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Partners and Municipalities

NEW: Effective July 13, 2020, owners or operators of all businesses, organizations and public transit services in Simcoe Muskoka must have policies in place to restrict people from entering if they are not wearing a non-medical mask or face covering. For information visit Reopening and operating your business safely

Correspondence sent July 7, 2020-  Instructions to Persons Responsible for a Business or Organization Permitted to Open under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990 and related Regulations

Correspondence sent July 7, 2020 to Municipalities and CAOs in Simcoe Muskoka re: Instructions Letter to Persons Responsible for a Business or Organization (see letter above).

Sample By-law: Mandatory Face Coverings in Indoor Public Spaces

The following recommendations and guidelines support our partners and municipalities to operate safely while fighting the spread of COVID-19. Check back regularly for the newest updates.

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A community garden has either individual or shared plots of land or garden beds on private or public land that community members can use to grow fresh fruits and vegetables. This guidance document is for municipal staff, volunteers and garden users to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, while using a shared garden space.
This guidance document provides interim guidance to reduce the risk of introducing and spreading COVID-19 in cooling shelters.

The Ministry of Health has advised that farmers’ markets are equivalent to outdoor grocery stores and therefore are permitted to operate under the current provincial framework for essential businesses. We are aware that several farmers’ markets operate in small retail spaces which may create difficulties for customers and operators to observe public health recommendations for physical distancing.

We recommend that if municipalities permit farmers’ markets to operate, that they review and provide the following guidance document to organizers: COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Farmers’ Markets.


Day Camps 

More information about requirements for safe operation of day camps is posted here .

Outdoor Public Spaces

This guidance document for municipalities provides recommendations to help stop the spread of COVID-19 while using outdoor public spaces. For an additional tool to assist in considering risks associated with the use of parks and outdoor recreational spaces, review the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Risk mitigation tool for outdoor recreation spaces and activities operating during the COVID-19 pandemic

Public Beaches

This guidance document for municipalities provides recommendations to help stop the spread of COVID-19, while using public beaches.

Public Health Guidance for the use of Public Washrooms

Public washrooms are important facilities in our communities as the weather improves and public spaces are permitted for use by the public. Depending on where they are located, they can be busy. Therefore, precautions are needed given the risks of COVID-19. This guidance document outlines the protective measures that can be put in place for opening and safe use of public washrooms.


All places of worship in Ontario will also be permitted to open with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30 per cent of the building capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers.

June 15, 2020 - COVID-19 Advice: Religious Services, Rites or Ceremonies 

June 12, 2020 - Letter for Faith Based Groups

Ontario’s publicly funded elementary and secondary schools (i.e. English Public, English Catholic, French Public, or French Catholic schools) will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year to protect the health and safety of students, families and staff.

Private schools will also remain closed until June 30, 2020 according to an emergency order made under the Declaration of Emergency.

As school settings are closed, immunization programs that are provided in schools (hepatitis B, meningococcal-C-ACYW, and HPV) will be delayed. The health unit is currently experiencing a disruption to our everyday business due to our agency’s response to COVID-19, as well as the uncertainty of when students will be allowed back to school, therefore, we have decided to postpone Grade 7 immunizations that were scheduled for spring 2020. We know that immunizations are important to prevent disease transmission and outbreak, so we are putting plans in place for Grade 8 students who missed their vaccines in Grade 7 to catch-up in the 2020-2021 school year.

Please remember that you can share your child’s immunization record with us at

Shelter services are designed to provide persons experiencing homelessness immediate access to a safe and temporary place while they work to find housing.

The following information is intended to help shelter service providers reduce the risk of exposure to illnesses including COVID-19.


July 9, 2020 | July 2, 2020


June 24, 2020 

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Previous updates are available upon request.

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