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UPDATE: Feb. 19, 2021 Orillia takes measured approach to safely reopen City facilities

Posted on Friday February 19, 2021

Following the Province’s announcement that the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit area has moved into the Red - Control zone of the provincial COVID-19 response framework effective Feb. 16, the City of Orillia is taking a conscientious approach to reopening. 

City staff are working on a phased reopening of recreation facilities with a goal to have Rotary Place reopen on Feb. 24 for user groups and the Orillia Recreation Centre reopen on Feb. 26 for user groups. It is anticipated that the Orillia Recreation Centre will reopen to the public for pre-registered drop-in programs starting on March 1. 

“The City is working diligently to meet all the necessary health and safety protocols in order to reopen facilities that have been closed for more than a month. There is still work to be done behind the scenes as we ease into reopening, so we thank you for patience,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “Like many of the businesses in our community and other municipalities, the City had made necessary adjustments to our facility operations, including staffing levels, in response to the shutdown and stay-at-home order. Coupled with the presence of highly transmissible variants in the region, we are taking a very measured and responsible approach to the reopening of our facilities. We are excited to provide recreation and fitness programs to our citizens and user groups, but urge people to stay vigilant and follow COVID-19 safety protocols.”  

The City of Orillia is working towards the following reopening dates: 

  • Orillia City Centre (50 Andrew St. S) will remain open for services by appointment only. To book your appointment, please visit Residents are also encouraged to use services by phone and via email where available.
  • Rotary Place will reopen on Feb. 24 for user groups.
  • The Orillia Recreation Centre will reopen on Feb. 26 to user groups such as the Orillia Channel Cats, Orillia Lakers and Orillia Suns.
  • The Orillia Recreation Centre will reopen for drop-in programs on March 1.
    • Online registration for drop-in programs will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Drop-in programs can be viewed and registered for online at
    • The online pre-registration process will look slightly different as staff have made some improvements to the system. If you require assistance, please call 705-3235-4FUN (4386).
  • The Waste Diversion Site (100 Kitchener St.) remains open to the public.
  • The Orillia Farmers' Market will reopen for in person shopping in the Orillia Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The virtual market will continue with curbside pick-up available. Visit for details.
  • The Orillia Public Library is continuing its curbside pick-up services at this time. Visit for more information. 

Please note, all visitors to City recreation facilities will be screened and required to sign a waiver. Participants must wear a mask in common areas and are permitted to show up only 15 minutes prior to their program. Additionally, enhanced cleaning measures and adjusted room occupancy limits are in place. Information regarding program safety protocols, instructions on how to sign up for a drop-in time or a FUN Pass, can be found at

The City also continues to review community assistance measures currently in place. At this time, all on-street parking spaces in Downtown Orillia will continue to allow free parking for a maximum of 30 minutes each. Free three-hour customer parking in municipal pay and display lots (with the exception of Lot 10, which offers five free hours) will be further extended. Fees for municipal permit parking lots remain in effect.  

As updates become available, changes in City services and community assistance measures will be communicated through the City’s COVID-19 information page at and the City’s social media channels. 

“I want to sincerely thank our residents for adhering to the stay-at-home order over the last month. As we gradually reopen and resume some of our regular activities, we must all remain vigilant and follow all public health protocols in order to prevent a third wave,” said Mayor Clarke. “Reopening doesn’t mean relaxing.” 

COVID-19 Red - Control zone information 

Even though there is no longer a stay-at-home order, staying home is still the best way to protect yourself and others. You are strongly advised to:

  • Stay home as much as possible and avoid social gatherings.
  • Limit close contacts to your household.
  • Screen for symptoms if attending school and/or childcare and work.
  • Work from home if possible and allow your employees to work from home if they can.
  • Avoid travel except for essential reasons.
  • Maintain 2 m (6 ft) of physical distancing from everyone outside of your household (people whom you do not live with).
  • Wear a mask indoors and outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained or if wearing one is required. Masks should be tightly fitted to cover the nose, mouth and chin. 

In the Red – Control zone, organized public events and social gatherings limits are five people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Virtual gatherings or events are the safest way to visit or recognize occasions with people outside your household. Families should not visit any other household or allow visitors in their homes. Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation. Learn more about Red – Control zone restrictions at

If you have an enforcement matter related to COVID-19 restrictions, please contact the Ontario Provincial Police using the non-emergency number at 1-888-310-1122. The OPP is also responsible for any enforcement issues on the ice. 

For more information visit: 

For more information on the COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Orillia visit: 

For COVID-19 updates from the SMDHU visit: 




Mayor Steve Clarke

Brent Thomas
Orillia Fire Chief

Gayle Jackson
Chief Administrative Officer

Jennifer Ruff
Director of Business Development and Communications