By: Mike Anderson

York Region has closed its 21 forest tracts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In Georgina, the Metro Rd., Cronsberry and Pefferlaw forest tracts will be closed until further notice, effective immediately.

Here is the full text of the York Region Media Advisory issued Saturday, April 4:

Newmarket – As part of The Regional Municipality of York’s continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic and reducing the risk of infection, the York Regional Forest and its 21 forest tracts covering 2,300 hectares of land are closed to the public until further notice, effective immediately.

Residents and families are reminded to continue to practice physical distancing by maintaining at least 2 metres (6 feet) space between you and others (outside of your immediate family).

The York Regional Forest is made up of 2,300 hectares of protected land, located in different parts of the Region. Eighteen properties with more than 120 kilometres of trail are available to the public. For a list of York Regional Forest tracts, please visit

For more information about York Region’s response to COVID-19 and temporary service disruptions and closures please visit and

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 54,000 businesses with over 650,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at