Closed to the Public
|County Administration Centre |
Closed ot the public: The Administration Centre will be closed to the Public. Staff will continue to serve residents, clients and partners virtually by appointment only
- The Service Simcoe Contact Centre will be moving to virtual service only at email@example.com or 705-735-6901
- The Cravings @ Work Cafeteria will be closed to staff and the public during the lockdown
|Simcoe County Museum|
Closed to the public.
- Due to timing of the lockdown and necessary safety precautions, the Museum Skate Trail will remain closed for the duration of the 2021 season
- For more information, check out the museum on Facebook @simcoecountymuseum or visit museum.simcoe.ca
- The Tourism Kiosk at the Museum is also closed. Visit experience.simcoe.ca for details
|Simcoe County Archives|
Closed to the public: Building access remains closed to the public during the pandemic
- Staff will continue to provide remote/virtual services to the public and clients. Click here for information.
Continued Essential/Critical Services:
|Waste Facilities/Landifills Open |
Open: The County’s waste facilities/landfills will continue to operate on the modified pandemic-related schedule (see below chart below) during the lockdown.
- For safety precautions all landfills will move to cashless transactions (debit and credit only with tap preferred)
Pandemic Operating Hours:
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
*Materials from residents of Barrie and Orillia will not be accepted.
|West Gwillimbury|||| ||X||X||X||X||X|
|North Simcoe||||X||X||X||X||X|| |
Winter hours start Nov. 22
X = Open (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
**Matchedash Waste Facility Winter hours start November 22
When using these facilities, we strongly encourage residents to apply the same public health precautions/measures they would when using other open and available services during the pandemic. We further recommend that customers practice the following precautions upon entering the sites:
- Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Monday: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Limit the number of trips to the sites (just like the grocery store) – where reasonable avoid trips that would not meet the residential minimum $10 fee (up to 70kg) and assess whether items can be stored at your household for a future trip.
Wearing non-medical masks or face coverings may be an added way to protect others around you, particularly where physical distancing may be challenging.
When at a waste site, stay at least 2 metres (or 6 feet) away from other people whenever possible.
Avoid using the site during peak times (first opening day of the week) to avoid large line-ups. Typically, wait times are shorter mid-week and during unfavorable weather conditions.
For safety precautions all landfills will move to cashless transactions (debit and credit only with tap preferred)
For more information, click here.
|Curbside Waste Collection Continues|
Open: Curbside waste collection services will continue during the lockdown.
Please bag all organics.
Information on collection impacts for your specific location and updates on returns can be found through the Simcoe County Collects app, which is free to download on the App Store or GooglePlay. Notices are also posted on simcoe.ca.
|Service Simcoe Contact Centre (Administration Centre)|
Virtual Service: The Service Simcoe Contact Centre will be moving to virtual service only at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-735-6901
|LINX Transit Continues|
Open: LINX Transit will continue to operate all routes with safety precautions in place during the lockdownTo find out when your next bus is arriving, go to www.linx.simcoe.ca/ or use Transit app, available at https://transitapp.com/ or download on your device free of charge.
LINX will also be following Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Public Transit Safety Guidelines to ensure passengers and employees are kept safe as more people go back to work during COVID-19. In keeping with these MTO guidelines, the County is requesting that ALL customers follow protocols, including:
- Passengers and drivers to wear non-medical masks or face coverings. While masks or face coverings will be highly recommended, we understand there are circumstance for children and people with disabilities, or other medical conditions, that prevent them from wearing a mask.
- Maintaining physical distance between people whenever possible;
- Removing all personal belongings and waste upon departure; and
- Sneezing into their elbow, using hand sanitizer and washing hands properly
|Ontario Works Open (with modified public access)|
Open: Due to the essential nature of the service, Ontario Works Offices will remain open to provide limited and modified client support during the lockdown (including the Midhurst Office)
- Clients are encouraged to utilize virtual assistance options to further reduce foot traffic
- Clients are strongly encouraged to register for Direct Bank Deposit. To do so, please contact your Caseworker by telephone at 705-722-3132.
For clients not registered for Direct Bank Deposit, cheque pick-up is available at Ontario Works offices in Barrie, Bradford*, Orillia, Collingwood, Alliston and Midland. *Please note that effective September 28, the Ontario Works office in Bradford will reopen in its new location: Unit 4 -157 Holland Street East, Bradford, Ontario, L3Z 1G4
Visit https://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/ow to learn more.
|Emergency Child Care Support|
Child Care services continue during the lockdown
As requested by the
Ministry of Education, the County of Simcoe is collaborating with local
licensed child care operators to develop Emergency Child Care Programs for
eligible parents of school-aged children. Click here to learn more. The County will also be supporting licensed home child care providers who wish to offer additional hours to support the child care needs of Emergency Workers during the outbreak
Social and Affordable Housing||Appointments will be done by phone only. For general inquiries email email@example.com|
General Services providing safe and efficient assistance
The County will also maintain safe operations in Long-Term Care and Seniors Services facilities, Paramedic Services, Economic Development and Tourism, Library Co-operative, Planning, Forestry, Transportation and Engineering, roads and plowing services, Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, Social Housing, Local Immigration Services, Children and Community Services, Customer Service, Legislative and Government Services (including virtual Council meetings), and administrative/support departments. Staff will be working remotely where possible and public/client assistance will be by appointment for relevant services