Municipality of Lambton Shores
COVID-19 Update, July 22, 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,

As we expected, the Province of Ontario announced that Lambton County would be moving into Stage 3 of reopening this Friday, July 24 th . Stage 3 means that more restrictions will be loosened and nearly all businesses and public spaces can reopen as long as they follow the public health advice and workplace safety guidance necessary to keep everyone safe.

We have heard that many areas are seeing increasing COVID-19 positive cases in the 20 - 49 age group. The source of transmission can often be linked to parties and gatherings where people are socializing and may not be taking appropriate precautionary measures. As our community advances into Stage 3, please remember that no one is immune to this virus. 

The message is very clear that COVID-19 is still present in our province and our communities. Regardless of what Stage we are in, where we can go and what activities we chose to engage in, we must remain vigilant in our physical distancing and hygiene practices. There is no mandatory mask requirement in Lambton Shores but many of us have chosen to add them to our daily wardrobe. This is a good choice. I recommend that you have a mask available if you find yourself in a position where physical distancing is not possible.

We are mid-way through the busy summer season and our tourist areas have seen unprecedented numbers of visitors. Our numerous community beautifiers and staff are doing a fabulous job keeping the community clean and picking up rubbish after the crowds leave. I certainly wish that it was not necessary to have to do this but please know that your efforts do not go unnoticed. Thank you for pitching in and helping out; we really appreciate your contribution in keeping our community clean.

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

Stay healthy, safe and positive.

Mayor Bill
What does Stage 3 mean for us?
Nearly all businesses and public spaces will be able to gradually reopen in Stage 3, with public health and workplace safety restrictions in place, while some high-risk venues and activities will remain closed until they can safely resume operations.

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.

Please note the following:
  • The intersection of Main Street and King Street will remain closed until July 24th. Click here to view a map of the closures and detours at this time.

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 Open July 24
The Municipality of Lambton Shores will reopen parks, playgrounds and sports fields with some limitations this Friday, July 24, 2020. 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.
Lambton Shores Top 10 By-Law Infractions
...and how much they could cost
We want you to enjoy our public spaces but there are rules. Obey the rules or risk getting caught and paying the price.

Parks and Facilities By-Law and Parking By-Law Fines
  • Park in restricted area near beach $ 60
  • Parking where prohibited or no permit $ 35
  • Trespass on municipal property $ 100
  • Glass on beach $ 100
  • Abusive language $ 150
  • Possess alcohol  $ 100
  • Use of BBQ on beach $ 100
  • Smoking, vaping $ 150
  • Tent on beach $ 100
  • Disorderly conduct $ 150
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  .
We're Hiring!
The Municipality of Lambton Shores is currently accepting resumes for a Transit Coordinator.

For more information on current opportunities visit our website.
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