The City of Barrie is primed to reopen its marina on Friday morning but had to take a few extra steps to get there.
Following a recent announcement from the Ontario Government that facilities like marinas could reopen amid the COVID pandemic, city staff got started on preparing the marina for public use.
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Rob Walters, the City of Barrie’s Supervisor of Facilities, tells Barrie 360 marina staff have had training on physical distancing, health and safety, and PPE use. He adds staff have had extra tutelage in boat launch, fueling, and sanitizing procedures. “Staff have taken extra care this spring to ensure the safety of our Marina members before reopening the facility,” said Walters. “After undergoing a Health and Safety Risk Assessment, the Marina has implemented various new protocols to keep everyone safe and stop the spread.”
Meanwhile, Walters says the marina itself is receiving daily sanitization of all touchpoints on the docks, gates, gas pumps, point-of-sale, and mast stepping areas. He adds marina washrooms have been closed, and signage has been added to all docks and gates, reminding boaters of the need for physical distancing.