“As a municipality, we strongly support the measures of the province,” said the mayor of Ontario at the amendment of the second stage of the roadmap for the reopening
CITY OF ORILLIA
Effective Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 12:01 a.m., the province of Ontario is temporarily moving to an amended second stage of the Roadmap to reopening, which will remain in effect for at least 21 days.
Province-wide measures put in place to preserve hospital capacity against the highly transmissible variant, Omicron, include closing indoor restaurants, closing recreational and cultural facilities, and reducing capacity limits to 50 for percent for certain industries, including shopping malls, retailers and personal care services. Private social gatherings will also be limited to five people indoors and 10 outdoors.
For a complete overview of the updated public health measures that come into effect on January 5, 2022, please visit ontario.ca/COVID-19.
Due to the province’s new measures, the Town of Orillia is required to close its recreational and cultural facilities to the public and will reintroduce appointment-only services in downtown Orillia, 50 Andrew Street S., in as of January 5, 2022.
The City’s waste diversion site remains open to the public and Orillia Transit continues to operate.
“The Omicron variant is spreading quickly. With a record number of cases leading to an increase in hospitalizations and intensive care patients, the Prime Minister and public health officials have made it clear that in order to slow the spread of Omicron and protect our hospitals from being overwhelmed , we must limit our contacts ”, declared the mayor. Steve Clarke.
“As a municipality, we strongly support the province’s measures to reduce contact by limiting access to downtown Orillia to appointments only and encouraging residents to access services through the website, the email and telephone when possible. ”
Please note the following impacts on the City of Orillia’s facilities and services due to the new provincial measures:
- The Orillia Recreation Center, Brian Orser Arena, Rotary Place and Barnfield Point Recreation Center will be closed to the public and all programs and activities are suspended. Recreation and Youth Services staff communicate with user groups to inform them of the closure and the impact on their programs. The City previously suspended public recreation programs until at least January 14, 2022. This will be extended until at least January 26, 2022, depending on provincial guidelines. For more information regarding program cancellations or refunds, please visit orillia.ca/fun or call 705-325-4386.
- Downtown Orillia will be open by appointment only as of January 5, 2022. Appointments will be available to book by visiting orillia.ca/servicesenligne as of January 5. Residents are encouraged to continue to access City services via website, email, and phone when possible.
- Municipal operations center, wastewater treatment center and water filtration plant remain closed to the public
- The Stephen Leacock Museum is closed to the public. Staff always respond to booking requests later in 2022 and can be reached at 705-325-2196 or by visiting leacockmuseum.com.
- The Opera of Orillia is closed to the public. Staff are still responding to booking requests later in 2022 and selling flexible packs for the 2022 Summer Theater. Contact the box office at 705-326-8011 or visit Orilliaoperahouse.ca.
- The Orillia Youth Center will be closed to the public; however, awareness raising among young people will continue.
- As of January 5, 2022, the Orillia Public Library will operate at 50% capacity with a limited number of seats and computers and will offer curbside document collection by appointment. Visit orilliapubliclibrary.ca for more information and updated hours.
- The Orillia Farmers’ Market will continue to operate at 50% of capacity. Follow the market on Facebook and Instagram for updated information.
- Council, council and city committee meetings and committees will continue to meet virtually.
Booster / third dose of COVID-19 vaccine
People aged 18 and over can make an appointment for their booster dose via ontario.ca/book-vaccine or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Center at 1-833-943-3900, through Indigenous-run immunization clinics, participating pharmacies and primary care facilities. Appointments can be made three months (84 days) after a second dose.
For the most up-to-date information on immunization booking options, including priority group clinics, please visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website at simcoemuskokahealth.org/COVID19.
“I want to thank the Orillians for rolling up their sleeves and getting the shot. About 90 percent of the population aged 12 and over in Orillia received both doses; However, we can still do more to help combat the spread of the Omicron variant and better protect our community, ”said Clarke.
“I implore those who are eligible to reserve your booster dose as soon as you can. I recognize that due to demand some are struggling to find availability locally, but don’t give up and keep checking back on the Health Unit website for updates on local booking options, ”Clarke said.
Updated COVID-19 Testing and Isolation Guidelines
As announced on December 30, 2021, the province updated the COVID-19 testing and isolation guidelines to ensure that publicly funded testing and case management and contact resources are available. available for the most at-risk environments and to protect the most vulnerable. Please visit ontario.ca/COVID-19 or the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website at simcoemuskokahealth.org/COVID19 for the latest information regarding testing and isolation requirements for COVID-19.
As the Omicron variant continues to spread rapidly, the city will continue to monitor the local situation and adapt programs and services as needed.
For information and updates on COVID-19 from the City of Orillia, visit orillia.ca/COVID-19. For COVID-19 updates, assessment center information, and the latest immunization information from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, visit: simcoemuskokahealth.org/COVID19.