City services impacted by additional stay-at-home restrictions

/ CORRECTION issued April 17, 2021: In the original issued release, dog off-leash parks were included in the list of closed outdoor recreation amenities. The City was later informed that under the new Provincial stay-at-home restrictions, dog off-leash parks can remain open. The complete corrected release follows. /

/ UPDATE posted April 17, 2021: The Premier of Ontario has declared that provincial "regulations will be amended to allow playgrounds but gatherings outside will still be enforced." Municipal playground equipment has been removed from the list of closed outdoor recreation amenities listed below. /

/ CORRECTION posted April 19, 2021: In the original issued release, Meridian Place was included in the list of closed outdoor recreation amenities. The space remains open. The complete corrected release follows. /

 

(Barrie, ON) The Government of Ontario has announced further COVID-19 restrictions for the entire province, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2021. As well, aprovincial shutdown remains in effect for the province.

A state of emergency, which has been in place for over a year, remains in effect for the City of Barrie.

The Provincial stay-at-home order requires everyone to remain at home and only leave for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, or essential work, accessing health care services, or for outdoor exercise. All travel should be avoided.

Please note the following is subject to additional input or further restrictions by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. The full list of additional restrictions is listed on the Provincial governmentwebsite. Measures include, but are not limited to:

Outdoor gatherings will be strictly limited to members of the same household only, or with one other household if that individual lives alone.In-person shopping at stores that primarily sell food and pharmaceutical goods, grocery, and “big box" stores will be restricted to 25% occupancy.Only essential construction will be able to continue (e.g., assessment centres, hospitals, long-term care homes). Non-essential construction (e.g., shopping malls, office towers, and hotels) is not allowed.All outdoor amenities will be closed (e.g., playgrounds, basketball courts).Restricting indoor participation at places of worship, funerals, and weddings to 10 people.

What does this mean for Barrie residents? Previous measures remain in effect for City services and now also include the following:

City Hall:City Hall is closed to the public. The City's customer service centre, Service Barrie, can be reached via email (ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca) or by phone (705-726-4242) only. Service Barrie representatives are available Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents are encouraged to visitbarrie.ca/OnlineServices to apply for small building permits and to pay for parking or speeding tickets. Property taxes and water/wastewater bills can be paid through telephone/internet banking, through a drop box at City Hall, or via a post-dated cheque by mail.

City outdoor recreation amenities:All City of Barrie waterfront fitness equipment, skateboard parks, tennis courts, basketball courts and picnic areas/pavilions will be closed to public access. Signage will be installed as soon as possible.

Development Services:The Planner of the Day is available to answer planning related questions online or by phone only. Emailplanneroftheday@barrie.ca or call 705-726-4242.

Building Inspections:The City will suspend inspections that do not meet the criteria for essential construction.

City construction projects:City construction projects can continue.

Barrie Public Library:The Barrie Public Library remains closed for in-person visits. Express pick-up of materials, online programs and coaching sessions, wireless and remote printing services, and access to the Digital Library continue. Returns are accepted at both outdoor return slots 24/7. 

Landfill:The landfill remains open with a reduced capacity (10 vehicles at a time). Residents are required to wear a mask and maintain physical distance from others.

For the most up-to-date information on the status of City services, visit barrie.ca/services.

The City encourages residents to support local. To learn more about the supports available to businesses through the pandemic, visit barrie.ca/SupportforBusiness.

City staff continue to take reports regarding violations at 705-739-4241 and enforcement.services@barrie.ca.

For detailed and up-to-date information on the local vaccination plan, visit the Health Unit's website.

Additional Resources:Service Barrie: 705-726-4242 or service.barrie@barrie.caSimcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: 705-721-7520 orsimcoemuskokahealth.org/Ontario 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 options:barriehealth.ca/

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