State of Emergency: Impact on City of Barrie services

City Hall
· Starting January 14, no in-person services will be available at Service Barrie (with the exception of Burial Permits). Service Barrie is available via email ( or by phone (705-726-4242). Many services are available online at Payments for invoices and bills continue to be accepted through the drop boxes located at the front and back of City Hall.
· The Planner of the Day is available to answer planning related questions online or over the phone only. Email or call 705-726-4242.
Building Inspections
· The City will suspend inspections that do not meet the criteria for essential construction. This includes residential that did not have a permit before Jan 14. 

· Parks and outdoor rinks (including volunteer-run rinks) will remain open. Ice surface occupancy protocols remain in place. Adhering to previous direction from SMDHU, signage at each location identifies the maximum number of skaters permitted on the ice surface at one ​time. Hockey is prohibited on all outdoor rinks at this time.
· Allandale Recreation Centre, Holly Community Centre, East Bayfield Community Centre, Eastview Arena and Sadlon Arena remain closed to the public. Virtual classes are available for residents who have an existing account.
Waterfront Trails and Washrooms
· The City has been maintaining more trails by the waterfront and in Sunnidale Park to create more space for people to exercise outside. The existing winter washrooms at the waterfront remain open.
Barrie Public Library
· Library branches will continue to offer pick-ups and returns of books and movies, as well as Digital Library access and online programming.
· The landfill remains open with a reduced capacity (10 vehicles at a time). Please wear a mask and keep 2 metres from anyone else while visiting the landfill.
City construction projects
· City construction projects can continue as part of the new province regulations. 
· The province has provided authority to all enforcement and provincial offences officers, including the Ontario Provincial Police, local police forces, bylaw officers, and provincial workplace inspectors to issue tickets to individuals who do not comply with the stay-at-home order, or those not wearing a mask or face covering indoors as well as retail operators and companies who do not comply with Provincial regulations. Those who decide not to abide by orders may be subject to set fines and/or prosecution. City staff continue to take reports regarding by-law violations at 705-739-4241 and
· In addition, all enforcement personnel will have the authority to temporarily close a premise and disperse individuals who are in contravention of an order and will be able to disperse people who are gathering, regardless whether a premise has been closed or remains open such as a park or house.
· The City is waiting for further direction from the Province regarding any additional changes to enforcement. The City needs the support of Barrie businesses and residents to respect health restrictions. The enhanced proactive inspections to ensure businesses are meeting all health and safety requirements and regulations will continue.
· Businesses must operate in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, including recommendations and instructions on physical distancing, cleaning and disinfecting.