Changes to COVID-19 restrictions begin Wednesday, January 5

Due to the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases caused the Omicron variant, the Province of Ontario will move to a modified Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen plan on Wednesday, January 5 at 12:01 a.m. for at least 21 days. This plan includes measures such as limiting capacity and gathering size, closing indoor recreation and dining, and working remotely where possible.

The Town of Saugeen Shores Municipal Office will continue to be open to serve the public, however appointments are preferred in order to limit the number of individuals in the office and reduce wait times. Please wear a mask and follow all public health guidelines when visiting the municipal office. Many services are also available online or by telephone. Please visit www.SaugeenShores.ca or call 519-832-2008 for more information.

In accordance with the new restrictions, the Town of Saugeen Shores will close all indoor sports and recreational facilities such as the arenas and Centennial Pool beginning January 5 until at least January 26. Indoor meeting and event spaces will also be closed during this period. All municipal registered and drop-in programs are cancelled or paused at this time. Those registered will be contacted with next steps or refund/credit options.

 “As we implement these new provincial restrictions, I know how challenging and difficult they are for our businesses and families.” says Mayor Luke Charbonneau. “I know that Saugeen Shores residents will be there to support one another and to support local businesses as we make our way through the next few weeks.”

Businesses looking for support during this challenging time can visit www.SaugeenShores.ca/BusinessSupport for a list of local, provincial and federal resources or reach out to the Economic Development Officer at Heather.Hyde@SaugeenShores.ca. Businesses can also subscribe to municipal Economic Development Updates by visiting www.SaugeenShores.ca/Subscribe. These updates include new information on grants and resources for businesses as they become available.

For further details of Provincial COVID-19 restrictions, visit the Public Health Measures page. For information from the local Health Unit, visit the Grey Bruce Health Unit website. For more information on municipal service changes due to Provincial COVID-19 restrictions, visit www.SaugeenShores.ca/COVID-19.

Vaccination clinics in Saugeen Shores are starting this week at the Port Elgin Missionary Church January 6, 7, 10, 12 and 14, from 11am -7pm. And at the Plex on January 24 from 12pm-6pm. To book a vaccine appointment visit the Covid Vaccination Portal.