COVID-19: Municipal Impacts as Ontario is set to enter Step 3

The Ontario government recently announced that the province will advance to the third step of their Roadmap to Reopen plan at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 16, 2021. Step Three of the plan focuses on expanded outdoor gatherings and the resumption of additional indoor services.

Although there are several changes to public health and workplace restrictions with this announcement, many restrictions remain in place to ensure public health and safety. Every organization and/or business is responsible for ensuring they are following the regulations in place by the Province of Ontario. We encourage everyone to review the official regulation for details on the restrictions in Step Three of the roadmap.

Snapshot of municipal impacts during Step Three:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized outdoor public events for up to 100 people
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
  • Indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table (restrictions include masking and physcial distancing requirements)
  • Retail capacity limited to the ability to ensure physical distancing
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities, with restrictions (limits on total capacity, spectators, and masking)
  • Spectators for outdoor sports and recreational activities are capped at 75 per cent of approved capacity (with restrictions such as masking and physical distancing in place)
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing art venues with restrictions (limits on capacity, masking, and reservation requirements)

The above is a snapshot of Step 3 changes. Everyone is encouraged to review Ontario’s Regulation 520/21: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 for complete details and restrictions.

The following Municipal areas and amenities remain open with COVID-19 safety measures in place (maintaining physical distancing, respecting gathering limits, wearing a mask when physical distancing is not possible, and all other public health guidelines):

  • Parks, trails, and playgrounds
  • Public beaches (please read the Beach Rules before visiting Grand Bend Beach)
  • Splash pads (see a list of splash pad locations)
  • Municipal boat launches and marinas

The Municipality of Lambton Shores thanks the public for their patience as staff continue to monitor changes to the provincial restrictions. Announcements regarding any new changes to restrictions will be made as they come in from the province.

As the vaccine rollout continues across the province, it remains vital that members of the public, even those who have been vaccinated, continue to practice public health measures, including:

  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell
  • Get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or have been in close contact with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19
  • Continue to practice physical distancing
  • Wear a mask or face covering indoors
  • Wash hands frequently

For more information about the vaccine rollout, please visit the Lambton Public Health website at