The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit announced in a July 7, 2020 press release that face coverings (i.e. non-medical mask) are required in all indoor premises of businesses, organizations and on public transit systems in Simcoe Muskoka. Read the FAQs about face coverings, on myhuntsville.ca.

Facility and program updates

As preparations are being made to re-open based on the direction, recommendations and guidelines provided to us by the Government of Ontario, please refer to this page frequently for up-to-date information:

Facilities and amenities

Town buildings

  • Town Hall - open as of July 6, 2020 - Customers encouraged to use cashless payments to prevent any close contact. Debit, Visa and MasterCard are accepted for most payments. Online forms and payments are available. Where possible please contact us by phone and email. Please wear a mask for entry to Town Hall.
  • Muskoka Heritage Place and museum - open as of July 10, 2020. Please visit the admissions and reservations page for important booking details.
  • Active Living Centre and Canada Summit Centre - operating remotely by phone and email 
  • Algonquin Theatre Box Office and Partners Hall  - operating remotely by phone and email 
  • Huntsville Fire Hall and Port Sydney Fire Hall -  operating remotely by phone and email ; emergency services still available 
  • Huntsville Public Library - temporarily closed due to indoor air quality issues - read the press release issued July 5, 2020
  • Madill Public Works Yard - closed until further notice

Amenities

Residents are asked to obey all posted signage in all locations, practice 2m physical distance, and use caution when accessing:

  • Beaches - open to public
  • Boat launches and locks - open. View locks hours of operation.
  • Cemeteries - outdoor gatherings increased to maximum of 100
  • Parks and trails - open to public; equipment is not being sanitized at this time
  • Playground structures, benches, waste receptacles and park gates -  open to public; equipment is not being sanitized at this time
  • Public washrooms downtown - open

Contacts

You can do business with us over the phone or online. 

Contact us

 

Programs and events

The following updates currently apply:

  • Aquatic (outdoor) programs - Town outdoor swimming lessons are available at Port Sydney Beach and Hutcheson Beach starting the week of July 10th to the week of August 17th. Lessons available for all ages, from pre-school to Bronze Cross. You can sign up for 1 week sessions or more at huntsville.ca or call 705-789-6421 ext 3023. The Canada Summit Centre pool will remain closed until further notice.
  • Recreation and youth programs, and events - Town recreation programs and events are not available; youth day camps for summer 2020 are cancelled 
  • Special Events - The status of special events will continue to be monitored from a health perspective and plans to postpone, cancel or apply mitigation strategies will be communicated to event organizers

Other

  • Farmers markets – open to food vendors only at this time
  • Garage/Yard Sales - permitted, while following guidelines set by health officials. Here are some tips from the local health unit about handling and exchanging second-hand goods
Stage 3, provincial re-opening

As of Friday, July 17, 2020 the Government of Ontario has allowed our public health unit of Simcoe-Muskoka to enter Stage 3 of re-opening.

Please continue, to:

  • Maintain physical distancing of 2 metres from anyone not in your household
  • Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people, outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people. Gathering limits with those not in your household still require 2m physical distance. Social circles continue to be kept to maximum of 10 people - learn more on social circles
  • Wash hands and high touch areas frequently
  • Face masks or coverings are required in all public indoor spaces within Simcoe-Muskoka. For more info see SMDHU 
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or sleeve
  • Monitor your health for symptoms and stay home if you feel ill

The Town will continue to evaluate impact on service and facilities during stage 3 implementation.

Provincial resource links

The Ontario Government sets what re-opens and when this can happen. Here are the current resources:

Community supports

Community concern or violation reporting

COVID-19 concerns

  • To report a concern or violation related to COVID-19, contact 1-888-310-1122
  • Suspected price gouging of essential goods, contact Ontario Consumer Protection Hotline 1-800-889-9768

Outdoor burning

To report outdoor burning:

  • Emergencies 9-1-1 which include out-of-control burning
  • After hours reporting, contact by-law at 705-789-6421 ext. 3039 or 3041
  • Reporting during a ban, contact the Town of Huntsville By-law department

For current rating and information, visit our outdoor burning page.

Community support

Need family support?

COVIDwithKids provides a toolkit for coping with kids at home during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Need food and support?

The District of Muskoka is maintaining an ongoing list of community food and delivery programs available to area residents. Please select the "Town of Huntsville" menu item.

Want to help within the community?

Reconnect with Arts, Culture and Tourism

Ontario has created the new virtual hub Ontario Live to promote and support the Province's tourism and cultural industries 

Financial/business support and recovery
Property tax support measures

Council extended the waiving of the penalty on the Interim and Final Tax Installments to September 30, 2020. The deferral allows residents the ability to defer interim and final tax payments prior to September 30, 2020 deadline without incurring any penalty. Arrears on previous years taxes will still continue to be charged interest as usual.

Details are provided on our property tax information page.

Public health and awareness

Mayoral, media and news updates

Mayoral updates

Mayor Karin Terziano issues updates during COVID-19.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Watch the Mayor's video update (as seen below)

 

Previous updates

May 9th written update: A joint message from Muskoka’s Mayors and the District Chair to all residents – year round and seasonal: “We are all in this together.” Read the full message on muskoka.on.ca

Town news

A joint message from Muskoka’s Mayors and the District Chair to all residents – year round and seasonal: “We are all in this together.” Read the full message on muskoka.on.ca

Visit huntsville.ca/news

District news

Visit muskoka.on.ca.

A joint message from Muskoka’s Mayors and the District Chair to all residents – year round and seasonal: “We are all in this together.” Read the full message on muskoka.on.ca

Health unit news
Visit http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Promos/Novel-Coronavirus
Media inquiries

Denise Corry, CAO

Town of Huntsville

705-789-1751

denise.corry@huntsville.ca

Local municipality updates
Federal and Provincial Government news

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