Neighbourly living during COVID-19

Tips to being kind while remaining socially distant

  • Show a neighbourly spirit, wave and say hello from a safe distance of minimum 2 metres
  • It is okay to tell people that you are practicing social distancing 
  • Call to chat with those who are vulnerable such as the elderly and immune-compromised
  • Offer to drop off necessary supplies or prescriptions
  • Practice a recommended 2 metre distance, sanitize your hands, sanitize any supplies you touch or drop off
  • Please stay home if you are not feeling well

For other ways you can help during COVID-19, visit Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit

Have a concern about a COVID violation? A list of contacts are on the page. 

Have a general question or complaint for Bylaw? Ask a question or report a concern.


Guide to communicating with your neighbours

Here are some tips that can help improve communication with your neighbours, and may help you to address issues before they become conflicts:

Tip #1 - Talk with your neighbours

Staying connected and talking can reduce issues between neighbours and within your neighbourhood. 

  • If you are planning on doing something that might impact your neighbours, talk to them ahead of time. 
  • If you have a concern over an activity, it is not helpful to assume your neighbour knows there is a problem. Sometimes they may be unaware, and talking to them may avoid a conflict that may be the result of a simple misunderstanding.
Tip #2 - Listen to your neighbour's concerns
When your neighbour expresses a concern, take it seriously even if it seems unimportant to you. When people feel heard and understood, it is easier to work through a problem.
Tip #3 - Focus on the problem, not the person
Try to focus on the problem rather than on the person.
Tip #4 - Connect with your neighbours before contacting by-law

Attempts to talk or write to your neighbour should be made before calling the By-law Enforcement team. Be calm and state the impact your neighbour’s actions are having in a clear, friendly manner.

Filling out a log or diary can be beneficial to provide accurate information to by-law.


Being a courteous neighbour

A little neighbourly courtesy can go a long way. Your neighbourhood is a great place to live.

Some things to consider on common issues:


By-law enforcement officers

705-789-6421 ext. 3041 for Corey

705-789-6421 ext. 3039 for Andrew

Form - Report a concern