Impacts of provincial shutdown in the City of Barrie

(Barrie, ON) Asdeclared by the Province, Ontario will move to a shutdown effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 3, 2021. The shutdown, which is the sixth tier in thegovernment's framework, remains in effect for at least four weeks for the entire province of Ontario.

The Provincial shutdown measures are the most stringent to address rapidly escalating conditions, including the spread of variants of concern. Astate of emergency, which has been in place for over a year, remains in effect for the City of Barrie.

It's strongly recommended to physically distance by staying two metres apart from people you don't live with, wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces, and avoid all travel. Please note that the following is subject to additional input or further restrictions by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

The full list of shutdown measures is listed on theProvincial website. Measures include, but are not limited to:Indoor gatherings are not allowed, except with members of your household (or one other household if you live alone). Outside gatherings are limited to five people and must comply with physical distancing requirements.Religious, wedding and funeral services are limited to 15% capacity of the room indoors, and for outdoors, it's limited to the number of people that can keep two metres physical distance from each other.Restaurants and bars will be closed but can offer take-out, drive-through and delivery.Supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores and pharmacies remain open at 50% capacity. All other retail stores can remain open at 25% capacity.Sports and recreational fitness facilities, as well as theatres and museums, will be closed.Meeting and event spaces will be closed (with limited exceptions such as childcare, mental health and addiction support services).Personal care services will be closed.

Immunization clinics will remain open. Residents are reminded to only go out for essential reasons only including work, school, groceries or medical needs.

The following framework outlines the City services affected as part of the shutdown. Previous measures remain in effect for City services and now also include the following:

City Hall:The City's customer service centre, Service Barrie, will remain open for pre-booked, in-person appointments. Call 705-726-4242 or email service.barrie@barrie.ca to book an appointment. Residents are encouraged to use the City's online services to easily apply for small building permits, pay for parking or speeding tickets, and more.

Recreation Facilities:Allandale Recreation Centre, Holly Community Centre, East Bayfield Community Centre, Eastview Arena and Sadlon Arena will be closed to the public (other than the immunization clinic at Holly Community Centre). There will be no in-person programs/activity offerings. Virtual program offerings continue (visitplay.barrie.ca for details). The City offers a low-costmonthly virtual pass, providing unlimited access to virtual fitness classes.Allandale Recreation Centre will be open solely for use by high-performance athletes in accordance with the Provincial legislation.

Landfill:The landfill remains open with a reduced capacity (10 vehicles at a time). The City recommends that residents visiting the landfill wear a mask and maintain physical distance from others. 

Planning:The Planner of the Day is available to answer planning related questions online or by phone, or by appointment on Wednesdays. Email planneroftheday@barrie.ca or call 705-726-4242.

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

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

The City encourages residents to support local and take advantage of curbside pickup. To learn more about the supports available to businesses through the pandemic, visitbarrie.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 theHealth Unit's website.

Additional Resources:Service Barrie: service.barrie@barrie.ca or 705-726-4242Simcoe 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