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​Stay Home, Barrie

It is urgent that Barrie residents take steps NOW to limit the number of people we come in contact with to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

A state of emergency has been declared in Barrie.

Visit barrie.ca/services for current status of all City services, and changes to help residents during this time.

Social/Physical Distancing

Public health experts recommend:

  • Keep a distance of at least two arms l engths (approximately 2 metres) from anyone other than your immediate family that you live with.
  • Avoiding crowded places.
  • Cancel playdates and sleepovers.
  • Avoid contact with people at higher risk such as older adults and those in poor health.
  • Stay home. It is CRITICAL that everyone follows these measures immediately to help keep our community safe.
  • Only go out for essential needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I see someone who is not self-isolating when they should be?

Please take proper precautions and distance yourself from them to limit your risk of exposure. Remind the person that not following public health guidelines puts all people at risk and encourage the person to reach out to community services if they need help to self-isolate.

What is the City doing to get people to follow Public Health’s guidelines?

The City is using every available communications tool to ask residents to stay home when possible and keep physical distance when in public. If you approach someone who is not following public health guidelines, please take proper precautions and distance yourself from them to limit your risk of exposure.

You can call the health unit’s Health Connection line at 705-721-7520 (1-877-721-7520) to report any large group gatherings that go against provincial direction. The health unit is working in partnership with local police to address these issues.

What does the State of Emergency mean?

Declaring an emergency provides the City of Barrie with additional powers and resources to protect the health and safety of Barrie residents and streamlines the decision-making process for expediency through the City’s Emergency Control Group.

In a State of Emergency, the City is exempt from standard procurement requirements and labour restrictions, allowing the City to act quickly and put all resources to dealing with the crisis. By declaring an emergency, the City also has the potential to receive additional funding or support from other levels of government should it be announced.

Will the City designate additional “non-essential” businesses?

The City is not considering shutting down any further businesses other than those announced by the Province of Ontario.

Will City construction projects continue? Are they able to, given the requirements for distancing?

Yes. As announced by the Province on March 23, construction work is included in the Provincial Government's list of essential services. We have ensured that all our City construction contractors have implemented COVID-19 procedures/protocol. Construction workers working on City projects are limiting contact with each other and additional hand sanitizers and wipes have been made available to them. No meetings are being held inside construction trailers, instead site meetings are being conducted via teleconference.

City staff (project managers, inspectors) involved in these projects are also following appropriate distancing and sanitizing protocols. The safety of City staff and our contractors is of utmost importance.

Why are food take-out restaurants still open?

Restaurants and other food facilities that prepare and serve food, only for delivery or takeaway are included in the Provincial Government’s list of essential services. Essential services may continue their operations to maintain supply chains and ensure the people of Ontario have access to necessities, including groceries, medicines and other essential products.

The City encourages anyone visiting these establishments to use precaution by keeping your hands clean and maintaining a physical distance of at least 2m (6 feet) from others.

How many people in Simcoe County currently have COVID-19?

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit updates the amount of cases daily. See the latest information at http://www.simcoemuskokahealthstats.org/topics/infectious-diseases/a-h/covid-19

What should I do if I think I have COVID-19 symptoms?

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms use the online-assessment tool and follow those instructions.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has advised that anyone who has new cold-like/respiratory symptoms (regardless of travel history), and has not been tested for COVID-19, is to self-isolate at home for 14 days, or until their symptoms have resolved, whichever is longer.

Mayor Jeff Lehman has declared a State of Emergency | March 23, 2020

Mayor Jeff Lehman has declared a State of Emergency in the City of Barrie after receiving advice based on the most recent information from the Medical Officer of Health. This decision is supported by the City's Emergency Control Group. The Community transmittal of COVID-19 is now present in our community and we have reached as the Medical Officer of Health described as a “critical juncture" in the progression of COVID-19.

The declaration of a municipal emergency is part of the City's ongoing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and will ensure the municipal government can continue to act and respond quickly to the pandemic and any other events that arise in the weeks ahead.

“By declaring an emergency, we are sending the strongest possible message to our residents to stay home and to change their behavior, said Mayor Jeff Lehman. “While our staffing remains solid at this point, we believe the time is now to ensure the entire City and all of our combined resources are focused on flattening the curve. Please help fight COVID-19. Please share and support our brave health care workers and everyone working to fight this virus.”

Declaring an emergency provides the City of Barrie with additional powers and resources to protect the health and safety of Barrie residents and streamlines the decision making process for expediency through the City’s Emergency Control Group. This declaration aligns with the Government of Ontario’s Declaration of Emergency made March 17, 2020.

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