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County of Simcoe celebrates National Forest Weekhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-celebrates-national-forest-week.aspx9/21/2020 7:22:16 PMCounty of Simcoe celebrates National Forest Week<p><strong>Midhurst/September 20, 2020 – </strong>September 20 to 26, 2020 is National Forest Week in Canada. In recognition of the vital role that forests play in Simcoe County, the County of Simcoe is encouraging residents to celebrate the 100<sup>th</sup> Anniversary of National Forestry Week by learning more about our rich forestry heritage and explore the vast and unique Simcoe County Forest for themselves.</p><p>"Simcoe County continues to own and operate the largest municipally-owned forestry network in Ontario thanks to our nationally leading forestry management practices," said Warden George Cornell. "As a self-sustaining asset, our Forestry program contributes greatly to our environment, economy, tourism, lifestyle and the overall quality of life of our residents. Join us in celebrating the long history of Simcoe County Forests and the centenary of National Forest Week."</p><p>The Simcoe County Forest dates back to 1922 when it became the first municipal government to opt into the Government of Ontario's Agreement Forest program. The County Forest is now more than 33,000 acres distributed on more than 150 properties throughout the County. Over 20 million trees have been planted within the County Forest since inception. The County's team of experienced foresters continues to implement important ecological forestry management techniques, including controlled burns and tree harvesting operations, to maintain and grow our forests, with all profits for lumber sales being reinvested into the Forestry program, including tree planting, education efforts and acquisition and protection of new forest properties.</p><p>This year's theme is 'Healthy Forests, Healthy Future.' The County of Simcoe has long since recognized the important role of forests in building vibrant, healthy and sustainable communities. In addition to supporting national efforts to protect endangered species, such as the Kirtland's Warbler, through projects like our Habitat Rehabilitation initiatives in the Packard and Museum Tracts, County-owned properties provide many recreational opportunities for local residents, including more than 700 kilometres of managed trails.  </p><p>As the largest municipally-owned forest in Ontario, there is so much to explore. The County's GIS team has created a leading-edge mapping system which is an ideal tool to explore new areas of the Simcoe County Forest. Check out the County of Simcoe's mapping tool by visiting: <a href="http://maps.simcoe.ca/Public/?MODE=theme&THEME=forestry">http://maps.simcoe.ca/Public/?MODE=theme&THEME=forestry</a>. Please continue to enjoy our Simcoe County Forests, while following public health guidelines. </p><p>Learn more about National Forestry Week by visiting <a href="http://www.cif-ifc.org/national-forest-week/">http://www.cif-ifc.org/national-forest-week/</a>. </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong> <strong>CONTACTS</strong></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris Hedley<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch​<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">C</span><span style="font-size:1em;">hris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</span></p><p style="text-align:left;">Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</span></p>
Seeking Sponsorship or Donations for Sunset Manor Courtyard Redevelopment Projecthttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/seeking-sponsorship-or-donations-for-sunset-manor-redevelopment-project.aspx9/21/2020 2:28:06 PMSeeking Sponsorship or Donations for Sunset Manor Courtyard Redevelopment Project<p>In long-term care, outdoor settings and natural elements can provide restorative and stress reducing benefits for residents and incite new opportunities for social interaction among seniors! </p><p>The County of Simcoe is actively seeking sponsorship or donations towards the Sunset Manor courtyard redevelopment project in the way of contributions towards a Gazebo, permanent seating areas/benches, durable planting containers, perennial and annual plantings.</p><p>Any person(s) or businesses interested becoming a sponsor for this project or being involved ongoing, please contact Sharon Youell at 705-726-9300 extension 1286.                 </p><p>Thank you to all<br></p><p></p><p><img src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Pages/seeking-sponsorship-or-donations-for-sunset-manor-redevelopment-project/Screen%202.jpg" alt="Screen 2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></p><p><img src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Pages/seeking-sponsorship-or-donations-for-sunset-manor-redevelopment-project/Screen%20%203.jpg" alt="Screen 3.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></p><p>​<br><br></p>
Controlled burn in the Packard Tract in Essa Township to take place on Sunday, September 20, 2020https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/controlled-burn-in-the-packard-tract-in-essa-township-to-take-place-on-sep-20-20-09-18.aspx9/18/2020 3:49:09 PMControlled burn in the Packard Tract in Essa Township to take place on Sunday, September 20, 2020<p><strong style="font-size:1em;">​Midhurst/September 18, 2020 –</strong><span style="font-size:1em;"> On Sunday, September 20, 2020, the </span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe will be executing a controlled burn on approximately 27 acres within the Packard Tract in the Township of Essa, located at 8398 Line 9 (at the end of the 9</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size:1em;"> Line of Essa, south of Highway 90). </span><span style="font-size:1em;">The controlled burn could begin as early as 9 a.m. and is expected to be completed in one day with the site closed Sunday through Tuesday, September 22, 2020.</span></p><p>The controlled burn will support the second phase of the County's Kirtland's Warbler Habitat Restoration project. For more information about the project, visit <a href="/Forestry/Pages/Packard-Tract.aspx">simcoe.ca</a>.</p><p>A highly experienced company has been retained to plan and conduct the burn, and trained personnel will be on site until the fire is completely extinguished. The impact of the smoke will be minimized by burning under specific wind and atmospheric conditions, however there will be times when large amounts of low-lying smoke will be present. At other stages in the operation, a smoke column may be seen for many miles. There is no cause for alarm, as this is all part of normal operations for the type of fuels being burned. The County does not anticipate any road closures or any major impact or disruption to residents.</p><p>While controlled burns differ from wildfires, in that they are managed to control smoke exposures to the public and are of much shorter overall durations than forest fires, concerns can arise regarding smoke exposure and health. Smoke exposure may pose a risk for more vulnerable individuals such as children, elderly and those with pre-existing respiratory conditions. Here are some simple steps you can take to minimize your exposure to smoke:</p><ul><li>If you live close to the controlled burn site and have chronic health conditions such as asthma and chronic lung disease, you may wish to minimize your exposure by staying indoors during the burn. If you have health concerns, follow up with your health care provider.</li><li>If you have concerns regarding exposure to smoke while outdoors, consider reducing your outdoor physical activities near the affected area.</li><li>To help reduce smoke in your homes and businesses, keep windows and doors closed.</li></ul><p>Public questions and inquiries can be directed to our County Forestry Department by contacting Service Simcoe at 1-800-263-3199 or service@simcoe.ca. For more information about the controlled burn, visit <a href="/Forestry/Pages/Controlled-Burn-Notification.aspx">simcoe.ca/Forestry/Pages/Controlled-Burn-Notification.aspx</a>.  </p><p>This project is being funded by Ganawenim Meshkiki - Henvy Inlet First Nations through The Eastern Georgian Bay Initiative with assistance from the Ontario Heritage Trust and the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority. </p><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>CONTACTS:​</strong></span></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Manager<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">​Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></span></p><p></p><p>Jennifer Straw<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></span><span style="font-size:1em;"> ​​​</span></p><p><br></p>
Learn about COVID-19 Workplace Safety during Ask an Expert session with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unithttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/learn-about-covid19-workplace-Safety-during-ask-an-expert-session-with-the-smdhu-20-09-15.aspx9/15/2020 7:26:59 PMLearn about COVID-19 Workplace Safety during Ask an Expert session with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit<p>​<strong style="font-size:1em;">Midhurst/September 16, 2020 </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">– On September 21, business and organizational leaders are invited to virtually join health experts from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) as they provide insights on workplace and business safety measures to help keep employees, clients and customers as safe possible during the pandemic.</span></p><p>At this session, Kelly Magnusson, Manager, Emergency Management Program and Martin Kuhn, Program Supervisor for the Smoke-Free Program, both experts from the SMDHU, will help business and workplaces to:</p><ul><li>Understand how COVID-19 is impacting business and workplace operations</li><li>Learn the requirements for operating safely</li><li>Share best practices to promote employee and customer safety<br><br></li></ul><p></p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">EVENT:</strong><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3"> </strong><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">      </strong><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Ask an Expert: COVID-19 Workplace and Business Safety</strong><br></p><p></p><strong>Where: </strong>         Zoom (details for joining the Zoom meeting will be sent in advance)<br><br><strong>​When:  </strong>         September 21, 2020 ~ 3 to 4 p.m.<br><p><strong>Register:</strong>       Visit <a href="https://can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http://www.askanexpertcovid-19workplaceandbusinesssafty.eventbrite.ca/&data=02%7c01%7c%7c547a8d5413034847f0ba08d85689c61d%7cbaae52565a7340f28c4d76f3ae971463%7c1%7c0%7c637354497012442662&sdata=LnoOUMSHl661aRqOeantsBpAs97Lmg2sfQKMc7I9KNc%3D&reserved=0">www.askanexpertcovid-19workplaceandbusinesssafty.eventbrite.ca</a><br>                      Participants can submit questions in advance when registering or by<br>                      emailing <a href="mailto:edo@simcoe.ca">edo@simcoe.ca</a><br></p><p>This session is part of the “Ask an Expert" series presented in partnership with the County of Simcoe, the Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia, South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre, Orillia Area Community Development Corporation, Nottawasaga Futures, North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation and the Centre for Business and Economic Development.</p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca. <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>CONTACTS:​</strong></span></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Manager<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">​Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></span></p><p></p><p>Jennifer Straw<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></span><span style="font-size:1em;"> ​​</span></p>
What to do if Your Material is Missed on Collection Dayhttps://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/What-to-do-if-Your-Material-is-Missed-on-Collection-Day.aspx9/8/2020 10:33:53 PMWhat to do if Your Material is Missed on Collection Day<p style="text-decoration:underline;">​For current waste collection impacts, <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=235f6302-c503-4433-8033-10b029a61b2a">click here​</a>.​​<br></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">W</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e apolo</span><span style="font-size:1em;">gize for the delays and impacts to your curbside waste collection services. We know that waste collection is an essential service and that's why we do everything we can to work with our contractor to get waste materials off the streets each week.</span></p><p>Our contractor, like many other providers in the waste industry, has experienced challenges finding equipment operators. COVID-19 precautions, weather impacts and increases in recycling volumes also impact service levels. <br></p><p>Our goal is to pick up your materials on your scheduled day each week. We have worked with our contractor to minimize impacts and assist residents in knowing what to do when misses occur. <br></p><p>As always, please remember to leave material out between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on your regular collection day. To speed up collection on recycling weeks, ensure all your items are <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=0dc3300a-81b0-4068-8f79-88319d2964d1"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">recyclable</span> </a>and cardboard is flattened and bundled (max. 75 x 75 x 20 cm).</p><p>If your area is missed, please take the following steps:<br></p><ul><li>Place materials out the following day by 7 a.m. and leave out until 8 p.m. (one extra day <span style="text-decoration:underline;">only</span>)</li><li>If collection doesn't occur the following day, please hold your materials until Saturday, when trucks will be returning to missed areas and place materials out by 7 a.m. and leave out until 8 p.m. <br></li></ul><p style="font-size:1em;display:inline;">​​​​​​The County communicates collection impacts for your specific location and updates on returns through the Simcoe County Collects app, which is free to download <br></p><span style="font-size:1em;">on </span><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste" style="font-size:1em;"><font color="#0066cc">Google Play</font></a><span style="font-size:1em;"> or the </span><font color="#0066cc" style="font-size:1em;"><a href="https://apps.apple.com/app/id1460808130" style="font-size:1em;">App Store</a>.<a href="https://apps.apple.com/app/id1460808130"></a></font><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Notices are also posted on </span><a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/" style="font-size:1em;">www.simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">. I</span><span style="font-size:1em;">f you did not receive collection service by end of day Saturday please contact Service Simcoe at 1-800-263-3199 or </span><a href="mailto:service@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">service@simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><div>​<br><span style="font-size:1em;"></span><div><div><div><span style="font-size:1em;">​<a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/gro.aspx">Click here</a> for more information on setting out waste to help increase timely and efficient collection. </span><br><p> </p><p><br></p></div></div><br></div></div>
What to do if Your Material is Missed on Collection Dayhttps://www.simcoe.ca/wastedelays9/8/2020 10:33:53 PMWhat to do if Your Material is Missed on Collection Day<p style="text-decoration:underline;">​For current waste collection impacts, <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=235f6302-c503-4433-8033-10b029a61b2a">click here​</a>.​​<br></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">W</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e apolo</span><span style="font-size:1em;">gize for the delays and impacts to your curbside waste collection services. We know that waste collection is an essential service and that's why we do everything we can to work with our contractor to get waste materials off the streets each week.</span></p><p>Our contractor, like many other providers in the waste industry, has experienced challenges finding equipment operators. COVID-19 precautions, weather impacts and increases in recycling volumes also impact service levels. <br></p><p>Our goal is to pick up your materials on your scheduled day each week. We have worked with our contractor to minimize impacts and assist residents in knowing what to do when misses occur. <br></p><p>As always, please remember to leave material out between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on your regular collection day. To speed up collection on recycling weeks, ensure all your items are <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=0dc3300a-81b0-4068-8f79-88319d2964d1"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">recyclable</span> </a>and cardboard is flattened and bundled (max. 75 x 75 x 20 cm).</p><p>If your area is missed, please take the following steps:<br></p><ul><li>Place materials out the following day by 7 a.m. and leave out until 8 p.m. (one extra day <span style="text-decoration:underline;">only</span>)</li><li>If collection doesn't occur the following day, please hold your materials until Saturday, when trucks will be returning to missed areas and place materials out by 7 a.m. and leave out until 8 p.m. <br></li></ul><p style="font-size:1em;display:inline;">​​​​​​The County communicates collection impacts for your specific location and updates on returns through the Simcoe County Collects app, which is free to download <br></p><span style="font-size:1em;">on </span><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste" style="font-size:1em;"><font color="#0066cc">Google Play</font></a><span style="font-size:1em;"> or the </span><font color="#0066cc" style="font-size:1em;"><a href="https://apps.apple.com/app/id1460808130" style="font-size:1em;">App Store</a>.<a href="https://apps.apple.com/app/id1460808130"></a></font><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Notices are also posted on </span><a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/" style="font-size:1em;">www.simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">. I</span><span style="font-size:1em;">f you did not receive collection service by end of day Saturday please contact Service Simcoe at 1-800-263-3199 or </span><a href="mailto:service@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">service@simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><div>​<br><span style="font-size:1em;"></span><div><div><div><span style="font-size:1em;">​<a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/gro.aspx">Click here</a> for more information on setting out waste to help increase timely and efficient collection. </span><br><p> </p><p><br></p></div></div><br></div></div>
Ask an Expert Virtual Series shares insights with businesses facing challenges during COVID-19https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/ask-an-expert-series-shares-insights-with-businesses-facing-challenges-during-covid19-20-9-08.aspx9/4/2020 8:08:11 PMAsk an Expert Virtual Series shares insights with businesses facing challenges during COVID-19<p><strong>Midhurst/September 8, 2020 </strong>– The Ask an Expert virtual webinar series returns on September 17, 2020 with a focus on helping businesses and organizations that are facing challenges as a result of COVID-19. The session will be led by expert Rob Stelzer, Vice President, Advisory Services, in the Grant Thornton recovery and reorganization group, as he provides insights regarding insolvency, restructuring, corporate recovery and business viability.</p><p>​At this session, business and organizational leaders will:</p><ul><li>Gain an understanding of the different statutory protections for business facing financial challenges </li><li>Learn tips for effective communication with banks and other stakeholders </li><li>Receive a macroeconomic perspective on potential future challenges as a result of the pandemic <br></li></ul><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">EVENT:</strong><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3"> </strong><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">       </strong><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Ask an Expert: Financial Distress and Knowing your Options</strong><br></p><p></p><p><strong>Where:</strong><strong>           </strong>Zoom (details for joining the Zoom meeting will be sent in advance)</p><p><strong style="font-size:1em;">​When:</strong><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">           September 17​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">, 2020 ~ 3 to 4 p.m.</span></p><p><strong>Register:</strong>       Visit <br>                     <a href="https://askanexpertfinancialdistressandknowingyouroptions.eventbrite.ca/"> https://askanexpertfinancialdistressandknowingyouroptions.eventbrite.ca​</a> <br>                      Participants can submit questions in advance when registering or by<br>                      emailing <a href="mailto:edo@simcoe.ca">edo@simcoe.ca</a><br></p><p>This session is part of the “Ask an Expert" series presented in partnership with the County of Simcoe, the Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia, South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre, Orillia Area Community Development Corporation, Nottawasaga Futures, North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation and the Centre for Business and Economic Development.</p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca. ​<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>CONTACTS:​</strong></span></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Manager<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">​Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></span></p><p></p><p>Jennifer Straw<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></span><span style="font-size:1em;"> ​</span></p>
LINX Transit Service schedule changes starting September 8https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/linx-transit-schedule-changes-starting-sept-8-20-9-3.aspx9/3/2020 2:39:51 PMLINX Transit Service schedule changes starting September 8<p><strong>​​Midhurst/September 3, 2020</strong> – Starting Tuesday, September 8, County of Simcoe LINX Transit Service is altering schedules for Routes 1, 2, 3 and 4. Transit Route 5 scheduling will remain the same. Regular fare rates will also start on September 8 for Route 5 (Alliston-Beeton-Bond Head-Bradford).</p><p>Effective September 8, 2020, the following <a href="/Transit/Pages/Routes-Schedule.aspx">schedule​</a> will be in effect:</p><p>Route 1 (Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie) LINX service will operate Monday to Friday with the first bus starting at 6 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 7:12 p.m. </p><p>Route 2 (Wasaga Beach to Barrie) LINX service will operate Monday to Friday with the first bus starting at 5:30 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 7:25 p.m. </p><p>Route 3 (Orillia to Barrie) LINX service will operate Monday to Friday with the first bus starting at 5:45 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 7:05 p.m. </p><p>Route 4 (Collingwood to Wasaga Beach) will operate Monday to Saturday with the first bus starting at 6 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 8:58 p.m. </p><p>Route 5 (Alliston to Bradford West Gwillimbury) will operate Monday to Friday with the first bus starting at 7:20 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 6:10 p.m. </p><p>The safety of travellers and staff on LINX Transit is our priority. The County continues to closely monitor COVID-19 and adapt services accordingly. We are following the advice from our partners at Public Health and have increased the cleaning and sterilization schedule on LINX buses, vehicles and facilities. In addition, our contractors, in collaboration with the County, are required to provide sanitizers or disinfectant wipes to all drivers. </p><p>Riders are reminded that is mandatory for those above the age of 6 to wear a mask or face covering while on public transit, unless they are prevented from doing so because of health, ability, cultural or religious reasons. No proof of exemption is required, and people should not be judged or mistreated in any way if they do not wear a face covering. It is also suggested that riders carry personal disinfectant when traveling, such as hand sanitizer or wipes, and wash their hands often. Please follow all other public health and safety guidelines. </p><p>To help residents to plan the journeys, the County has partnered with an existing app company to link real-time bus and route information through the popular app. Residents are encouraged to download the “Transit app" on their Apple and Android devices. </p><p>Visit <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/Transit/Pages/Home.aspx">linx.simcoe.ca</a> to learn more about the LINX and LINX+ service or to review our full schedule. </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca ​</span></p>Chris Hedley<br>Public Relations Consultant<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-715-7654 (mobile)<br>Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca​<br>