Impacts of the provincial stay-at-home order and state of emergency

(Barrie, ON) The Government of Ontario has declareda state of emergency and a stay-at-home order for the entire province, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2021. This order will remain in place for four weeks. 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, attending school 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 following measures are part of theProvincial stay-at-home order, but are not limited to:

All non-essential retail stores are closed but can offer curbside pickup and delivery, via appointment, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Big box and discount stores can be open for selling essential items only.Restaurants remain closed but can offer take-out, drive-through and delivery.Outdoor public gatherings are still restricted to a limit of five people. Wearing a mask or face covering is recommended outdoors when you cannot maintain physical distance.Businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home.Immunization clinics remain open.

What does this mean for Barrie residents? The following framework outlines the City services affected as part of the stay-at-home order. Previous measures remain in effect for City services and now also include the following:

City Hall:City Hall is closed but the City's customer service centre, Service Barrie, remains open for pre-booked, in-person appointments. Call 705-726-4242 or to book an appointment. Residents are encouraged to use the City'sonline services as much as possible.

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

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). Please wear a mask and keep two metres away from others while visiting the landfill.

For the most up-to-date information on the status of City services, visit

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, visit

City staff continue to take reports regarding violations at 705-739-4241

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 orservice.barrie@barrie.caSimcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: 705-721-7520 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


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