Some City of Orillia COVID-19 measures to remain in place until the end of August

City maintaining some tax relief measures and keeping rec facilities closed for now

The City of Orillia has extended some of its COVID-19 measures right through to the end of August.

City Hall’s Emergency Management Committee voted to restrict local events and extend certain assistance measures until August 31, as part of a staged approach in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those measures include waiving 2020 property tax penalties and interest, as well as water and sewer penalties and interest, through to July 31. The City has also suspended all water shut-offs due to non-payment until the end of September.

The City will continue to maintain a $100,000 emergency fund for critical services on an as-needed basis, along with a million dollars set aside for future economic recovery efforts.

“We are taking the Province’s lead on the staged reopening of the economy and local amenities, while emphasizing that reopening does not mean relaxing,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “By further extending the waiving of 2020 tax and water penalties, we continue to give residents and businesses that may not be able to pay their bills right now a cushion period without being penalized with interest.”

All of Orillia’s indoor and outdoor recreation facilities remain closed, including athetic fields and ball diamonds, while bookings remain cancelled until July 5.