Coping with COVID-19

Be kind. Keep informed. Stay healthy.

Here, in Innisfil and across the world, people are adapting to a new kind of life as we work collectively to lessen the spread of COVID-19. It's times like these that our ability to look out for one another is most important. Here's an opportunity to check in, Innisfil. What are you doing to cope with COVID-19 and self-isolation? How are we supporting our neighbours through this time of uncertainty? Share some good today!

We can't stress enough that even though we want to keep the Innisfil community spirit alive - we also want to promote self care and healthy habits. Remember, social distancing plays a critical role in fighting this virus. You can maintain your safety, that of your family, and that of our community by following the guidelines laid out by our local health unit, as well as all three levels of government.

This page will...
1. Keep you in the loop about important Town updates
2. Connect you to community resources, services, and virtual opportunities
3. Gather your positive community stories and coping strategies

If you have any questions or concerns about a Town service, please do not hesitate to reach out to Customer Service at 705-436-3710, or email inquiry@innisfil.ca

Be kind. Keep informed. Stay healthy.

Here, in Innisfil and across the world, people are adapting to a new kind of life as we work collectively to lessen the spread of COVID-19. It's times like these that our ability to look out for one another is most important. Here's an opportunity to check in, Innisfil. What are you doing to cope with COVID-19 and self-isolation? How are we supporting our neighbours through this time of uncertainty? Share some good today!

We can't stress enough that even though we want to keep the Innisfil community spirit alive - we also want to promote self care and healthy habits. Remember, social distancing plays a critical role in fighting this virus. You can maintain your safety, that of your family, and that of our community by following the guidelines laid out by our local health unit, as well as all three levels of government.

This page will...
1. Keep you in the loop about important Town updates
2. Connect you to community resources, services, and virtual opportunities
3. Gather your positive community stories and coping strategies

If you have any questions or concerns about a Town service, please do not hesitate to reach out to Customer Service at 705-436-3710, or email inquiry@innisfil.ca

  • News Release - March 27, 2020

    2 days ago

    MEDIA RELEASE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    IDEALAB & LIBRARY FINDING NEW WAYS TO KEEP YOU CONNECTED:
    THERE REALLY IS MORE INSIDE!

    INNISFIL, (March 27, 2020) Coping with COVID-19 has not been easy on Innisfil. We know our community misses us, and we miss you! We have been working diligently to bring the physical Innisfil ideaLAB & Library experience to residents virtually.

    Free Resources for All Ages with new Digital Memberships

    With your Library membership you can access 120,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks through cloudLibrary, check out thousands of movies on Kanopy, and browse magazines on Flipster. There are also online tools for learning a new language or technology, and research databases to access credible information. Whether you’re working from home, are self-isolating, or practicing social distancing, there is no better time than now, for you to catch up on all those books you have been meaning to read, a language you have always wanted to learn, or to just relax and watch a free movie.

    “We understand the needs of the community and want to open up a world they may not have previously explored. In times like these, it is more important than ever that we, as a community, find ways to stay connected and engaged with each other and the broader world.” said Acting CEO Susan Baues. “Innisfil ideaLAB & Library, like all businesses and organizations, is finding all kinds of ways to adapt in this unprecedented time and still stay customer-focused,” Baues said.

    What’s new? If you don't have a library card, now's the time to sign up! Residents can now sign up for a Digital Membership via https://www.innisfilidealab.ca/digitalmembership/. It is an easy process. First, you fill out the online form. From there, our Customer Experience Team will assign you a Library card and PIN number, and once activated, your Digital Membership allows you to access digital items for to the next 3 months. When the Library reopens, we invite you to come into one of our branches with your identification to keep your card active. We will then set you up with a full membership, which gives you access to our physical collections as well. If you need help using any of our online resources after you get your membership, just call or email and we’ll be happy to help: 705-431-7410, askalibrarian@innisfilidealab.ca

    Programming at the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library

    Our programming staff have been hard at work bringing you rhymes, stories, songs and activities virtually through our Library Youtube channel and social media sites channels. We are expanding and bringing you more! In the next few days, we will be offering virtual bookclubs for adults, hackLAB design help and virtual tinkershops as well as weekly "Maker Meet-Ups" to help you stay connected to us and each other. We will also have a range of online tutorials to help you access our resources or explore a new project from home. “Our staff are eager to connect with you to offer the services you are familiar with,” said Kathy Hammer, Manager of Programming & Outreach, "we know our programming teams are part of many families' weekly routines and we want to do our best to maintain those connections.” Watch our website for more and make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up to date and see what our staff are creating at home for you. Sign up and check out our Get Involved Innisfil Boredom Busters page, share your ideas and discover something new.

    Connecting with the Community, One Call at a Time

    Customer Experience staff are calling some of our senior members for a friendly chat and to make sure they can access the essential services they need at this time. Staff members call and ask if they have a way to get groceries or other supplies, and if they have regular social contact with family, friends, or neighbours, and can refer them to services as they need them. Staff will make follow-up calls to those who would like them. If you know someone who would like a friendly chat with a Library staff member, call us and let us know, or have them get in touch directly: 705-431-7410 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri.

    As a reminder:

    • Please keep any materials you have checked out until the Library reopens. Exterior drop-boxes are locked and not accepting
    material. Fines will not accumulate.

    • Library cards that expired between March 1, 2020 and April 15, 2020 have been extended to July 10, 2020.

    Happy reading!

    -30-

    Contact: Wendy Ricciardi, Communications Coordinator
    Innisfil ideaLAB & Library/Town of Innisfil

    (705) 431-7410 x 5214

    wricciardi@innisfilidealab.ca
    www.innisfilidealab.ca


    MEDIA RELEASE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    IDEALAB & LIBRARY FINDING NEW WAYS TO KEEP YOU CONNECTED:
    THERE REALLY IS MORE INSIDE!

    INNISFIL, (March 27, 2020) Coping with COVID-19 has not been easy on Innisfil. We know our community misses us, and we miss you! We have been working diligently to bring the physical Innisfil ideaLAB & Library experience to residents virtually.

    Free Resources for All Ages with new Digital Memberships

    With your Library membership you can access 120,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks through cloudLibrary, check out thousands of movies on Kanopy, and browse magazines on Flipster. There are also online tools for learning a new language or technology, and research databases to access credible information. Whether you’re working from home, are self-isolating, or practicing social distancing, there is no better time than now, for you to catch up on all those books you have been meaning to read, a language you have always wanted to learn, or to just relax and watch a free movie.

    “We understand the needs of the community and want to open up a world they may not have previously explored. In times like these, it is more important than ever that we, as a community, find ways to stay connected and engaged with each other and the broader world.” said Acting CEO Susan Baues. “Innisfil ideaLAB & Library, like all businesses and organizations, is finding all kinds of ways to adapt in this unprecedented time and still stay customer-focused,” Baues said.

    What’s new? If you don't have a library card, now's the time to sign up! Residents can now sign up for a Digital Membership via https://www.innisfilidealab.ca/digitalmembership/. It is an easy process. First, you fill out the online form. From there, our Customer Experience Team will assign you a Library card and PIN number, and once activated, your Digital Membership allows you to access digital items for to the next 3 months. When the Library reopens, we invite you to come into one of our branches with your identification to keep your card active. We will then set you up with a full membership, which gives you access to our physical collections as well. If you need help using any of our online resources after you get your membership, just call or email and we’ll be happy to help: 705-431-7410, askalibrarian@innisfilidealab.ca

    Programming at the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library

    Our programming staff have been hard at work bringing you rhymes, stories, songs and activities virtually through our Library Youtube channel and social media sites channels. We are expanding and bringing you more! In the next few days, we will be offering virtual bookclubs for adults, hackLAB design help and virtual tinkershops as well as weekly "Maker Meet-Ups" to help you stay connected to us and each other. We will also have a range of online tutorials to help you access our resources or explore a new project from home. “Our staff are eager to connect with you to offer the services you are familiar with,” said Kathy Hammer, Manager of Programming & Outreach, "we know our programming teams are part of many families' weekly routines and we want to do our best to maintain those connections.” Watch our website for more and make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up to date and see what our staff are creating at home for you. Sign up and check out our Get Involved Innisfil Boredom Busters page, share your ideas and discover something new.

    Connecting with the Community, One Call at a Time

    Customer Experience staff are calling some of our senior members for a friendly chat and to make sure they can access the essential services they need at this time. Staff members call and ask if they have a way to get groceries or other supplies, and if they have regular social contact with family, friends, or neighbours, and can refer them to services as they need them. Staff will make follow-up calls to those who would like them. If you know someone who would like a friendly chat with a Library staff member, call us and let us know, or have them get in touch directly: 705-431-7410 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri.

    As a reminder:

    • Please keep any materials you have checked out until the Library reopens. Exterior drop-boxes are locked and not accepting
    material. Fines will not accumulate.

    • Library cards that expired between March 1, 2020 and April 15, 2020 have been extended to July 10, 2020.

    Happy reading!

    -30-

    Contact: Wendy Ricciardi, Communications Coordinator
    Innisfil ideaLAB & Library/Town of Innisfil

    (705) 431-7410 x 5214

    wricciardi@innisfilidealab.ca
    www.innisfilidealab.ca


  • News Release - March 24, 2020

    5 days ago

    N E W S R E L E A S E

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 24, 2020

    TOWN OF INNISFIL DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY, MAYOR URGES RESIDENTS TO STAY AT HOME

    Innisfil, ON – Innisfil Mayor Lynn Dollin has declared a state of emergency for the Town of Innisfil in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “While I thank those who are heeding the Ministry of Health’s advice, we have noticed that too many people just aren’t understanding the gravity of this threat,” Dollin explains. “Declaring a state of emergency is our way of sending the strongest possible message to our community to stay home.”

    This declaration comes on the heels of the Provincial announcement that all non-essential businesses must close tonight, and as cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in both Barrie and Bradford West Gwillimbury. The decision was made after receiving advice from Dr. Charles Gardner, Medical Officer of Health for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, and in conjunction with Innisfil Town Council and the Town’s emergency control group, with representatives from South Simcoe Police, Innisfil Fire & Rescue and senior Town staff.

    “By declaring a state of emergency, we are using all tools available to us to help protect our citizens,” says Dollin. “Innisfil is situated between two municipalities with confirmed cases. It’s only a matter of time before there are cases of COVID-19 in Innisfil too. We are ensuring that our community has access to the tools and resources it needs, including enhanced Innisfil Transit, delivery service, and small business support.”

    The Town of Innisfil took the first steps in reducing the risk of transmission over a week ago, by closing libraries and arenas and enacting policies and procedures for business continuity. Although the Town as an organization has made this transition fairly seamlessly, reports continue to come in that groups of people are still finding places to congregate. “This is the appropriate next step to take as we work diligently to protect public health in Innisfil,” explains Mayor Dollin.

    While the declaration places the Town of Innisfil in a position to make decisions more quickly, Town Council is confident that good governance will continue as the first digital meeting gets underway tomorrow night through live streaming at 6:30 pm. On Monday, the Town piloted the same technology with an all-staff meeting, which worked very well to connect everyone across the various facilities and homes. Essential services including Fire & Rescue, South Simcoe Police and Water and Wastewater services will continue as normal. All staff who have been working remotely will continue to do so. Currently, the Town remains open for business albeit virtually.

    “Declaring a state of emergency is not meant to cause panic. Please don’t rush out to the grocery store and hoard supplies,” Mayor Dollin urges. “But do look at your actions. Do you need to leave the house? If it’s not urgent, the answer is no. Stay home, stay safe, and please do your part to flatten the curve of COVID-19. Lives literally depend on your help.”

    For the most updated information please continue to visit www.innisfil.ca/covid19 and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


    -30-

    Media Contacts:

    Johnny Keogh

    Communications Coordinator

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2424

    Cell: 705-241-9819

    jkeogh@innisfil.ca



    Jenn Rae

    Communications & Fundraising Coordinator

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2426

    jrae@innisfil.ca


    N E W S R E L E A S E

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 24, 2020

    TOWN OF INNISFIL DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY, MAYOR URGES RESIDENTS TO STAY AT HOME

    Innisfil, ON – Innisfil Mayor Lynn Dollin has declared a state of emergency for the Town of Innisfil in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “While I thank those who are heeding the Ministry of Health’s advice, we have noticed that too many people just aren’t understanding the gravity of this threat,” Dollin explains. “Declaring a state of emergency is our way of sending the strongest possible message to our community to stay home.”

    This declaration comes on the heels of the Provincial announcement that all non-essential businesses must close tonight, and as cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in both Barrie and Bradford West Gwillimbury. The decision was made after receiving advice from Dr. Charles Gardner, Medical Officer of Health for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, and in conjunction with Innisfil Town Council and the Town’s emergency control group, with representatives from South Simcoe Police, Innisfil Fire & Rescue and senior Town staff.

    “By declaring a state of emergency, we are using all tools available to us to help protect our citizens,” says Dollin. “Innisfil is situated between two municipalities with confirmed cases. It’s only a matter of time before there are cases of COVID-19 in Innisfil too. We are ensuring that our community has access to the tools and resources it needs, including enhanced Innisfil Transit, delivery service, and small business support.”

    The Town of Innisfil took the first steps in reducing the risk of transmission over a week ago, by closing libraries and arenas and enacting policies and procedures for business continuity. Although the Town as an organization has made this transition fairly seamlessly, reports continue to come in that groups of people are still finding places to congregate. “This is the appropriate next step to take as we work diligently to protect public health in Innisfil,” explains Mayor Dollin.

    While the declaration places the Town of Innisfil in a position to make decisions more quickly, Town Council is confident that good governance will continue as the first digital meeting gets underway tomorrow night through live streaming at 6:30 pm. On Monday, the Town piloted the same technology with an all-staff meeting, which worked very well to connect everyone across the various facilities and homes. Essential services including Fire & Rescue, South Simcoe Police and Water and Wastewater services will continue as normal. All staff who have been working remotely will continue to do so. Currently, the Town remains open for business albeit virtually.

    “Declaring a state of emergency is not meant to cause panic. Please don’t rush out to the grocery store and hoard supplies,” Mayor Dollin urges. “But do look at your actions. Do you need to leave the house? If it’s not urgent, the answer is no. Stay home, stay safe, and please do your part to flatten the curve of COVID-19. Lives literally depend on your help.”

    For the most updated information please continue to visit www.innisfil.ca/covid19 and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


    -30-

    Media Contacts:

    Johnny Keogh

    Communications Coordinator

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2424

    Cell: 705-241-9819

    jkeogh@innisfil.ca



    Jenn Rae

    Communications & Fundraising Coordinator

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2426

    jrae@innisfil.ca


  • News Release - March 20, 2020

    7 days ago

    N E W S R E L E A S E

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 20, 2020

    INNISFIL TRANSIT ANNOUNCES ESSENTIAL TRIPS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

    Innisfil, ON – To help residents access the essential services they need during the COVID-19 pandemic, Innisfil Transit has launched two new initiatives. Innisfil Transit users are able to access fare assistance through two vouchers that can be downloaded from Innisfil.ca/transit. The$20 Innisfil Transit Voucher will allow riders to apply this voucher to any Innisfil Transit trip with no location restrictions until April 6, 2020. Residents will also be able to access the Essential Trips Assistance Program. This voucher allows residents to access up to four free trips until April 6, 2020, to get the essentials they need at the following locations:

    ·Alcona Guardian Pharmacy– 1070 Innisfil Beach Road

    ·Alcona No Frills – 2211 20th Side Road

    ·Alcona Pharmasave – 1081 Innisfil Beach Road

    ·Alcona Shoppers Drug Mart – 1145 Innisfil Beach Road

    ·Alcona Sobeys – 2080 Jans Blvd

    ·Cookstown Foodland/Pharmacy – 52 Queen St

    ·Innisfil Food Bank – 1571 Innisfil Beach Road

    ·Lefroy Pharmasave – 1311 Killarney Beach Road

    ·Sandy Cove Drug Store – 902 Lockhart Rd

    ·Stroud Foodland/Guardian Pharmacy – 8056 Yonge St

    ·Stroud Rexall Pharmacy - 7975 Yonge St

    ·Rizzardo Health and Wellness Centre – 7325 Yonge St

    “We want to ensure that our residents can get groceries and pick up prescriptions during this time,” says Innisfil Mayor Lynn Dollin. “We’re fortunate to have such a flexible system and to have such responsive partners at Uber that were able to create this new assistance program so quickly.”

    "Uber is deeply committed to supporting public transportation agencies in these trying times,” says David Reich, Head of Uber Transit. “We've been proud to partner with the Town of Innisfil since 2017 to offer safe, affordable on-demand transportation. We are glad to be able to partner with Innisfil to offer riders more options during this critical period."

    Innisfil Transit is taking extra precautions to protect residents and riders. Understanding the importance of the role social distancing plays in preventing the spread of COVID-19, the ability to pool rides (sharing with other passengers) is no longer an option. Innisfil Transit urges riders using this program (or accessing regular Innisfil Transit services) to use good judgment around utilizing this service. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, if you are self-isolated, or if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please stay home. If you do use the service, practice social distancing by riding in the backseat. Be sure to sanitize your hands before entering the car and upon exiting it.

    If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device, please contact the Town of Innisfil Customer Service at 705-436-3740 for trip assistance.

    -30-

    Media Contacts:

    Johnny Keogh

    Communications Coordinator

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2424

    Cell: 705-241-9819

    jkeogh@innisfil.ca



    Jenn Rae

    Communications & Fundraising Coordinator

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2426

    jrae@innisfil.ca




    N E W S R E L E A S E

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 20, 2020

    INNISFIL TRANSIT ANNOUNCES ESSENTIAL TRIPS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

    Innisfil, ON – To help residents access the essential services they need during the COVID-19 pandemic, Innisfil Transit has launched two new initiatives. Innisfil Transit users are able to access fare assistance through two vouchers that can be downloaded from Innisfil.ca/transit. The$20 Innisfil Transit Voucher will allow riders to apply this voucher to any Innisfil Transit trip with no location restrictions until April 6, 2020. Residents will also be able to access the Essential Trips Assistance Program. This voucher allows residents to access up to four free trips until April 6, 2020, to get the essentials they need at the following locations:

    ·Alcona Guardian Pharmacy– 1070 Innisfil Beach Road

    ·Alcona No Frills – 2211 20th Side Road

    ·Alcona Pharmasave – 1081 Innisfil Beach Road

    ·Alcona Shoppers Drug Mart – 1145 Innisfil Beach Road

    ·Alcona Sobeys – 2080 Jans Blvd

    ·Cookstown Foodland/Pharmacy – 52 Queen St

    ·Innisfil Food Bank – 1571 Innisfil Beach Road

    ·Lefroy Pharmasave – 1311 Killarney Beach Road

    ·Sandy Cove Drug Store – 902 Lockhart Rd

    ·Stroud Foodland/Guardian Pharmacy – 8056 Yonge St

    ·Stroud Rexall Pharmacy - 7975 Yonge St

    ·Rizzardo Health and Wellness Centre – 7325 Yonge St

    “We want to ensure that our residents can get groceries and pick up prescriptions during this time,” says Innisfil Mayor Lynn Dollin. “We’re fortunate to have such a flexible system and to have such responsive partners at Uber that were able to create this new assistance program so quickly.”

    "Uber is deeply committed to supporting public transportation agencies in these trying times,” says David Reich, Head of Uber Transit. “We've been proud to partner with the Town of Innisfil since 2017 to offer safe, affordable on-demand transportation. We are glad to be able to partner with Innisfil to offer riders more options during this critical period."

    Innisfil Transit is taking extra precautions to protect residents and riders. Understanding the importance of the role social distancing plays in preventing the spread of COVID-19, the ability to pool rides (sharing with other passengers) is no longer an option. Innisfil Transit urges riders using this program (or accessing regular Innisfil Transit services) to use good judgment around utilizing this service. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, if you are self-isolated, or if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please stay home. If you do use the service, practice social distancing by riding in the backseat. Be sure to sanitize your hands before entering the car and upon exiting it.

    If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device, please contact the Town of Innisfil Customer Service at 705-436-3740 for trip assistance.

    -30-

    Media Contacts:

    Johnny Keogh

    Communications Coordinator

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2424

    Cell: 705-241-9819

    jkeogh@innisfil.ca



    Jenn Rae

    Communications & Fundraising Coordinator

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2426

    jrae@innisfil.ca




  • News Release - March 20, 2020

    9 days ago

    N E W S R E L E A S E

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 20, 2020

    TOWN OF INNISFIL PARTNERS WITH LOCAL FOOD DELIVERY COMPANY FOR FREE RESTAURANT DELIVERIES

    Innisfil, ON – The Town of Innisfil has partnered with local food delivery service What’s For Dinner Today, to waive their food delivery fee for Innisfil residents until March 31.

    As many restaurants have taken responsible action and closed their doors to dine-in services during the COVID-19 pandemic, a large number remain open for takeout and delivery.

    Partnering with What’s For Dinner Today will help our community continue to support local businesses while practicing safe social distancing to flatten the curve of COVID-19.

    The What’s For Dinner Today app is easy to use and allows residents to order from over 20 local restaurants. Download the app from Google Play or the App Store, or access the service fromwww.wfdt.ca. Free delivery will be automatically activated once an order is completed.

    “We’re always open to trying to new ideas and partnerships,” said Innisfil Mayor Lynn Dollin. “We need to be adaptive and act fast in these challenging times to support our local businesses and help our residents.”

    Innisfil restaurants can sign up for the service by calling 705-290-0777 or emailing contact@wfdt.ca.

    The Town of Innisfil is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and the impact it is having on the local business community. A new COVID-19 Business Resources & Support page includes financial support info, tips on working remotely, and more. The website will be updated on an ongoing basis as new information and programs become available.

    -30-

    Media Contacts:

    Johnny Keogh

    Communications Lead

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2424

    Cell: 705-241-9819

    jkeogh@innisfil.ca



    Jenn Rae

    Communications & Fundraising Coordinator

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2426

    jrae@innisfil.ca


    N E W S R E L E A S E

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 20, 2020

    TOWN OF INNISFIL PARTNERS WITH LOCAL FOOD DELIVERY COMPANY FOR FREE RESTAURANT DELIVERIES

    Innisfil, ON – The Town of Innisfil has partnered with local food delivery service What’s For Dinner Today, to waive their food delivery fee for Innisfil residents until March 31.

    As many restaurants have taken responsible action and closed their doors to dine-in services during the COVID-19 pandemic, a large number remain open for takeout and delivery.

    Partnering with What’s For Dinner Today will help our community continue to support local businesses while practicing safe social distancing to flatten the curve of COVID-19.

    The What’s For Dinner Today app is easy to use and allows residents to order from over 20 local restaurants. Download the app from Google Play or the App Store, or access the service fromwww.wfdt.ca. Free delivery will be automatically activated once an order is completed.

    “We’re always open to trying to new ideas and partnerships,” said Innisfil Mayor Lynn Dollin. “We need to be adaptive and act fast in these challenging times to support our local businesses and help our residents.”

    Innisfil restaurants can sign up for the service by calling 705-290-0777 or emailing contact@wfdt.ca.

    The Town of Innisfil is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and the impact it is having on the local business community. A new COVID-19 Business Resources & Support page includes financial support info, tips on working remotely, and more. The website will be updated on an ongoing basis as new information and programs become available.

    -30-

    Media Contacts:

    Johnny Keogh

    Communications Lead

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2424

    Cell: 705-241-9819

    jkeogh@innisfil.ca



    Jenn Rae

    Communications & Fundraising Coordinator

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2426

    jrae@innisfil.ca


  • News Release - March 19, 2020

    10 days ago

    N E W S R E L E A S E

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 19, 2020

    TOWN OF INNISFIL ANNOUNCES SEVERAL BUSINESS MEASURES AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC

    Innisfil, ON – In a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Innisfil has enacted several measures for businesses, including a business survey, accessible local business loans from Nottawasaga Futures, a free consulting service, and a resource webpage.

    In order to better understand the pandemic’s effects on local business owners, a survey has been created by the Town’s Economic Development team. The survey will allow the Town to quickly mobilize resources and supports where they are most needed.

    Nottawasaga Futures, a small business support agency in South Simcoe County, will be making unsecured loans of up to $10,000 available to business owners in our area, which includes Innisfil, Bradford West Gwillimbury, New Tecumseth, Adjala-Tosorontio, and Essa. These loans could include low interest rates, interest-only payments, and extended payback periods. For more information, contact Andie Cote at 705-435-1540 or andie@nottawasaga.com.

    The Town has also partnered with Nottawasaga Futures and is also offering a free consulting program that allows business owners, whether they be retail, restaurants or service-based, to access resources that will help bring their offerings online. For more information, contact1-800-509-7554 or ced@nottawasaga.com.

    “We understand the COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing and Innisfil’s small businesses are struggling,” said Lynn Dollin, Mayor of the Town of Innisfil. “The Town is committed to understanding their needs, and deploying resources and supports where they require it most.”

    The Town has created a business-focused resource webpage. The COVID-19 Business Resources & Support page includes financial support info, tips on working remotely, and more. The website will be updated on an ongoing basis as new information and programs become available.

    -30-

    Media Contacts:

    Johnny Keogh

    Communications Lead

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2424

    Cell: 705-241-9819

    jkeogh@innisfil.ca



    Jenn Rae

    Communications & Fundraising Coordinator

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2426

    jrae@innisfil.ca


    N E W S R E L E A S E

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 19, 2020

    TOWN OF INNISFIL ANNOUNCES SEVERAL BUSINESS MEASURES AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC

    Innisfil, ON – In a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Innisfil has enacted several measures for businesses, including a business survey, accessible local business loans from Nottawasaga Futures, a free consulting service, and a resource webpage.

    In order to better understand the pandemic’s effects on local business owners, a survey has been created by the Town’s Economic Development team. The survey will allow the Town to quickly mobilize resources and supports where they are most needed.

    Nottawasaga Futures, a small business support agency in South Simcoe County, will be making unsecured loans of up to $10,000 available to business owners in our area, which includes Innisfil, Bradford West Gwillimbury, New Tecumseth, Adjala-Tosorontio, and Essa. These loans could include low interest rates, interest-only payments, and extended payback periods. For more information, contact Andie Cote at 705-435-1540 or andie@nottawasaga.com.

    The Town has also partnered with Nottawasaga Futures and is also offering a free consulting program that allows business owners, whether they be retail, restaurants or service-based, to access resources that will help bring their offerings online. For more information, contact1-800-509-7554 or ced@nottawasaga.com.

    “We understand the COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing and Innisfil’s small businesses are struggling,” said Lynn Dollin, Mayor of the Town of Innisfil. “The Town is committed to understanding their needs, and deploying resources and supports where they require it most.”

    The Town has created a business-focused resource webpage. The COVID-19 Business Resources & Support page includes financial support info, tips on working remotely, and more. The website will be updated on an ongoing basis as new information and programs become available.

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    Media Contacts:

    Johnny Keogh

    Communications Lead

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2424

    Cell: 705-241-9819

    jkeogh@innisfil.ca



    Jenn Rae

    Communications & Fundraising Coordinator

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2426

    jrae@innisfil.ca


  • News Release - March 18 , 2020

    11 days ago

    N E W S R E L E A S E

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 18, 2020

    INNISFIL TOWN HALL TO CLOSE IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 ESSENTIAL SERVICES TO CONTINUE

    Innisfil, ON – As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Innisfil Town Hall (located at 2101 Innisfil Beach Rd.) will close to the public at the end of the day and stay closed until Monday, April 6, 2020. Despite this, residents can still get full Customer Service support during normal business hours at 705-436-3710 and through our numerous digital channels at https://innisfil.ca/contactus/.

    “Working with our partners across all levels of government and especially the medical authorities, this is another important step for us to be taking to do our part to contain the spread of COVID-19. While our Town Hall and facilities may be closed, we are doing everything we can to make sure we continue to deliver as many services as possible,” said Innisfil Mayor Lynn Dollin. “It’s also important for residents to be aware that Fire & Rescue Services, South Simcoe Police and Water and Wastewater services will continue as normal. In addition, our Emergency Management team is activated and will continue to monitor the situation as our staff continues to work remotely.”

    Residents who are concerned about making payments in person are encouraged to reach out to Customer Service at 705-436-3710 to discuss alternate payment methods. Staff are exploring financial options for Council to consider in response to this situation (e.g. tax due date deferral). More information will be available in the near future. Staff are also prioritizing workload given the shifting needs of the community. As a result, overnight parking enforcement will not occur at this time unless required by a major winter storm for snow clearing purposes. In addition, all mail sent to Innisfil Town Hall, including cheques, will still be received and processed by staff until further notice.

    For the most updated information please continue to visit www.innisfil.ca/covid19and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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    Media Contacts:

    Johnny Keogh

    Communications Coordinator

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2424

    Cell: 705-241-9819

    jkeogh@innisfil.ca



    Jenn Rae

    Communications & Fundraising Coordinator

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2426

    jrae@innisfil.ca






    N E W S R E L E A S E

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 18, 2020

    INNISFIL TOWN HALL TO CLOSE IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 ESSENTIAL SERVICES TO CONTINUE

    Innisfil, ON – As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Innisfil Town Hall (located at 2101 Innisfil Beach Rd.) will close to the public at the end of the day and stay closed until Monday, April 6, 2020. Despite this, residents can still get full Customer Service support during normal business hours at 705-436-3710 and through our numerous digital channels at https://innisfil.ca/contactus/.

    “Working with our partners across all levels of government and especially the medical authorities, this is another important step for us to be taking to do our part to contain the spread of COVID-19. While our Town Hall and facilities may be closed, we are doing everything we can to make sure we continue to deliver as many services as possible,” said Innisfil Mayor Lynn Dollin. “It’s also important for residents to be aware that Fire & Rescue Services, South Simcoe Police and Water and Wastewater services will continue as normal. In addition, our Emergency Management team is activated and will continue to monitor the situation as our staff continues to work remotely.”

    Residents who are concerned about making payments in person are encouraged to reach out to Customer Service at 705-436-3710 to discuss alternate payment methods. Staff are exploring financial options for Council to consider in response to this situation (e.g. tax due date deferral). More information will be available in the near future. Staff are also prioritizing workload given the shifting needs of the community. As a result, overnight parking enforcement will not occur at this time unless required by a major winter storm for snow clearing purposes. In addition, all mail sent to Innisfil Town Hall, including cheques, will still be received and processed by staff until further notice.

    For the most updated information please continue to visit www.innisfil.ca/covid19and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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    Media Contacts:

    Johnny Keogh

    Communications Coordinator

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2424

    Cell: 705-241-9819

    jkeogh@innisfil.ca



    Jenn Rae

    Communications & Fundraising Coordinator

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2426

    jrae@innisfil.ca






  • Council & Committee Cancellations - March 17, 2020

    12 days ago

    Innisfil.ca Update

    Regular Council Meeting and Committee Meetings

    The Regular Council Meeting scheduled for March 25, 2020 has been cancelled. In addition, any committee meetings scheduled to take place before April 6 are also cancelled, and the Carson Creek Drain Improvement Meeting that was scheduled for March 31 has also been cancelled.

    A decision has not been made about the April 8, 2020 regular Council meeting but staff are exploring options and will communicate with the public.

    Innisfil.ca Update

    Regular Council Meeting and Committee Meetings

    The Regular Council Meeting scheduled for March 25, 2020 has been cancelled. In addition, any committee meetings scheduled to take place before April 6 are also cancelled, and the Carson Creek Drain Improvement Meeting that was scheduled for March 31 has also been cancelled.

    A decision has not been made about the April 8, 2020 regular Council meeting but staff are exploring options and will communicate with the public.

  • News Article - Uber Innisfil Transit - March 17, 2020

    12 days ago

    Uber will no longer pool riders using Innisfil Transit due to coronavirus concerns

    Uber and the Town of Innisfil are taking steps to keep people safe when they need to use Innisfil Transit.

    In light of public health official advice that people should practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus, Uber has suspended pooled rides for Innisfil Transit.

    Innisfil Transit is a partnership between the town of Innisfil and Uber that operates as a public transportation system, with a portion of fares subsidized by the town.

    Residents will still be able to book trips using Innisfil Transit, but they will no longer be grouped with other riders.

    by Shane MacDonald.


    Source:
    https://bit.ly/2WmWm89

    Uber will no longer pool riders using Innisfil Transit due to coronavirus concerns

    Uber and the Town of Innisfil are taking steps to keep people safe when they need to use Innisfil Transit.

    In light of public health official advice that people should practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus, Uber has suspended pooled rides for Innisfil Transit.

    Innisfil Transit is a partnership between the town of Innisfil and Uber that operates as a public transportation system, with a portion of fares subsidized by the town.

    Residents will still be able to book trips using Innisfil Transit, but they will no longer be grouped with other riders.

    by Shane MacDonald.


    Source:
    https://bit.ly/2WmWm89

  • Walk-In Clinic Closures

    12 days ago

    All Barrie/Innisfil walk-in clinics are closed until further notice. Please monitor the Barrie and Community Family Medicine Clinic's website to remain up-to-date on information.

    All Barrie/Innisfil walk-in clinics are closed until further notice. Please monitor the Barrie and Community Family Medicine Clinic's website to remain up-to-date on information.

  • News Release - March 14, 2020

    12 days ago

    N E W S R E L E A S E

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 14, 2020

    TOWN OF INNISFIL ANNOUNCES FACILITY CLOSURES
    IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

    Innisfil, ON – In a proactive effort to flatten the COVID-19 pandemic locally and protect residents, the Town of Innisfil has announced further cancellations and closures. Refunds will be available and we apologize for the inconvenience and disruptions. Please continue to follow www.Innisfil.ca/covid19and our social media channels for the latest updates, including impacts to services.

    Innisfil ideaLAB & Library

    All library branches will be closed and programs cancelled until April 6,...

    N E W S R E L E A S E

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 14, 2020

    TOWN OF INNISFIL ANNOUNCES FACILITY CLOSURES
    IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

    Innisfil, ON – In a proactive effort to flatten the COVID-19 pandemic locally and protect residents, the Town of Innisfil has announced further cancellations and closures. Refunds will be available and we apologize for the inconvenience and disruptions. Please continue to follow www.Innisfil.ca/covid19and our social media channels for the latest updates, including impacts to services.

    Innisfil ideaLAB & Library

    All library branches will be closed and programs cancelled until April 6, 2020. This includes all March Break programs and special events. Customer service can be reached at (705) 431-7410from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.Residents can access e-books, e-audio and downloads at www.innisfilidealab.ca

    Innisfil Recreation Complex, Stroud Arena & Lefroy Arena

    The Innisfil Recreational Complex and YMCA will close at the end of the day and remain closed until April 6, 2020. In addition, all other Town arenas are also closed and programming is cancelled. For information about refunds contact Active Innisfil at 705-436-3710 oractiveinnisfil@innisfil.ca

    Fire Stations

    All fire stations are closed to the public, but remain operational.

    The target re-opening date for these facilities is Monday, April 6, however we will be monitoring this evolving situation closely.

    Council Meetings

    In addition to these closures, the Special Council Meeting “Planning Public Meeting - Staff Report DSR-042-20 - Innisfil Beach Road and Lakelands Avenue Zoning and Shoreline By-law Amendments” scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 has been cancelled. This meeting will be rescheduled at a later date. A decision on the March 25 Regular Council Meeting will be made and communicated to residents in the coming days.

    Open Facilities

    Town Hall remains open, however, visitors will be limited to public areas of the building. We encourage residents to utilize online resources available at www.innisfil.caor to contact Customer Service at 705-436-3710 or inquiry@innisfil.ca.

    The Rizzardo Health & Wellness Centre also remains open, however all Town programming scheduled to take place at this location has been cancelled.

    The Provincial Offences Court continues to operate at the Churchill Community Centre at this time.

    The Town is exploring alternative service delivery methods and more information will be available in the coming days.

    Please delay your visit to any Town facility and contact your health care provider or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) if you have a fever and/or new onset of cough or difficulty breathing and in the 14 days before symptom onset you have:

    ·been to a COVID-19 impacted area;

    ·been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19;

    ·or been in close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has been to a COVID-19 impacted area.

    The Town of Innisfil is working closely with the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit and other community partners to monitor the COVID-19 situation. Be advised that further closures and cancellations may be announced in the coming days. Please continue to check Innisfil.ca and our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates. Visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’swebsiteto learn about best practices and how you and your family can prepare.

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    Media Contacts:

    Johnny Keogh

    Communications Lead

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2424

    Cell: 705-241-9819

    jkeogh@innisfil.ca



    Jenn Rae

    Communications & Fundraising Coordinator

    Tel: 705-436-3740 Ext. 2426

    jrae@innisfil.ca