City Hall, outdoor recreation facilities in Barrie, including Meridian Place, to be closed under new stay-at-home restrictions

The stay-at-home order requires everyone to remain at home and only leave for essential purposes

City officials in Barrie have outlined how the revised stay-at-home restrictions, announced today by the Ford government, will impact city services.

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City Hall will be closed to the public as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, as will all municipal playground equipment, waterfront fitness equipment, off-leash dog parks, skateboard parks, tennis courts, basketball courts and picnic areas/pavilions.

In addition, Meridian Place in downtown Barrie will also be closed to the public. Signage will be installed as soon as possible.

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, or essential work, accessing health care services, or for outdoor exercise. All travel should be avoided.

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The City’s customer service centre, Service Barrie, can be reached via email (ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca) or by phone (705-726-4242) only. Service Barrie representatives are available Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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 dropbox at City Hall, or via a post-dated cheque by mail.

For development services, the Planner of the Day is available to answer planning related questions online or by phone only. Email planneroftheday@barrie.ca or call 705-726-4242.

Building inspections that do not meet the criteria for essential construction are suspended.

City construction projects can continue.

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.

The landfill remains open with a reduced capacity (10 vehicles at a time). Residents are required to wear a mask and maintain physical distance from others.

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

City staff continue to take reports regarding violations at 705-739-4241 and enforcement.services@barrie.ca.