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UPDATE June 5, 2020: City extends COVID-19 assistance measures and restricts events until Aug. 31

Posted on Friday June 05, 2020

As the Province and the City of Orillia continue to be in a declared state of emergency due to COVID-19, the City’s Emergency Management Committee is extending the timeframe of certain community assistance measures and restricting local events until Aug. 31, 2020.   

“The City continues to take a staged approach in its response to COVID-19, which includes re-evaluating and adjusting the timeframe of our community assistance measures and the COVID-19 restrictions in place. We are taking the Province’s lead on the staged reopening of the economy and local amenities, while emphasizing that reopening does not mean relaxing,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “By further extending the waiving of 2020 tax and water penalties, we continue to give residents and businesses that may not be able to pay their bills right now a cushion period without being penalized with interest.” 

“For local events, we have heard from our Economic Recovery Task Force that significant advance cancellation notice is very important to event organizers. We do not see the Province drastically changing the limits on public gatherings that would allow for our local summer events to take place. Of course, if the Province shifts their position on public gatherings and organizers are able to pivot their events, the City will support them in doing so,” added Mayor Clarke.

The following restrictions and community assistance measures have been extended:

  • All local events must be postponed or cancelled until Aug. 31, 2020.
  • Waived 2020 property tax penalty and interest through to July 31, 2020, for both residential and businesses.
  • Waived 2020 water and sewer penalty and interest through to Sept. 30, 2020, for both residential and businesses.
  • Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) charges are waived for any pre-authorized payment plan until July 31, 2020 (you may still incur charges by your bank).
  • Suspension of all water shut-offs due to non-payment of water bills until Sept. 30, 2020.

Currently, all City recreation facility permits bookings, both indoor and outdoor, including athletic fields and ball diamonds, remain cancelled until July 5, 2020. The Orillia Opera House and the Stephen Leacock Museum remain closed to all bookings and shows until at least Aug. 31, 2020.

Other City of Orillia community assistance measures in place include:

  • Emergency fund of $100,000 to be distributed to critical lead service providers on an as-needed basis.
  • Deferred implementation of the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) to Sept. 1, 2020.
  • Deferred the second annual intake of the Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (DTCIP) to the last day of June 2020.
  • One bag of untagged garbage allowed per household until July 5, 2020.
  • Established the Economic Recovery Task Force to plan and develop measures to help the local economy recover moving forward.
  • One-million dollars set aside for COVID-19 related social and economic recovery efforts.
  • No upfront deposit for summer day camp registration (running of summer day camps in Orillia is currently being evaluated). 
  • Launched #OrilliaCares campaign to share community acts of kindness.

The City continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and adapt services and community assistance and prevention measures accordingly. For detailed information on City services and amenities, please 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