Barrie City Hall has opted to close all city recreation facilities so as to not allow a situation where COVID-19 can spread.
“The changes you’re seeing now, with schools closing and gatherings limited, are part of our system of government working exactly the way it should—to protect people,” said Mayor Jeff Lehman. “The most important thing right now is to listen to the advice of our doctors and scientists in public health.”
The City’s theatres and libraries will also be shuttered until further notice.
City Hall has also cancelled all City Ward meetings and Council Advisory Committee meetings for the foreseeable future. General Committee and Council meetings will continue, but will be closed to the public.
These decisions come after Barrie’s Emergency Control Group met to discuss next steps, with guidance from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Charles Gardner. Although a specific emergency has not been declared at this time, and the current risk level remains low for the general population, the team will continue to meet regularly to discuss contingency and business continuity planning related to COVID-19.