This page is a resource for up-to-date information on facilities, programs and services that may be impacted as a result of containment measures the Municipality has put in place to try and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Information from Health Officials may change and in turn may impact our operations. This page will be updated regularly. 

COVID-19 News

See below for the latest update on capacity limits and proof of vaccination lifting in municipal facilities

March 28 - Mayor Drew Officially Terminates the State of Pandemic Emergency for the Township of Scugog

On Monday, March 28, 2022, Mayor Drew officially terminated the state of pandemic emergency for the Township of Scugog:

“This has been a long two years and I am thankful to the Township of Scugog, Durham Region and the upper levels of government for seeing us through. I am very proud of our Scugog council, our staff, our business community, and our residents for their resilience these last two years. As a Township we adapted, placing the health and well-being of our community first as we continued to provide superb service delivery to the community. I am grateful that the vast majority of people in our community met the challenges of the pandemic with co-operation, grace and respect for others. Our resolve and our love for one another shone through and though many plans and events were cancelled due to lock downs we proved that our sense of community would never be cancelled. We rose to the challenge making masks, volunteering to deliver food and essentials to those in need of assistance. Scugog had one of the lowest per capita Covid and variant cases in Durham and I credit all of you for heeding the public health regulations, for being responsible, and following the ever-changing orders to keep everyone safe. Our pandemic emergency has ended. I wish you all the very best – take care and stay safe.” – Mayor Bobbie Drew

March 21, 2022 - Mask Requirements and Remaining Capacity Limits to be Lifted in Scugog Facilities

Effective March 21, 2022, to coincide with the province, mask mandates will be lifted for patrons and visitors of Recreation facilities and the Township Municipal Office. Additionally, on March 14, the province lifted remaining capacity limits on all indoor public settings. Outdoor gathering limits have also been lifted.  

For the public, wearing a mask will be optional. Scugog facilities will transition to a mask-friendly environment. Please have respect for patrons and staff who continue to wear a mask after March 21. We continue to urge patrons to please refrain from visiting our facilities if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.  

For your convenience, virtual services will continue to be offered. However, if you would prefer to meet with staff, we recommend you make an appointment for in-person services to ensure appropriate staff are available. Please visit Scugog.ca/contact to make an appointment. 

March 1, 2022 - Scugog to Remove Proof of Vaccination Requirements for the Public in Municipal Facilities

Given public health and health care indicators continue to improve, the following public health and workplace safety measures will come into effect on March 1, 2022.

  • Capacity limits lifted in all indoor public settings
  • Proof of vaccination requirements lifted, with businesses being allowed to implement them voluntarily
  • Other protective measures, such as mask/face covering requirements and active/passive screening of patrons, will be in place
  • Public health units can deploy local and regional responses based on local health indicators

In addition, patrons are required to self-screen before entering Scugog facilities. Please do not attend our facilities if you are feeling unwell.

February 15, 2022 - Scugog resumes in-person services at municipal office along with increased capacities for sports and recreation facilities 

Scugog – Effective Thursday, February 17, the Township of Scugog Municipal Office and Fire Administration will re-open to in-person services. As well, capacity limits will be removed for select public settings such as events and meeting spaces, sports and recreational facilities. As our office re-opens to in person services, health protocols and procedures will be in place.

What can you expect when visiting the Municipal Office?

  • Please screen yourself for COVID-19 symptoms before entering the municipal office
  • Masks must be worn, and physical distancing must be maintained
  • Please enter using our main doors, on the west side, facing Perry Street
  • Please exit through the rear door located on the east side of the building, facing the back parking lot
  • For individuals with accessibility needs, entrance and exit will be available through the main entrance. Please call 905-985-7346 should you need assistance
  • Signage will be up, throughout the building providing information on procedures while in the Municipal Building
  • Public washrooms remain closed

Appointments are advised for the following services, to ensure appropriate staff are available:

  • Clerk services such as marriage licences
  • Finance services such as to review the roll book or speak with the tax collector
  • Development services such as planning review, building permit review
  • By-Law services to obtain parking passes, a by-law dispute or an early resolution

To make an appointment with staff for virtual or select services, please visit the staff directory at scugog.ca/contact.

Please complete our COVID-19 screening form http://covidassessment.scugog.ca/ before coming to your appointment. Once complete, you will get a checkmark validating you are okay to attend the office in person. You will need to show this to staff upon arrival.

Walk-ins will be accepted for the following services:

  • Payments of, taxes, parking tickets, application fees
  • Purchasing Durham Region Transit Presto passes, recycling and compost bins, and emergency numbers
  • Submission of a written correspondence, Freedom of Information requests, Commissions, or any documents that cannot be submitted digitally
  • Public Works permit applications such as road occupancy, culvert and special events

The document drop box will continue to be in place for those wishing to drop off documents or payments and limit in person contact. The drop boxes will be moved to the front lobby, which will be accessed through the Perry Street doors.

Durham Region Health Department water sample bottles and sewage disposal applications can be dropped off in the back hall. Please use the main entrance, follow the arrows through the lobby, to access the bottles and the drop off cooler. For questions regarding the water sample program, please call 905-985-4889 to connect with the Durham Region Health Department.

Scugog Community Recreation Centre, Halls, Meetings and Event space

Effective February 17, the province is removing capacity limits in the following indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required. The Township of Scugog will be implementing the following changes:

  • Scugog Arena spectator areas remains at 50 per cent capacity
  • No capacity requirement for non-spectator areas for sports and recreational facilities
  • Enter the main entrance to access Pad 1, Pad 2 and Recreation programs
  • Staff to check proof of vaccination, as well as:
    • Active screening prior to entry to the facility
    • Masks must be worn
    • Use hand sanitizer
    • Maintain 2m / 6ft physical distance
    • Capacity limits lifted for meeting and event space, events with dancing or food may require additional protocols, limits on capacity and safety plan

The Township of Scugog continues to follow provincial and regional guidelines as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though walk in services are available at the municipal office, we continue to encourage residents to book an appointment ahead of time or to access virtual services where applicable. Depending on provincial and regional information, access to facilities is subject to change. For a full list of virtual services, visit scugog.ca/covid19.

For information on provincial restrictions, please visit the Government of Ontario's website.

Keep up to date by following our social media channels on Twitter @TwpofScugog and on Facebook @TownshipOfScugog.

  

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Please email recreation@scugog.ca for an accessible format.Scugog Clinic options include select dates at the Scugog Community and Recreation Centre, Scugog Library, Nestleton Community Centre, local pharmacies, and pop-up locations. Location dates and eligibility groups may change, please visit the Durham Region vaccination calendars for upcoming clinic dates: COVID-19 Community Immunization Clinics for age 12+ and 5 to 11 COVID-19 Immunization Clinic Calendar.

 COVID Vaccination Clinics

Durham Region Community Clinics for ages 12+ 

Book a Vaccination Appointment with Durham Region

or call 1-888-444-5113 to book

View the Community Immunization Clinic Calendar for ages 12+ on the Durham Region Health website. 

Durham Region Immunization Clinics for Children age 5 to 11

Book a Vaccination Appointment with Durham Region

covid vaccines for kids poster, contact recreation@scugog.ca for an accessible format

or call 1-888-444-5113 to book

View the 5 to 11 COVID-19 Immunization Clinic Calendar on the Durham Region Health website. 

Pharmacies
Select pharmacy locations in the Durham Region are administering vaccines to individuals 5 years of age and older. Most pharmacies book appointments ahead of time and some allow walk-ins. Check with the pharmacy before you go. See what pharmacies are offering vaccines in Scugog. 
Provincial GO-VAXX Program

 Learn more about the Provincial GO-VAXX Program

The Ontario government has partnered with Metrolinx to provide a safe, reliable and convenient option for people to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. GO buses have been converted to serve as mobile vaccine clinics to get COVID-19 vaccines directly to people, wherever they are located – travelling to malls, festivals, community hubs and events across Southern Ontario and beyond.

All GO-VAXX buses are providing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for first, second, third and booster doses for adults and youth ages 12 and up, as well as the paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11. Each bus carries up to 300 doses per day.

The buses are fully accessible.

Vaccination appointments are subject to vaccine supplies controlled by the province. 

 

What are the COVID Restrictions in Scugog?

Find out below!
LocationCurrent COVID Protocols
Municipal Office (181 Perry St)

What can you expect when visiting the Municipal Office starting March 1?

  • Please screen yourself for COVID-19 symptoms before entering the municipal office
  • Masks must be worn, and physical distancing must be maintained
  • Please enter using our main doors, on the west side, facing Perry Street
  • Please exit through the rear door located on the east side of the building, facing the back parking lot
  • For individuals with accessibility needs, entrance and exit will be available through the main entrance. Please call 905-985-7346 upon arrival for assistance
  • Signage will be up, throughout the building providing information on procedures while in the Municipal Building
  • Public washrooms remain closed

The document drop box will continue to be in place for those wishing to drop off documents or payments and limit in person contact. The drop boxes will be moved to the front lobby, which will be accessed through the Perry Street doors. 

Click here to screen before coming to your appointment. Once complete, you will get a checkmark validating you are okay to attend the office in person. You will need to show this to staff upon arrival.

Services Available by Appointment
Appointments are advised for the following services to ensure appropriate staff are available:
  • Clerk services such as marriage licenses
  • Finance services such as to review the roll book or speak with the tax collector
  • Development services such as planning review and building permit review
  • By-Law services to obtain parking passes, a by-law dispute, or an early resolution

Visit scugog.ca/contact to connect with staff and make an appointment

 Walk-in Services Available
Walk-ins will be accepted for the following services:
  • Payments of taxes, parking tickets, and application fees
  • Purchasing Durham Region Transit Presto passes, recycling & compost bins, and emergency numbers
  • Submission of a written correspondence, Freedom of Information requests, Commissions, or any documents that cannot be submitted digitally
  • Public Works permit applications such as road occupancy, culvert, and special events
 Durham Region Health Department Water Bottle Samples
Durham Region Health Department water sample bottles and sewage disposal applications can be dropped off in the back hall of the municipal office. Please use the back public entrance to access the bottles and the drop off cooler. For questions regarding the water sample program, please call 905-985-4889 to connect with the Durham Region Health Department.
Scugog Community & Recreation Centre

Starting March 1:

  • Capacity limits lifted in all indoor public settings
  • Proof of vaccination requirements lifted, with businesses being allowed to implement them voluntarily
  • Other protective measures, such as mask/face covering requirements and active/passive screening of patrons, will be in place
  • Public health units can deploy local and regional responses based on local health indicators
Community Halls, Meeting Rooms and Event Spaces

Starting March 1: 

Capacity limits lifted for meeting and event space; events with dancing or food may require additional protocols

Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor recreational amenities are permitted and must adhere to health protocols

Scugog Memorial Library
  • Full access to library shelves is available and we have resumed newspaper service
  • Full access to public computers, printing & photocopying is available
  • Socially-distanced study and lounge space is available
  • Room bookings will be limited to our small study rooms (with a 2 person limit)

Click here for more information on Scugog Library services available. 

Blackstock Recreation Complex

The Blackstock Hall is open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the Blackstock Walking Program. 

 

Proof of Vaccination Information

Township of Scugog Vaccination Policy 

Click here to view the Township of Scugog's Vaccination Policy.

 

COVID Vaccination Information

 COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ's
 

COVID-19 Vaccine Facts and FAQ's

Durham Region Health Departments Facts and FAQ's on the COVID-19 vaccine

Durham Region Health Department Debunking the Myths on the COVID-19 vaccine 

When do employees need to wear a non-medical face mask or face covering?
Employees performing work for the business or the organization in an indoor area that is accessible to the public must wear a mask or face covering in a manner that covers the nose, mouth and chin. Employees must also wear a mask when working behind a plexiglass barrier and in areas that are not accessible to the public when 2 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Do employees need to wear personal protective equipment (PPE)?
Yes, when staff are working within 2 metres of someone not wearing a mask or face covering and are not separated by a plexiglass barrier, they must wear PPE that protects a person’s eyes, nose and mouth. PPE may include eye protection/face shield and a medical/procedure mask, etc.
When do masks/face coverings need to be worn by individuals?
Individuals are required to wear a mask or face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open. Wearing a mask or face covering is also recommended outdoors when 2 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained or when passing by others.
Do businesses and organizations have to conduct screening of employees and/or visitors?

Every person who works at the business or organization and essential visitors (e.g. individuals providing a service in the establishment who are not employees in the workplace such as delivery and maintenance people) must be actively screened before they enter the premises. The province has created a screening tool that can be used to screen workers.
All businesses and organizations must post signs at all entrances to the premises in a conspicuous location visible to the public, that inform individuals on how to screen themselves for COVID-19 prior to entering the premises. 
Region of Durham Community and Reopening Tool Kit includes Signage and Resources. 
For businesses and/or organizations that are required to actively screen patrons and/or customers the Province has developed a tool that can be used.

What is a safety plan?

A safety plan is designed to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission within the facility. A safety plan should include:

  • Screening people who enter the facility.
  • Supporting self-isolation for workers with symptoms and workers who are close contacts of COVID-19 cases.
  • Ensuring people maintain a physical distance of 2 metres or more.
  • Having workers, clients, and visitors wear masks.
  • Disinfecting surfaces and objects.
  • Supporting hand hygiene, particularly handwashing.
  • Reminding workers about good cough and sneeze etiquette and to avoid touching their face.
  • Working with the local public health unit if any workers have COVID-19 or are exposed to someone with COVID-19.
What are the additional requirements for the safety plan?
  • A safety plan must be in writing and be made available to any person for review based on a request.
  • A copy of the safety plan must be posted in a conspicuous place where it can be viewed by staff and patrons.
 Is there a safety plan template?

Yes, a template is available on the Provincial website.

The Health Department has created a COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan resource.

 

Region of Durham COVID-19 Information and Updates

Visit durham.ca/covid19 for the most recent updates on COVID-19 in Durham Region, and to access resources for businesses

COVID-19 Business Resources

Advice for personal service settings

Advice for retail businesses

Advice for restaurants and bars 

Advice for event and meeting spaces

Advice for gyms, sports, recreational facilities and amenities

See additional sector specific guidance

 

Information for Businesses on Compliance 

COVID-19 Guidance and Advice for Businesses and Organizations

  • Additional sector specific infographics for Activities/Studios, Outdoor Recreational Amenities & Sport, Restaurants & Bars, Retail) located through the above link.

Call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659 for clarification whether a situation falls under the non-compliance orders. Assistance is available Monday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information, please visit: ontario.ca/stopthespread.

Need Answers to Small Business Health and Safety Questions?

Resources on Government Programs, Services and Supports for Businesses

There are resources and information for businesses in Durham Region regarding government programs, services, and supports available during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is updated at least daily. investdurham.ca/covidresponse

Government Educational Resources 

Health and Safety Guidance and Resources

Please use official sources of information if you have questions
about COVID-19

Are You Feeling Unwell?

If you develop worsening symptoms (fever, new or worsening cough or difficulty breathing) continue to self-isolate and seek clinical assessment using one of these four options:

  1. Complete an online self-assessment.
  2. Complete an online registration form with Lakeridge Health for a COVID-19 screening and assessment
  3. Contact Durham Health Connection Line 905-668-2020 or 1-800-841-2729.
  4. Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.
  5. Contact your primary care provider by phone. 

COVID-19 Virus Facts and FAQ's 

Facts about the COVID-19 virus, variants of concern (VOC), self monitoring, testing, outbreaks, and more can be found through the Durham Region Health Departments COVID-19 Facts and FAQ's.

Previous Public Notices and Service Announcements Related to COVID-19

Scugog returning to virtual and appointment only services in response to Modified Step Two

Scugog Community Recreation Centre Closed until Further Notice

Scugog to Pause Recreation Programs until the New Year

Responding to Omicron and Protecting Our Progress

Scugog returning to virtual and appointment only services in response to Modified Step Two

Scugog Community Recreation Centre Closed Until Further Notice

Scugog to Pause Recreation Programs until the New Year

Scugog Cancels Winter Break Camps

Scugog in-person services at municipal office resumes, increased capacities at recreation facilities 

Scugog Recreation Facilities Required to Follow Mandatory Provincial Proof of Vaccination Regulation

Select Municipal in person services available by appointment only and increased capacity for recreation amenities and facilities in Step 3

Scugog outdoor recreation, pool and splash pad safely reopening this summer!

Outdoor Recreational Amenities Open in Scugog on May 22, 2021

COVID-19 Public Notice #19 - COVID-19 leads Township to cancel 2020 Scugog Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

COVID-19 Public Notice #18 - Scugog continues stage 3 openings with additional amenities at the Scugog Community Recreation Centre
North Durham COVID-19 Assessment Centre opens in Scugog August 4

Scugog Moving to Stage 3, beginning with playgrounds, Friday, July 24. Palmer Park playground will remain closed until after Labour Day

COVID-19 Update - Phase 2 reopening of facilities and modified programs beginning the week of July 13, 2020

COVID-19 Public Notice #15 - Scugog suspends traditional summer camps and programs

COVID-19 Public Notice #14 - Scugog reopening park green spaces and limited recreational amenities

COVID-19 Public Notice #13 - Township Public Boat Launches will reopen for Victoria Day Weekend

COVID-19 Public Notice #12 - Sale of fireworks in Scugog by essential business locations will be permitted. Public or neighbourhood firework displays are not permitted

Mayor Drew provides words of encouragement, thanks and an updates on Scugog's response to COVID-19

COVID-19 Update #11: Scugog Shores Museum Village and Archives is seeking the Public’s Help to Document the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Public Notice #10 - Scugog Extends closure of public facilities, postpones programs and cancels events until July 3, 2020

COVID-19 Public Notice #9 - By-Law temporarily suspends zoning restrictions to allow boats to be stored on private driveways

COVID-19 Public Notice #8 - Scugog extends closures and cancellations until further notice

COVID-19 News Release Scugog Declares State of Municipal Emergency

COVID-19 Public Notice #7 - Province orders all outdoor recreational amenities across Ontario close

COVID-19 Public Notice #6 - Information and Resources for Snowbirds and Returning Travellers 

COVID-19 Public Notice #5- Scugog Emergency Operations in Effect

COVID-19 Public Notice #4 - Scugog to waive tax penalties and interest

COVID-19 Public Notice #3 - Safety warning for playgrounds and dog park

Public Statement from Mayor Drew regarding Scugog COVID-19 response

COVID-19 Public Notice #2 - Scugog Municipal Office closed to the public effective immediately

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