The Municipality of Lambton Shores Lifts Declaration of Emergency

Lambton Shores, October 29, 2021 – The Municipality of Lambton Shores has officially lifted the Declaration of Emergency, effective 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29, 2021. The state of emergency was declared on March 18, 2020, in response to the global pandemic. The Province of Ontario lifted its declaration of emergency on June 9.

The decision to lift the emergency declaration was made by Lambton Shores Mayor Bill Weber after the Lambton Shores Emergency Operations Control Group met on Thursday, October 28, 2021, to discuss the current COVID-19 situation.

With key public health indicators continuing to improve, and with COVID-19 protocols mandated by the Province of Ontario and Lambton Public Health now in place, the Emergency Operations Control Group determined the conditions presented in the original emergency declaration are no longer required at this time.

“When the state of emergency was originally declared, our community was facing many unknowns related to the threat of COVID-19,” said Mayor Weber. “The Declaration of Emergency gave the Municipality the tools and resources needed to effectively deal with the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic.”

Although the local Declaration of Emergency is being lifted, Lambton Shores officials remind the public this is only possible because of the COVID-19 protocols that remain in place, such as masking and proof of vaccination requirements, which are mandated by the Province of Ontario and Lambton Public Health.

“In no way does this decision mean the pandemic is over,” continued Mayor Weber. “The threat of COVID-19 remains, but we are confident that the regulations and COVID-19 protocols now put in place by the province and health unit provide a safe framework to move forward. I could not be more proud of the way our community has supported the pandemic response since the beginning.”

The Lambton Shores State of Emergency was originally declared for the following reasons:

  • To raise public awareness regarding the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic situation,
  • To protect volunteers that may be called to assist,
  • To preserve the rights of the Municipality for future compensation should it become available; and
  • To ensure the organization can quickly respond to other unforeseen events should they arise

While the impact of COVID-19 is showing signs of stabilization, the Emergency Operations Control Group will continue to monitor the situation. The Municipality of Lambton Shores will continue to follow the regulations mandated by the province and local public health unit. Should the situation change, the Municipality can reinstate a declaration of emergency.

“We are seeing positive signs in the local fight against COVID-19 and the efforts of our community have allowed us to take this step forward,” said Mayor Weber. “But to keep moving forward, we must continue following the protocols in place and finish the fight strong. We have all worked hard to stay safe, and we have worked hard to stay kind. We should all be very proud of our community.”