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COVID-19: UrbanToronto Updates from the Industry for June 30, 2021: Vaughan moving into Step 2
July 2, 2021

The global COVID-19 pandemic is having far-reaching effects in Toronto, including major impacts on the real estate and building industries. As a means to keep the public in the loop about the shutdowns, we'll be sharing information and status updates from around the industry on a regular basis.

In today's report: Vaughan moving into Step 2

The City continues its disciplined, measured and responsible approach in responding to COVID-19 as York Region -- and Vaughan -- moves into Step 2 of the Province of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopening today.

This is good news for local book lovers. Vaughan Public Libraries’ three resource branches -- Bathurst Clark, Civic Centre and Pierre Berton -- will open with 25 per cent capacity starting Friday, July 2. The curbside pickup program will continue at most other branches.

Also, permitted in the Province’s Step 2:

Effective today, indoor social gatherings and organized public events are permitted for up to five people. Capacity for outdoor social gatherings and organized public events will be increased to 25 people.

In addition, the following outdoor City amenities remain open:

Advance registration is required for use of the City’s outdoor pool and in-person outdoor fitness classes. For more information, visit

The City is reminding citizens to make safety the priority when enjoying all Vaughan has to offer, including using park amenities and playgrounds -- they are not sanitized. It is important that everyone stays vigilant and follows York Region Public Health protocols designed to help protect the health of the entire community, including:

For a complete list of the Provincial restrictions and resources, please visit For information on City services and amenities, please visit

As some amenities begin to safely reopen, the City continues to make the health and safety of the community a priority to stop the spread of COVID-19. On this front, the City's By-law and Compliance, Licensing and Permit Services department, in partnership with public health officials, York Regional Police and other levels of government, remains at the forefront in applying and enforcing the provincial regulations passed under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA), the directions of the Medical Officer of Health and the City’s COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law. Public complaints, concerns and inquiries should be reported to Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281 or


"Today, we moved to Step 2 of the Province's Roadmap to Reopening, which means more businesses can reopen with greater capacity and gathering restrictions can loosen. This is wonderful news for everyone who lives and works in Vaughan. I want to express my sincerest gratitude and appreciation to our citizens who have demonstrated great discipline, focus and dedication in our collective fight against COVID-19. We are making significant progress in getting vaccines into arms while stopping the spread of the virus. More -than one-million vaccines have been administered in York Region, and, to date, more than 75 per cent of all eligible individuals aged 12+ have received at least one dose. However, we must not forget we are in a marathon, not a sprint. Discipline will bring us to the finish line. The Vaughan spirit is ready, resilient and resourceful. I remain confident that by working together and supporting each other, we will emerge stronger."
-      Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua