Keeping warm in the extreme cold

Orillia and Innisfil make space available


Members of the public looking to warm up during today’s (Jan. 26) extreme cold can visit the following locations in Orillia:

Orillia City Centre (Main Floor Area)
50 Andrew St. S.
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Orillia Public Library (Program Room Area)
36 Mississaga St. W.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, there may be limited capacity. Public health measures must be followed including wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distancing at all times.

The Orillia Emergency Overnight Warming Centre, at the Orillia Community Church located at 64 Colborne St. E., will operate overnight tonight (9 p.m. to 7 a.m.) due to the extreme cold warning.


With freezing temperatures expected to remain through the week, we are extending the warming centres at two ideaLAB & Library locations:

ideaLAB & Library, Lakeshore Branch (967 Innisfil Beach Road)

Thursday, January 27  9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, January 28       9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

ideaLAB & Library, Cookstown Branch (20 Church Street)

Thursday, January 27  1:00 p.m.- 8 p.m.

Friday, January 28       10:00 a.m. -5 p.m.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, anyone who visits these locations should be aware of the following:

  • Visitors are reminded to wear a face covering indoors and will be pre-screened for COVID-19. Anyone displaying any of the symptoms as set out by the Ministry of Health will be directed to the nearest assessment centre. If you believe you may have COVID-19, please follow the guidelines set out by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) and do not make the trip to the warming centre.
  • Visitors will be guided to a specific space in the warming centre where they will be asked to remain so they may warm up safely while maintaining physical distancing. Access to washrooms, hand sanitizers and water will be provided.
  • If there is heavy demand, time restrictions may apply and visitors may be asked to leave so that others may access the space. People can re-enter as soon as space becomes available or if it is their turn again.

To protect those who enter the building, there is increased cleaning of public spaces, protective barriers at service desks, hand sanitizer and staff are equipped with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Staff have also undergone training in accordance with guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health and SMDHU to ensure they are prepared to serve the public in the safest way possible.

Residents can use Innisfil Transit to travel to Innisfil ideaLAB & Library’s Lakeshore Branch for the flat rate of $4. All other trips will receive $4 off the fare. The Town of Innisfil also provides discounted fares for low-income households and a voucher that provides two free trips (one return trip) per month. For more information please visit

As a reminder, please check in on neighbours and loved ones who may be at risk during extreme cold weather while ensuring that COVID-19 public health measures are observed.

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