Barrie reopening Recreation Centres with safety restrictions in place as part of Step 3 of Ontario’s Reopening Plan

(Barrie, ON) On July 9, the Provincial government announced Ontario will now move to Step Three of itsRoadmap to Reopen, effective July 16, 2021.

Step Three focuses on the resumption of additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place, including:Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 peopleIndoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted with physical distancingIndoor dining permitted with no limits on the number of patrons per table with physical distancing and other restrictions in effectOutdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 100 people with limited exceptions

Updates to City services

Service Barrie:

Starting Monday, July 19, Service Barrie will be open for regular, in-person services (no appointments needed) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday (excluding holidays). Face masks are required. Appointments are still required for obtaining marriage licences and commissioning of business licences.  


Effective July 17, restrictions on the number of vehicles at the landfill will be removed. Residents are encouraged to wear a mask and maintain physical distance from others. The sale of composters and garbage tags will resume, and cash will be accepted again as a payment form. Recycling boxes and green bins are available at the Recycling Depot.

Recreation/Community Centres:

Recreation staff are working with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit to plan for the re-opening of services.  Subject to Provincial regulations and Health Unit guidance, pre-registration and bookings for access to facilities will be available on July 19 at 8 a.m. The facilities will begin to allow in-person visits the morning of July 23. Please note: throughout the summer, Recreation Facilities will be closed on the weekends.

Sports Fields/Courts Bookings:

The City of Barrie Recreation and Culture Department continues to follow provincial regulation with regards to permitting outdoor sports leagues, games and events. For further information and to book a time, please email

Development Services:

Starting July 19, the Planner of the Day will be available to answer planning-related questions in person at City Hall during regular business hours. Planning questions can also be answered by email ( or by phone (705-726-4242), Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Building Services:

Starting July 19, a Building Official will be available to answer any questions in person at City Hall from 8:30 – 12:00 and from 1:00 – 4:00.   Building/Permit questions can also be answered by email ( or phone (705-726-4242), Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


As of Friday, July 16, patio hours of operation will revert back to the original hours permitted under City By-laws and the Patios Everywhere program.A person can enter or re-enter a patio up until 10:30 p.m., Monday to Sunday.Patios can remain open until 11:15 p.m., Monday to Sunday.

In addition to the above, Noise By-law provisions still apply.

On June 9, Council approved a direct motion to extend the patio hours until indoor dining is permitted again, which commences in Step 3 on July 16.

Community BBQs at Centennial Park and Tyndale Park:

As of July 17, the Community BBQs at Centennial and Tyndale can be used. City staff will unlock the BBQs and empty the coals at the beginning of each day and periodically as needed. Please clean grills and grilling area before and after use. The City is not responsible for cleaning grills.

Barrie Public Library:

Both locations of the Barrie Public Library are open for in-person services, including browsing, computer access, and bookable spaces for working and studying. The capacity limits will remain at 50 patrons Downtown and 35 at Painswick, and visits are limited to 60 minutes or less.


Media Contact
Scott LaMantia
Senior Communications Advisor
The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4529