Scientific experts tell us we need to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) and save lives by social distancing – staying away from other people, especially large groups.
A number of public facilities have been closed and popular events have been cancelled this Spring.
Below is a list of some cancellations and closures of interest to Lake Simcoe area residents.
Please note that some outdoor activities, such as the Orillia Perch Festival, are still being held!
-- The Province of Ontario has closed all publicly funded schools until April 5, 2020, which is two weeks following March break. York Region District School Board and York Catholic District School Board transportation services, continuing education, permit activities, before and after care programs and daycare will also be closed until April 5.
-- The City of Barrie
- Barrie City Hall (70 Collier St.)
- Provincial Offences Act Offices (45 Cedar Pointe Drive and 575 West St. in Orillia).
- Operations Centre (165 Ferndale Dr. N.)
- Landfill and Environmental Centre (272 Ferndale Dr. N.) Curbside Collection is occurring as scheduled. The contractor will continue to have access to the landfill.
- Surface Water Treatment Plant (20 Royal Parkside Dr.)
- Wastewater Treatment Facility (249 Bradford St.)
The City of Barrie is continuing to work closely with the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit and other community partners to monitor the global and local COVID-19 situation and respond accordingly. The City's Emergency Control Group (ECG) continues to meet regularly. The group includes senior leadership from various departments across the City including Fire and Police.
Current status of City Services: March 17, 2020
City Recreation/Community Facilities (including arenas), Theatres and Library branches remain closed until further notice.
City Hall and City Services
Residents are encouraged to visit barrie.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.
Barrie City Council and Committee meetings have been cancelled up to and including the week of April 6.
All Provincial Offences Act matters scheduled from Monday, March 16 through to and including Friday, April 3 will be adjourned and rescheduled to a later date. If you have a matter scheduled during this time, you do not need to attend court. Questions regarding court matters may be directed to Phone: (705) 739-4291 (Barrie) or Phone: (705) 326-2960 (Orillia).
Please consult MyRideBarrie.ca before departing on your trip to track your bus. Barrie Transit may be experiencing intermittent service issues on some routes. The Downtown Transit Terminal remains open.
City staff are ensuring increased sanitizing practices on all common touch points and public spaces at City facilities that remain open, as well as Barrie Transit buses.
-- Canada Blooms and Home Show – The Big One, Enercare Centre, Toronto - cancelled
-- The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury is closing the following facilities from 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 13 until Monday, April 6, 2020:
-BWG Leisure Centre
-BWG Public Library and Cultural Centre
-Bob Fallis Sports Centre
-Bradford & District Memorial Community Centre
The buildings will be closed to the public and all recreational programs, permits and camps - including March Break programming - scheduled during this period are cancelled and fees will be refunded.
March 17-- Message from Mayor Rob Keffer: COVID-19 update
Once again I need to start by thanking our community for your response to this situation. I have seen numerous local stores setting aside hours just for seniors and anyone else requiring extra assistance or distancing from the public. I have also seen many residents offering support and assistance to their fellow residents. I applaud your consideration for one another and your ingenuity in finding ways to best weather the changes to flatten the curve of this disease.
To further protect staff and residents, we have decided that effective noon tomorrow (Wednesday, March 18) we will be closing municipal offices to the public. Most of our staff will continue to work remotely and we will still provide as many services as possible by phone or online, or by appointment if a face-to-face interaction is necessary. Our website is constantly being updated, and our staff are working to make these resources as easy as possible to find and use. We appreciate your patience as we make whatever changes we can to enable us to continue to serve you.
We are also looking at ways that we can help the community. We have now ceased enforcement of the winter overnight on-street parking prohibition for the rest of this season. If there is snow, I’d still ask you to help by parking off-street so that our snowplow operators can thoroughly clear the roads, but we will not be ticketing vehicles.
During office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. our staff will still be serving you via 905-775-5366. Please listen to the options to ensure you reach the correct department. Once the closure of offices to the public is in effect we anticipate a higher than normal call volume, but we will do our best to answer your calls "live" and to respond to all voicemails as quickly as possible. And of course you can access many services via our website at www.townofbwg.com.
Best, Rob Keffer
The Town of Innisfil & Innisfil IdeaLab & Library
-All events and programs at all Library locations are cancelled up to and including Sunday, April 5. This includes all registered and drop-in programs for adult, teens and children. All March Break programs and special events have been cancelled from March 14 – 21, 2020. At this time all Library branches will remain open according to regular schedules but we are closely monitoring the situation and this may change on short notice.
-Recreation & Leisure Programming
-The Special Council Meeting “Planning Public Meeting - Staff Report DSR-042-20 - Innisfil Beach Road and Lakelands Avenue Zoning and Shoreline By-law Amendments” scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 has been cancelled. This meeting will be rescheduled at a later date.
-All fire stations are closed to the public, but remain operational.
March 18 update – As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Innisfil Town Hall (located at 2101 Innisfil Beach Rd.) will close to the public at the end of the day and stay closed until Monday, April 6, 2020. Despite this, residents can still get full Customer Service support during normal business hours at 705-436-3710 and through our numerous digital channels at https://innisfil.ca/contactus/.
“Working with our partners across all levels of government and especially the medical authorities, this is another important step for us to be taking to do our part to contain the spread of COVID-19. While our Town Hall and facilities may be closed, we are doing everything we can to make sure we continue to deliver as many services as possible,” said Innisfil Mayor Lynn Dollin. “It’s also important for residents to be aware that Fire & Rescue Services, South Simcoe Police and Water and Wastewater services will continue as normal. In addition, our Emergency Management team is activated and will continue to the monitor the situation as our staff continues to work remotely.”
Residents who are concerned about making payments in person are encouraged to reach out to Customer Service at 705-436-3710 to discuss alternate payment methods. Staff are exploring financial options for Council to consider in response to this situation (e.g. tax due date deferral). More information will be available in the near future. Staff are also prioritizing workload given the shifting needs of the community. As a result, overnight parking enforcement will not occur at this time unless required by a major winter storm for snow clearing purposes. In addition, all mail sent to Innisfil Town Hall, including cheques, will still be received and processed by staff until further notice.
Our next scheduled programs are on Tuesday, March 17 and we will be reaching out directly to the participants of those programs on Monday to let them know if we feel it necessary to cancel. However, we are cancelling our Spring Equinox Celebration planned for later in the week.
In the upcoming days, we will reassess the situation daily and continue to share updates to our plans directly with you and on our social media channels. We appreciate your support and understanding during this extraordinary time.
The Aurora Cultural Centre will be closed until April 6, 2020.
The health and safety of our visitors, artists, volunteers and staff is of primary importance. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are cancelling all performances and events at the Aurora Cultural Centre until Monday, April 6, 2020.During this challenging time, our staff team is committed reducing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to make every effort to accommodate our patrons, students, instructors, volunteers and performing artists.The Aurora Cultural Centre is taking the following measures effective immediately:
-all ticketed performances are suspended, including:
The Berenstain Bears On Stage - March 19; John Sheard Presents the Burt Bacharach Songbook - March 27; The Great Artist Music Series Presents the Payadora Tango Ensemble - April 3; March Break Crafter-Noon is cancelled - March 18; All remaining Winter classes and workshops are cancelled, including: All Saturday children's art classes and art shows - March 14· Woodcarving - March 16· Drawing & Sketching - March 16· Expand Your Horizons in Acrylics make-up class - March 17· Watercolours: Basics & Beyond make-up class - March 17· The Magic of Pastels Workshop - March 21· Stained Glass Sun-Catcher Workshop - March 28
We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed on our dedicated web page.
The Green Living Show moves online
On the heels of cancelling its in-person event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Green Living Show organizers have quickly found a creative solution to bring the event to its attendees. From March 14 - 22, eco-conscious consumers will have the chance to browse sales, promos, stories, concepts and ideas from the lineup of 2020 Green Living Show speakers and exhibitors. Participants far and wide can shop or watch live discussions by visiting greenlivingshow.ca or following @GreenLivingPage on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter from the comfort of their own home free of charge.
Please visit GreenLivingShow.ca.
Lakehead University is cancelling classes on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 to provide instructors, faculty, and academic support staff the time to prepare to deliver course content in alternative ways. Any exams scheduled during this time period will be rescheduled. The University is preparing to provide workshops and specific support to assist instructors with preparations for other modes of course delivery.
Starting Wednesday, March 18 and for the remainder of the term, Lakehead University will be delivering all of its courses using online or alternative modes of delivery.
We recognize that specific academic programs may have unique requirements that need alternate solutions. These will be developed and communicated early next week.
Our University campuses (Thunder Bay and Orillia) remain open. Residences and all of our facilities, including but not limited to libraries, research facilities and laboratories, athletics facilities, food services, and Health and Wellness Services all remain open. Please direct any specific questions to your supervisor. All other Lakehead University events are to be considered on a case-by-case basis. Faculty and staff should continue to report to work as usual.
Township of Springwater
The Township of Springwater is taking precautions to help protect our vulnerable residents. Following a meeting of the Emergency Management Team, the Township has made the difficult decision to cancel all programming and close some facilities, effective Friday, March 13 at 12 midnight. The closures and cancellations will remain in effect until further notice.
County of Simcoe
Simcoe County is taking many precautions to help protect our vulnerable residents. We are also aligning with proactive steps taken by other large organizations as well as recommendations from other levels of government and health authorities to ensure everyone's safety and wellbeing.
Long-term Care and Seniors Services
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, do not enter a Long Term Care home or Seniors Services facility. Please self isolate and contact Telehealth (1-866-797-0000), your local health care provider, or the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520) for more information.
If you have travelled to affected areas or have been exposed to a case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days we ask that you please postpone your visit to any of our Long Term Care homes or Seniors Services facilities.
Mandatory screening at Long Term Care Homes and Seniors Services facilities
All LTCSS Staff, Students, Volunteers & Visitors will be “actively" screened for COVID-19 by a dedicated person in each home. This involves questions regarding respiratory symptoms as well as taking the individual's temperature. ANYONE that fails any part of the screening process will be asked to leave our facility and to contact telehealth and or their health care provider.
Impacts to activities and programs
All visitor entrances in each of our four LTC homes and Seniors Services buildings have been secured allowing entry from only one main door entrance
All public community events in our LTCSS facilities will be cancelled for the next four weeks and we will re-evaluate as necessary
Main door entrance hours have been reduced to 8:00am – 7:00pm
Doors will be locked for remaining hours and visitors will be required to use call system and wait for staff to allow access
Campus residents living adjacent to our LTC homes will not be permitted to attend programs or functions in the homes
A table will be set up at the dedicated public entrance, and someone will be present to screen all visitors
Homes have posted notices at entry doors to advise visitors of new precautions
Simcoe County Museum
The County has made the difficult decision to cancel all Museum programming due to the increasing concern about the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The health, safety and wellbeing of all our guests and staff is of utmost importance.
The Museum will remain open to the general public and crowd sizes will be monitored. All guests are asked to use self screening practices recommended by the local Health Unit. The cancellation applies to all March and April programming and further decisions will be provided as more information is released by local health authorities.
These cancellations impact:
All March and April meeting room bookings
March Break Day Camps
March Break public programs
All March and April school groups
Any costs related to these programs will be reimbursed. We appreciate your understanding as we implement measures to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.
Other County Services
We are monitoring services such as Paramedics, Ontario Works, Waste Collections and Landfill operations, LINX Transit, Children's Services, and the status of County facilities, and will provide status updates as they become available.
The County will continue to communicate with the general public regarding COVID-19. For more information on the status of COVID-19 in Simcoe County, please contact the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520.
The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce is postponing the Newmarket Home & Lifestyle Show, which was scheduled for April 3 to 5, as well as a March 19 seminar and March 25 member orientation. An alternate date for the show will be determined.
The Town of Newmarket will be closing all recreation and culture facilities and cancelling its programs, drop-in activities and March break camps from Friday, March 13 at midnight to Sunday, April 5. Facilities and programming will resume Monday, April 6, pending further developments. Click here for a full list of the closed facilities. Credits will be issued for cancelled programs and March Break camps. This cancellation also impacts outside organizations with bookings at Town facilities.
Newmarket Baseball Association has suspended all baseball activities, including practices, indoor sessions and other scheduled events for at least three weeks, effective immediately.
Southlake Foundation, "out of an abundance of caution" has postponed its annual Nature’s Emporium Run for Southlake on April 26, 2020. A new date will be provided in the future and the Foundation will provide registered participants with ongoing updates..
2020 Toronto Sportsmen’s Show
The 2020 Toronto Sportsmen’s Show (March 18-22), which was set to take place at The International Centre in Mississauga, is cancelled. Attendees who have already purchased tickets will be notified by email. Exhibitors will be contacted as soon as possible with more information.
The Ontario Hockey League has suspended its season until further notice.
The Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons concerts scheduled for Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 at Casino Rama Resort have been postponed. The casino is working to reschedule the performance and will provide details once available. Tickets will be honoured for the rescheduled performance or refunded at the original point of purchase.
Cineplex is requesting that "anyone who is feeling unwell refrain from visiting" its theatres
Evening with Lynn Miles, Valdy and Suzie Vinnick CANCELLED for March 15
The Barrie Folk Society, in conjunction with the Mariposa Folk Foundation and the City of Barrie 5 Points Theatre, have been in discussions regarding the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) effect on public events.
Out of an abundance of caution, AN EVENING WITH LYNN MILES, VALDY & SUZIE VINNICK has been postponed. All tickets will be honored for a future show date, which will be announced as soon as it can be determined, potentially late spring or next fall, and dependent on the performer's schedules.
How to request a ticket refund should that be your preference:
Contact the point of sale for a refund. If you purchased online or from the Ticketpro Call Centre please contact them at 1-888-655-9090. Otherwise, you can reach out to City of Barrie 5 Points Theatre Box Office at 705-739-4228.
CFUW Annual Homes Tour and Tea
The Canadian Federation of University Women (Orillia) Annual Homes Tour and Tea that was to be held Sunday, June 7th has been cancelled.