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UPDATE March 14: Current COVID-19 impacts to City of Orillia services and facilities

Posted on Saturday March 14, 2020
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With the safety and well-being of the community top of mind, the City of Orillia is cancelling its March Break camps and closing the Orillia Public Library effective March 15, 2020 until further notice. All City recreation programming is also being suspended until further notice. All families enrolled in March Break camps and recreation programs will be notified directly by email.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) advises the risk presented by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Orillia area is still low; however, in an effort to encourage social distancing and limit public gatherings the City is implementing these measures.

“The jurisdictions in the world that have been most successful in dealing with the COVID-19 virus have been the ones who have very aggressively and proactively put mitigating measures in place. They learned from previous outbreaks and are now being much more successful in stemming transmission,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “It is with this in mind that we are implementing these further precautions within the City of Orillia.”

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility as we navigate this unprecedented situation. As new information becomes available from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, community partners and City staff we will continue to provide communications to the public and update the web page

  • The following City facilities are closed to the public until further notice:
    • Orillia Public Library (36 Mississaga St. W.)
    • Municipal Operations Centre (20 James St.)
    • Waste Water Treatment Centre (40 Kitchener St.)
    • Both Orillia Fire Stations (500 Gill St. and 1 Commerce Rd.)

At this time all other City facilities remain open and we are implementing a self-screening tool at the entrance of all City facilities. We are also requesting that the public limit unnecessary visits to City facilities. Please take advantage of our online and alternative payment options including:

  • Payments for both tax and water bills via online or telephone banking.  A drop slot is also available for payment, located outside of City Centre, 50 Andrew St. S.;
  • Parking tickets can be paid online;
  • Garbage tags and dog licenses are available for purchase at select local vendors.

We encourage everyone to make sure they are actively following good hygienic practices common for any cold or flu bug season, such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
    • Before and after preparing food
    • Before and after eating
    • After using the washroom
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve or a tissue then discard
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • AND stay home if you are sick

The SMDHU encourages social distancing of two meters and recommends cancellation of all non-essential travel.   

For more information please visit the SMDHU website at:

The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at


Brent Thomas
Orillia Fire Chief

Mayor Steve Clarke

Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)