City of Barrie plans for safe reopening of some facilities and amenities

(Barrie, ON) On Monday, July 13th, Ontario announcedStage 3 of the reopening plan for our area. Changes for Stage 3 can begin tomorrow (Friday, July 17) with the reopening of more facilities, but only as municipalities can safely do so.

Prior to and since the announcement of Stage 3, the City of Barrie has been working on reopening plans for more of our facilities and amenities. The City is following provincial directives and getting feedback from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) to make sure required health and safety protocols are in place. The City is committed to ensuring we return services and reopen facilities for our residents in a safe and responsible way.

Playground structures at City parks will reopen gradually in the coming weeks. There are safety inspections that need to be completed before they can open, so it will be a phased approach. The following major and accessible playgrounds will be open as of Friday, July 17 at the following city parks:

Centennial ParkQueen's ParkLampman Community ParkSunnidale ParkEast Bayfield Community ParkEastview Community ParkHolly Community ParkFerndale Community ParkShear ParkMinet's PointTyndale Park

The rest of the playground structures will open gradually in the next few weeks, with the goal of having them all open by the end of July. We ask that residents only use the structures that are marked as 'open' and continue to stay off the areas that are still closed/taped off. Once reopened, playground equipment will not be sanitized, and parents are encouraged to wash their children's hands and use hand sanitizer after play. The outdoor fitness equipment located at Barrie's waterfront will not reopen until later this month as repairs are required. 

There will also be some changes at Barrie'slandfill effective tomorrow (July 17) as part of Phase 3, including the following:

Landfill operating hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday. The Household Hazardous Waste Facility is open Saturdays only from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Compost will now be available for sale (please remember to bring a shovel and containers for loading your own compost).We recommend that all customers wear face coverings and continue to practice physical distancing when disposing of materials.

The longer operating hours and ability to have more people in the landfill at one time should help to make the wait times shorter than they have been over the last few months. The Environmental Centre remains closed. Residents can request home delivery of recycling boxes and green bins by calling 705-739-4219.

The City is working with the SMDHU to review all of the safety guidelines that need to be in place before we can reopen our recreation and cultural facilities as part of Stage 3. There are many tasks to complete before these facilities can reopen, including rehiring and reallocation of staff, ice installation, pool refilling and safety measures to ensure the required physical distancing. More information on the reopening of these facilities will be shared as it becomes available.

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

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Media Contact
Melanie Rumley
Communications Advisor
The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4578
melanie.rumley@barrie.ca