The extended and strengthened Provincial Stay-at-Home Order came into effect 12:01am on April 17th. The new Provincial Order allows for additional enforcement measures and mandates a number of changes to municipal services.
The Stay-at-Home Order has been extended for two more weeks. Outdoor gatherings are now restricted to members of the same household.
As stated through the most recent Provincial Order, all outdoor recreation amenities are now closed for use, however walk through is permitted. This means playgrounds, fields, tennis/basketball/other courts, BMX track and the skate park are closed for use. Pavilions will also be closed. Residents are permitted to walk through parks and trails with physical distancing in place. Benches are available for use with physical distancing in place.
The Port Elgin and Southampton Tourist Camps and Port Elgin marina remain closed. Marinas may not be used for recreational boating purposes.
The dog park remains open to the public. Physical distancing must be in place.
The waterfront remains open for walk through only. Physical distancing must be in place.
The landfill remains open with limited capacity. Curb side waste collection will continue as scheduled.
Residents are reminded that the Stay-at-Home Order includes restrictions relating to non-essential travel. All residents should stay home unless an essential outing is required.
The Stay-at-Home Order currently in effect requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.
“The Stay at Home Orders should not be taken lightly” said Mayor Luke Charbonneau. “I am very concerned for the safety of all residents as the pandemic continues. We must do everything we can to slow the spread of COVID-19, and that includes avoiding non-essential travel” added Charbonneau.
“This Provincial order gives police additional powers to assess compliance and implement a new level of enforcement,” said Kevin Zettel, Police Chief for Saugeen Shores Police Service. “The Saugeen Shores Police Service will be conducting evidence based investigations concerning this Stay-at-Home Order, and will not be conducting “random checks” of individuals. The Saugeen Shores Police Service will maintain a complaint driven model of enforcement and compliance with the Provincial Stay-at-Home Order, in which our Officers will continue to engage, explain, educate, and then enforce” added Zettel.
All indoor municipal facilities remain closed, including the municipal office and recreation facilities.
For further information relating to municipal service delivery, please visit: www.saugeenshores.ca/COVID-19
For further information relating to the strengthen Stay-at-Home order, please visit: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/61192/ontario-strengthens-enforcement-of-stay-at-home-order
For further information relating to vaccine roll out, testing, and Grey Bruce COVID-19 statistics, please visit: https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/