Changes to COVID-19 restrictions begin Friday, June 11

The Province of Ontario will move to Step One of its Roadmap to Reopen plan beginning Friday, June 11 at 12:01a.m. The Province has amended the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act (O. Reg. 82/20) to include the Step One changes.

Beginning Friday, outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed, non-essential retail can open at limited capacity, restaurants may open patios with restrictions in place, and short-term rentals will be permitted.

“This move is great news for our local economy, and for small businesses across the province,” says Mayor Luke Charbonneau. “As we see our local shops and businesses reopen, it’s essential that we show them our support and how much we missed them over the last few months.”

Under Step One, outdoor spaces such as sports fields, courts and diamonds may be used for individual and team sport training of up to 10 people, with restrictions. Other outdoor recreational amenities including beaches, parks, trails and playgrounds continue to be open for use with appropriate physical distancing in place. Recreational boating is permitted with a reminder that only members of the same household may gather on a boat.

All indoor municipal facilities, including the Municipal Office, will remain closed at this time. Municipal services are available by phone or online. Changes to Municipal Services due to COVID-19 can be found at www.SaugeenShores.ca/COVID-19 .

As the Province continues to reopen, members of the Saugeen Shores Police Service and Municipal by-law officer will continue to have an increased presence in the community and on beaches within Saugeen Shores to promote safety and compliance with the Provincial orders, by-laws, and Liquor Licence Act.  

For further details of Provincial COVID-19 restrictions, visit the Reopening Ontario page. For information from the local Health Unit, visit the Grey Bruce Health Unit website.