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COVID-19 Pandemic

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Protect others.

A state of emergency remains under effect in Barrie. It is urgent that Barrie residents take steps to limit the number of people we come in contact with to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The Province’s three-step plan to safely and gradually lift public health measures is called the Roadmap to Reopen. We are currently in Step 3. Please continue to follow public health advice and measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Get your Vaccine

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is leading the efforts to immunize residents in our region. Please visit the health unit's website for full information about local planning, clinics, appointments, and more. Please continue to practise public health actions to stop the spread. Related links:

Variants of COVID-19 in the Region

Variants of COVID-19 are more contagious, which means it will take more intensive efforts of the same public health practices to prevent transmitting infection to each other. Learn about the variants.

Stop the Spre​​​ad
Sources: S​​​​MDHU​ 

The below list outlines ​advice and restrictions for the general public to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • Maintain 2 metres (6 feet) of physical distancing from everyone outside of your household.
  • Wear a face covering indoors and outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Face coverings should be tightly fitted to cover the nose, mouth and chin.  
  • Stay home from work if you have symptoms, even if they are mild. 
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly. 
  • Cover your cough. 
  • Download the COVID Alert mobile app
  • Get tested if you have symptoms compatible with COVID-19, or if you’ve been advised of exposure by the health unit or through the COVID Alert mobile app.
  • If you are required to wear personal protective equipment for prevention of COVID-19, please ensure at a minimum it includes a medical mask and eye protection.

​Physical / ​​Social Distancing Enforcement

The Barrie COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law helps protect the health and safety of residents. The by-law prohibits certain activities and regulates physical distancing to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Individuals not adhering to physical distancing regulation can be fined a minimum of $500 and maximum of up to $100,000 for each offence. Learn more.​

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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