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Recreation Cancellations & Updates

Current and scheduled cancellations / updates relating to recreation programs, facilities and outdoor sports fields are listed below.

Closures in Effect due to the COVID-19 Pandemic 

City recreation facilities, community centres and arenas are closed, and sports fields bookings are cancelled, until at least June 30, 2020. Inquiries can be made to the Recreation and Culture Services staff at 705-739-4223 or (monitored Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm).

Program registrations, including withdrawals, transfers and refunds: The City is issuing refunds for summer day camps & registered programs. Refunds will be processed automatically. Customers will receive further notification once their refund is about to be processed.

Status of summer day camps & registered programs: While the Province has announced that day camps may be able to proceed in July and August, the guidelines for operating these camps have not been released. Once the Province releases guidelines, staff will review and determine if summer day camps and registered programs are possible, and if so, what the format might be. More detail.

Facility rentals: As of Friday March 13, all facility rentals were cancelled and refunds in process. No new rentals will be accepted until at least June 30.   

Memberships: As of Tuesday March 17, all monthly payments for recreation membership have been put on hold and your membership will be extended by the length of the closure.  

As of Tuesday, June 2, 2020 1:03 PM
ProgramStatusDate & TimeLocationReason
Barrie Community Sports ComplexClosed until further noticeTue, Mar 31 12:00 AM2100 Nursery Road, MidhurstHelp stop spread of COVID-19
EFFECTIVE June 2, 2020: With the exception of the Barrie Community Sports Complex, outdoor sports fields are open for individual recreational use (no organized play).  Physical distancing of two metres is still in effect and gatherings of more than five people are still not permitted at any time.
ALL City recreation facilities, community centres, and arenas Closed until at least June 30, 2020Sat, Mar 14 12:00 AMALLHelp stop spread of COVID-19
This impacts registered programs, drop-in programs, rentals, and fitness centres. While we navigate through these closures, inquiries can be made to the Recreation and Culture Services staff at 705-739-4223 or (monitored Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm).

Recreation Cancellations & Updates

Our priorities are safety and communication. Sometimes unexpected events necessitate that a program or service must be moved, postponed or cancelled outright. In those circumstances we will post the relevant information as soon as it is available. Every effort will be made to makeup the affected missed classes.

On inclement weather days, decisions about program cancellations and outdoor sports fields closures will be made by 3:00 p.m. and the information posted. We endeavor to list all current emergency or unexpected cancellations or closures for City of Barrie recreation programs, events, skating and public swimming times as well as recreation facility and outdoor sports field closures. However, we cannot guarantee that all cancellations and closures will be listed here. All City of Barrie programming may be subject to change. Please use your own best judgment to assess local road conditions before venturing out.

Contact information

For more information, please contact the Inclement Weather Hotline at (705) 739-4215 email at

Reasons Explained

Programs: Activities may be cancelled, postponed or moved due to inclement weather. Outdoor Facilities/Sports Fields: In the event of heavy rains, the Department may close or restrict the use of outdoor facilities and sports fields if they are deemed to be unplayable.   

Instructor Availability
Instructors may have an unforeseen availability due to extenuating circumstances. Every effort will be made to reschedule any affected classes.

Facility Issue
Unforeseen circumstances may cause a facility to be unavailable or unusable. Every effort will be made to relocate and/or make up the affected classes.

Beach Closure
As a result of Health Unit orders.

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