Here, you will find all COVID-19 related news and announcements.


March 18, 2022:

  • The Province of Ontario will remove the mandatory masking requirement for most settings on March 21, 2022 with the exception of select settings such as public transit, health care settings, long-term care homes and congregate care settings.
  • Effective March 21, 2022 staff and visitors are no longer required to wear masks while in a City facility. Those who wish to wear a mask are welcome to do so and we ask everyone to remain considerate and respectful of the personal protective choices of others.
  • As per public health guidelines, please remain vigilant and stay home when sick.
  • Passive symptom screening for facility entry will no longer be required as of March 21, 2022.
  • Council Meetings will return to Chambers in a hybrid format, beginning April 4, 2022.  Delegates and members of the public will continue to participate electronically.

February 14, 2022 - Ontario Moving to Next Phase of Reopening on February 17 - Improvements in key indicators allowing province to safely ease public health measures sooner

January 20, 2022 - Ontario Outlines Steps to Cautiously and Gradually Ease Public Health Measures

January 3, 2022 - Ontario Temporarily Moving to Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen


December 23, 2021 - Pickering City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice, effective Friday, December 24, 2021. Staff continue to actively monitor the situation to ensure the ongoing health and safety of both employees and members of the public, and post updates regarding the current status of programs and services at

December 17, 2021 - Ontario Further Strengthening Response to Omicron - Additional measures to slow the spread as province accelerates booster dose rollout

December 15, 2021 - All Ontarians 18+ Eligible for COVID-19 Booster Appointments at Three-Month Interval

December 13, 2021 - Young Ontarians aged 12 to 17 participating in organized sports will have to show proof-of-vaccination after December 20, 2021. Read more. 

December 11, 2021 

Upcoming Pop-up Clinic - December 18, 10 am to 6 pm

  • Where: Pickering City Hall, 1 The Esplanade S., Pickering (East side of parking lot - corner of Glenanna Rd. and The Esplanade S.)
  • Who: All Durham Region residents age 5 + (born in 2016 or earlier)
  • Vaccine: Pfizer
  • No appointment necessary, proof of age required
  • Hosted by the provincial GO-VAXX program. See the full GO-VAXX bus schedule.

November 22, 2021 - COVID-19 Vaccine Bookings to Open For All Children Aged Five to 11

October 22, 2021 - Ontario Releases Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term

October 15, 2021 - Enhanced COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate with QR Code and Verify Ontario App Available for Download Starting October 15

September 22, 2021 - As of Wednesday, September 22, 2021, proof of vaccination will be required for all patrons attending Recreation Centres, Community Centres, Arenas, and indoor programming at the Pickering Museum Village.

September 1, 2021 - Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings

August 6, 2021 - Local COVID-19 vaccine mass immunization clinics begin winding down

July 9, 2021 - Ontario Moving to Step Three of Roadmap to Reopen on July 16

July 5, 2021 - Pickering City Hall is open for full service, beginning Monday, July 5. Staff also remain available to serve residents virtually during the regular business hours of Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. 

June 24, 2021 - The Ontario government will move into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen on June 30, 2021. 

June 21, 2021 - Beginning Monday June 21 at 8 am, all residents 18+ who received a first dose of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine will be eligible to reschedule for an earlier second dose appointment at Health Department mass immunization clinics, based on vaccine availability. Read full release here

June 8, 2021 - Ontario to Move to Step One of Roadmap to Reopen on June 11

May 30, 2021 - Health Department to begin rebooking second dose appointments for individuals 80+

May 25, 2021 - Health Department expands eligibility for vaccine to individuals 12+

May 20, 2021 - Ontario Releases Three-Step Roadmap to Safely Reopen the Province

May 19, 2021 - The latest information provided on the 'Vaccinations' tab on the Region of Durham's Data Tracker can now be filtered by age group and includes data on vaccine coverage by municipality.

May 3, 2021 - Beginning Monday, May 3 at 9 pm: Residents 50+ will be able to register for the COVID-19 vaccine at any Durham Health clinic. Residents 18+ living in hot spots will be able to register at a mass immunization clinic. Read media release

April 30, 2021 - As announced by the Government of Ontario, individuals 55+ will be eligible to register for the COVID19 vaccine at Durham Health clinics effective Fri. April 30. Learn more More updates to come soon regarding other eligible groups mentioned in today’s announcement.

April 27, 2021 - Health Department expands vaccine eligibility to residents 45-plus in hot spot areas (Licensed child care workers across Durham Region are now also eligible)

April 23, 2021 - Health Department opens rotating and fixed pop-up clinics in Ajax and Pickering hot spots

April 20, 2021 - Health Department and Lakeridge Health open pop-up clinics for Ajax and Pickering hot spots (18+)

April 19, 2021 - Ontario Safely Expands Age Eligibility for AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine to 40+

April 17, 2021 - The Government of Ontario’s regulations will be amended to allow for playgrounds to remain open. Pickering’s play equipment will not be sanitized - please be patient as staff work to reopen these amenities, follow public health measures and use safely.

April 16, 2021 - Ontario extends stay-at-home order and strengthens public health measures

April 7, 2021 - Health Department expands eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine to residents 60+ (Vaccine also available for community hot spots identified in Ajax and Pickering). View media release

April 7, 2021 - Ontario has enacted a Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order - Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a province-wide Stay-at-Home order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes. 

April 2, 2021 - Health Department expands eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine to residents 65+. View media release.

April 1, 2021 - Pickering is part of the Province-wide emergency brake shutdown, effective Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 am, lasting for at least four weeks. View media release

April 1, 2021 - The Ontario government is steadily increasing capacity in its COVID-19 vaccine rollout with the addition of over 350 additional pharmacies and more primary care settings across the province. All of these locations will be offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to individuals aged 55 and over, with some locations to begin offering the vaccine as early as Saturday, April 3, 2021. View media release

March 29, 2021 - Update to eligible priority populations - Durham Region Health Department is expanding eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to residents who are 70 years and older, or those who will be turning 70 in 2021. Appointments for the 70-plus eligibility group will begin at 1 p.m. on March 29. View details

March 19, 2021 - Update to eligible priority populations - Beginning March 22, 2021 at 11 am, adults, 75 years of age and older (or who will be turning 75 in 2021), can register for COVID-19 vaccine appointments online or by telephone. View details

March 15, 2021 - Please note that although the province has launched a provincial COVID-19 online vaccination booking portal, area residents are to continue using the local booking systems to access local clinics - read the Region of Durham's news release

March 11, 2021 - Recognizing one year of COVID-19 - a statement from Regional Chair John Henry and all local Mayors

March 8, 2021 - Durham Region Health Department is announcing that the Oshawa COVID-19 vaccination clinic site is now accepting appointments for individuals 80 years and older, or those who will be turning 80 this year, to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. This site is located at Durham College/Ontario Tech University Campus Ice Centre, 2200 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa. To book an appointment for this clinic, visit Seniors who are unable to use the online booking system are invited to call 905-721-4828 for assistance to register by phone. Read media release

March 3, 2021 - Beginning Monday, March 8 at 8 am, Durham residents—who are over the age of 80—can register for COVID-19 vaccine appointments online at or via telephone at 1-888-444-5113.

Clinics are available by appointment only. No walk-ins—those who show up at clinics without an appointment, will not be permitted to enter.

Visit for more information and to review a list of frequently asked questions. View media release.

February 12, 2021 - Ontario Returning 27 Public Health Regions to Strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework. Durham Region will be moving to the Red-Control level of the COVID-19 Response Framework on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and will no longer be subject to the Stay-at-Home order.

February 8, 2021 - Ontario extends Stay-at-Home order. In Durham Region, the Stay-at-Home order will continue to apply until Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Once lifted, the province will gradually transition each region from the shutdown measures to a revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework.

January 13, 2021 - Ontario issues stay-at-home order and declares second state of emergency. The City will be suspending all in-person service appointments for Pickering City Hall, effective January 14, 2021. Staff remain available to serve residents virtually during the regular business hours of Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

January 12, 2021 - Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives. Visit to learn about the enhanced public health and workplace safety measures.


December 21, 2020 - City of Pickering enters Province-wide Shutdown

November 20, 2020 - Effective Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01 am, Durham Region is in the Red-Control level of the provincial COVID-19 Response Framework.

November 20, 2020 - Pickering City Hall open for service by appointment only

November 19, 2020 - Business Town Hall Webinar with Mayor Ryan

November 18, 2020 - Area residents invited to participate in the Durham Region COVID-19 Health Survey

November 13, 2020 - Effective Monday, November 16, the Region of Durham will move into the Orange-Restrict category of the provincial framework. View additional guidance on public health measures that will affect Durham Region under the provincial COVID-19 Response Framework.

November 3, 2020 - Ontario Releases COVID-19 Response Framework to Help Keep the Province Safe and Open. The Region of Durham is Yellow-Protect.

July 23, 2020 - City of Pickering enters Stage 3 of reopening (Update #22)

July 8, 2020 - City of Pickering re-opens select City facilities for appointment only (Update #21)

June 18, 2020 - City of Pickering to enter stage 2 of reopening (Update #20)

June 15, 2020 - Your City Newsletter: 2020 COVID-19 Special Edition - email us to request a copy (Update #19)

June 3, 2020 - Inform the City of Pickering Community Services Re-opening Approach (Update #18)

May 29, 2020 - Pickering Lights City Hall Blue to Honour All Frontline Workers (Update #17)

May 27, 2020 - Pickering Public Library Prepares to Offer Curbside Pickup (Update #16)

May 22, 2020 - City of Pickering announces reopening of select outdoor areas (Update #15) 

May 19, 2020 - A video message from City of Pickering Council – support local Pickering businesses (Update #14) 

May 19, 2020 - City of Pickering Calls for Increased Support to Commercial Landlords and Tenants (Update #13) 

May 14, 2020 - City of Pickering Calls for Investigation into Orchard Villa and Long-Term Care Homes (Update #12)

May 12, 2020 - Pet groomers permitted to operate in Pickering (Update #11)

April 29, 2020 - City of Pickering extends closures and cancellations to July 1 (Update #10)

April 23, 2020 - City of Pickering launches new Hygiene Outreach Program (Update #9)

April 16, 2020 - COVID-19 Business Town Hall Webinar - watch video (Update #8)

March 28, 2020 - A message from Deputy Mayor, Kevin Ashe, on COVID-19 - watch video (Update #7)

March 27, 2020 - City of Pickering extends closures and cancellations to May (Update #6)

March 24, 2020 - City of Pickering Declares an Emergency (Update #5)

March 23, 2020 - City of Pickering closes playgrounds and play structures (Update #4)

March 17, 2020 - City of Pickering activates Emergency Operations Centre (Update #3)

March 16, 2020 - City of Pickering Response to COVID19 (Update #2)

March 13, 2020 - City of Pickering Response to COVID19 (Update #1)