(Barrie, ON) As declared by the Province on Friday, February 12, 2021, municipalities in the Simcoe Muskoka area including the City of Barrie have moved out of the Stay-at-Home order and into the Red-Control level of COVID-19 restrictions, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16.
The Red level means broad-scale measures and restrictions across multiple sectors to control transmission of the virus. Restrictions are the most severe available before widescale business or organizational closure.
What does this mean for residents? The following limitation framework is in place as part of the Red-Control level in Barrie. Please note the following is subject to additional input or further restrictions by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU).
Updates to City services and facilities
On Monday, February 22, the City will reopen select recreation locations (Allandale, East Bayfield and Holly Community Centres) for use of the pool, ice and fitness centre, as well as in-person fitness classes. Advance bookings must be made, and safety guidelines followed by all patrons. More information and an expanded list of virtual Recreation classes that residents can take part in from their homes is available at play.barrie.ca.
The City's customer service centre, Service Barrie, will also reopen for in-person appointments starting February 22. Call 705-726-4242 to book an appointment or visit barrie.ca/contact for more information on how to make an appointment. Residents are encouraged to continue to use the City's online services to easily apply for small building permits, pay for parking or speeding tickets, and more.
The Barrie Public Library will reopen its spaces on February 22. Patrons will be able to browse, borrow and return items, access computers and printers, and reserve work and study spaces. Curbside pickup will continue for low-contact pick-up of materials. Contact tracing and screening questionnaire required upon entry; maximum 50 visitors at a time and 60 minutes per visit. Visit barrielibrary.ca for more information.
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.
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