Municipality of Lambton Shores
COVID-19 Update, May 20, 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,

Thank you. I cannot say this enough. Over the course of the past few months, our community has really stepped up to help those most vulnerable. For some, this has meant volunteering their time, or donating to local charities like the Grand Bend Community Foundation or the Forest Contact House. For others, it has meant staying home, and staying away from loved ones. We have seen the cancellation or postponement of many community events like Canada Day celebrations, and most recently the 150 th Forest Fall Fair. These volunteers have made these difficult decisions with the best interest of the community at heart, and they should all be commended for their proactive measures to keep our community safe. These sacrifices today will enable us to celebrate again in the future.
 
June is only a week away and there are many students in our community that would have been anticipating the end of the school year, with Grade 8 and Grade 12 students preparing for graduation. I encourage everyone to recognize these graduates throughout the month of June by placing lawn signs, or putting messages of encouragement in your windows.

My final message today is to remind you to continue to be kind. Front line workers have been towing the line for months to ensure that we continue to receive the necessities like groceries, mail delivery, health care and utilities. As more businesses start to open, we must remember compassion for the staff and compassion for others. The pandemic has affected each person in a different way, and so we must continue the effort to be the kind and thoughtful community that makes me so proud to be Mayor of Lambton Shores.  
 
Stay healthy, safe and positive.

Mayor Bill
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.

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.

Leaf Pick-Up Program
The last day for the spring leaf pick up program is June 1, 2020. Any leaves left at the curb after June 1, 2020 will not be picked up.

Pick-up requirements
·         All leaves must be in brown, paper bags. We do not accept plastic bags.
·         Only leaves will be picked up, no garbage, brush or other yard waste.
·         All bags must be placed at the curb for pick-up.

Please do not rake leaves onto the streets or in ditches. This poses a danger to pedestrians, bicycles and motorists and can cause drainage problems.

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 .

Welcome Back Seasonal Residents…and Thank You!   
With the arrival of the warm weather, many seasonal residents are returning to open their Lambton Shores properties. The Municipality welcomes our seasonal residents back, and would like to extend our gratitude to those residents for respecting the public health guidelines when moving between properties. Measures such as shopping before you come to your seasonal property, staying at your property when in Lambton Shores, and not inviting guests to your property are making a difference. Together, we are all helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Second Tax Installment
The second tax installment of 2020 is due on Friday, May 29. or more information on you how you can pay your taxes, visit our Bill Payment Options page.

Outdoor Recreational Amenities
At this time all municipal outdoor recreational amenities remain closed. This includes, but is not limited to: playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, beaches, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, park shelters and outdoor exercise equipment. 
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.


The Province of Ontario is encouraging increased COVID-19 testing. For those who wish, testing site information can be found by visiting Lambton Public Health’s website .
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 .
Open Air Burn By-Law
Open air burning can be a fire hazard and a nuisance to your neighbours. If you choose to burn your yard waste over bagging it, you must abide by the open air burn by-law.

Only burn if you can guarantee:
  • the fire will not be a nuisance to your neighbours
  • you can supervise the fire for the duration of the burn
  • the wind speed is less than 15km/hr
  • the fire is under 1m in diameter

Please note that the burning of yard waste is prohibited in the former village of Grand Bend.
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. 
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.
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.
The Municipality of Lambton Shores
7883 Amtelecom Parkway,
Forest, ON, N0N 1J0
519-243-1400 | 866-943-1400