The Town of Newmarket has officially lifted the State of Emergency that was enacted on March 18, 2020 in response to the global pandemic. The State of Emergency was enacted to allow the Town to take certain actions and to increase emergency orders to reduce the spread of COVID-19. With the State of Emergency lifted, the Mayor will no longer have the sole authority to invoke measures without approval from all members of Council.
“With York Region having vaccinated over 80% of eligible residents (one dose) and over 70% fully vaccinated (two doses), we have decided to terminate the State of Emergency in Newmarket,” says Mayor John Taylor. “Through the State of Emergency, staff were able to pivot, adapt and rise to the challenge that COVID-19 has presented us with. I am very proud of our community for following health and safety protocols and all that we have accomplished. But this doesn’t mean we are out of the woods just yet. Let me be clear, if a fourth wave of COVID-19 materializes and is significant enough, we won’t hesitate to re-enact the order.”
As of August 6, 2021, there are four active COVID-19 cases in Newmarket and out of 18 of the last 30 days there have been no new cases. As a result of this positive outlook, the Town’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has also been deactivated. However, the Newmarket’s Recovery Team continues to meet regularly to discuss gradual reopening’s of more Town amenities and facilities.
“Please continue to stay vigilant and follow all public health and safety measures such as wearing a mask indoors and practicing safe physical distancing.” says Mayor John Taylor. “The pandemic and the Delta variant are still a concern and now is not the time to forget the simple practices that will keep us from a fourth wave. If you haven’t done so already, please book a vaccination appointment at one of York Region’s clinics. These clinics also accept walk-in’s and have pop-up clinics around Town. Together we can and we will end this pandemic if we all do our part.”
For more information on COVID-19 in Newmarket, please visit newmarket.ca/covid19. For more information on Vaccination Clinics in York Region, please visit York.ca/covid19vaccineinfo