Explore the trails without picking up a Blacklegged Tick

With the arrival of the warmer weather we are all out doors far more often.  And given the restrictions of our activities because of the pandemic exploring the many trails in King is even more popular.  The King trail map is a valuable tool for finding new ones.  Its iomportant to be properly dressed when on the trails as it is the season for blacklegged  ticks which can cause lyme disease and they are active in York Region.  You can be safe on the trails by wearing closed shoes and tucking your pants into your socks.  See here for more information from YR about protection.  

 

Recreational Facilities: what’s open

Opening up access to Township recreational facilities and assets is starting.  Signage is being posted at the facilities being opened up with details on how to use so that risk of COVID-19 transmission is minimized. At this time organized activities, such as a soccer game or a club hosted tennis match are not permitted; use is restricted to groups of 5 or less and there needs to be physcial distancing of 2 meters. For full summary of what is now open, as of June 1, see below.

Lloydtown Aurora Rd Bridge across 400 Update

Work to replace the Lloydtown Aurora bridge crossing the 400 continues.  May 31 11pm to Thursday, June 11 at 5 AM the southbound off ramp to the Lloydtown Aurora Road will be closed.

COVID-19: Phase 1– opening up in King

As has been well publicized, and welcomed, Province has announced that we are moving into Phase 1 for opening up.  It is complicated to know what and when; please check in regularly with King’s COVID-19 page.   As has been announced many recreational services & areas are eligible to be opened up; but in all cases, where the municipality is the entity providing that service or facility, it is the municipality’s responsibility to establish and communicate protocols for ensuring that use of those services is done safely in terms of COVID-19.  It is so important that risk of transmission of the virus is mimized by safe practices.  In other words, just because the Province says you can play tennis, that doesn’t mean that municipal tennis courts will be opened immediately.  Township Staff is working hard and diligently to i) develop the right protocol for each activity and ii) develop & execute an effective communication plan.  They know that people are anxious to resume their activities.  Be patient….its for our collective good!

COVID-19 York Region Data

YORK REGION (May 21)

· Dr. Kurji asked join the province’s Rapid Response Table; the group will meet on a regular basis to review key data and information, quickly identify emerging trends and deploy targeted support and resources

· York Region provides advice on how to care for someone with COVID-19

Below is a summary of the detailed information contained in the Interactive Dashboard – Cases at //york.ca/covid19

2,142 total confirmed cases 29 new cases* since yesterday76 confirmed cases in hospital, 20 of which are in Intensive Care276 cases among health care workers, of which 167 cases have resolved*3 new fatalities

· 171 total confirmed fatalities

1,127 resolved cases, which equals about 53%

· 19 institutional outbreaks under COVID-19 protocols:

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Water/Wastewater Masterplan

Monday, May 25 there will be a virtual special Committee of the Whole (COW) working session at 5 PM regarding the 2020 draft Water/Wastewater Plan.   During the working COW meeting, as ususal, the public is only able to listen to the presentation given to Council and to hear questions/comments from Council members .  The Council does not make decisions at this working session; sometime afterwards there will be a Staff report with a recommendation for Council and this will be included in a future Council meeting.  To observe the virtual COW go here.

It will be preceeded by a remote webinar-style  Public Consultation (PCC) the same day 2-4 PM.  To participate you must register; here is the link to do so.  There will be a presentation beginning at 2 with opportunity to ask questions.  If you are unfamiliar with work done to date I suggest you look at information provided in earlier information meetings.  If you cannot participate in the webinar but want to provide comments there are other means to do so; see here for details.