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Stay at home! Richmond Hill closes tennis courts, reduces skating hours in response to new provincial orders

Waste bins will not be available for purchase online or in person until further notice
Jan. 18, 2021
Sheila Wang

Richmond Hill residents are asked to remain at home except for essential purposes as the Ontario government issued a stay-at-home order which went in effect on Jan. 14.

The city announced changes to city services in response to the new provincial order in a press release on Thursday.

All city facilities remain closed to the public, and residents can access the services online or by phone.

Waste bins will not be available for purchase online or in person until further notice.

The garbage limit remains at three items per garbage collection day. Garbage tags for items over the limit can be purchased online for delivery by mail.

Richmond Green Skate Trail remains open for preregistered skating, but hours of operation will be reduced.

Beginning Jan. 14, the skate trail will close at 7:30 p.m. Registered participants affected by the cancellations will be notified by phone.

Mill Pond is closed for skating until further notice. Residents are reminded that skating is prohibited at all stormwater ponds and lakes such as Lake Wilcox and Bond Lake. Violators will be fined.

Tennis courts and pickleball courts are closed.

Parks, playgrounds, off-leash dog areas and trails remain open for walking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and other winter activities.

City staff are working on expanding the number of parks and trails that receive winter maintenance to allow residents to get fresh air and exercise.

Residents are strongly encouraged to stay local and only use parks and trails in their own neighbourhood and with people from their own household.

Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings are further restricted to a limit of five people, with limited exceptions. Public health officials advise that residents should avoid social gatherings and limit close contact to the people you live with.