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COVID-19 Information and Updates

COVID-19 Information and Updates

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This page is a resource for up-to-date information on facilities, programs and services that may have been impacted as a result of containment measures the Municipality has put in place to try and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Clarington will continue to update this page daily.

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Update for Monday, July 6,  2020, 3 p.m.

Non-medical masks and face coverings mandatory while in indoor places accessible to the public - statement from Regional Chair John Henry

Today, Dr. Robert Kyle, Durham Region Medical Officer of Health, issued instructions to ensure the mandatory use of non-medical masks or face coverings within most public and enclosed indoor spaces, effective July 10.

This means that non-medical masks or face coverings are mandatory for all community members, with the exception of those who have health, respiratory and sensory issues; various disabilities; are unable to remove the mask without assistance; children under the age of two; or other valid reasons.

Face coverings will be mandatory in commercial establishments, including retail and convenience stores; malls; enclosed farmers’ markets; libraries and community centres; and business offices open to the public.

Read the full press release on the Region of Durham's website.

Mandatory mask signage for business owners

As part of the Region's mandate, business owners are required to implement a policy for the use of non-medical masks or face coverings, and to use discretion when refusing entry to people who are not wearing a face covering.

To assist business owners with this new mandate, the Region of Durham has created signage that business owners can print and post in their establishments.

Learn more on the Region of Durham's website.

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Past updates
Sunday, July 5, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates.
Saturday, July 4, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates.
Friday, July 3, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates.
Thursday, July 2, 2020, 4 p.m.

Ontario provides additional funding to support municipalities and urban indigenous community partners

The Ontario government is providing municipalities and urban Indigenous community partners with an additional $150 million to continue to protect vulnerable people from COVID-19 by improving homeless shelters and creating opportunities for longer-term housing. This investment more than doubles the funding currently flowing to local municipal service managers and urban Indigenous program administrators through the Social Services Relief Fund.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 4 p.m.

Ontario encourages support of local small businesses

The Ontario Government is celebrating International Small Business Week with the launch of the "Shop Local! Shop Safe! Shop with Confidence!" campaign, encouraging Ontarians to support their local small businesses and to shop safely while doing so.

Read the full press release on Ontario's website.

Clarington Camps are back for the summer

Clarington is running our highly-popular summer camps. However, due to COVID-19 and the strict restrictions on camps imposed by the Province, camps will be modified.

Registration for camps begins on Tuesday, July 7, starting at 7 a.m. Registration will take place online only through our Be Active Clarington website. Camps will begin on July 20 and will be located at four separate facilities.

Read the full press release for details.

Monday, June 29, 2020, 4 p.m.

Clarington launches COVID-19 Community Support Program to support not-for-profit organizations 

As part of a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package, Clarington Council approved a Community Support Program for not-for-profit organizations negatively impacted by the pandemic. The application-based grant program will provide financial support to community agencies and volunteer organizations in Clarington. The program will only assist organizations suffering a loss as a result of program and service closures or reduced fundraising capabilities due to the pandemic.

Ontario extends Emergency Orders to July 10

The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders currently in force until July 10, 2020, while removing the restrictions that were limiting access to certain sport training facilities. The decision was made in consultation with Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health to ensure the safe and gradual reopening of the province as part of Ontario's Framework for Reopening the Province.

Read the full press release on Ontario's website.

Sunday, June 28, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates.
Saturday, June 27, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates.
Friday, June 26, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates.
Thursday, June 25, 2020, 4 p.m.

Community COVID-19 Support Program

The Municipality is launching its application-based Community COVID-19 Support Program. The Program will provide funding for non-profit organizations who, in turn, provide community support programs, this includes agencies that support small businesses, and people in need as a result of the pandemic.

This target-specific program has been created to provide financial support to our community agencies, non-profits and volunteer organizations that will / have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

View eligibility criteria and the Program application.

Region of Durham launches new recovery website

As our community reopens, the Region of Durham has developed a Recovery Framework and Action Plan, including a brand new website, www.durham.ca/recovery. This website contains information, tools, and resources for residents and businesses. It includes links to important sector-specific guidance on reopening, it also contains links to the Downtowns of Durham directory, information on child care, business supports and more.

Visit the website for more information.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 4 p.m.

Province extends Emergency Declaration

Under the authority of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, the Province has extended is Emergency Declaration until July 15. This extension provides Ontario with the additional time, flexibility, and the necessary tools to safely and gradually allow more places to reopen, while continuing to support frontline health care providers in the fight against COVID-19. 

Read the full press release.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 4 p.m.

Council passes unprecedented COVID-19 financial support package for taxpayers and businesses

During a marathon Committee session culminating in a late-night Council meeting, Clarington Council passed an unprecedented financial support package for taxpayers and business owners negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The support package totals $2 million, with $1 million dedicated to a temporary property tax relief program, and the remaining $1 million going to a Community Improvement Plan to help qualifying businesses.

Monday, June 22, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates.
Sunday, June 21, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates.
Saturday, June 20, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates.
Friday, June 19, 2020, 4 p.m.

Clarington unveils plan for a cautious reopening

As we enter Stage 2 of Ontario's framework to reopening the Province, the Municipality of Clarington is taking a cautious approach to reopening its amenities and services to protect staff and public health. Clarington has prepared a list of services and amenities showing what is opening, including our splash pads and summer camps.

Read the press release for a full list that outlines what is open and closed.

Splash pads reopen in time for the weekend

Most of the splash pads in Clarington are now open for use. Please maintain a distance of two metres from anyone outside of your social circle and remember to take your own hand sanitizer. If your child uses a push button to get the water started, it may be good practise to sanitize their hands after.

All splash pads are open except for the following locations:

  • Walbridge Park (under repair)
  • Bons Park (under repair)
  • Westside Drive Park (expected to reopen Monday)
  • Guildwood Park (under repair)
  • Orono (park reconstruction)
  • Avondale Park (expected to reopen Monday) 

  • View all splash pad locations

Splash pads open

Thursday, June 18, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 4 p.m.

Ontario extends its emergency orders until June 30

The Province has extended its emergency orders until June 30, 2020, putting them in line with the current date of expiry for the Provincial State of Emergency. The Province will continue to review these orders to determine if they can be adjusted or lifted as part of Ontario’s framework to reopen the Province safely. Across the Province, larger social gatherings of up to 10 people are now allowed. People are encouraged to create a social circle of 10 people. A social circle should include all household members. It can also include family and friends outside the household up to a maximum of 10 people, who can interact and come into close contact with one another without physical distancing.

Read today’s announcement.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 4 p.m.

Ontario provides workplace safety guide

The Province has released a new workplace safety guide to help employers develop comprehensive safety plans to protects their workers, customers and clients. The new downloadable guide has tips on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as more workplaces continue to open. The workplace guide also contains a template that employers can use to develop individualized safety plans. Some of the things to consider include:

  • Identifying the risks for transmitting the virus through person-to-person contact and actions such as touching faces with hands that have been contaminated by contact with surfaces and objects;
  • Determining what controls are needed to help mitigate risks, such as engineering controls like the installation of plexiglass to separate workers from customers, administrative controls limiting the number of workers in a space at one time, and personal protective equipment including face and eye protection;
  • Creating a workplace safety plan based on the identified risks and appropriate controls specific to the employer's workplace;
  • Implementing the plan in the workplace, reviewing and updating it as the situation evolves; and
  • Communicating the actions being taken to workers and other people entering the workplace.

Read the Province's press release.

Monday, June 15, 2020, 4 p.m.

Durham Region Health Unit to enter Stage 2

Durham Region Health is among seven public health regions entering Stage 2 of Ontario’s plan to reopen the Province. Clarington is located in Durham, and that means that as of Friday, June 19, many businesses and services can reopen pending strict health and safety measures. The Province has a comprehensive list of businesses and services that can open during Stage 2.

The following Municipal services are allowed to reopen: pools, splash pads, spray pads and wading pools. Libraries and museums can also open pending safety considerations. Recreational sports teams will also be allowed to begin training on outdoor sports fields. Please note that whirlpools, spas, outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment will remain closed during Stage 2.

While Clarington recognizes that residents are eager to access our services, the Municipality is working through the logistics of staffing and health and safety as we plan for a safe reopening for both our staff and residents. We are looking at a variety of options to reopen our water amenities as well as planning for a modified day camp program. Realistically, the Municipality will need several weeks to train staff and provide the safety measures necessary to reopen.  Please stay tuned to this page. Over the next few days, we will provide updates on timelines and which services will be opening up to our residents. We appreciate your patience; your health and safety are paramount.

Read today’s Provincial announcement and see the complete list of services allowed to reopen during Stage 2.

Durham Region to move into Phase 2 of provincial recovery plan

John Henry, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer for The Regional Municipality of Durham has issued a statement regarding Durham Region's move into Phase 2 of provincial recovery plan.

"Beginning on Friday, June 19, Durham Region will officially move into Phase 2 of the provincial reopening plan. This means that certain establishments can once again open for business, including restaurants, bars, hair salons, malls and more.

This step is a direct result of the dedication of our residents; working together to help protect the health and safety of our communities. You stayed home, practised physical distancing, and followed proper hand hygiene guidelines. You directly helped to flatten the curve."

Read Chair Henry's full statement on the Region of Durham's website.

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Sunday, June 14, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates.
Saturday, June 13, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates.
Friday, June 12, 2020, 4 p.m.

As we celebrate Canada Day together but apart, we are still looking to promote our collective community spirit.  As the Municipality works to #SpreadLove during this time, we also encourage residents to decorate your lawns and share your photos. Email us and tell us how you are celebrating, canadaday@clarington.net. Tag us on social media in your photos and use #SpreadLove.

Send your pictures or short videos of how you and your family #SpreadLove.

For more information, visit our Oh Clarington celebration page.

Image of Canadian flags with Spread love banner 

 Province encourages people to establish a set social circle

Starting today, the social gathering restrictions have increased from five to ten people. The Province is now encouraging Ontarians to establish a set social circle of no more than 10 people who can interact and come into close contact with one another without physical distancing, including those outside the immediate household. Social circles will support the mental health and well-being of Ontarians and help reduce social isolation.

Ontarians who wish to form a safe social circle should follow these five simple steps:

  1. Start with your current circle: the people you live with or who regularly come into your household;
  2. If your current circle is under 10 people, you can add members to your circle, including those from another household, family members or friends;
  3. Get agreement from everyone that they will join the circle;
  4. Keep your social circle safe. Maintain physical distancing with anyone outside of your circle; and
  5. Be true to your circle. No one should be part of more than one circle.

For more information, read the Province’s press release.

Thursday, June 11, 2020, 4 p.m.

Durham to host virtual PASS Case Management event

The Regional Municipality of Durham is hosting a virtual Prompt Access to Single Session (PASS) Case Management event where adults (18 years of age or older) with a developmental disability and/or their caregivers can speak directly with an experienced and knowledgeable case manager. The event will be on June 18, at 3 p.m. While the event is free, registration is required. To register call 905-668-4113 ext. 3673.

View more information on the Region of Durham website.

Child-care centres in Durham Region remain closed until further notice

Early learning and child-care centres operated by The Regional Municipality of Durham will remain closed until further notice to allow these centres to prepare and reopen safely. Details and times for reopening will vary, updates will be provided on the Early Learning and child-care web page.  

Emergency child-care centres will continue to operate until June 26, offering free care exclusively for eligible healthcare and frontline workers. These clients will then have priority for a child-care spot at their original placement site.

View all the details on the Region of Durham website.

Ontario to allow family visits at long-term care homes, retirement homes

The Province announced a gradual resumption of visits to long-term care homes, retirement homes, and other residential care settings beginning June 18, 2020. Long-term care homes will allow outdoor visits of one person per resident each week at a minimum. Retirement homes will resume indoor and outdoor visits in designated areas or resident suites when physical distancing can be maintained. Other residential care settings will be able to allow outdoor visits of two people at a time. Physical distancing will be required for all visits. 

Visits will be subject to strict health and safety protocols. Visitors will be required to pass active screening before entering the facility, confirming with staff that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within the previous two weeks, and complying with the infection prevention and control protocols. This includes bringing and wearing a face covering during visits.

Long-term care and retirement homes, as well as other residential care settings, must meet the following conditions before they welcome visitors:

  • Homes must not be in outbreak
  • Homes must have an established process for communicating visitor protocol and the associated safety procedures
  • Homes must maintain the highest infection prevention and control standards.

For retirement homes, visitor admissions will vary from home to home, depending upon their individual circumstances.

For more information, read the Province's press release.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates.
Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 4 p.m.

Guidance for public beach use

According to the Durham Region Health Department, current research suggests the risk of transmission from recreational waters is very low. However, COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets when in close contact with others. It is common to see people swimming and playing in the water in close proximity of one another. Therefore, the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is greater if physical distancing is not maintained.

Follow the guidelines below to help stop the spread of COVID-19 while using public beaches:

  • Use beaches closer to your home.
  • Do not visit the beach if you have symptoms such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing, muscle aches,
    fatigue, headache, sore throat, runny nose, or have come into contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Maintain a physical distance of at least two metres (six feet) or more from people outside of your household at all times.
  • Ensure physical distancing is maintained while in the water and while having fun on the shore.
  • Bring alcohol-based hand sanitizer to the beach and clean your hands when you arrive and throughout your visit.
  • No organized activities (beach volleyball, etc.) are allowed unless limited to one household at a time without shared equipment.

Guidance for Public Beach Use

Monday, June 8, 2020, 4 p.m.

Ontario announces details of Stage 2 of reopening the Province

Premier Doug Ford announced details on Stage 2 of reopening the Province. Ontario has taken a region-based approach to reopening. The Province is easing restrictions in communities where it is safe to do so based on trends and key public health indicators such as rates of transmission, increased capacity in hospitals, and progress made in testing. And while many Public Health regions will be moving to Stage 2 starting this Friday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. Clarington is located within Durham Public Health and will NOT reopen until further notice. According to the announcement, at the beginning of each week, the government will provide an update on the ongoing assessment of these regions that are closed, and will decide whether they are ready to move into Stage 2 at the end of the week.

Starting on Friday, June 12, at 12:01 a.m., the limit on social gatherings is being increased from five to ten people, regardless of whether the Region has moved into Stage 2.

For more information, read the Province's full announcement

Sunday, June 7, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates.
Saturday, June 6, 2020, 4 p.m.

Province extends its emergency orders until June 19, 2020

The Province of Ontario has extended its emergency orders until June 19. Extending these emergency orders will give employers of frontline care providers the necessary flexibility to respond to COVID-19 and protect vulnerable people and the public as the province gradually and safely reopens.

Read the press release for more details.

Friday, June 5, 2020, 4 p.m.

Short-term rentals allowed to resume

Effective today, short-term rental of hotels, motels, lodges, cabins, cottages and other shared rental accommodation is allowed to resume. Pools, fitness centres, meeting rooms and other recreational facilities that may be part of the operations of these businesses will remain closed.

View the full list of essential workplaces on Ontario's website.

Thursday, June 4, 2020, 4 p.m.

There are no updates.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 4 p.m.

There are no updates.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 4 p.m.

There are no updates.

Monday, June 1, 2020, 4 p.m.

Business community outlines needs on road to recovery

A recent study of hundreds of Durham businesses has revealed that 92 per cent of businesses are concerned that a second wave of COVID-19 could be a barrier to recovery.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause global economic impacts, all Durham-based businesses have been affected by this unprecedented crisis. Now, as mindsets turn towards economic recovery, there’s a need to understand specific local needs. That’s why the Durham Economic Task Force recently co-ordinated this COVID-19 recovery survey.

In addition to revealing concern around a second COVID-19 wave, the survey also found that almost 70 per cent of businesses want to see programs or strategies to bring the local food and agriculture sector into the Region’s downtowns—to help the economy recover.

Read the full press release on the Region of Durham's website.

Sunday, May 31, 2020, 4 p.m.

There are no updates.

Saturday, May 30, 2020, 4 p.m.

Province announces backcountry camping will be available June 1 at Ontario Parks and Crown Lands

As of June 1, backcountry camping will be available at Ontario Parks, including access points, paddle and portage routes and hiking trails. Ontario Parks will also be expanding day-use activities to include picnicking and off-leash pet areas. 

Read the announcement.

Friday, May 29, 2020, 4 p.m.

Mayor Foster urges residents to practise physical distancing

Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster released a short statement urging residents to follow Public Health guidelines and practise physical distancing. Mayor Foster is also reminding the community that social gatherings of more than five people are not allowed.

Mayor Foster issues statement on the importance of physical distancing.

Durham Health launches online toolkit with information and resources for businesses reopening

Durham Region Health Department launched an online toolkit with information and resources for businesses and services that are slowly reopening. The Community Reopening Toolkit is available at durham.ca/reopeningtoolkit.

For more information, read the announcement.

Ontario expands COVID-19 testing across the Province

The Ontario Government has entered the second phase of COVID-19 testing. It is expanding its capability, opening more testing locations and making tests available to anyone who feels they need to take a test.

Read the Province's announcement.

Thursday, May 28, 2020, 4 p.m.

There are no updates.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 4 p.m.

Province extends emergency orders until June 9

The Province of Ontario has extended its emergency orders until June 9. This means all play structures, public swimming pools and splash pads will remain closed until further notice. These closures are to protect the health and safety of all residents from community spread and transmission of COVID-19. We appreciate your patience as we all do our part to stop the spread.

Take a look at the What’s Open in Clarington graphic to see which outdoor amenities you can access. Please follow all of the rules governing the use of these amenities as we try and keep each other safe. It's important to note that if these guidelines are not followed, we may be forced to close these spaces. 

What's open

Durham Health Resources

Durham Health has developed a comprehensive website with health information, self-assessment forms, resources and fact sheets. Visit www.durham.ca/COVID-19 to get the latest information.

Tax instalment

Residents will receive their final tax bill in the mail in the next few days. The final instalment dates are July 23, 2020, and September 17, 2020. Payments can be made at most banks or financial institutions, including online and telephone banking. Residents can also mail a cheque to the Municipality of Clarington including your ROLL number. All cheques can be mailed to 40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville ON L1C 3A6. Residents can also deposit cheques in the drop box at the Municipal Administrative Centre (40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville) at the north entrance. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the tax department at 905-623-3379 ext. 2650.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 4 p.m.

What's Open in Clarington

The Municipality has created a simple guide to show which outdoor amenities are open in Clarington and the rules in place to protect the health and safety of all residents. People must maintain a strict two-metre physical distance and obey the rules of use as set out for the amenities. Bring your own hand sanitizer. Be safe.

 

What's open

Agencies from across Durham Region partner to support local residents

Community support services agencies from across Durham Region have continued to provide essential services to their clients in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. To make it easier for people to access these vital services, Community Care Durham, together with the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region, the Oshawa Senior Community Centres, Brain Injury Association Durham and Personal Attendant Care Inc., are also staffing a new Durham Region Community Services Support Line.

By calling 1-888-332-3133, at-risk residents will be seamlessly connected to the important services provided by the five agencies and other partners. 

 

Services can include:

  • Grocery and pharmacy delivery
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Transportation
  • Dementia Support Services
  • Telephone Safety Checks
  • Respite
  • Home Maintenance
  • COPE Mental Health Telephone & Virtual Support Groups

Read read the full press release.

Ontario Energy Board launches new online Resource Centre

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has launched a new online Resource Centre, offering tools designed to help inform Ontarians about the OEB's consumer protection work, and natural gas and electricity regulation. The Resource Centre is divided by topics, and the various sections include helpful videos, downloadable fact sheets, tips and booklets, as well as website links to more information.

Monday, May 25, 2020, 4 p.m.

There are no updates.

Sunday, May 24, 2020, 4 p.m.

There are no updates.

Saturday, May 23, 2020, 4 p.m.

There are no updates.

Friday, May 22, 2020, 4 p.m.

Reminder to follow health and safety guidelines

As the community begins to reopen, it's vital that we work together and continue to follow health and safety guidelines. Remember to keep two metres apart and follow strict physical distancing rules. Use hand sanitizer and wear a non-medical face mask if possible. Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often and stay home if you don't feel well.

Physical Distancing reminders

Thursday, May 21, 2020, 4 p.m.

Clarington cancels camps and indoor facility permits

To protect the health and safety of our children and to respond to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Municipality of Clarington has made the difficult decision to cancel its summer camps. Clarington is also suspending all indoor facility rental permits until at least June 28.

As the Municipality continues to monitor this evolving situation, we will update residents on plans for possible summer recreation programming and any opportunities for modified camp programs that may move forward.

Read the full press release.

Staff to begin processing refunds for summer camps and permits

With the cancellation of summer camps and facility permits until June 28, staff are currently working through the process of completing refunds for all camps and affected permits. We anticipate that refund processing may take seven to 10 days. All customers who have an email address on their account will receive their receipt electronically as soon as the refund is processed. Otherwise, paper receipts will be mailed out. To add your email address to your BeACTIVE account and receive your receipt electronically, please email communityservices@clarington.net.

Guidelines for reopening businesses

The Province of Ontario has a complete list of sector-specific guidelines and safety measures that businesses must implement to reopen safely. These guidelines include various health and safety measures to help protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19.

Guidelines for reopening

Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 4 p.m.

Tennis courts reopened

All municipal tennis courts are now open for singles play only. Players must maintain a distance of two metres and bring their own hand sanitizer.

Tennis Courts Open

Revised rules for off-leash dog parks

We have amended our rules for off-leash dog parks to eliminate the restriction of allowing only five people in the park at one time. Residents must  continue to maintain a distance of two metres at all times. We recommend bringing hand sanitizer and wearing a non-medical mask or face covering if possible.

Dog Parks Open

The Municipality is evaluating all of its outdoor amenities and creating a safe plan for reopening. Stay tuned as we will provide an update in the coming days.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 4 p.m.

All leash-free dog parks in Clarington are now open

Leash-free dog parks in Courtice, Bowmanville and Newcastle are now open. However, there are strict guidelines residents must follow. Practise physical distancing at all times and stay two metres away from another person. Currently, we are not allowing more than five people in a dog park at a time; this ensures compliance with the Provincial order banning any social gatherings of more than five people. Bring your own hand sanitizer and, if possible, wear a non-medical face mask or face covering.

Graphic stating that leash-free dog parks are open

Ontario announces that schools will remain closed and extends emergency orders

The Province has announced that due to COVID-19 all schools will remain closed until the end of the school year.  At the same time, Ontario is creating a plan for the 2020-2021 school year. The Province has also extended its emergency orders until May 29, 2020.

Monday, May 18, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates.
Sunday, May 17, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates.
Saturday, May 16, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates.
Friday, May 15, 2020, 4 p.m.

Public gatherings are still banned

This Victoria Day weekend, we are asking residents to make the right choice, do your part and be safe. Public gatherings of more than five people are still banned. Residents are expected to practise physical distancing and stay two metres apart. This means that you cannot have a local display of fireworks with your neighbours as this will attract more people.  If you choose to discharge fireworks, follow Clarington’s guidelines. Now is not the time to throw away all the work we have done these past two months to stop the virus from spreading.

Stay vigilant. Stay safe. Do your part to stay apart.

Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster is asking residents to stay the course and continue to follow public health directions.  We cannot drop our guard and throw parties and hold celebrations. We run the risk of setting the community back in its efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19. Read Mayor Foster’s full statement.

Image showing Mayor Foster's abbreviated statement

Personal protective equipment directory

As businesses across the Region of Durham prepare to open during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need for personal protective equipment to keep everyone safe. Invest Durham has compiled a PPE page outlining the businesses that provide these critical supplies. Visit the Invest Durham PPE directory for all the details.

Thursday, May 14, 2020, 4 p.m.

Mayor Foster issues statement ahead of the Victoria Day long weekend

As we head into the Victoria Day long weekend, we cannot lose sight of the main goal across Clarington, Ontario, Canada and globally: we need to continue to flatten the curve. I know that both the Federal and Provincial governments are slowly easing restrictions by opening up parks, reserves and historic sites. More businesses will be allowed to operate in the coming weeks under Ontario's ‘Framework for reopening our Province,’ but that does not mean that we can throw caution to the wind. I urge you to remain vigilant and continue to practise physical distancing as we battle this invisible and deadly virus. It's important to note that public gatherings of more than five people are still prohibited.

Please, I urge you: do your part to stay apart. It's the only way we can protect everyone.

Read Mayor Foster's full statement.

Ontario announces additional workplaces that can reopen

Today, the Province announced which retailers, seasonal businesses and health and community service providers will be allowed to open or expand their services on Tuesday, May 19, provided that the general trend on health indicators continues to improve. The government also announced that additional seasonal services and activities will be permitted to open as early as Saturday, May 16, 2020, in time for the Victoria Day long weekend.

Municipal boat launches to reopen May 16

As per today's announcement by the Provincial government, Clarington's Municipal boat launches in Bowmanville and Newcastle will reopen Saturday, May 16, at 7 a.m. 

Boat launches OPEN

 

Keeping Clarington Business top of mind

The Clarington Board of Trade and Office of Economic Development (CBOT) has compiled a resource guide highlighting Clarington businesses that are open, including eating establishments, wellness and medical services, and retail. CBOT also created a listing for those businesses that offer special hours for seniors and those who are vulnerable.

Visit www.cbot.ca/open for more information. 

GRCA to open Conservation Areas and Ganaraska Forest in phases

In a press release issued today, Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority announced that GRCA’s Ganaraska Forest and conservation areas will reopen in phases. Staff are preparing to open all conservation areas and the Ganaraska Forest to hiking on May 22, 2020. Phase two will allow non-motorized uses on May 29, followed by motorized and all uses by June 5.

For more information, please visit the GRCA website.

National Lifejacket Day

Today, the Canadian Red Cross marks National Lifejacket Day, an annual campaign to encourage and promote the use of lifejackets and personal flotation devices among boaters. As the weather warms up and the recreational boating season begins, we remind everyone to be vigilant about water safety. Lifejackets save lives, and everyone should wear an approved lifejacket when on a boat.

Learn more on the Canadian Red Cross website.

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 4 p.m.

Province extends Declaration of Emergency while Ontario gradually reopens the economy

The Ontario government has extended the Declaration of Emergency until June 2, ensuring the province has the necessary tools and health care capacity to contain COVID-19, while gradually reopening businesses, services, and amenities safely.

Read the full press release on the Government of Ontario website.

CLOCA Conservation Areas to reopen Wednesday, May 20

Following the Government of Ontario's announcement to reopen Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves for limited recreational day-use, Central Lake Ontario Conservation (CLOCA) has announced it will reopen their Conservation Areas on Wednesday, May 20. Visitors to the Conservation Areas must follow all physical distancing and public health guidelines.

Visit CLOCA's website for the latest updates on the reopening of CLOCA Conservation Areas.

Monday, May 11, 2020, 4 p.m.

Thanking our nurses

As we mark National Nursing Week and the Year of the Nurse, the Municipality of Clarington would like to thank all of our nurses for working around the clock to keep us safe and healthy. Thank you for your dedication, compassion, expertise and selflessness.

Graphic thanking nurses for their work during COVID-19

Provincial workplace resources and guidelines for businesses

Starting today, many local retail stores will be opening up for curbside pickup and delivery. The Province has some resources and guidelines available to protect both workers and customers. Read the Guidance on Health and Safety for curbside pickup and delivery services during COVID-19.

Sunday, May 10, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates.
Saturday, May 9, 2020, 4 p.m.

Province to open all parks and conservation areas starting May 11

The Ontario government is opening provincial parks and conservation reserves for limited day-use access. The first areas will open on Monday May 11, 2020, with the remaining areas opening on Friday May 15, 2020. Recreational activities will be limited to walking, hiking, biking and birdwatching. 

Read the full press release for all the details

Physical distancing

As we see the Province easing restrictions related to COVID-19, residents must remain vigilant and practise physical distancing. We are not out of the woods yet and need to take every precaution to keep ourselves and others safe and healthy.

Physical distancing outdoors

Friday, May 8, 2020, 4 p.m.

Fireworks safety

As the May long weekend approaches, the Municipality of Clarington would like to remind residents about safety when discharging fireworks. The emergency order banning public gatherings of more than five people remains in place as we continue to follow all public health guidelines to flatten the curve of COVID-19. We do not recommend any informal neighbourhood display of fireworks. If you choose to have fireworks, please follow all the safety guidelines identified on our Fireworks Safety web page. Just a reminder that all Municipal playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, skateboard parks remain closed due to COVID-19. We know that now more than ever, residents need a reason to celebrate, but please remember we are still in a pandemic, and your choices will impact others. Be safe.

Thursday, May 7, 2020, 4 p.m.

Government Roles and Responsibilities Guide

If you need help accessing a service but aren't sure who to call, check our Government Roles and Responsibilities Guide to find out which level of government can help you.

Roles and responsibilities

Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 4 p.m.

Emergency orders extended until May 19

The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders that have been put in place to-date until at least May 19, 2020. On March 17, the Province declared  a state of emergency in Ontario and has since issued a number of emergency orders, including the closure of outdoor amenities in parks and recreational areas, non-essential businesses, and a ban on gatherings of more than five people.

Learn more about the emergency orders currently in place on the Province of Ontario website.

Ontario Government eases restrictions on retail stores and essential construction

The Provincial Government has announced that it will continue to ease restrictions on retail stores and essential construction projects. As early as May 8, garden centres and nurseries will be allowed to open for in-store payment and purchases, and hardware stores and safety supply stores will be permitted to open for in-store payment and purchases as early as May 9. On May 11, retail stores with a street entrance can begin offering curbside pickup and delivery.

Read the full press release on the Province of Ontario website.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 4 p.m.

Updated guidelines for essential businesses and services

Last week, the Province announced the first stage of its “Framework to re-open the Province,” allowing certain businesses to re-open as of Monday, May 4, 2020. Under strict guidelines established by Public Health, businesses permitted to re-open include seasonal businesses such as garden centres and nurseries for curbside pick-up and delivery, certain construction projects, lawn care and landscaping.

Essential Businesses and Services

Durham Region seeking feedback from local businesses on recovery efforts

The Durham Economic Task Force (DETF) is reaching out to local business owners—via a three-minute online survey—to learn more about the economic impacts of COVID-19 and help to shape local recovery efforts.

Survey results will be used to develop a made-in-Durham local business recovery plan; outlining considerations for recovery efforts and required supports. They will also provide input into future discussions with other levels of government. Learn more by visiting www.investdurham.ca/CovidResponse.

Monday, May 4, 2020, 4 p.m.

Effective today, the burn ban in Clarington is lifted

Just a reminder for all residents that the burn ban has now been lifted.  This means permit holders can resume burning on their property and residents wishing to apply for a permit can do so using the online form.

Fire Chief Gord Weir would like to remind residents that burning is not allowed without a permit. Clarington's Open Air Burning By-law prohibits open air burning, including the use of wood-fuelled "chimneas" and fire pits. Campfires, burn barrels and other wood-fuelled fires are not allowed at any time of year.

For more information, contact Fire Prevention at fireprevention@clarington.net or call 905-623-3379 ext. 2806.

Burn Ban lifted

Sunday, May 3, 2020, 4 p.m.

There are no updates.

Saturday, May 2, 2020, 4 p.m.

There are no updates.

Friday, May 1, 2020, 4 p.m.

Ontario taking the first step to re-opening the province

The Province has announced the first stage of its “Framework to re-open the Province.” Starting on Monday, May 4, 2020, the Province will allow certain businesses to re-open. Under strict guidelines established by Public Health, those businesses permitted to re-open include seasonal businesses such as garden centres and nurseries for curbside pick-up and delivery, certain construction projects, lawn care and landscaping.

Read the full press release for all the information.

Fire Chief to lift burn ban effective Monday, May 4

Clarington Fire Chief Gord Weir is lifting the fire ban effective Monday, May 4, 2020. This means permit holders can resume burning on their property and residents wishing to apply for a permit can do so using the online form.

The Fire Chief would like to remind residents that burning is not allowed without a permit. Clarington's Open Air Burning By-law prohibits open air burning, including the use of wood-fuelled "chimneas" and fire pits. Campfires, burn barrels and other wood-fuelled fires are not allowed at any time of year.

For more information, contact Fire Prevention at fireprevention@clarington.net or call 905-623-3379 ext. 2806.

Additional information and resources available to businesses

The office of Durham MPP David Piccini has created a website, www.covidsupports.ca, to ensure businesses have access to supports during COVID-19. The site outlines various relief from the Province and Federal Government that may be available to eligible businesses.

AODA Alliance and Ontario Autism Coalition to host virtual town hall

On Monday, May 4, 2020, the AODA Alliance and Ontario Autism Coalition will host a virtual town hall to address how teachers and parents can try to meet the learning needs of students with disabilities while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the live town hall on Monday, May 4 at 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 30, 2020, 4 p.m.

Live Q&A with Mayor Adrian Foster available for viewing on Facebook

Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster hosted a live Q&A on Facebook today, and residents from across Clarington chimed in to ask questions about the impact of COVID-19 on municipal services. The video is available for viewing on Clarington's Facebook page, and we invite residents to continue to ask questions on the post.

Information and advice available to help businesses during COVID-19

The Government of Ontario is providing businesses with information and advice to help them navigate the the economy during COVID-19. The dedicated web page, COVID-19: Support for businesses, outlines available financial and tax relief, guidance for employers, and other useful resources.

The Province has also released safety guidelines to help protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy. The sector-specific guidelines contain recommendations and tips for employers on how to keep workers safe on the job, including advice on preventative actions, physical distancing and workplace sanitation.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 4 p.m.

Residents reminded not to illegally dump their waste

Communities across Durham Region have seen an increase in illegal dumping, and the Region of Durham is reminding residents that if caught illegally dumping, residents can face fines, if convicted, of up to $10,000. Leaving materials in parks, along the roadside, or on other’s property without their permission is detrimental to the health and safety of the community, and actions like this burden the resources needed to manage the COVID-19 response.  

Anyone with information on illegal dumping should report it to the Region of Durham by completing the online Illegal Dumping form, or by contacting your local municipality. Local municipal by-laws and provincial environmental protection laws apply to anyone who dumps garbage illegally.

Residents can also make use of the Regional Waste Management Facilities (WMFs) to dispose of materials that cannot be collected at the curb, such as hazardous household materials and renovation and construction material. The WMFs in Oshawa and Scugog will also be implementing summer hours starting on Tuesday, May 5. The facilities will be open for extended hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays only. Residents can find details about locations, hours, and changes at durham.ca/WMF.  

Read the full Public Service Announcement on the Region of Durham's website.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 4 p.m.

Guidelines for essential businesses and services

The Government of Ontario has mandated certain services as essential, including “maintenance, repair and property management services that are necessary to manage and maintain safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial, industrial and residential properties and buildings.”

Workers and business owners are responsible for complying with the advice and recommendations of public health officials, including instructions on physical distancing, cleaning and disinfecting. Homeowners who have the skill and ability to perform any of this work on their property can do so as long as they practise physical distancing; don’t hire a contractor, or seek help from a friend or neighbour, and have all the necessary permits.

View our guidelines for essential businesses and services to see what type of work is and isn’t allowed. If you have questions about a specific case that doesn’t fit within these parameters, email bylawenforcement@clarington.net. These guidelines may change as provincial emergency orders are updated.

Essential Businesses and Services

Monday, April 27, 2020, 4 p.m.

Clarington to re-open community gardens on May 4

The Province of Ontario has amended its emergency order re-opening community gardens. In a press release, the Province has called these gardens “an essential source of fresh food” and has stated that reopening is contingent on public health measures. Clarington will re-open our community gardens on May 4 with a list of restrictions for gardeners to follow, including strict hygiene and physical distancing measures. Gardeners must also bring their own gardening tools as well as wipes and sanitizer to disinfect common touchpoints such as padlocks.

For a full list of restrictions, please read our guidelines poster.

Sunday, April 26, 2020, 4 p.m.

Ontario extends school closures

The Province of Ontario announced that all publicly-funded schools will remain closed until at least May 31, 2020.

Read the full press release.

Stay home, save lives

We encourage residents to stay home as much as possible. If you need an exercise break, practise social distancing and limit your time outdoors. Help protect yourself and others.

Physical distancing outdoors

Saturday, April 25, 2020, 4 p.m.

Ontario extends closure of parks

Ontario has extended the closure of its Provincial Parks and Conservation Areas until May 31, 2020. This includes car camping, backcountry camping, roofed accommodations, day use opportunities, access points and all public buildings.

Read the details in the press release.

Fishing in Clarington

While fishing is currently allowed in Clarington, residents are reminded to fish responsibly and practise physical distancing. Please follow all the directions contained in the responsible fishing poster. Don't travel to other communities, fish locally. We all need to make the right choices to protect ourselves and others.

We also remind residents that the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority and Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority lands are currently closed, and fishing is not permitted.

Responsible fishing brochure (PDF)

Friday, April 24, 2020, 4 p.m.

While fishing is currently allowed in Clarington, residents are reminded to practise physical distancing and follow all provincial emergency orders.

We also remind residents that the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority and Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority lands are currently closed, and fishing is not permitted.

Responsible fishing brochure (PDF)

Mayor Foster to host Facebook Live Q&A on April 30

Join us for a Live Q&A with Mayor Adrian Foster on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 11 a.m. for 30 minutes. Residents can follow along and ask questions live on Facebook. The discussion will focus on Municipal services affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MunofClarington or let us know if you'll be joining us by showing your interest on the Facebook Event page.

Live Q&A with Mayor Foster

Thursday, April 23, 2020, 4 p.m.

Clarington will begin spring cleaning and repair work in May

The Municipality of Clarington is moving forward with its spring cleaning, repair and maintenance operations. Starting in May, staff will be out doing a variety of necessary work to ensure public safety while following strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Each year, the Municipality moves forward with some crucial work, including road repairs. Clarington has legislated obligations under the Provincial Minimum Maintenance Standards to ensure that municipal roads are in a good state of repair.  Clarington staff will proceed with road surface repairs, sweeping, ditching and grass cutting as needed. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Municipality has changed its work protocols to adhere to physical distancing guidelines. This means that staff are required to take separate vehicles to worksites to ensure distancing. They are also required to change how they carry out their work to avoid personal contact.

Clarington crews will also address some of the backlog of forestry work orders. Residents will see staff cutting and pruning trees in certain areas to ensure that they are not blocking sightlines and are safe for drivers or pedestrians. 

For more details, read the press release.

Ontario extends its emergency orders 

To stop the spread of COVID-19 and following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario has extended its emergency orders until May 6, 2020.

This Emergency Order extension includes the closure of outdoor amenities in parks and recreational areas, non-essential workplaces, public places and bars and restaurants, along with restrictions on social gatherings and limiting staff from working in more than one retirement home or long-term care home.

For more information, read the full press release.

Mental health resources

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) of Ontario has many branches available to help residents during the COVID-19 pandemic and with any other issues. CMHA branches continue to provide in-person, phone-based or online/web conferencing supports and programs during the pandemic.

Information on local programs and services currently available in Durham and Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge, can be found here: http://ontario.cmha.ca/local-cmha-branch-supports/

In addition to CMHA’s supports locally- please find additional resources available for General, Indigenous Communities, Young People, Farmers, Workplace Mental Health and First Responders here for Mental Health and Addictions in Ontario: https://www.ontario.ca/page/find-mental-health-support

Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 4 p.m.

It's hard to explain the COVID-19 pandemic to kids. This new world and new reality can be quite stressful and overwhelming. The Ontario Ministry of Health has resources to help you start the conversation with your kids. Read Ontario's COVID-19 Fact Sheet: Talking to Children About the Pandemic to learn more.

Talking to kids about COVID-19

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates.
Monday, April 20, 2020, 4 p.m.

Clarington cancels its Canada Day event and is looking at other options to celebrate Canada’s birthday

Clarington has made the difficult decision to cancel its Canada Day celebration held at Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex. With a provincial order in place that bans public gatherings of more than five people, the Municipality is following physical distancing rules and cancelling this event. Clarington staff are looking at alternate options to help unite our community and still celebrate Canada’s birthday. As the Federal Government is currently planning a large virtual event, Clarington is looking at different ways to celebrate and add to those plans, providing some variety for our community.

Read the full press release.

Junior Firefighter Camp cancelled for 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Clarington has made the decision to cancel the Junior Firefighter (JFF) Camp for 2020.

Sunday, April 19, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates or new information.
Saturday, April 18, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no updates or new information.
Friday, April 17, 2020, 4 p.m.

Durham Region to host virtual Town Hall meeting on COVID-19

The Region of Durham is hosting a 90-minute virtual Town Hall meeting on April 22, and residents are invited to join the conversation, ask questions, listen in, and learn more about community efforts during this difficult time. The Regional Chair, Chief Administrative Officer, Medical Officer of Health, and other members of the Region's senior leadership team (including representatives from Durham Regional Police and Region of Durham Paramedic Services) will be on hand to answer questions about COVID-19 and its impact on the community.

Residents can participate via telephone or by watching the live stream at www.durham.ca/VirtualTownHall.

How long can COVID-19 live on surfaces?

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that includes the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Click on the image below to view how long coronaviruses can live on each surface. To help protect against the spread of COVID-19, disinfect all surfaces and objects in your home daily with a household cleaning spray or wipe. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water, especially after visiting the supermarket or bringing in packages.

How long can COVID-19 live on surfaces?

Note: This information is for your reference only and is changing constantly. Transmission of novel coronavirus to persons from surfaces contaminated with the virus has not been documented. 

Sources: CDC, FDA, Medical Review, Brunilda Nazario, MD, 03/24/2020.

Thursday, April 16, 2020, 4 p.m.

Residents have more time to pay their taxes

To ease the financial burden on Clarington residents in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents have more time to make their property tax payments. Council has waived tax penalties and interest for 60 days for the April instalment.

For those residents looking to defer payments, here are your options:

  • To delay pre-authorized payments through your banking institution, submit your request in writing by emailing tax@clarington.net or by using the drop box located at the north entrance of the Municipal Administrative Centre (40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville). Please include your 15-digit roll number found on your tax bill as reference. To delay future payments, please contact the Tax Department by the tenth day of the month to ensure that a withdrawal does not take place. We need to obtain your written consent to defer payment.
  • To cancel a postdated cheque, please submit your request in writing by emailing tax@clarington.net or by using the drop box located at the north entrance of the Municipal Administrative Centre (40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville). Please include your 15-digit roll number found on your tax bill as reference. We need to obtain your written consent to defer payment. Otherwise, the cheque will be processed.

If you wish to make a payment, here are some options:

  • You can pay through your financial institution using online and telephone banking. Your account number is your 15-digit roll number shown on your tax bill.
  • You can mail a cheque with your bill payment stub to the Municipality of Clarington, 40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville, ON L1C 3A6. Postdated cheques are accepted.
  • You can drop off your payment in our 24-hour drop box located at the north entrance of the Municipal Administrative Centre (40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville). 
  • You can also make payments through your mortgage company. The Municipality sends tax bills directly to the mortgage company for the interim payment. If your mortgage company is responsible for payment and you received your Interim Tax Bill, please forward your tax bill to your mortgage company.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Buy locally grown food

Durham's agricultural community is responding to the increased demand for local fresh food and food products. Many local farmers are offering virtual markets and delivery options. For all the details, visit the Invest Durham website.

Face covering dos and don'ts

Canada's Chief Medical Officer of Health is advising that a non-medical mask or cloth facial covering is now recommended every time you go out. This can include a scarf, bandana, handkerchief or cut-up t-shirt and elastic band. Learn some dos and don'ts to keep in mind when wearing a non-medical face covering.

 

Face covering dos and don'ts

Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 4 p.m.

Clarington closes boat launches

The Municipality has closed its boat launches in Bowmanville and Newcastle due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The boat launch located at 285 Port Darlington Road in Bowmanville and the one at the Bond Head Parkette on 5 Boulton Street in Newcastle will be closed until further notice. Residents will see chains at the ramps. Emergency vehicles will have access. 

 

Boat launch closed

 

Monday, April 13, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no changes or new updates.
Sunday, April 12, 2020, 4 p.m.
There are no changes or new updates.
Saturday, April 11, 2020, 4 p.m.

Ontario extends emergency orders until April 23, 2020

To flatten the curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Ontario has extended all emergency orders until April 23, 2020. The emergency orders fall under a wider state of emergency the Province declared under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. These orders include the closure of outdoor amenities in parks and recreational areas, non-essential workplaces, public places and bars and restaurants, along with restrictions on social gatherings and the prohibition of price gouging. Read the full press release for all the details.
View the full list of all emergency orders.

Stay home, save lives

We encourage residents to stay home as much as possible. If you need an exercise break, practise social distancing and limit your time outdoors. Help protect yourself and others.

Physical distancing outdoors

 

Friday, April 10, 2020, 4 p.m.

Health information

For all health-related information and the status of transmission of COVID-19 in Durham Region, visit www.durham.ca/novelcoronavirus. For community specific information, visit the Durham Region COVID-19 data tracker.

Practise physical distancing: the dos and the don'ts

As we head into another beautiful long weekend, Clarington has compiled a guide to physical distancing. Make the right choice, stay safe and stay healthy.

 

Physical distancing dos and don'ts

Thursday, April 9, 2020, 4 p.m.

Letter to the community

Lakeridge Health released a letter addressed to the community speaking to the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter underlines the importance of physical distancing and also outlines some new visitor restrictions to the hospitals. Read the Lakeridge Health letter to the community.

Clarington Mayor urges residents to practise physical distancing this long holiday weekend

Today, the Federal Government released its latest projections outlining how the COVID-19 outbreak may unfold, supporting the need for continued physical distancing. Ahead of the long weekend, Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster has issued the following statement.

"As we head into a weekend where many families are celebrating Easter, Passover, and Ramadan, I want to remind you to take care and stay healthy. While your celebrations may be slightly muted, as you cannot meet with family and friends, I hope that you take the time to appreciate one another and connect using the various electronic tools on hand. It is absolutely critical that we maintain physical distancing and do not congregate in groups. We have come so far and need to be diligent to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We are dealing with an invisible but deadly enemy. We cannot let our guard down, especially as the weather improves and we all want to head outdoors. Stay at home as much as possible and enjoy your outdoor backyard space, if you have one. If you need an exercise break, stay away from the popular spots and limit your time outdoors while maintaining physical distancing. And as you shop for that special family meal, please follow all the directions at the grocery stores and bring a non-medical mask or facial covering as recommended by Canada's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Theresa Tam.

We are in this together. The choices that you make impact us all. So let us collectively make the right choice and be responsible for the health and well-being of our entire community. I wish you all the very best of this holiday weekend. Stay safe and stay healthy."

 

---Adrian Foster, Mayor of Clarington---

Grocery shopping

As we head into a long weekend where many families may be celebrating, Clarington has a simple message: shop smart and follow physical distancing guidelines. Make a list of what you need and try not to leave things to the last moment. Follow all the rules at the grocery store and give yourself lots of time. Let's work together to flatten the curve and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Physical Distancing when shopping

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 4 p.m.

Spring program refunds

Staff in the Community Services Department continue to process spring program refunds. We appreciate that the process is taking longer as we work through some complications as a result of COVID-19. We are working diligently to issue the refunds as soon as possible. Any payments made by cash, cheque, or debit have now been processed. The Municipality is issuing refund cheques that will be mailed. Program participants should see these cheques in the next week or two. Credit card refunds are currently underway; we hope to have those processed and complete in the next ten business days. The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed this process. We are confident that we will be able to complete all refunds in the near future. We want to thank all program participants for your ongoing patience and understanding.

Durham Health creates more resources

The Durham Region Health Department has created a dedicated web page with FAQs and links to information on health, housing, business, long-term care homes and other resources related to COVID-19. 

Grocery shopping

As we head into a long weekend where many families may be celebrating, Clarington has a simple message: shop smart and follow physical distancing guidelines. Make a list of what you need and try not to leave things to the last moment. Follow all the rules at the grocery store and give yourself lots of time. Let's work together to flatten the curve and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Physical Distancing when shopping

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 4 p.m.

Agriculture and food sector job opportunities

The Government of Ontario has launched a new website to connect people with jobs in the agri-food sector. Visit Ontario.ca/agfoodjobs to look at employment opportunities and online resources.

Message from Durham Region Chief Medical Officer of Health

Durham Region Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Kyle, is using his authority to mandate that people who have tested positive for COVID-19, or people who are exposed to individuals who have COVID-19 self-isolate for at least 14 days as directed by public health.

View the latest message from Dr. Robert Kyle.

Federal Government economic initiatives

The Federal Government has implemented several economic initiatives to help businesses during this COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full list of initiatives to get more information.

Physical distancing dos and don'ts

To help flatten the curve and stop the spread of COVID-19, Clarington has created a guide to physical distancing. We are asking residents to use your best judgment and avoid going to places that may put your health and safety at risk. By protecting your health, you’re also helping to protect the health of others in our community. 

 

Physical distancing dos and don'ts

Monday, April 6, 2020, 4 p.m.

Enforcing COVID-19 Provincial emergency measures

Clarington’s Municipal Law Enforcement Division (By-law enforcement) is working with Durham Regional Police Services (DRPS) to enforce the Provincial emergency orders enacted under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Municipal Law Enforcement Officers are patrolling playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, leash-free dog parks, beaches, skateboard parks, picnic areas, benches, park shelters, provincial parks and conservation areas, which are closed. They are also patrolling trails and open spaces to make sure people are following physical distancing guidelines. Officers are educating the public to ensure compliance. In certain circumstances, charges will be laid if individuals are resisting the orders.

A full list of Ontario’s emergency orders is available on the Province's website.

Report a gathering of more than five people or non-compliant businesses at www.drps.ca under Online Services – Community Concerns. Alternately, please calls the DRPS non-emergency number at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5802.

Physical distancing dos and don'ts

To help flatten the curve and stop the spread of COVID-19, Clarington has created a guide to physical distancing. We are asking residents to use your best judgment and avoid going to places that may put your health and safety at risk. By protecting your health, you’re also helping to protect the health of others in our community.

Physical distancing dos and don'ts

Sunday, April 5, 2020, 4 p.m.

Reporting social gatherings or non-compliant businesses

Residents can report a gathering of more than five people or a non-compliant business on www.drps.ca under Online Services - Community Concerns. Alternately, concerned residents can call the DRPS non-emergency line at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5802 and leave a message.

Practise physical distancing

The Municipality is getting a lot of inquiries from residents asking if they can go outside. The Province is encouraging Ontarians to stay home as much as possible. If you choose to go outside to get some exercise, it’s essential to stay away from people and practise physical distancing. If you are walking and you see people coming towards you cross the street. Otherwise, if possible, move safely to the edge of the boulevard to maintain a two-metre distance and wait till they pass. Stay home and help flatten the curve.

Physical distancing outdoors

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 4 p.m.

Spring program refunds

The Municipality of Clarington continues to process all spring program refunds. We ask for your patience as this is a long process. We hope to issue all refunds by the end of next week. Residents will receive a full refund for all spring program and permit payments without any administrative fees added. Residents who paid using credit cards will receive the refund on the same card, and payments over $20 made by cash or debit will be reimbursed with a cheque sent by Canada Post. Cash or debit payments under $20 will remain as a credit on the resident’s account for 24 months.

Please note: all memberships, including swim/skate, squash, as well as all fitness memberships, will be extended for the length of the closure, plus an additional complimentary week. 

Practise physical distancing

This weekend as we enjoy the nice weather, Clarington wants to remind residents to keep their distance from others. If you choose to get some fresh air, you need to maintain physical distancing. Any gatherings of more than five people are against the law. If you disobey this, you may be fined under the emergency measures implemented by the province. Stay home and help flatten the curve.

Physical distancing outdoors

Friday, April 3, 2020, 4 p.m.

CLOCA and Ganaraska Conservation Areas remain closed

We would like to remind residents that all Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA) and Ganaraska conservation areas are closed. People who choose to ignore these closures and enter a conservation area are trespassing and subject to fines. Please stay home. Stay safe.

Visit the Central Lake Ontario Conservation website or Ganaraska Conservation website for more information.

Practise physical distancing

As we head into a nice and sunny weekend, we want to remind residents to keep their distance from others. If you choose to get some fresh air, you need to maintain physical distancing. Any gatherings of more than five people are against the law. If you disobey this, you will be fined under the emergency measures implemented by the province. Stay home and help flatten the curve.

Physical distancing outdoors

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 4 p.m.

Keep your distance!

We would like to remind residents about the importance of staying two metres away from other people. We all must do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.  The Province of Ontario has issued several emergency measures, including the closure of non-essential businesses and recreational amenities and restricting social gatherings of more than five people.  Do your part, help flatten the curve, and stop the spread of COVID-19.

The math behind social distancing

Deadline extended for Community Event Sponsorship Program

Clarington’s Community Event Sponsorship Program provides funding to individuals and organizations hosting community-wide special events in Clarington. The deadline to apply for funding for events occurring July 1 to December 31, 2020, has been extended to Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Please note that due to the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that some events may need to be postponed or cancelled. In these cases, staff will work with groups to assess on an individual basis and will be as flexible as possible. Funding for events that are cancelled or postponed to 2021 may have to be returned to the Municipality.

We encourage applicants to apply online; however, paper copies of the application can be dropped off in the drop box at the north entrance of the Municipal Administrative Centre.

Learn more about the Community Event Sponsorship Program.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 4 p.m.

Clarington declares a local state of emergency

The Municipality of Clarington has declared a local state of emergency as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our message to residents: stay home, maintain physical distancing, do your part to protect your family, friends, neighbours and the community.

Along with the local emergency declaration, Clarington is extending the closure of its buildings and facilities indefinitely.

Clarington is working with Durham Regional Police Services (DRPS) on enforcement. People caught violating any emergency measure could face fines ranging from $750 to $100,000 depending on the severity of the infraction. Residents can report violations to DRPS at www.drps.ca under Online Services - Community Concerns or by calling 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5802.

Read the full press release for more information.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 4 p.m.

Membership update

The Municipality has received several questions about our memberships, in the wake of yesterday’s announcement regarding the cancellation of spring programming. Please note, all memberships, including swim/skate, squash as well as all fitness memberships, will be extended for the length of our facility closures, plus an additional complimentary week.

Help us reach you

Clarington’s Community Services Department is asking program participants to update their contact information on the Be ACTIVE Clarington site. Please log in to your account and update your email. If you can't access your account, email communityservices@clarington.net, so that we can update your information.

Clarington launches #SpreadLove social media campaign

As a show of community unity, the Municipality of Clarington is launching a #SpreadLove social media campaign as we unite to face the challenges of COVID-19. Clarington is asking all residents to join us in this campaign and show your love for your community while maintaining a safe physical distance.

Here’s how residents can participate:

  • Change your Facebook profile photo to include our Clarington frame. When you go to change your photo, you can also add and search for a frame, look for Clarington, #SpreadLove.
  • Tag us on Facebook (@MunofClarington) and Twitter (@ClaringtonON) and show us photos of how you and your family are coping with this situation. Document any acts of kindness and how you are reaching out to your community. We will share and retweet and #SpreadLove.

Add the hashtag #SpreadLove to all your posts and include #DurhamStrong. Read the press release for more information.

Monday, March 30, 2020, 4 p.m.

Spring recreation programs and sports and facility permits cancelled

As we continue to support social and physical distancing, the Municipality of Clarington is cancelling all spring recreation programming. Clarington is also cancelling indoor facility and sports field permits until May 31, 2020.

Residents will receive a full refund for all spring program and permit payments without any administrative fees added. Residents who paid using credit cards will receive the refund on the same card, and payments over $20 made by cash or debit will be reimbursed with a cheque sent by Canada Post. Cash or debit payments under $20 will remain as a credit on the resident’s account for 24 months. We are working with our registration provider on the refund process; however, due to the volume of registrants, this may take some time. 

Community Care Durham launches Community Food Box program for vulnerable citizens

Community Care Durham has partnered with local farms and businesses to offer weekly delivery of food boxes containing kitchen essentials to vulnerable citizens in the community. Each food box contains fresh food including milk, yogurt, eggs, and vegetables, as well as toilet paper and facial tissue. Residents can order Community Food Boxes for themselves or a neighbour for $30 with free delivery. To order, call 1-888-255-6680. Learn more on the Community Care Durham website.

Sunday, March 29, 2020, 4 p.m.

Ontario prohibits gatherings of more than five people

The Ontario Government issued a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The new order prohibits “organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people, effective immediately.”

For all the latest information, read Ontario’s press release

Physical distancing

Physical/social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t connect with people you care about. Residents are encouraged to connect with family and friends using a variety of digital tools, including social media and video chat. Please remember to keep a distance of at least two metres or six feet from other people. We are in this as a community. Let’s do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has more information and details on physical distancing.

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 4 p.m.

DRPS protocol for reporting non-compliant businesses or large gatherings of people

The Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) has set up a protocol for residents who wish to report non-compliant businesses or large gatherings of over 50 people who are not observing the social/physical distancing ban.

Citizens can now report either situation online at www.drps.ca, click on the Online Services tab and the Community Concern, or call the DRPS non-emergency line at 1-888-579-1520.

View all the information and the press release.

Physical distancing

Clarington would like to remind all residents to practise physical distancing this weekend. Please remember to keep a distance of at least two metres or six feet from other people. We are in this as a community. Let’s do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Public health Agency of Canada has more information and details on physical distancing.

Friday, March 27, 2020, 4 p.m.

Leash-free dog parks closed

To support physical distancing, the Municipality has closed all leash-free dog parks until further notice. We want to thank all residents for your cooperation and understanding as we work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Clarington recreation programs and activities remain postponed

Clarington’s recreation programs and activities remain postponed while our municipal and recreation facilities are closed. Spring programs and activities have not been cancelled, however, the situation with COVID-19 is rapidly changing, and the Municipality continues to adjust its operations according to guidelines set out by public health. All program registration updates will be emailed, posted on this web page and shared on Clarington’s social media. For all delayed programs, the registration fees will be pro-rated accordingly, and in the event of session cancellations, full refunds will be available. Program participants who want to cancel spring registration will receive full refunds with no administrative fees applied.

We ask all program participants to update your contact information on the Be ACTIVE Clarington site. Please check that we have your current email, phone number and address.

Requests to delay or cancel pre-authorized property tax payments

Taxpayers wanting to cancel or postpone their April 1 pre-authorized payment withdrawal can submit a written request by Sunday, March 29, 2020. If a request is made to postpone the April withdrawal, that amount will be added to the following month. Written requests can be made by emailing tax@clarington.net or by using the drop box located at the north entrance of the Municipal Administrative Centre (40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville). To delay future payments, please contact the Tax Department by the tenth day of the month.

Postdated cheques

Property tax payments made by postdated cheques currently on file with the Municipality will be processed unless the Tax Department receives a written request to hold the payment. Written requests can be made by emailing tax@clarington.net or by using the drop box located at the north entrance of the Municipal Administrative Centre (40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville). Please specify if you want your post-dated cheque cashed after a specific date otherwise, the cheque will be stamped cancelled and returned to the address on file.

DRPS provides security tips for closed businesses

Durham Regional Police have created a list of safety tips to improve security and deter criminal activities near businesses that have temporarily closed. The public is encouraged to report any suspicious activity they see to police. If you witness a crime in progress, including break-ins to closed businesses, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 4 p.m.

Community Services inquiries

As we continue to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, Clarington’s Community Services team is making some internal operational improvements. As a result, residents attempting to contact us tonight at communityservices@clarington.net may get a bounce back email. We ask that you resend your correspondence tomorrow, Friday, March 27, 2020. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Volunteer portal connecting local organizations with volunteers

Clarington’s volunteer portal, www.ClaringtonVolunteers.ca, is available to connect local community groups and organizations with volunteers during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

Community groups and organizations providing essential services in Clarington can create an account and post their volunteer opportunities online at www.ClaringtonVolunteers.ca. At this time, only opportunities related to COVID-19 support will be approved for posting on the portal.

Residents who are available to volunteer can also visit the online portal to sign up for an account and get connected with organizations in need. Access to this service is free for both organizations and volunteers.

Volunteer opportunities must take into consideration strict social/physical distancing guidelines. Guidelines for safe volunteering are available on the Clarington Volunteers website.

Property assessment information 

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation is extending the deadline for property owners who disagree with their property assessment. The Request for Reconsideration deadline is usually March 31; this has been extended to 16 days after the Province of Ontario lifts its emergency declaration. Stay tuned for more information or follow @MPAC_Ontario on Twitter.

Ontario postpones property tax reassessment

The Province of Ontario has also announced that the 2021 property tax reassessment will be postponed. For residents, this means that the assessed value of your home in 2021 will be the same as in 2020 and is based on the value of your home as assessed on January 1, 2016. Originally, Clarington residents should have seen their new assessment notices on May 25, 2020, covering the four years from 2021 to 2024.

See Details of tax measures, section 5.

Wednesday, March 26, 2020, 4 p.m.

CLOCA Conservation Areas closed until further notice

Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA) has announced the closure of all eight of their Conservation Areas effective immediately, until further notice.

The closures include the following Conservation Areas:

  • Bowmanville/Westside Marshes Conservation Area, Clarington
  • Crow’s Pass Conservation Area, Port Perry
  • Enniskillen Conservation Area, Clarington
  • Heber Down Conservation Area, Whitby
  • Long Sault Conservation Area, Bowmanville
  • Lynde Shores Conservation Area, Whitby
  • Purple Woods Conservation Area, Oshawa
  • Stephen’s Gulch Conservation Area, Clarington

CLOCA’s administrative office also remains closed to the public until further notice. Visit the Central Lake Ontario Conservation website for more information.

Ganaraska Conservation Areas and Ganaraska Forest closed until further notice

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority has closed all conservation areas, the Ganaraska Forest, and all Authority buildings, including the Ganaraska Forest Centre, until further notice.

Visit the Ganaraska Conservation website for more information.

Food at your fingertips

To help residents looking for food options, the Clarington Board of Trade has compiled a list of businesses offering food available for take-out, delivery and pickup. This list will also be updated to include information on older adult shopping hours.

Visit the www.cbot.ca/eat to see the full list.

Province launches Stop the Spread Business Information Line

The Ontario Government has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the Province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces.

Businesses who have questions about closures of at-risk workplaces or how emergency measures impact their business or employment can call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. Help is available from Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m.

View the complete list of essential services.

Read the full press release on the Government of Ontario’s website.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 4 p.m.

Property tax penalties waived for 60 days

To help residents and business owners struggling to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Municipality of Clarington is easing the tax burden. Clarington Council has decided to waive tax penalties and interest for 60 days, starting with the April instalment.

The two-month penalty relief will be effective on the April instalment, with no penalties or interest charged in May or June. In addition, Clarington will also waive any service fees for residents who have insufficient funds or who wish to adjust their pre-authorized payments. Residents who wish to change the schedule for their pre-authorized payments are asked to call the Tax Department at 905-623-3379 ext. 2650 or email tax@clarington.net.

Read the full press release.

Durham Region declares state of emergency

John Henry, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer, declared a State of Emergency in the Region of Durham, ensuring the Regional Government can continue to act and respond quickly to the situation we face today, and to any other events that arise in the weeks ahead.

The declaration reflects the seriousness of the Region’s response to COVID-19 and the tremendous coordination and communication that is required from all levels of government.

Read the full press release on the Region of Durham’s website.

Internal error sending past receipts to customers

The Community Services Department is working to resolve an internal error that is causing past receipts from programs and services to be sent to our customers in error. If you receive an email with a past receipt, please disregard.

If you have concerns or questions, please reach out to us at communityservices@clarington.net for further investigation.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this issue.

Monday, March 23, 2020, 4 p.m.

Partnering to protect our community

The Municipality of Clarington has taken some unprecedented steps to protect our community by promoting social/physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have closed our buildings to the public. The Municipality has also closed all playgrounds, play structures, skateboard parks, basketball and tennis courts, and sports fields. Clarington is complying with the Government of Ontario’s direction when it declared a state of emergency on March 17 to close all facilities and recreational programs, all public libraries, bars, theatres, concert venues and dine-in restaurants. While police have the power to enforce this order, Clarington is asking all residents to do the right thing. We are asking our residents to partner with us and make the right choice for you, your family, your friends, neighbours and the community. We implore you to follow these rules, stay home, maintain a physical distance and help protect all of us from the spread of COVID-19. Let’s work together to flatten the curve.

Clarington Council Meeting available via live stream

Clarington Council is holding its scheduled meeting today, Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m. Clarington supports Public Health and will be adhering to social/physical distancing guidelines. Councillors will have the option to participate in the meeting using teleconference and electronic means. We encourage residents to watch the meeting online rather than attending person. The Council meeting will be streamed live at www.clarington.net/Calendar. Just scroll to the date, and the video icon will be available to launch five to ten minutes before the meeting. While we cannot prevent residents from attending in person as is their right, there will be limited seating as we practice social/physical distancing. Anyone who intends to enter Town Hall will be screened and asked health-related questions. There will be strict adherence to public health directives, and you may be refused entry. Thank you for your understanding. While Clarington respects the rights of our residents to participate in Council meetings, in this extraordinary circumstances, we are taking unprecedented steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Sunday, March 22, 2020, 4 p.m.

Council meeting will proceed as scheduled on Monday, March 23, 2020, at 7 p.m.

Clarington Council will hold its scheduled meeting on Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m. There are several things on the agenda. Residents can watch the meeting live online by going to www.clarington.net/Calendar. Just scroll to the date and the video icon to launch and watch the meeting. Closed captioning is available by clicking on the "cc" symbol once the video has started.

Property Tax Relief

Council will review a proposed property tax relief package during its regular meeting on Monday, March 23, 2020. Report FND-007-20 outlines several options for Council to consider including waving tax penalties and interest for 60 days for all residents and businesses effective with the April tax instalment. Clarington will update residents on Council’s decision.

Reminder: All playground equipment, play structures, skateboard parks are closed in Clarington

Clarington would like to remind our residents that we have closed all playground equipment and play structures. This closure includes skateboard parks. The Municipality has taken this unprecedented decision in the interest of public health to try and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Signs are now up in all parks advising residents of this decision. We ask all of our residents for your cooperation as we try and keep our community healthy and safe.

To help facilitate social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all municipal buildings and recreation facilities remain closed. The Municipality will continue to provide services to residents via telephone and email as applicable. If you require a service that is time sensitive or critical, please call 905-623-3379 to schedule an appointment.

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 4 p.m.

Community help needed

During this time, its important that we look after one another, and look after the most vulnerable members of our community. The Region of Durham has compiled a list of available community resources and they are also looking for volunteers to help those in need, visit www.durham.ca/CommunityResources.  

Planning services

Planning will continue to accept and process planning applications throughout this time. It may take longer to process an application.

Friday, March 20, 2020, 4 p.m.
Effective immediately, all municipal playground equipment and play structures are closed until further notice.

A full list of community hall and arena closures is now available.

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 4 p.m.

Planning Services

  • General inquiries from residents, real estate agents and developers will continue to be answered by phone and email.
  • Submissions of revisions to existing development applications and plans will be accepted by email, file share and courier. Payments can be made by electronic means or certified cheque.
  • No new development applications will be accepted at this time.
  • Business can apply for temporary sign permits by applying online.
  • Community Improvement Grants can be submitted online.
  • Residents can continue to provide feedback on secondary plans by phone or email.

Junior Firefighter Camp

Camp registration for the Summer 2020 Junior Firefighter Program is on hold until further notice.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 4 p.m.

Building permits will continue to be reviewed and processed. Applications can be submitted by regular mail, courier or by email to BuildingPermits@clarington.net. Information on what is required to be submitted with your building permit application can be found on the Building Permit web page.

Clarington Building Officials will not be conducting inspections on projects that contain an occupied dwelling (e.g. finished basement, additions, etc.). When necessary, we will be making special arrangements using video, photos and other means. This is a temporary measure that will be in place until further notice and will be continually monitored as the COVID-19 situation evolves. The Municipality will continue to offer inspections for all other permits.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 4 p.m.

All of Clarington's municipal buildings and facilities are closed to the public, but many of the services we offer to our residents are still available. View a full list of services available.

Fire ban

The Fire Chief has issued a ban on Open Air Burning in Clarington effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Please note, we will not issue new fire permits, and we will not renew any permits until further notice.

Monday, March 16, 2020, 4:40 p.m.

The Municipality of Clarington is taking additional health and safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community. The following Clarington facilities are now closed to the public:

  • Municipal Administrative Centre (Town Hall)
  • Municipal Law Enforcement Office 
  • Visitor’s Centre
  • Clarington Animal Shelter
  • Hampton Operations Centre
  • All Fire Stations

Clarington Emergency and Fire Services will continue to operate as usual to support our community. The Municipality will also continue to provide services to residents via telephone and email as applicable. If you require a service that is time sensitive or critical, please call 905-623-3379 to schedule an appointment.

Sunday, March 15, 2020, 3:30 p.m.
No changes to report.
Saturday, March 14, 2020, 6:20 p.m.
No changes to report.
Friday, March 13, 2020, 4 p.m.

With the recent global developments and growing concerns over the COVID-19 virus, including the World Health Organization’s declaration of a pandemic and the Ontario Government’s decision to declare a state of emergency, the Municipality of Clarington has taken decisive action to adapt to this evolving situation.

Closed

The health and safety of all of our residents is our utmost priority. Following the advice of Public health authorities on physical distancing, Clarington has closed all municipal buildings and recreation facilities until further notice. All municipal playgrounds are also closed.

We ask all residents to join us and help flatten the curve. Stay home and practise physical distancing -- it's the only way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Municipal building and facility closures

The following facilities are closed to the public:

  • Municipal Administrative Centre (Town Hall)
  • Municipal Law Enforcement Office
  • Visitor’s Centre
  • Clarington Animal Shelter
  • Hampton Operations Centre
  • All Fire Stations
  • Alan Strike Aquatic and Squash Centre
  • Courtice Community Complex
  • Diane Hamre Recreation Complex
  • Darlington Sports Centre
  • Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex
  • South Courtice Arena, including artificial turf field
  • Bowmanville Indoor Soccer/Lacrosse Bowl
  • Clarington Public Library, all branches
  • Clarington Museums
Playground closures

All municipal playground equipment and structures are closed until further notice.

Skateboard parks, basketball and tennis courts now open
All tennis courts, leash-free dog parks, benches, skateboard parks, picnic areas and park shelters are now open. Basketball courts, baseball diamonds and sports fields are open for families. No team play or practice.
Community hall and arena closures
  • Bowmanville Older Adult Association - Closed until further notice
  • Brownsdale Community Centre - Closed until further notice
  • Hampton Community Centre - Closed until further notice
  • Haydon Community Centre - Closed until further notice
  • Kendal Community Centre - All hall booking postponed until further notice. Post office is still currently open.
  • Memorial Park Clubhouse - Closed until further notice
  • Newcastle Community Hall - Closed until further notice
  • Newcastle Memorial Arena - Closed until further notice
  • Newtonville Community Centre - Closed until further notice
  • Orono Arena - Closed until further notice
  • Orono Town Hall - Closed until further notice
  • Solina Community Closed until further notice
  • Tyrone Community Centre - Closed until further notice
  • Visual Arts Centre - Closed until further notice

Frequently asked questions

Will I get a full refund for the March Break Camps/programs that have been cancelled?

Yes. All March Break refunds have been processed. If you have yet to receive your refund, please send an email to communityservices@clarington.net and someone will follow up with you.

What will happen to my membership?
All memberships, including swim/skate, squash, as well as all fitness memberships, will be extended for the length of the closure, plus an additional complimentary week. 
What happens to the youth swim passes or promotional passes that I have purchased?
Youth swim passes purchased at Christmas will be extended for the length of the closure. 
What is happening with spring programs?

All spring recreation programs have been cancelled. Staff are working to automatically process refunds for all cancelled programs. Customers will receive their refunds in their original method of payment. If the initial payment was made by cash, cheque or debit, the refund will be issued by cheque and mailed. Cash or debit payments under $20 will remain as a credit on the resident’s account for 24 months.

Clarington is also cancelling indoor facility and sports field permits until June 28, 2020.

Residents will receive a full refund for all spring program and permit payments without any administrative fees added. We are working with our registration provider on the refund process; however, due to the volume of registrants, this may take some time. 

We ask all program participants to update your contact information on the BeACTIVE Clarington site. Please check that we have your current email, phone number and address.

What is happening with summer programs?

Clarington is running our highly-popular summer camps. However, due to COVID-19 and the strict restrictions on camps imposed by the Province, camps will be modified.

Registration for camps begins on Tuesday, July 7, starting at 7 a.m. Registration will take place online only through our Be Active Clarington website. Camps will begin on July 20 and will be located at four separate facilities:

  • South Courtice Arena
  • Courtice Community Complex
  • Bowmanville Indoor Soccer
  • Diane Hamre Recreation Complex

Learn more by visiting our camps page.

Can I cancel my membership and sign up again when you reopen?
Yes. You can cancel your membership. Please email communityservices@clarington.net with your information if you want to cancel your membership. You will receive a pro-rated refund for the remaining paid portion of your membership, because of these unique times, no administrative fee will be charged.
Can I still register for camps?

Clarington is running our highly-popular summer camps. However, due to COVID-19 and the strict restrictions on camps imposed by the Province, camps will be modified.

Registration for camps begins on Tuesday, July 7, starting at 7 a.m. Registration will take place online only through our Be Active Clarington website. Camps will begin on July 20 and will be located at four separate facilities:

  • South Courtice Arena
  • Courtice Community Complex
  • Bowmanville Indoor Soccer
  • Diane Hamre Recreation Complex

Learn more by visiting our camps page.

Will I receive a refund if I sign up for a program that gets cancelled?
Program participants will receive a full refund or pro-rated refund based on the date of the cancellation.

How to access Clarington services

Parking ticket payments

Residents can pay parking tickets in any of the following ways:

  • Online at www.clarington.net/PayTickets
  • By cheque, payable to the Municipality of Clarington
    • Please mail cheques to 2611 Trulls Road, Courtice, ON L1E 2N3 or drop it off in the drop box at the Municipal Administrative Centre (40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville) at the north entrance.

To dispute a parking ticket, please call the Municipal Law Enforcement Office at 905-623-3379 ext. 2105 to arrange an appointment. Appointments will be conducted over the phone at the arranged time.

Property tax payments
  • Property tax payments may be made at most banks or financial institutions including online and telephone banking.
  • By cheque, payable to the Municipality of Clarington (please include your ROLL number on the cheque)
    • Please mail your cheque to 40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville ON L1C 3A6 or drop it off in the drop box at the Municipal Administrative Centre (40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville) at the north entrance.
  • Call 905-623-3379 ext. 2650 to speak with staff in the Tax Department.
 By-law enforcement issues
  • Call 905-623-3379 ext. 2105 to speak to a member of the Municipal By-Law Enforcement Team.
  • Report by-law enforcement issues using Clarington’s Report a Problem form.
Building permits

As a result of changes made to the Provincial Emergency Order on April 3, 2020, amending the list of essential services, the Building Division has altered its operations.

Clarington will continue to receive, process and issue building permits. However, construction can only continue or start on projects that are deemed essential by the Province. Included in the essential project list are residential projects where any of the following has occurred before 11:59 p.m. on April 4, 2020:

  • a footing permit had been granted for single-family, semi-detached and townhomes;
  • an above-grade structural permit had been granted for condominiums, mixed-use and other buildings, or;
  • the project involves renovations to residential properties, and construction work started before April 4, 2020.

View the full list of essential construction projects as outlined on the Province's website. Clarington's Building Division will continue to complete inspections as requested on those essential projects.

If you have questions, please call 905-623-3379 ext. 2312 or email BuildingPermits@clarington.net.

Planning Services
  • General inquiries from residents, real estate agents and developers will continue to be answered by phone and email.
  • Submissions of revisions to existing development applications and plans will be accepted by email, file share and courier. Payments can be made by electronic means or certified cheque.
  • New planning applications will be received and processed.
  • Business can apply for temporary sign permits by applying online.
  • Community Improvement Grants can be submitted online.
  • Residents can continue to provide feedback on secondary plans by phone or email.
Bids and tenders
Until further notice, Clarington will only accept tender submissions by email to buyers@clarington.net.
Job applications
  • Effectively immediately, resumes should only be emailed to resumes@clarington.net or dropped off in the mail slot at the Municipal Administrative Centre (40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville) at the north entrance.
  • Until further notice, there will be no in-person interviews.
  • Updates will be posted as needed regarding the recruitment and selection process.
Council and Committee Meetings

Council and Committee meetings will continue as scheduled. Following physical distancing guidelines established during the COVID-19 pandemic, all meetings will proceed in an electronic format allowing Members of Council to stay home.  Residents can watch the meeting online at www.clarington.net/calendar.

Delegations will also proceed remotely (either electronically or by telephone). If you wish to appear as a delegation to address Council on an issue, please contact the Municipal Clerk’s Department at 905-623-3379 ext. 2109 or clerks@clarington.net. The deadline to notify the Clerk’s Department that you want to make a delegation is 4:15 p.m., one business day before the scheduled meeting. Delegates will receive information and instructions on how to access the meeting electronically.

Support for local business

Local businesses can visit www.investdurham.ca/CovidResponse for the latest resources and information regarding government programs, services and supports. The website will be updated daily with current information on available business supports, federal and provincial financial programs, how to access funds, and employee/employer resources.

Press releases and community news related to COVID-19

Trust your source

To access the latest information on COVID-19, please take a look at these official sources:

Important phone numbers

  • Durham Region Health Department: 905-668-2020 or 1-800-841-2729
  • Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000
  • Government of Canada COVID-19 Information: 1-833-784-4397

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Mayor Foster urges residents to practise physical distancing

Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster released a short statement urging residents to follow Public Health guidelines and practise physical distancing. Mayor Foster is also reminding the community that social gatherings of more than five people are not allowed.

Mayor Foster issues statement on the importance of physical distancing.

Durham Health launches online toolkit with information and resources for businesses reopening

Durham Region Health Department launched an online toolkit with information and resources for businesses and services that are slowly reopening. The Community Reopening Toolkit is available at durham.ca/reopeningtoolkit.

For more information, read the announcement.

Ontario expands COVID-19 testing across the Province

The Ontario Government has entered the second phase of COVID-19 testing. It is expanding its capability, opening more testing locations and making tests available to anyone who feels they need to take a test.

Read the Province's announcement.

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