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Mayor Jeff Lehman posts regular video updates via his
The City of Barrie broadcasted voice messages from the Mayor
to Barrie land line phones:
Late March, 2020
Early April, 2020
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.
A state of emergency has been declared in Barrie. If you leave your home, stay at least 2 metres away from those not part of your household.
The City recognizes that as residents are practising physical distancing and staying home more during the COVID-19 pandemic, garbage amounts may be increased. Three free garbage tags are available to eligible households. Relief for water wastewater bills is also available. Visit
Support for Residents & Property Owners for more information about City service changes to support residents during this time.
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:
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:
*These actions do not apply to individuals that MUST self-isolate due to travel, age or symptoms. Learn more.
On April 3, 2020, Mayor Jeff Lehman signed the
Barrie COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law to help protect the health and safety of residents. The new 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.
Public health experts recommend:
Mayor Jeff Lehman has declared a State of Emergency | March 23, 2020
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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