Playgrounds and dog off-leash parks remain open, but little else under stay-at-home order – signs saying Meridian Place closed to be posted

With Barrie and the rest of the province fully immersed in the new stay-at-home order until at least May 20, here’s a look what it means to the City, which is still in a state of emergency, and residents.
The stay-at-home order requires everyone to remain at home and only leave for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, or essential work, accessing health care services, or for outdoor exercise. All travel should be avoided. 
The following is subject to additional input or further restrictions by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. The full list of additional restrictions is listed on the Province’s website. Measures include, but are not limited to:
• Outdoor gatherings will be strictly limited to members of the same household only, or with one other household if that individual lives alone
• In-person shopping at stores that primarily sell food and pharmaceutical goods, grocery, and “big box” stores will be restricted to 25 percent occupancy
• Only essential construction will be able to continue (e.g., assessment centres, hospitals, long-term care homes). Non-essential construction (e.g., shopping malls, office towers, and hotels) is not allowed
• All outdoor amenities were originally ordered closed, but the Province has since backtracked on playgrounds, allowing them to remain open
• Restricting indoor participation at places of worship, funerals, and weddings to 10 people
What does this mean for Barrie residents? Previous measures remain in effect for City services and now also include the following:
City Hall: 
•  City Hall is closed to the public. The City’s customer service centre, Service Barrie, can be reached via email (ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca) or by phone (705-726-4242) only. Service Barrie representatives are available Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents are encouraged to visit barrie.ca/OnlineServices to apply for small building permits and to pay for parking or speeding tickets. Property taxes and water/wastewater bills can be paid through telephone/internet banking, through a drop box at City Hall, or via a post-dated cheque by mail
City outdoor recreation amenities:
• Although playgrounds are now open, as are dog off-leash parks, waterfront fitness equipment, skateboard parks, tennis courts, basketball courts and picnic areas/pavilions will be closed to public access. Meridian Place in downtown Barrie will also be closed to the public. Signage will be installed as soon as possible
Development Services:
• The Planner of the Day is available to answer planning related questions online or by phone only. Email planneroftheday@barrie.ca or call 705-726-4242
Building Inspections:
• The City will suspend inspections that do not meet the criteria for essential construction
City construction projects:
• City construction projects can continue
Barrie Public Library:
• The Barrie Public Library remains closed for in-person visits. Express pick-up of materials, online programs and coaching sessions, wireless and remote printing services, and access to the Digital Library continue. Returns are accepted at both outdoor return slots 24/7
Landfill: 
• The landfill remains open with a reduced capacity (10 vehicles at a time). Residents are required to wear a mask and maintain physical distance from others
For the most up-to-date information on the status of City services, visit barrie.ca/services. The City encourages residents to support local. To learn more about the supports available to businesses through the pandemic, visit barrie.ca/SupportforBusiness. City staff continue to take reports regarding violations at 705-739-4241 and enforcement.services@barrie.ca. For detailed and up-to-date information on the local vaccination plan, visit the Health Unit’s website.

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