City of Pickering enters Stage 3 of reopening

Posted on Thursday July 23, 2020

Update #22

Pickering, ON, July 23, 2020 – The Ontario government announced that municipalities within Durham Region, including the City of Pickering, can move into Stage 3 of the provincial reopening as of Friday, July 24, 2020.

Stage 3 means increasing the number of businesses and public spaces that will be able to reopen, while following the public health advice and workplace safety guidance necessary to keep everyone safe. Please visit for details.

Please visit for the most up-to-date information on Pickering’s reopening plan and response.

Pickering City Hall

Pickering City Hall opens to the general public on Monday, July 27. The City encourages residents to first connect with staff in advance to see if the service request can be completed online or over the phone. Call 905.683.7575, email, or use live chat at (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm).

Select services will continue to be offered by appointment to ensure efficient service - visit for a detailed list. Please contact Customer Care or use the City Directory to connect with Department staff in advance.

Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex

Staff continue to prepare for the reopening of facility amenities. Visitors are encouraged to review preparation details and safety procedures, and look out for future announcements at

Health Club (cardio/weight rooms)

These amenities will open Tuesday, August 4 for pre-registered 75-minute time slots. Members can book their reservation up to 7 days in advance, and non-members can book 1 day in advance. A dedicated health club space will be available for those 55 years of age and older.

Please note that the hours of operation have been reduced to allow for deep cleaning and are now 6:00 am to 10:00 pm on weekdays and 7:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekends.

In-person fitness classes, indoor racquetball, squash and tennis, indoor swimming pools, and arenas are not yet publicly available.

Outdoor playgrounds, play structures, and play equipment

Playgrounds, play structures, and play equipment will be accessible for public use. Please note that equipment is not cleaned or sanitized and the City reminds residents to use at their own risk, practice physical distancing, sanitize hands often, and stay home if sick.

Fall 2020 Programs

Program Registration will tentatively begin on August 18 for Aquatics, and August 20 for Fitness and Leisure. The Fall Leisure Guide will be available August 4. Visit for details.

Pickering Public Library

Curbside pickup is available at the Central and George Ashe Libraries – details are available at Access to computers and the printers/photocopiers is available at the Central Library – details are available at All library drop box locations now accept returns. Future reopening announcements will be made at

New gathering limits

  • Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people.
  • Outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people.
  • Social circles should continue to be kept at 10 people, regardless of stage.
  • In all cases, individuals are required to continue to maintain physical distancing of at least two metres with people from outside their households or social circles.
  • All businesses, services and public spaces when hosting an event are subject to indoor or outdoor gathering limits and ensuring physical distancing can be maintained.
  • People at their place of work, including performers and crews, do not count towards gathering limits.

The City reminds residents that mandatory face coverings are required in commercial establishments and all indoor public places, this includes City facilities.

For questions on restrictions that will remain in place during Stage 3, review Ontario’s Stage 3 Emergency Order on its emergency information portal or call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1.888.444.3659.

“The City of Pickering continues with the gradual, safe, and measured reopening of municipal facilities and restart of City services and programs. While I look forward to many of our community and local business operations expanding their service capacity, it is critical that we all do our part, and continue to respect public health directives.”

- Kevin Ashe, Deputy Mayor


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