Municipality of Lambton Shores
COVID-19 Update, August 6, 2020
Please continue to watch for updates on our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts to keep you informed of what is happening in Lambton Shores during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The best place to access reliable, up -to-date health information on COVID-19 in Lambton County is the Lambton Public Health Page.
Message from the Mayor

Hello everyone,

I hope that you had an enjoyable long weekend. 

As you are likely aware, the Provincial Stage 3 reopening allows for larger groups of up to 50 people gather indoors, and up to 100 people gather outdoors. Although we are allowed larger gathering sizes, we must still ensure we are physical distancing with those outside of our households and our social circle.

We continue to read news of new COVID-19 cases rising as a result of gatherings. The Province provides guidance on how to expand your social circle. A social circle can have up to 10 people. Your social circle is made up of the people you can hug or touch, or those who can become part of your daily and weekly routines. These are the only people that can be closer to you than 2 metres. Make sure to maintain your distance with all others. No one should be part of more than one circle. Please follow this link from the Ministry of Health for more information about social circles.

Face masks are not mandatory in Lambton Shores, however, they are recommended in situations where you cannot physical distance. There are some businesses that do require face masks for entry. Please respect these rules, and always be prepared to wear a face mask. Lambton Public Health has provided numerous resources on face masks. The resources can be found online at: Lambton Public Health Protect Yourself Resources.

Above all else, if you are feeling unwell or showing any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and follow Public Health guidance. COVID-19 is still here.

With so much out of our control, we can control our own actions. Choose to be kind.

Stay healthy, safe and positive.

Mayor Bill
Staying Safe
Stage 3 does not mean that the fight against this deadly virus is over — far from it. Everyone must continue to be vigilant and follow public health advice and workplace safety guidelines. This will help limit outbreaks and reduce the risk of undoing the significant progress we have made together over the past several months.

In Stage 3, more restrictions will be loosened and nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen, as long as they follow the public health advice and workplace safety guidance necessary to keep everyone safe.

What you need to know to stay safe
As we work toward recovery, acting responsibly and respectfully towards each other will help keep family, friends, colleagues and neighbours safe.

Everyone can make Stage 3 a success by:
Maintaining physical distancing of at least two metres from people outside of your household or social circle.
Wearing a face covering in indoor and outdoor public spaces where physical distancing is a challenge.
Washing your hands frequently with soap and water.
Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Practicing good hygiene (covering a cough and sneeze and avoiding touching your face).
Cleaning frequently touched surfaces more often.
Limiting indoor gatherings to a maximum of 50 people, or less, to maintain physical distancing.
Limiting outdoor gatherings to a maximum of 100 people, or less. to maintain physical distancing.
Staying at home and away from others if you are feeling ill or have symptoms of COVID-19.
Protecting the most vulnerable by following public health advice.
Getting tested if you are worried you have or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.
Main Street South Reconstruction Update
The road construction project on Main Street in Forest continues to progress.

Underground work is now substantially complete. Curbs and sidewalks between Church Street and King Street West will be installed next week.

A reminder to respect site safety and social distancing by calling in concerns to the Municipal office at 519-243-1400, option 2 and giving onsite workers space. Your patience is appreciated throughout this project.
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 or visit the Lambton Shores events calendar as additional virtual (and non-virtual) activities are added.

Parks, Playgrounds and Sports Fields Are Open
The following guidelines have been put in place to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19:

  • Maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from others at all times.
  • Bring alcohol-based sanitizer to clean hands frequently.
  • Do not visit if you are not feeling well.

Visitors should also be aware that the parks, playgrounds and sports fields will not be cleaned or sanitized on a regular basis. 

Indoor facilities will remain closed at this time.

Contact the Parks and Recreation Department for more information 519-243-1400, option 3.
Parking in Lambton Shores
Parking restrictions vary throughout Lambton Shores communities
Parking is not permitted on any roadway between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., except where allowed by permit issued by the Municipality.
For more information on overnight permits, please visit the Parking page of our website.

Paid parking is in effect in Grand Bend. For more information, please visit the Parking page of our website.

Ipperwash and Port Franks have limited to no municipal parking spots available and on-street parking is prohibited in most areas. If you have guests with additional vehicles wishing to use the beach during their visit, please consider bicycling, walking or dropping people off to enjoy their beach time.

Don’t take a chance, parking is strictly enforced and you will get a ticket.
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 .
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