City of Pickering to enter stage 2 of reopening

Posted on Thursday June 18, 2020

Update #20

Pickering, ON, June 18, 2020 – The Ontario government announced that municipalities within the Durham Region Public Health Unit, including the City of Pickering, can move into Stage 2 to reopen its economy, effective as of Friday, June 19, 2020.

This means that certain establishments can once again open for business, including restaurants, bars, hair salons, malls, and more. Please visit for details.

The City is reviewing what this stage means for the municipality, as well as the time needed to safely implement any facility or amenity reopenings. Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Summer Camps

The City will offer alternate summer camp programs at various locations throughout the city for children 6-12 years of age. The camps will operate from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm in groups of four children, accompanied by a staff person. Children will maintain physical distance from one another in their groups, as well as other groups. Please note that transportation or extended hours will not be provided.

The City will also be offering a virtual “Camp-In-A-Box” experience for children to participate in from home. Registration will begin June 22, 2020. Visit to access program details and online registration. Please call the Community Services Department with any questions or for more information at 905.420.4620.

Outdoor Recreation (Park and Sports Field Amenities)

The City is preparing to open its three outdoor splash pads on Friday, June 19, 2020, subject to final inspection by the Durham Region Health Department. Locations include Beachfront Park (9 am – 9 pm), Amberlea Park (9 am – 8 pm), and Foxtail Green (9 am – 8 pm). Health and safety signage will be posted onsite.

Outdoor team sports may resume, if physically distanced, for training only, and with no scrimmages or games. Outside of organized team sports training, the City reminds residents that gatherings of more than 10 people are not permitted, and urges them to practice physical distancing and remain 6 ft/2 m from those outside of their household and social circle.

As a reminder, outdoor playgrounds, play structures and play equipment remain closed, as well as indoor recreation facilities. City facilities remain closed to the public, and select locations are minimally staffed to ensure the continued delivery of essential and critical services.

Temporary Patios – Municipal Review and Approval Process

The Ontario government will allow restaurants and bars to temporarily extend outdoor patio spaces to safely accommodate patrons and staff once licensed establishments are permitted to fully reopen for business. While the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will not require licensees to apply or pay a fee for these temporary extensions, licensed establishments must ensure they have municipal approval and meet all other applicable requirements.

The City has set up an electronic process for review of requests for temporary new and expanded patios for all restaurants, please visit for details.

Virtual Services & Alternate Events


As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

Shauna Muir
Coordinator, Communications | Office of the CAO
905.420.4660 ext. 2134 | 1.866.683.2760