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UPDATE: May 25, 2020 - Orillia extends COVID-19 community assistance and prevention measures

Posted on Monday May 25, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the City of Orillia is extending the timeframe of certain community assistance measures and restrictions until July 5, 2020 and reminds the community to stay vigilant in the fight against COVID-19.

“The City of Orillia continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and its impacts on our community closely and make any adjustments as necessary. The Emergency Management Committee has revised the timeframes for some community assistance measures and restrictions that were originally in effect until the end of May and are opening the Waste Diversion Site on Saturdays to accommodate those working throughout the week,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “Our citizens need to understand, the fact that these emergency measures have been extended means that we are very much still under the threat of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be a second wave and our behaviour now will depict how hard that ‘wave’ hits us.”

The following Emergency Management Committee decisions are now in effect: 

  • The Waste Diversion Site hours are Monday to Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The site remains closed on Sundays and statutory holidays. Essential loads only.
  • One bag of untagged garbage can be set out per household until July 5, 2020.
  • Garage/yard sales are prohibited until July 5, 2020.
  • In response to large gatherings occurring at the Kiwanis Skateboard Park, we are now enforcing a limit of five (5) users at one time at the park. Physical distancing of two metres with those outside of your household must be strictly adhered to. If this area continues to be a problem, the City will be left with no alternative but to close the skate park again.

 The City of Orillia reminds residents that all beaches remain closed at this time.

 “As we follow the lead of the province and begin to phase in the reopening of amenities, including our parks and some businesses, we need to remember that reopening does not mean relaxing. It is critical that we continue to practice physical distancing of at least two metres and refrain from gatherings of more than five outside of our immediate household. If we ease up too soon and let our guard down, we risk a very dangerous second wave. We will not hesitate to close park amenities down again if these measures are not adhered to, such as what we are seeing at the skate park,” said Mayor Clarke.

It’s important to remember the following:

  • Stay home and away from others when you are feeling ill.
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Keep a physical distance of two metres when outside your house.
  • Wear a face covering where physical distancing is a challenge or not possible.
  • Avoid touching your face and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.

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Mayor Steve Clarke


Brent Thomas
Orillia Fire Chief


Gayle Jackson
Chief Administrative Officer


Jennifer Ruff
Director of Business Development and Communications