Residents urged to stay home for all but essential activities

The Town of Saugeen Shores has declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Town’s Emergency Control Group (ECG) met today to review plans as municipal staff continue to deliver critical services.

Declaring a state of emergency means that the municipality can access additional resources and expertise throughout this period. With this declaration and the provincial government’s decision to close non-essential businesses, the Town of Saugeen Shores will also see several changes.

Essential services will focus on the following: policing, fire and emergency response; water supply and wastewater treatment; emergency infrastructure repair; winter control; and supporting other essential services as identified by the province.

The Southampton Landfill operations and hours will be modified. As well, the municipality has closed all playground structures, public washrooms, the Skate Park, BMX Park and Off-Leash Dog Park.

“The Town is committed to keeping our community safe and continuing essential service delivery,” said Mayor Luke Charbonneau. “But I want to be clear: the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious situation for everyone in Saugeen Shores. Stay home for all but essential activities, including buying food, medicine, or going to work.”

The Mayor added: “To anyone planning to visit cottages in Saugeen Shores in the coming days, I am asking you now to postpone those plans. Our healthcare resources will be stretched thin by those people already in our community, so please, stay home. When this situation is over, Saugeen Shores will eagerly welcome you, but now is not the time.”

Residents are encouraged to visit for accurate information and resources from our community.

Watch Mayor Luke Charbonneau's address to the public on March 24, 2020.