City of Pickering Response to COVID-19

Posted on Friday March 13, 2020

Update #1

Pickering, ON, March 13, 2020

Statement from Tony Prevedel, Chief Administrative Officer

“Following the Province of Ontario’s order to close publicly funded schools until April 5, 2020, the City of Pickering will be supporting the government’s efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19 by taking preventative measures such as public facility closures, and program and event cancellations. While there are no cases of COVID-19 in Pickering, we feel strongly about aligning efforts across Durham Region and the Province of Ontario to keep our residents and the greater community safe.”

Any updates regarding the City’s response to COVID-19 will be communicated online at

Status update on City operations and programming:

  • All public City facilities, with the exception of Pickering City Hall, will be closed as of 4:30 pm on March 13, 2020 until April 5, 2020 (inclusive). This includes:
  • Pickering Public Library (all branches)
  • Pickering Museum Village
  • Pickering Animal Shelter
  • Brougham Hall
  • Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex & Arena
  • Don Beer Arena
  • Dunbarton Indoor Pool
  • East Shore Community Centre
  • George Ashe Community Centre & Library
  • West Shore Community Centre
  • Dr. Nelson F. Tomlinson Centre & Claremont Library Branch
  • Whitevale Community Centre
  • Whitevale Arts & Cultural Centre
  • Greenwood Community Centre
  • Mt. Zion Community Centre
  • 2020 March Break Camps are cancelled 
  • City public events and programs will be suspended as of 4:30 pm March 13, 2020 until April 5, 2020 (inclusive). This includes:
      • Sparky’s Fire Station Birthday Party at Fire Station 5 (March 20)
      • Adult 55+ event - Sunday Afternoon Big Band (March 15)
      • Pre-teen dance (March 27)
      • Visit for a full list of impacted events
      • Permits for private events at City facilities will be cancelled until April 5, 2020
      • Full refunds will be issued for any paid City programs, events, and permits

Visitors to Pickering City Hall:

  • To protect yourself and others, we ask that anyone who is feeling unwell refrain from visiting Pickering City Hall


It is important to note that Public Health continues to assure us that the risk of becoming ill from COVID-19 remains low in Ontario.

We recognize the significant impact this decision will have on the community, but these precautionary measures are necessary to keep people safe.

Media Contact:

Mark Guinto
Manager, Public Affairs & Corporate Communications | Office of the Mayor
905.420.4660 ext. 2013  |  c 416.409.0559