MARKHAM, ON – November 6, 2020 – Earlier this week, the Government of Ontario released its COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe & Open to ensure public health measures are targeted, incremental and responsive – while keeping schools and businesses open, maintaining health system capacity and protecting vulnerable people.
 
The new framework comes into effect Saturday, November 7, 2020, as of 12:01 AM and works by categorizing public health unit regions across Ontario into one of five classification levels: Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control and Lockdown being a measure of last and urgent resort.
 
On November 7, the City of Markham will move from Modified Stage 2 to the Orange-Restrict classification level as part of the Regional Municipality of York’s public health unit region.
 
Indoor dining and gyms will be allowed to reopen with slight modifications to health and safety measures.
 
City-owned and operated Markham Fitness Centre locations will remain closed at this time and will continue to provide fitness services through virtual programming. The City is taking a responsible and measured approach to reopening, which is guided by the Government of Ontario’s new COVID-19 response framework and the City of Markham’s  Response, Recovery & Reinvention Plan. The health and safety of our visitors, community and staff remains our number one priority.
 
Residents are encouraged to visit markham.ca/recreation to see what recreational outdoor, in-person and virtual programs are available.
 
The City of Markham understands the social, physical and mental health benefits of staying active and engaged. During the pandemic, the City will continue to provide fun, educational, creative and active programs for all ages that are adapted to ensure the health and safety of participants.
 
As we navigate the pandemic together, the City of Markham continues to monitor and follow advice from public health officials at the federal, provincial and regional levels.
 
It is critically important that we each continue to do our part to keep one another safe. It is not the time to let your guard down.
 
Residents are asked to:

  • Stay at home as much as possible and limit close contact to those in your immediate household
  • Keep a safe distance from anyone outside your household (2 metres/6 feet)
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve
  • Wear a mask or face covering when inside public spaces or when physical distancing is a challenge
  • Clean high-touch surfaces often
  • Download the COVID Alert app

Visit markham.ca/CovidSafety to find out how else you can do your part to stop the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus.
 
It is important to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 and seek assessment and testing, if necessary.
 
For more information and updates about COVID-19 and affected City services, visit markham.ca/covid19.
 
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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Bryan Frois, Chief of Staff at bfrois@markham.ca or 416.567.1177.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham:
Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

Stay Connected:

Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and event.

MARKHAM, ON – November 6, 2020 – Earlier this week, the Government of Ontario released its COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe & Open to ensure public health measures are targeted, incremental and responsive – while keeping schools and businesses open, maintaining health system capacity and protecting vulnerable people.
 
The new framework comes into effect Saturday, November 7, 2020, as of 12:01 AM and works by categorizing public health unit regions across Ontario into one of five classification levels: Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control and Lockdown being a measure of last and urgent resort.
 
On November 7, the City of Markham will move from Modified Stage 2 to the Orange-Restrict classification level as part of the Regional Municipality of York’s public health unit region.
 
Indoor dining and gyms will be allowed to reopen with slight modifications to health and safety measures.
 
City-owned and operated Markham Fitness Centre locations will remain closed at this time and will continue to provide fitness services through virtual programming. The City is taking a responsible and measured approach to reopening, which is guided by the Government of Ontario’s new COVID-19 response framework and the City of Markham’s  Response, Recovery & Reinvention Plan. The health and safety of our visitors, community and staff remains our number one priority.
 
Residents are encouraged to visit markham.ca/recreation to see what recreational outdoor, in-person and virtual programs are available.
 
The City of Markham understands the social, physical and mental health benefits of staying active and engaged. During the pandemic, the City will continue to provide fun, educational, creative and active programs for all ages that are adapted to ensure the health and safety of participants.
 
As we navigate the pandemic together, the City of Markham continues to monitor and follow advice from public health officials at the federal, provincial and regional levels.
 
It is critically important that we each continue to do our part to keep one another safe. It is not the time to let your guard down.
 
Residents are asked to:

  • Stay at home as much as possible and limit close contact to those in your immediate household
  • Keep a safe distance from anyone outside your household (2 metres/6 feet)
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve
  • Wear a mask or face covering when inside public spaces or when physical distancing is a challenge
  • Clean high-touch surfaces often
  • Download the COVID Alert app

Visit markham.ca/CovidSafety to find out how else you can do your part to stop the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus.
 
It is important to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 and seek assessment and testing, if necessary.
 
For more information and updates about COVID-19 and affected City services, visit markham.ca/covid19.
 
Related links:

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Bryan Frois, Chief of Staff at bfrois@markham.ca or 416.567.1177.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham:
Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

Stay Connected:

Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and event.