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UPDATE: April 15, 2020 City of Orillia enacts by-law to enforce emergency measures locally

Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2020

At a Special Council meeting held on April 15, Council approved the Orillia COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law to help protect the health, safety and well-being of Orillia residents. The COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law further enforces the restrictions put in place by the City’s Emergency Management Committee to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community.                  

Individuals not adhering to the emergency measures contained in the by-law can be fined up to $100,000 for each offence.

“Orillia has taken a staged approach to its COVID-19 emergency measures. We will continue to educate the public about the various emergency orders enacted by all levels of government to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We will first warn residents and businesses should a violation be reported or observed. But do not be mistaken, adhering to emergency measures is an absolute necessity and if required, we will enforce with charges. The COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law allows our Municipal Law Enforcement Officers to respond appropriately to complaints we are receiving and to further support our OPP partners,” said Mayor Steve Clarke.

Municipal regulations under the COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law include:

  • Prohibiting people, including children under the age of 16, from maintaining less than 2 metres (6 feet) distance from one another in any public place (other than people they live with);
  • Prohibiting businesses from permitting people to be seated or to be standing less than 2 metres (6 feet) apart whether inside or outside the business (other than people they live with, or the employees of the business);
  • No person shall enter the Couchiching Beach Park boat launch or Collins Drive boat launch;
  • No person shall enter or moor a boat at the Port of Orillia;
  • No person shall hold a garage/yard sale.

The emergency measures set out by the provincial government are not contained within Orillia’s COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law, as they are already enforceable by Municipal Law Enforcement Officers (MLEO).

Those measures include, but are not limited to:

  • Prohibiting organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people (other than people within a household).
  • Closure of places of non-essential businesses. 
  • Closing of all outdoor recreational amenities, including:
  • playgrounds
  • benches
  • sports fields
  • basketball and tennis court
  • off-leash dog parks
  • frisbee golf locations
  • beaches
  • skateboard and BMX parks
  • picnic areas
  • outdoor community gardens
  • park shelters
  • outdoor exercise equipment
  • condo parks and gardens
  • provincial parks and conservation reserves

Green spaces in parks and trails remain open for walkthrough access. Individuals using these green spaces are required to keep at least two metres away from others, unless they are members of the same household.

Reporting COVID-19 emergency measures violations:

To report individuals who are violating emergency orders issued under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, please call the Ontario Provincial Police non-emergency number at 1-888-310-1122.

You can also call the City of Orillia COVID-19 Enforcement Hotline at 705-325-2313 (Monday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) or email Phone call volumes to the enforcement line may require you to leave a voicemail. Complaints received will be investigated and addressed based on priority level and resources available.

It is critical that 9-1-1 is used for emergencies only.

The Province of Ontario also has the following phone lines available to report non-compliance or seek further information on COVID-19 provincial emergency orders pertaining to businesses. They are: 

• Stop the Spread Business Information Line: 1-888-444-3659
   o For anyone with questions about closures of at-risk workplaces or how emergency measures impact their business or employment.
• Price gouging related to COVID-19: 1-800-889-9768
   o Report an individual who is price gouging related to COVID-19 by filing a complaint between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, or by filing a report online.

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