Rules and Regulations under the Stay-at-Home order

The Province of Ontario is under a strengthened Stay-at-Home order. Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Stay-at-Home order in our municipality.

Are parks and trails open?

Parks and trails are open for walk through use and exercise only. Physical distancing is required around anyone who is not a member of your household.

Can I go to the beach?

The waterfront and beach are available for walk through use and exercise only. Physical distancing is required around anyone who is not a member of your household.

Is the Dog Park open?

Yes, the Port Elgin Dog Park is open for use. Physical distancing is required around anyone who is not a member of your household.

Can I go fishing?

Yes, fishing is permitted with members of your own household. Physical distancing is required around anyone who is not a member of your household.

Are boat launches open and available for use?

Yes, boat launches are open for use with a reminder that all outings must be for essential purposes only. The Harbours remains closed at this time. Recreational use of marinas is not permitted under the Stay-at-Home order.

If I’m a business owner looking for support, who can I contact?

Please visit our Business Support page for resources or reach out to our Economic Development Officer.

What are the current gathering limits?

Currently, both indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited to members of the same household.
For more information on current restrictions, visit the Ontario website.

If I live alone, can I visit family?

While it is recommended to stay home, if you live alone you may have exclusive contact with one other household.

How are the police responding to these restrictions?

The primary goal of the Saugeen Shores Police is to educate the community and gain compliance. Officers will enforce the provisions of the emergency orders while considering the circumstances and the severity of the offence.

Can the police stop me or my vehicle for the purpose of determining if I am outside of my home for an essential purpose?

No, police officers do not have the authority to stop you for the sole purpose of determining the reason for your outing. However, if a police officer has reason to suspect you may be participating in a gathering that is prohibited and believes it would be in the public interest to determine compliance, the officer may require you to provide information for the purpose of determining if you are in compliance.

Can I be fined for breaking the Stay-at-Home order?

Yes, while the primary goal of the Saugeen Shores Police is to educate the community, failure to comply with the Stay-at-Home can result in a minimum fine of $880 for an individual or $1130 for a corporation.

Who can enforce the Stay-at-Home and Shutdown orders?

Police and other provincial offences officers, including First Nation Constables, special constables, and municipal by-law officers, have discretion to either issue tickets to individuals for set fine amounts or issue a summons.

Who do I contact to report violations of the Stay-at-Home order?

Reports and questions should be directed to the Saugeen Shores Police Service’s non-emergency line at 519-832-2500.

Where can I find more information about current COVID-19 legislation?

The Ontario website is the best place to look for up to date information. You can also find local health unit information by visiting Grey Bruce Public Health’s website.

Visit www.SaugeenShores.ca/COVID-19 for more information about changes to municipal services.