Barrie moves to Orange COVID-19 level of restriction

(Barrie, ON) As declared by the Province, and on the advice of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU), the City of Barrie will move from the Yellow-Protect level to the Orange-Restrict level, effective at 12:01am on Monday, November 23, 2020. 

The Orange level requires enhanced measures, restrictions and enforcement to avoid moving to the Red-Control level and full closures.

What does this mean for residents? The following limitation framework is in place as part of the Orange-Restrict level in Barrie.  Please note the following is subject to additional input or further restrictions by the SMDHU.Local restaurants and bars must follow these additional restrictions, in addition to existing restrictions:50 person indoor seated capacity limitMust close at 10 p.m. and liquor sold/served only between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.Patrons must be screenedLimit of four people seated togetherBarrie Recreation/Community Centres, as well as local sports teams, must now implement these additional restrictions, in addition to existing restrictions:Screening of members of the publicNo spectators (except for parent/guardian supervision of children)Limit of stay to 90 minutes except if engaging in sportLimit volume of music to conversation level to prevent shoutingMeeting/event spaces must implement these additional restrictions, in addition to existing restrictions:Maximum of 50 people per facilityLimit of four people seated togetherRetail stores must implement these additional restrictions, in addition to existing restrictions:Screening of patrons at mall entrancesLimit capacity in stores and malls

Residents are reminded that previous general health and safety measures remain in effect for Barrie:Gatherings limited to 10 indoors and 25 outdoors, but the Health Unit strongly advises that people only have close contact with their direct household at this time.Workplace screening must take place.Face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces, at workplaces, and recommended in places when physical distancing is not possible.Restrict non-essential travel and think carefully about how often you go out and what outings are essential.Monitor for symptoms and stay home if you are sick. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, get tested.

See the province'sCOVID-19 Response Framework for a full list of measures. Visit theHealth Unit's website for detailed and up-to-date information and steps you should take to stay safe during the pandemic.  

Additional Resources:Service Barrie: 705-726-4242Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: 705-721-7520 211: Community and Social Services: call 211 or visitcommunityconnection.caBarrie Police Service Non-Emergency Line: 705-725-7025Canadian Mental Health Association:cmha.caKids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 orkidshelpphone.caBarrie and Area Healthcare

Media Contact
Cheri Harris
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The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4714