Large retailers in Orillia subject to new capacity limits under COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law

The City of Orillia is clamping down on large retailers as COVID-19 numbers continue to climb.

At a special meeting Thursday, council voted unanimously to reduce capacity limits in stores larger than 20,000 square feet to 50 per cent of the occupant load set under the Fire Code. There would be a cap of 250 at one time.

This amendment to Orillia’s COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law will take effect Saturday (Dec.19).

“After receiving numerous complaints, speaking to concerned residents, and witnessing first-hand extremely large crowds within some of our large stores, it became very apparent that reduced capacity limits would create a safer shopping environment. These reduced capacity limits will also hopefully keep our community from going into the Grey-Lockdown zone, which will have further detrimental impacts on our local economy,” said Mayor Steve Clarke.

These reduced capacity provisions will remain in place while the City of Orillia is in the Red-Control zone and if the catchment areas reaches the Grey-Lockdown zone.

Enforcement of the COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law will be done on a proactive basis with education being the first step. Failure to comply with the by-law could result in fines up to $100,000 for the first offence.