Barrie to reopen Tiffin Boat Launch Saturday, but is holding off on Marina, off-leash dog parks, and tennis courts

Marina needs added cleaning, staff need more training

Following a Queen’s Park announcement Thursday that certain business and amenities will be allowed to reopen, the City of Barrie is reopening the Tiffin Boat Launch. A few other city amenities will have to wait, however.

The boat launch will be open for use as of Saturday morning, but those using it will have to follow strict guidelines:

  • Only boat with members of your household, no guests on board.
  • Ensure a physical distance of at least two metres from people outside your household when using the launch.
  • Keep your distance on the water—don’t raft.

The City reminds one and all to always wear a lifejacket or other personal floatation device. The area surrounding the boat launch is expected to see increased traffic volume.

Meanwhile, Barrie’s Marina will not reopen until Friday, May 22nd. Barrie City Hall says it must be prepared and cleaned according to provincial and health unit guidelines before it can be used. City staff will have to take added health and safety training as well, but the city says these preparations are already underway. “We ask for continued patience and understanding as we follow provincial guidelines to gradually reopen our facilities,” says Michael Prowse, Chief Administrative Officer. “These additional protocols may result in some changes in service, but are in place to keep both Barrie residents and City staff safe and healthy.”

The city’s off-leash dog park on Bayview Drive will reopen on Tuesday, while city tennis courts should reopen during the week of May 25th. In both cases, physical distancing and sanitation guidelines will remain in place.