COVID-19 ESSENTIAL INFO
Current Status – Green-Prevent:
The Province of Ontario has announced that the Hastings Prince Edward region will will move into the Green – Prevent zone of the COVID-19 response framework as of 12:01 am on Wednesday, February 10.
Accommodations, personal services and dine-in food services in The County are not available to individuals who reside in regions where Stay at Home Orders are in place. The Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Unit implemented these additional precautions to supplement the Green – Prevent zone restrictions.
Stay at Home Orders are still in place for residents of some regions of Ontario and Quebec. People in these regions should only leave their homes for essential purposes until the Stay at Home orders are lifted.
To our friends in regions under Stay at Home Orders: We miss you. We can’t wait to welcome you back when the time is right. Keep your County vacation dreams alive and get inspired for a visit at a later date. Tu nous manques beaucoup. Restez chez vous. Veuillez prévoir de nous rendre visite à l’avenir quand il sera plus sûr.
- Please do not travel if you live in a region under Stay at Home Orders.
- If you are planning a visit from another Green-Prevent zone to ours, please travel responsibly by limiting your travel group, limiting contact with others and taking advantage of take-out, curbside pick-up and activities in nature. Travel between regions of Ontario is still not encouraged by the Province, especially from higher-risk zones to zones with lower risk. We’re not out of the woods yet.
- Some businesses are doing more than is required by the Province and the public health unit to keep their customers and staff safe. Please cooperate with COVID-19 protocols at County businesses.
- Face coverings are required in all indoor locations that are open to the public, as well as at farmers’ markets. Masking is encouraged in outdoor areas where physical distancing is not possible. For information about face covering requirements visit Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.
- Physical distancing is in effect – All visitors are advised to practise physical distancing whether indoors or outdoors on patios, beaches, parks, sidewalks etc.
- Avoid crowded areas
- Maintain a distance of 2 metres/6 feet from those around you
- Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is asking visitors to the region to visit their Digital Guestbook to assist with contact tracing.
- The Province has mandated that restaurants, bars and tour boat operators take names/contact info of at least one member of each party. Please cooperate with businesses as they fulfill this public health directive.
- Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer at every opportunity.
- Make a plan and call ahead. Capacity at restaurants, wineries, events and shops is greatly reduced. Accommodations book up quickly in peak season. Some businesses are requiring appointments. Spontaneity is fun, but we don’t want you to be disappointed. Make a plan in advance.
- Wherever possible, make a reservation. Call ahead for takeout or curbside pickup. Check directly with businesses about their hours, services and protocols. Check here for ideas of things to do when we are not in a Province-wide Shutdown, and things you can book in advance.
- During peak summer months, visit beaches in the early morning, evening or on weekdays. Beaches and outdoor spaces are especially busy in July and August and thousands of unprepared visitors are turned away every day. Do not head to the beach without checking these channels in advance:
- Sandbanks and North Beach – Check SandbanksPP on Twitter
- Wellington Rotary Beach – Check Prince Edward County on Twitter or Facebook
- Little Bluff and other Conservation Areas – Check Quinte Conservation for permitted use. Little Bluff is closed until further notice due to overcrowding and other issues.
- Know where the public washrooms are and use them! The County has prepared a map of public washrooms that are open and cleaned regularly. As of October 31st, the only four-season public washrooms that remain open are behind the Bloomfield Town Hall and in Wellington Park, with a portable toilet available in Picton’s Benson Park.
- Please respect the natural spaces by:
- Taking your garbage with you if there are no garbage bins nearby.
- Avoiding crowded areas. Take a load off of mother nature.
- Respect closures and capacity limits, they are there to keep everyone safe and to protect fragile natural areas.
- Use public washrooms, or washrooms provided by the businesses you patronize, not the side of the road, the beach, the park, someone’s front lawn…
- Be patient and flexible. We’re all adjusting to a new reality and hiccups, lineups, mix-ups are bound to happen. Be patient and be kind. Everyone is doing their best.
- Consider visiting in the Fall or Winter. The cooler months are gorgeous in The County and the crowds are thinner. Let us welcome you with proper County hospitality when we have a bit more time and space.