Covid-19: Closures, cancellations and municipal info

An abundance of caution has led to a series of postponements or closures

As a means of slowing the spread of COVID-19, many governments, organizations, groups, businesses, and individuals have postponed or cancelled many services, events, and facilities.

Municipal, A-Z

Adjala Tosorontio

  • State of Emergency declared
  • All town facilities have been CLOSED to the public
  • Non-essential services have been reduced so the town can focus on the delivery of essential and critical services to support the community

Barrie

  • State of Emergency declared
  • City Hall CLOSED; council meetings CANCELLED until April 6
  • Barrie Transit – FREE until April 6
  • All City-run recreation facilities, community centres, arenas, and theatres CLOSED
  • Libraries CLOSED
  • Playgrounds CLOSED
  • Off-leash dog parks CLOSED
  • Skateboard parks CLOSED
  • Tennis courts CLOSED
  • Basketball courts CLOSED
  • Picnic areas/pavilions CLOSED
  • Waterfront fitness equipment CLOSED
  • The City’s annual Spring into Clean events that happen in late April have been CANCELLED
  • Provincial Offences Act Offices (45 Cedar Pointe Drive) CLOSED
  • Operations Centre (165 Ferndale Dr. N.) CLOSED
  • Landfill and Environmental Centre (272 Ferndale Dr. N) CLOSED
  • Late fees waived on property tax and water bills
  • Reduced enforcement of parking and noise by-laws until further notice

Bracebridge

  • Municipal Office CLOSED to the public
  • Arena and Sportsplex are CLOSED; all programs and services offered to the public are CANCELLED until further notice
  • Library is CLOSED

Bradford West Gwillimbury 

  • State of Emergency declared
  • Municipal office CLOSED
  • Playgrounds CLOSED
  • Leisure Centre, Library and Cultural Centre, Bob Fallis Sports Centre, Bradford and District Memorial Community Centre CLOSED until Monday, April 6
  • Grace period for water/wastewater utility bill payments
  • BWG Transit free until the end of April
  • Overnight on-street parking ban will not be enforced

Clearview

  • Administrative Centre CLOSED
  • penalty on overdue Water and Sewer accounts waived beginning with March 2020 billing cycle and lasting until the COVID – 19 Response is over
  • Clearview Public Transit Route 1, the Stayner Route, will operate on Sunday hours of 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, 7 days a week and Route 2, the Creemore Route, will be discontinued until further notice
  • To maintain social distancing Clearview Transit will offer free ridership on Route 1 effective immediately until further notice.
  • Libraries, arenas, youth centres, Small Halls CLOSED
  • Council meetings, public meetings CANCELLED

Collingwood

  • Town Hall CLOSED
  • waiving municipal tax penalty and interest charges for March, April, and May
  • waiving water and wastewater penalty and interest charges for 90 days; charges will continue to be calculated each month and customers will still receive a bill, however, there will be no penalty for non-payment for 90 days
  • Dog parks are CLOSED until further notice
  • Eddie Bush Memorial Arena, Central Park Arena, Collingwood Museum, Centennial Aquatic Centre, & the Simcoe Street Theatre CLOSED
  • Library CLOSED until Sunday, April 5
  • Collingwood Playgrounds and the Skatepark CLOSED
  • Rec programming POSTPONED
  • Downtown Collingwood’s Great Easter Egg Hunt has been cancelled

Essa

  • State of Emergency declared
  • Administration Centre CLOSED; staff are onsite to take calls and return e-mails
  • Waived penalties and interest charges for unpaid​ 2020 Taxes and water/sewer charges from April 1 to June 30
  • Tax and water payments to be made online or use dropbox at the lower level entrance to the Administrative Centre
  • Angus Recreation Centre CLOSED
  • Thornton Arena CLOSED
  • All parks and outdoor fitness equipment CLOSED
  • All walking​ trails CLOSED
  • All dog parks CLOSED
  • Essa Public Libra​ries (Angus and Thornton Branches) CLOSED
  • Full Burn Ban in effect
  • No Burn Permits are available for purchase at this time
  • Residents who already purchased Burn Permits for 2020 are not permitted to burn until the Burn Ban has been lifted
  • No open-air fires are permitted at this time

Gravenhurst

  • all town facilities are CLOSED
  • Penalties waived for non-payment of 2020 interim taxes that are due by March 31, 2020, until May 31
  • Fees related to payment penalties under 2020 User Fees and Charges By-law waived for the balance of the year
  • As of April 1, daytime burning is prohibited until October 31. In Ward 1, all open-air burning is prohibited at all times. Areas outside of Ward 1 are permitted contained and supervised fires two hours before sunset through to two hours after sunrise, however, are not permitted to burn during the day
  • Gravenhurst YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka at the Centennial Centre CLOSED
  • Library CLOSED
  • Gravenhurst Centennial Centre-Graeme Arena, Gravenhurst Opera House, Gravenhurst Seniors Centre CLOSED
  • March Council and Committee meetings CANCELLED

Huntsville

  • Town Hall CLOSED until April 6
  • Active Living Centre and Canada Summit Centre CLOSED
  • Library CLOSED
  • Public Works Yard CLOSED

Innisfil

  • State of Emergency declared
  • Town Hall CLOSED
  • All town-offered recreation programs CANCELLED – for information about refunds contact Active Innisfil at 705-436-3710 or activeinnisfil@innisfil.ca
  • Innisfil Recreational Complex and YMCA CLOSED
  • Innisfil IdeaLAB & Library all events and programming CANCELLED residents can access e-books, e-audio and downloads at www.innisfilidealab.ca

Midland

  • Municipal Office closed to the public – use dropbox at Third Street entrance for payments for tax bills, water/wastewater bills and parking tickets, or via electronic fund transfer through their bank
  • The April 20, 2020 interim tax instalment will be deferred to June 29, 2020
  • Interest be waived on all utility accounts until June 30, 2020 after which interest will be applied
  • Mid-Pen Transit FREE until further notice; Saturday schedule Monday to Friday
  • Town dock, marina and boat launch at Pete Pettersen Park will remain closed until further notice.
  • Public, Board and Committee meetings cancelled until at least Monday, April 6
  • North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre closed for three weeks as of midnight March 14.
  • Library and Askennonia Seniors Centre closed until at least April 6
  • COVID-19 assessment centre established adjacent to Chigamik Community Health Centre at 845 Unit 3 King St, Midland in the Cedar Room

New Tecumseth

  • Administration Centre CLOSED
  • Libraries, Museum, Banting Homestead CLOSED
  • Recreation Centres CLOSED
  • Tottenham Community & Fitness Centre CLOSED
  • Playground equipment CLOSED
  • Overnight parking restrictions LIFTED

Orillia

  • State of Emergency declared
  • City Centre CLOSED
  • Waived tax penalty through to June 30 for both residential and businesses.
  • Waived water and sewer penalty through to June 30 for both residential and businesses.
  • Waived parking fees through to April 30
  • Public Transit FREE; please enter by rear doors unless you need assistance
  • All Rec Centres and Arenas CLOSED
  • All city recreation programming SUSPENDED until further notice
  • Orillia Public Library CLOSED
  • Orillia Opera House, Orillia Waterfront Centre, Regan House, Stephen Leacock Museum and Swanmore Hall CLOSED
  • The Orillia District Chamber of Commerce’s 40th Perch Festival has been postponed until 2021

Oro-Medonte

  • State of Emergency declared
  • payment of 2020 municipal taxes delayed until May 29, without added interest
  • first-quarter communal water and wastewater bill payments are extended until June 30, without added interest
  • Open-air fire ban in place
  • Administration Centre CLOSED
  • Council and Committee meetings CANCELLED
  • Recreation facilities CLOSED
  • Community Halls CLOSED

Penetanguishene

  • Municipal Office CLOSED
  • has waived current property tax penalties and interest on May 1, June 1 & July 1 for the current 2nd interim installment only that is due April 30 – NOTE: upon request by account holders, the Town will hold or cancel post-dated cheques or withdraw residents from the Pre-authorized Payment Program
  • has waived water and wastewater penalties on current bills only that fall due between March 26 and July 31 – NOTE: upon request by account holders, the Town will hold or cancel post-dated cheques or withdraw residents from the Pre-authorized Payment Program
  • Mid-Pen Transit FREE until further notice
  • Memorial Community Centre and Arena, Library, Centennial Museum CLOSED

Ramara

  • Administration Centre CLOSED
  • Ramara Centre, Ramara Library-Brechin Location, Udney Community Centre, Longford Community Centre CLOSED

Severn

  • Administration Office CLOSED
  • waiving late fees and interest for all property taxes, water, and wastewater until June 30
  • Recreation and culture facilities CLOSED
  • Recreation and library programs CANCELLED
  • All open-air burning is prohibited in Severn…includes burning of grass, debris and campfires, even when using an outdoor fire grate, fireplace or fire pit. Portable gas stoves may still be used but must be handled with extreme care

Springwater

  • Administration Centre CLOSED
  • Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment are off-limits
  • Elmvale Arena, Springwater Library, and all community halls CLOSED

Tay

  • Municipal office CLOSED
  • Library CLOSED
  • Recreation facilities CLOSED

Tiny

  • Municipal office CLOSED
  • Library CLOSED
  • Recreation facilities CLOSED
  • Playgrounds CLOSED
  • Spring recreational programs CANCELLED; refunds will be issued
  • CBO Dog Park CLOSED

Wasaga Beach

  • Municipal office CLOSED
  • public transit is free April 1 to April 30
  • penalties and interest will not be applied on the March 15 and May 15 property tax billings for the period April 1 to September 30
  • penalties and interest will not be applied on water and wastewater utility bills, for the period of April 1 to September 30
  • RecPlex, library, arena, youth centre/senior active living centre CLOSED

Education

  • Public and Catholic schools in Ontario closed until at least May 4
  • Provincial Preschool/Child Care programs are cancelled until further notice
  • S.E.E.D.S. childcare has been suspended until April 5
  • Georgian College has cancelled all events until further notice; all classes cancelled and moved online
  • Lakehead University has moved its classes online; Spring Convocation ceremonies originally planned to take place in May/June 2020 have been postponed
  • University of Toronto has cancelled its classes
  • York University has cancelled its classes

Social Services/Police Services

  • 54+ Centre: closed until further notice
  • Barrie Literacy Council: closed
  • Barrie Police: Downtown office at 24 Maple Ave. closed to the public until further notice, remains operational for officers
  • Creating Connection’s Community Centre Place at 12 Chase McEachern Way in Barrie is suspending all activities, events, programs for at least the next three weeks (until April 6)
  • David Busby Street Centre operations temporarily moved into a local motel, as well as providing tents, tarps and sleeping gear for those who are living rough; food taken to their locations through outreach
  • Family Connexions in Barrie, Bracebridge, Collingwood, Huntsville, Midland and Orillia will be open by appointment only to provide essential services to the community
  • Gilbert Centre: all group meetings cancelled
  • Nottawasaga OPP has suspended criminal record checks and vulnerable sector checks for volunteer positions until further notice
  • OPP asking that the public not attend any police facilities unless you have a scheduled appointment, or have called ahead to enquire about services
  • Ontario Superior Court of Justice: The Ontario Superior Court of Justice says it will be suspending all operations as of Tuesday; only urgent public health and safety matters and urgent civil, family and criminal matters will be heard
  • Sandbox closed to public with a target opening date of April 6
  • Seniors Homes non-essential visits suspended at most facilities, all events cancelled; visitors screened at the door
  • YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka has closed all YMCA Health, Fitness and Aquatics Centres in Simcoe, Muskoka and Parry Sound effective immediately, until Monday, April 6

Business and Tourism

LOCAL

  • Barrie Colts season/playoffs cancelled; season ticket members who purchased 2020 playoff packages have the option of applying the amount of the package to their season tickets for next season or can request a full refund once the Barrie Colts office re-opens; fans who purchased tickets for the playoffs will have the option of a full refund or applying the amount to season tickets for next season should they wish to become season ticket members
  • Barrie Pride has rescheduled all events and in-person activities through to April 16
  • Barrie Chamber of Commerce March 2020 events cancelled (Business after 5 and Barrie Public Library Workshop), April 2020 Chamber Business Breakfast. Small Business Connect networking will be held on ZOOM
  • Blue Mountain Resort has suspended operations until further notice; all lift operations, base lodges, attractions and rental services are closed
  • Bradford Greenhouses CLOSED for two weeks effective March 23
  • Canadian Tire Retail stores to remain open with reduced hours: Mark’s, SportChek, Atmosphere, Party City, Pro Hockey Life, National Sports and PartSource stores to close until April 2
  • Casino Rama and Gateway Casino-Innisfil are closed until further notice
  • Cineplex theatres closed through to April 2; re-opening of locations will be reassessed at that time
  • Deerhurst Resort is closed until April 10
  • Gilda’s Club has closed its doors, all scheduled activities have been cancelled
  • GoodLife and Fit4Less locations across Canada are closed until further notice
  • Hockley Valley Resort has closed for the season
  • Horseshoe Resort is closed until further notice.
  • Indigo closed until at least March 27
  • Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority all 19 conservation areas have been closed
  • MacLaren Art Centre closed through April 5
  • Mount St. Louis Moonstone closed for season
  • Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority has closed the John Hix Administrative Office and Jose Environmental Learning Centre
  • Orillia Sports Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction April 18 has been postponed
  • Sainte-Marie among the Hurons and Discovery Harbour have been closed until April 5
  • Sandbox Centre closed to the public with a target opening of April 6
  • Simcoe County Museum closed until further notice
  • Snow Valley Resort suspended operations as of Monday, March 16
  • Starbucks has company-owned stores in “high social gathering areas” such as malls and school campuses for at least two weeks; other select locations will be open, but with reduced hours and “to go” service only
  • Sunrise Toyota Orillia has closed; hopes to reopen April 1
  • The 400 Market is closed until further notice
  • Tiffin Centre for Conservation has cancelled the following programs: Maple Syrup Family Days, Lights off Adventure On (Earth Hour event), Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival

Provincial

  • Art Gallery of Ontario closed until further notice
  • CN Tower closed until further notice
  • Ontario Lottery and Gaming Casinos closed until further notice
  • Royal Ontario Museum closed until further notice
  • Toronto Zoo is closed but Zoo staff will still be on-site to ensure the health of its 5,000 animals.

National

  • Canada Post Many post office locations opening one hour later and closing one hour earlier; asking waiting customers to please space themselves 2 metres (6 feet) apart; encouraging customers to pay by using the “tap” function on their debit or credit cards where possible; to eliminate customer interactions at the door, a Knock, Drop and Go approach is in play
  • Travel No domestic air or rail travel in Canada for anyone who is showing symptoms of COVID-19 effective at noon March 30