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Richmond Hill unveils safe plan for reopening

Residents can expect gradual reopening of all indoor recreation facilities, programs through fall

Yoyo Yan
June 15, 2021

The City of Richmond Hill has released its plan to welcome residents back to city facilities and programs over the coming months.

Following the province's three-step Roadmap to Reopen, the city will take a gradual, safe approach to reopening. While some facilities are expected to reopen in the summer, the city is aiming to reopen the majority of their facilities and programs beginning in September through the fall. Health and safety measures will be in place to help protect their staff and the community.


In addition to the parks, trails and outdoor amenities that are already open, residents can expect the following:


Summer camps (in-person and virtual) starting July 5

Virtual summer programs starting July 5

Outdoor in-person fitness classes starting July 5

Sports fields/courts for permits (training only, limited capacity)

Waste bin online sales with home delivery starting June 21



Theatre for live streaming permits

Heritage Centre for outdoor activities

Sports fields/courts for permits (league play)

Eyer Homestead Ropes Challenge Course for permits



Two pools for recreational swimming

Two to four ice pads for permits

Two community centres for drop-in programs

Heritage Centre for museum tours

David Dunlap Observatory for programs/tours

Theatre if capacity limits/regulations allow



Gradual opening of all indoor recreation facilities and programs through the fall

Main municipal offices for in-person services

Council meetings open to public

Operations centre for in-person services and hearings

Plans and timing are subject to change based on provincial direction and health and safety guidelines.

With many city staff redeployed to support the local vaccination clinic, as well as parks operations, this gradual approach is necessary to allow them time for staffing, training and to prepare facilities, such as pools and arenas to reopen safely.

With each step, the city will work as quickly as possible to reopen planned facilities. Due to the uncertainty of timing and the release of new health and safety guidelines, they thank residents in advance for their patience as the city works to get services and amenities fully up and running.

Until the main municipal offices and operations centre reopen to the public in September, residents can continue to access many city services online, by phone or by appointment.

Updates and information on the city's response to COVID-19, including a complete list of what's open and closed, are available online at