Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Impacts on Municipal Services

Posted on Friday October 16, 2020

The Town of Penetanguishene continues to monitor news and updates concerning COVID-19 in order to ensure we work to keep our community members safe.  The following update provided on October 16th is in addition to the updates provided from previous weeks located here.

Simcoe Muskoka Contact Tracing Update: COVID-19 is spread through close contact with an infected person. Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit uses contact tracing as an effective tool to slow and control the spread of COVID-19. There are a variety of situations in which you may be exposed to someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19. If you have been identified as a close contact, and have been informed by public health or by someone in your life who has tested positive it is very important that you take the following steps to stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home and self-isolate for 14 days after your last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Only leave the house to get tested. For testing centre locations visit our assessment centres and testing page.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you do get tested you must still self-isolate while you wait for your results. Even if your test result is negative you must continue to self-isolate for the full 14 days.

For full information on what to do if you have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 read this fact sheet.

Halloween Safety: This Halloween SMDHU is encouraging you to follow the outlines below to ensure that all members of our communities are kept safe.

  • Stay home if feeling ill or if you have mild symptoms.
  • Only go out with members of your direct household. 
  • Only trick or treat outside. 
  • Both trick or treaters and people handing out candy should wear a face covering. 
  • A costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering and should not be worn over a face covering as it may make it difficult to breathe. 
  • Consider building your face covering into your, or your child’s, costume. 
  • Do not congregate or linger at doorsteps. Line up two metres (6 feet) apart if waiting. 
  • Avoid high-touch surfaces and objects. 
  • Whether collecting or handing out treats, wash your hands often and thoroughly or use hand sanitizer. 
  • Do not leave treats in a bucket or bowl for children to grab. 
  • Consider using tongs, or other similar tools to hand out treats.


OPP Reporting Tool: We remind residents that OPP ask that you report allegations of non-compliance with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act by phoning 1-888-310-1122 or utilizing the online reporting tool at

Fire Safety: Fire permits are not required at this time. Please remember that fires are for recreational purposes and are only permitted between 4:00 pm to midnight. Please ensure you follow all guidelines outlined here