Markham prepares for second lockdown

York Region will be moving to lockdown as of December 14 at 12:01AM. This means that only essential businesses can offer in-person services, such as grocery stores and pharmacies at 50 per cent reduced capacity.

Other retailers will be allowed to offer curbside pickup and restaurants will only be allowed to offer take-out and delivery.

New restrictions will come into effect for a minimum of 28 days. Gathering limits for organized public events and social gatherings will be as follows:

  • Indoor: 0 (limit interactions to those in your household)
  • Outdoor: 10 people maximum (while keeping a safe distance)
  • Weddings, funerals, religious services: 10 people indoors or outdoors (while keeping a safe distance)

As a result of the lockdown, Markham community centres, including arenas and pools, as well as Markham Museum and the Varley Art Gallery will be closed until further notice. In-person fitness activities will also be suspended.

Markham Public Libraries will see a reduction to three stand-alone locations and will offer contactless drop-off and pick-up.

“The city is offering virtual and outdoor programs, as well as fitness classes to stay active, social and engaged,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti.

Markham Civic Centre will continue to operate by appointment only. All essential municipal services will continue as usual and normal business activities will continue virtually.

For further details about city facilities, programs and services, visit

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