City reopening some facilities in response to Province’s first phase of reopening

(Barrie, ON) Yesterday, the Government of Ontario announced thatsome businesses and services will be permitted to open, as part of thefirst stage of the government's reopening framework.

In response to the provincial announcement, The City of Barrie is reopening the following facilities:

Tiffin Boat Launch

As of Saturday, May 16, the Tiffin Boat Launch will reopen to the public. The Launch, located at Lakeshore Dr. and Tiffin St., will reopen under the following guidelines:Only boat with members of your household, no guests on board.Ensure a physical distance of at least two metres from people outside your household when using the launch.Keep your distance on the water—don't raft.

We remind boaters to always wear a lifejacket or personal floatation device. Please use caution in and around the launch, parking lot and access onto Lakeshore Drive as we expect the area to be busy.

Barrie Marina

Barrie's Marina, Marina boat launch and transient boat docks located at the base of Bayfield St. will reopen on Friday, May 22. The Marina must be prepared and cleaned according to the provincial and health unit guidelines, and health and safety training for City staff must occur as a result of COVID-19 before the Marina can reopen. These preparations are currently taking place.

Dog Off-Leash Park and City tennis courts

The City'sDog Off-Leash Recreation Area (DOLRA) on Bayview Dr. will reopen on Tuesday, May 19. Tennis courts are anticipated to reopen the week of May 25. Physical distancing and sanitation guidelines will remain in place. Maintenance work, safety checks and net installation need to be completed before the courts can open.

“We ask for continued patience and understanding as we follow provincial guidelines to gradually reopen our facilities," says Michael Prowse, Chief Administrative Officer. “These additional protocols may result in some changes in service, but are in place to keep both Barrie residents and City staff safe and healthy."

The City reminds residents to continue to follow public health guidelines: keep practicing physical distancing, no gatherings of more than five people and stay home if you are sick.

For up-to-date information about impacted City services during the COVID-19 pandemic,

Additional Resources:Service Barrie: 705-726-4242Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: 705-721-7520 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


Media Contact
Melanie Rumley
Communications Advisor
The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4578