Municipality of Lambton Shores
COVID-19 Update, July 29, 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 enter the Civic Holiday weekend many of us will be planning to gather with family and friends. Please remember that although we are able to do this now in larger groups, we must remain vigilant in physical distancing with those outside of our bubble. The nightly news is reporting increasing cases of COVID-19 as a result of parties and ill-informed social gatherings. It has been a long five months of not being together, but let’s continue to move forward by ensuring we are celebrating responsibly and following the guidance of Public Health and the Province of Ontario.

Entering Stage 3 has allowed most businesses to reopen, if they are ready to do so. Please continue to support our local businesses either by visiting their establishment, or placing an online or telephone order. Our businesses have had to adapt throughout this pandemic and are working hard to keep their customers safe. Let’s support and respect those businesses and patrons that have determined it necessary to wear masks. 

There is no doubt that this year has challenged us in more ways than we thought possible. Lambton Shores has a thriving tourism industry, and each year we welcome thousands of visitors to our area, particularly during the warm summer months. My message to visitors coming to our community is simple: if you choose to come to our area, respect our rules, our spaces and each other. I am disheartened to see the amount of garbage being left behind on the beaches, in the streets and other public areas. I am frustrated with the lack of respect for people and property. We have been forced to increase our By-Law staff presence, and OPP have also increased their presence to deal with offenders. Our approach is zero tolerance. If you cannot follow the rules and be respectful, do not come.

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

Stay healthy, safe and positive.

Mayor Bill
Civic Holiday Municipal Office Closure
The "virtual" Lambton Shores offices will be closed Monday, August 3, 2020 for the Civic Holiday. Waste and recycling will be collected on your regular collection day; there is no change due to the holiday.
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.

The intersection at King and Main Street is now open.

Surface work including curbs, sidewalks and asphalt between Church Street and King Street will be starting shortly.

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