July 27. The meeting can be viewed online at ajax.ca.

 QUOTES

“We are looking forward to restoring our programs and services in a thoughtful way to keep our community safe, and respect our taxpayers. Many services and even some programs and events have moved online, and staff are working hard to maintain excellence in our customer service standards. We look forward to welcoming our residents back, and will continue to keep the community updated.” – Shane Baker, CAO, Town of Ajax

“Thank you to each resident and business for doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19. It is because of these efforts that we are entering into Stage 3. Please continue to adhere to Public Health’s guidelines around physical distancing, hygiene and respect mask requirements as spaces reopen. If staff are cleaning up discarded PPE, they are not focused on reopening. Please be a good neighbour – don’t litter.” – Mayor Shaun Collier, Town of Ajax   

 QUICK FACTS

  • The Town is moving in a measured and safe way to reopen facilities and amenities, and to bring back cancelled programming and services, as allowed by the Province’s Framework for Reopening Stage 3 guidelines
  • For the duration of Stage 3, gathering allowances have increased to 50 indoors and 100 outdoors
  • As playgrounds and other areas with multiple public touch points reopen, the Town reminds residents that they are using these amenities at their own risk. Please maintain physical distance from children and parents outside your circle, and to wash your hands often
  • For further information about what has reopened following COVID-19 closures, please visit ajax.ca/COVID19

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Media Contact: Rachael Matheson, Corporate Communications, 905-621-2278