City opens transit terminal as shelter for Barrie residents escaping the heat

With hot and humid temperatures in the forecast this week, as well as a heat warning alert currently in effect for our area, the City of Barrie reminds residents to keep cool and stay safe. 

Cooling centre open at Transit Terminal

The Barrie Transit Terminal, located at 24 Maple Avenue, is available as a cooling centre for anyone who needs to seek cooler temperatures. It’s open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Please note that the cooling centre is subject to capacity, physical distancing and time-limit restrictions during the pandemic. The cooling centre is not intended to be an overnight shelter (no sleeping). Face coverings must be worn in all indoor public spaces. The County of Simcoe provides overnight shelter through their emergency motel system. For more information, visit the County’s website or call Service Simcoe at 705-735-6901.

Early curbside collection on Wednesday, August 25

Due to Environment Canada’s heat warning, the City’s waste contractor will start curbside collection at 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 25. Residents should put their garbage, recycling boxes and green bins curbside after 7 p.m. tonight. Visit barrie.ca/CurbsideCollection for more information. 

During a heat warning, the public are reminded to:

  • Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car
  • Stay in the shade and stay hydrated by drinking water
  • Dress in cool, loose clothing and wear a hat and sunglasses
  • Check regularly on family, friends or neighbours who are at higher risk of heat-related illnesses and who do not have air conditioning

Here are some other ideas on how to beat the heat:

  • Head to one of Barrie’s beaches. Check the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit beach water testing results before heading to the beach. Residents are reminded to practice water safety; there is no substitute for parent supervision. Visit barrie.ca/beachesfor more information.
  • Book a time to visit one of the pools located at the City’s recreation centres including Allandale Recreation Centre, Holly Community Centre and East Bayfield Community Centre. Visit play.barrie.ca to pre-register for open swim times. 
  • Splash around at the splash pad at Lampman Lane Park or the popular water feature at Heritage Park.
  • The City’s library branches are open to the public during regular operating hours, with COVID safety restrictions and time limits in place.
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