On Friday, April 16, the Ontario government both strengthened and extended the province’s Stay-at-Home order for an additional two weeks in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The order is in effect until at least May 20 – unless extended by the province.

In response to the regulations, County staff would like to remind residents of the following restrictions and changes to service during the order:

  • Prohibited outdoor social gatherings or organized events, except for with members of the same household
  • The closure of recreational areas and facilities such as sports fields, multi-use courts, skate parks, or pavilions
  • Closure of all non-essential workplaces in the construction sector
  • Passive use only of dog parks, public parks and public beaches
  • The cancellation of the Household Hazardous Waste Spring events in Simcoe and Delhi
  • Closure of Municipal boat ramps in Port Rowan and Port Dover
  • Reduced capacity of Port Dover marina – access by appointment, for repairing or servicing boats/watercraft only
  • Prohibition of marinas for recreational boating activities
  • Reduced capacity limits to 25 per cent in all retail settings where in-store shopping
  • Reduced capacity at weddings, funerals and religious services to 10 people indoors

While playgrounds and play equipment were initially deemed to be closed when regulations were announced Friday, the decision was repealed – and they will continue to stay open.

Residents are expected to stay at home, except for essential trips such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, medical appointments, getting vaccinated, exercise or essential work.

Businesses must ensure that all employees must work from home if they can.

Members of the public – including those who have been vaccinated – are reminded to remain vigilant on following public health measures such as: maintaining a physical distance of 2 metres, wearing a mask or face covering, and washing hands frequently.

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