We know it's hard to keep track of days as the global COVID-19 pandemic stretches on.
But the Easter long weekend is upon us and that means some changes to those schedules that are still viable.
On Wednesday, Premier Doug Ford announced all essential businesses, notably grocery stores and pharmacies, will be closed both Friday and Sunday to give their weary and over-worked staff a much-needed respite.
Of course, the statutory holiday also impacts municipal services.
While all City of Orillia operated facilities remain closed to public access, the services that have been offered via phone or email will not be available during the Easter long weekend from Friday, April 10 through to Monday, April 13, 2020.
Orillia Transit and the OWLS will not operate Friday or Sunday, but will run Monday, April 13.
Due to the Easter holiday, there will be no garbage, recycling, green bin or yard waste collection on Friday. Friday's collection will take place on Saturday, April 11.
There will be no recycling, green bin or yard waste collection Monday, April 13. Collection of recycling, green bin, and yard waste materials for the remainder of the week will be delayed by one day. Items must be at the curb by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.
The regular collection schedule will resume on Monday, April 20, 2020.
Download PINGSTREET, the City’s free mobile app, for your personalized curbside collection schedule.
The city also has some tips for celebrating Easter safely during the pandemic. The provincial government has prohibited indoor and outdoor gatherings of five or more with the exception of those who live in your household.
For extended families and friends used to celebrating together, we understand this may disrupt annual traditions. Orillia citizens must adhere to physical distancing and other measures and restrictions in place during the holiday.
- We encourage you to use video conferencing apps to connect in new ways during Easter. If that is not possible, then use the telephone to connect.
- For those planning an Easter meal, please try to use curbside pickup and delivery services to get your supplies. If you must got out, practice safe shopping etiquette.
- For those who would like to attend an Easter service, many places of worship are planning virtual services.
It is more important than ever to keep our community safe and do everything we can to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. For more information on Orillia’s response to COVID-19, visit orillia.ca/COVID-19.