Municipality of Lambton Shores
COVID-19 Update, June 25, 2020

Please continue to watch for frequent updates on our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts to keep you informed of what is happening in Lambton Shores during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Message from the Mayor

Hello everyone,

Here we are, entering the last weekend of June and the beginning of the summer season! Summer activity is starting to build in our communities and we are ready for you. BUT, are you ready for the new normal? I want to specifically address the Grand Bend Beach in my message this week, however, these same COVID responsible rules should be followed on any beach you choose to go to.  In March, I had provided a message with hope that we could welcome visitors back to our beach by July 1. I am extremely pleased to say that our beach is presently open and we are happy to welcome sunseekers who agree to use our beach in accordance with our rules. 

Please be aware that tents of any kind are prohibited on the Grand Bend Beach.  We are allowing single pole umbrellas only. We hope you will come, lay down a towel, and enjoy the sun, sand and water. Please do not bring any games or sports equipment. We also want to remind beachgoers that alcohol and drugs are prohibited and will be strictly enforced. Do not put our staff or yourself at risk by making unsafe choices. Our by-law officers, lifeguards and beach staff will not tolerate abuse or disrespect for the rules. They have a job to ensure a safe visit for all to our beach.

Having said this, we can do everything the Province and Public Health authorities have suggested to keep people safe but it comes down to personal responsibility. Only you are responsible for your actions. You have a duty to know what the rules are and to adhere to them. The Province of Ontario, Public Health authorities and the municipality have done our duty by putting laws, guidelines and procedures in place to keep everyone safe.  We expect that visitors to the beach will follow these rules, and will respect the staff enforcing them. If you cannot follow the rules, we ask that you please do not come. We are all in control of our own actions. Stay safe and be kind to others who are all navigating the same waters you are.

I strongly recommend that before visiting the beach, check the Beach Cam page on our website. Here, you can assess the current conditions and ensure you are well informed before your visit. If you do not think you will feel safe at the beach, then we suggest you stay home and plan your trip on another day.

I would be remiss not to acknowledge the graduates of 2020, many of whom had recognition and celebrations this week. I am impressed with the creativity of the organizers of these events who have found many unique ways to recognize the accomplishments of graduates in a physically distanced and safe manner.  To every graduate from SK to post-secondary - CONGRATULATIONS! Your accomplishments are significant and yours to be celebrated regardless of what manner they take. All the best for what comes next on your journey.

In these times, with so much out of our control, we can control how we act and how we treat one another.

Stay healthy, safe and positive.

Mayor Bill
Grand Bend Beach is Open
Grand Bend Beach is now open. Before your visit, we encourage you to check out the Grand Bend Beach Cam on our website to determine your level of comfort with the current conditions. Click on the the graphics below to help you plan your trip to the beach this summer.
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Grand Bend Beach Manager Yvonne Desjardine, Head Lifeguard Giacomo Passarelli and Mayor Bill Weber raised the Blue Flag at Grand Bend's Main Beach this week. Blue Flag is a highly respected and internationally recognized eco-certification that is awarded when strict criteria for water quality, environmental education, environmental management, safety and services are met.
Temporary Patio Extensions
Restaurants, bars, food trucks and other food and drink establishments (e.g., wineries, breweries and distilleries) can open for dining in outdoor areas only. Establishments must take appropriate measures to ensure physical distancing of at least two metres between patrons from different households.
Liquor sales licensees who wish to temporarily extend the physical size of their existing licensed patio, or temporarily add a new licensed patio within the approved period are authorized to do so if certain criteria are met. For municipal approval of temporary patios, please complete the registration form .
Updates for Lambton Shores Residents
Please visit our COVID-19 Information Hub for up-to-date information on municipal services. You will find links to information for community and business supports. You will also find reliable COVID-19 information sources.

Council Highlights
Lambton Shores Council met via electronic participation on Tuesday, June 23. For more information, visit our  Council Highlights.

Household Hazardous Waste
The County of Lambton, in conjunction with Clean Harbors Canada Inc., host several Household Hazardous Waste collections events each year. The events give Lambton County residents an opportunity to properly dispose of potentially dangerous waste from their homes and protect our environment at the same time. If hazardous products are thrown in with the regular garbage, it can injure sanitation workers and cause long-term environmental problems. More information

Mulch
Mulch is now available at our Compost site for Lambton Shores' residents during the site’s regular operating hours of Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please bring your own shovel and container as you will have to load your own mulch. We ask that you follow the direction of the site operator, be patient and respectful to everyone onsite as we continue to practice physical distancing by allowing only one vehicle in at a time. Note: Compost will not be available at this time.

Lambton Public Health Telephone Survey
Lambton Public Health will be conducting a COVID-19 related telephone survey to randomly selected adults in Lambton County in the coming weeks. Ipsos Public Affairs will be completing the calls on behalf of Lambton Public Health and calling from a 416 area code. For more information on this survey .
Things To Do
Although physical distancing and gathering restrictions remain in place, there are still ways to participate in community activities! Visit the links below for more information. Please visit the Lambton Shores events page as additional virtual (and non-virtual) activities become added.

Stop the Spread Business Information Line
Businesses who have questions about closures of at-risk workplaces or how emergency measures impact their business or employment can call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. Help is available from Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 a.m.―5:00 p.m.
Supporting Local Businesses
Many other local businesses are adapting operations to continue to serve the Lambton Shores community. The   Grand Bend and Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism   has compiled a list of Chamber member business information. Other business listings can be found online through the   Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership   and the   Forest BIA Please connect directly with businesses to confirm availability and services offered.  


For local restaurants visit  Shoreline ToGo .

To find out more about local business services and hours visit   Shop Lambton Map .
COVID-19 Enforcement
Will I get a ticket?
You could. All measures or restrictions are in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Now isn’t the time to test these orders.
We encourage everyone to voluntarily comply with all Provincial Emergency Orders which are short-term restrictions. Our preferred method to deal with contraventions are through education, awareness and compliance. However, OPP or Municipal Law Enforcement officers will apply discretion on whether to launch any enforcement actions such as:

  • Offences relating to non-essential businesses that remain open in contravention of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. (EMCPA).
  • Offences relating to gatherings of more than five people in contravention of the EMCPA.
  • Offences relating to the illegal use of closed facilities, parks or beaches.

Complaints for less serious incidents can be reported online at opp.ca/reporting or by calling the OPP non-emergency line at 1-888-310-1122. 
Lambton Public Health
The best place to access reliable health information
For reliable up-to-date information on COVID-19 visit the Lambton Public Health Page.
Staying in Touch
While offices may be closed to the public, municipal staff are still available by telephone or email. To reach us, visit our Staff Directory.
The Municipality of Lambton Shores
7883 Amtelecom Parkway,
Forest, ON, N0N 1J0
519-243-1400 | 866-943-1400