COVID-19 ESSENTIAL INFO
Our region has been coded Green (Prevent) in the Province’s covid-19 response framework. We ask all visitors and potential visitors to review the following advice and information about Visiting The County during covid-19:
- As recommended by the Province, as well as the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Unit, we are asking you to please limit travel outside of your region, especially if travelling from a region with higher rates of transmission to an area of lower transmission.
- If you do travel, restrict your travel group to people within your immediate family or bubble.
- Face coverings are required in all indoor locations that are open to the public, as well as at farmers’ markets. For information about face covering requirements visit Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.
- Physical distancing is in effect – All visitors are advised to practice 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
- Some businesses are doing more than is required by public health to keep their customers and staff safe. Please cooperate with posted covid-19 protocols at County businesses.
- Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is asking visitors to the region to visit their Digital Guestbook to assist with contact tracing.
- The Province has ordered restaurants, bars and tour boat operators to take names/contact info of all clients. 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 are booking up quickly. 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, 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. The roads are lined with technicolour trees. Ice forms on the lake. The community starts to gather for homegrown traditions (physically-distanced of course!) The wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries remain open year-round. Art abounds. Let us welcome you with proper County hospitality when we have a bit more time and space.