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PRESS RELEASEBarrie moves to Orange COVID-19 level of restriction
Saturday, November 21, 2020

​(Barrie, ON) As declared by the Province, and on the advice of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU), the City of Barrie will move from the Yellow-Protect level to the Orange-Restrict level, effective at 12:01am on Monday, November 23, 2020. 

The Orange level requires enhanced measures, restrictions and enforcement to avoid moving to the Red-Control level and full closures.

What does this mean for residents? The following limitation framework is in place as part of the Orange-Restrict level in Barrie.  Please note the following is subject to additional input or further restrictions by the SMDHU.

  • Local restaurants and bars must follow these additional restrictions, in addition to existing restrictions:
    • 50 person indoor seated capacity limit
    • Must close at 10 p.m. and liquor sold/served only between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
    • Patrons must be screened
    • Limit of four people seated together
  • Barrie Recreation/Community Centres, as well as local sports teams, must now implement these additional restrictions, in addition to existing restrictions:
    • Screening of members of the public
    • No spectators (except for parent/guardian supervision of children)
    • Limit of stay to 90 minutes except if engaging in sport
    • Limit volume of music to conversation level to prevent shouting
  • Meeting/event spaces must implement these additional restrictions, in addition to existing restrictions:
    • Maximum of 50 people per facility
    • Limit of four people seated together
  • Retail stores must implement these additional restrictions, in addition to existing restrictions:
    • Screening of patrons at mall entrances
    • Limit capacity in stores and malls

Residents are reminded that previous general health and safety measures remain in effect for Barrie:

  • Gatherings limited to 10 indoors and 25 outdoors, but the Health Unit strongly advises that people only have close contact with their direct household at this time.
  • Workplace screening must take place.
  • Face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces, at workplaces, and recommended in places when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Restrict non-essential travel and think carefully about how often you go out and what outings are essential.
  • Monitor for symptoms and stay home if you are sick. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, get tested.

See the province's COVID-19 Response Framework for a full list of measures. Visit the Health Unit's website for detailed and up-to-date information and steps you should take to stay safe during the pandemic.  

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Media Contact:
Cheri Harris
Marketing & Communications Manager
The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4714
cheri.harris@barrie.ca

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