City implements more measures to encourage social distancing

Michael Prowse, Barrie CAO

The City of Barrie is making changes to a number of services in an attempt reduce the burden caused by COVID-19 and encourage social distancing.
Effective March 20, Barrie Transit will be free until April 6, 2020. Riders will board and exit the bus from the rear door only. People with accessible needs can continue to board using the front doors. Please consult MyRideBarrie.ca before departing on your trip to track your bus.
Barrie Transit may be experiencing intermittent service issues on some routes. The Downtown Transit Terminal remains open and City staff continues to increase sanitizing practices in the terminal and on all Barrie Transit buses.
“One thing that is critical for people at this time is the ability to ride the bus to get basic things like groceries or get to jobs that we rely on at this time,” said Michael Prowse, Chief Administrative Officer. “Offering free transit creates opportunity to have riders board from back door, which reduces risk to transit operators and further supports social distancing.”
In addition to free transit, the City will be implementing the following changes effective March 20:
• No new late fees or City imposed non-sufficient funds (NSF) charges for tax and water/wastewater bills until June 30, 2020. Residents and property owners can opt out or suspend pre-authorized payment plans (PAP) for property taxes and water wastewater bills.  Complete an online form atwww.barrie.ca/WaterServices.
• No water shutoffs will be carried out until June 30, 2020.
“The City recognizes that since residents are social distancing and staying in more, there are several impacts to our day to day life,” said Mayor Jeff Lehman. “Where possible, we will look for ways to help reduce these impacts by changing policies and operations. These are extraordinary times, but I want all residents to know that your City will continue to respond to this crisis with compassion.” 
The City will continually update its website at barrie.ca as the situation changes. For updates and information on COVID-19, visit simcoemuskokahealth.org/.

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