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COVID-19 Pandemic

​Protect Yourself.
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.

Current Level of Restriction: Orange

Effective November 23, as declared by the Province, and on the advice of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU), Barrie moved to the Orange-Restrict level as outlined in the province's Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. View full restrictions applicable to the Oran​ge level.

Statement from Dr. Charles Gardner, SMDHU

Dr. Charles Gardner, Medical Officer of Health with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, issued a special statement to all​ residents of County of Simcoe and District of Muskoka on November 24, 2020.

Messaging from Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health

The Chief Medical Officer of Health urges all Ontarians to:

  • limit trips outside of home, except for essential purposes only such as work where it is not possible to work from home, school, grocery shopping, medical appointments, and outdoor healthy physical activity. 
  • limit travel to other regions in the province, especially from higher transmission to lower transmission areas, for essential purposes only.
  • practise physical distancing of at least two metres with those outside your household.
  • wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge or where it is mandatory to do so.
  • wash your hands frequently and thoroughly; and following gathering limits and rules.

Limit Close Contacts to Household Members Only

The SMDHU and Government of Ontario have advised to limit close contacts to those in your household only. Please keep a distance of 2 metres from everyone else.

Where a Face Coverin​g in all Indoor Public Spaces

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit issued a directive for all of Barrie, Simcoe and Muskoka that effective July 13, 2020, when you enter into a public indoor space or use public transit you are required to wear a face covering. Get full details.

Restrict Gatherings

The SMDHU strongly advises that people only have close contact with their direct household at this time. The current number of people allowed to attend unmonitored private social gatherings across Ontario:

  • 10 people at an indoor event or gathering
  • 25 people at an outdoor event or gathering

Unmonitored and private social gatherings include functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas.

Everyday Actions to Protect Yourself & Others
Source: SMDHU

Each of us can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and across the region. There are everyday actions we should all use to protect ourselves and others. These actions are very important because:

  • The majority of cases in the Simcoe-Muskoka region are caused by ​community transmission of COVID-19, which means the virus is spreading in the community from person to person and is not linked to travel or a previously known case.
  • This is not just a disease affecting the elderly. Most cases in the Simcoe-Muskoka region are among adults between 35 and 64 years of age.

Please refer to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit for full information about recommended actions that can help stop the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Actions* include:

  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Avoid heading to your cottage or seasonal residence
  • Practise physical distancing
  • Practise proper hygiene
  • Go for a walk/exercise if you can
  • Wear a non-medical mask
  • Shop safely

*These actions do not apply to individuals that MUST self-isolate due to travel, age or symptoms. Learn more.

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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