Lambton Shores COVID-19 Update: Victoria Day Long Weekend

Posted On Thursday May 20, 2021

On April 7th, 2021 the Province of Ontario instituted Ontario Regulation 265/21 (Stay At Home Order). The stay-at-home order requires residents to stay at home and only leave for essential purposes.

The Province has also implemented Ontario Regulation 82/20 providing rules related to the operation of a number of businesses and activities in the Province. Every person and business in Ontario has a responsibility to understand and comply with these regulations.

Lambton Shores officials remind the public that the stay-at-home order is still in effect and the province has encouraged everyone to stay home and only travel for essential reasons. In support of the stay-at-home order, Lambton Shores is not open as usual for the Victoria Day long weekend:

  • Short term rentals, such as vacation cottages and B&Bs, are not permitted to operate as usual and can only be provided to individuals in need of emergency housing/shelter
  • Restaurants and outdoor patios are closed for dining
  • Many tourist activities remain closed
  • Sports equipment, beach games and gatherings of more than 5 people are not permitted on the beach

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have the authority to uphold federal and provincial orders. The Municipality is working closely with members of the OPP to identify provincial restrictions for enforcement. This includes physical distancing and limitations on social gatherings.

In addition to an increased OPP presence in the area, Lambton Shores’ by-law officers will be enforcing local beach, parking, noise and burning by-laws.

“This is not the type of messaging I look forward to sharing prior to what is normally our first big weekend of the summer,” said Mayor Bill Weber. “But these are not normal times, and we all need to follow the regulations and advice of our medical professionals.”

“To be clear, BBQs and large gatherings on the beach are simply not allowed at this time,” Mayor Weber continued. “We're counting on everyone to do their part so that things can start opening back up in June. We look forward to welcoming new visitors to Lambton Shores as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

To see a full list of restrictions during the stay-at-home order, please visit the Ontario government’s website.

If you have concerns about a provincial order violation, residents are encouraged to call the OPP’s non-emergency line (1-888-310-1122). DO NOT call 9-1-1 unless you need emergency service.

As the vaccine rollout continues across Lambton County, it remains vital that members of the public continue to practice all other public health measures. For more information about the vaccine rollout, please visit the Lambton Public Health website at GetTheVaccine.ca

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