COVID-19 ESSENTIAL INFO
The County has been welcoming visitors safely, with great thanks to our tourism sector businesses who have re-opened in accordance with public health guidelines. We remain in Stage 3 of the Province’s re-opening plan, and most business are open and operating at this time. We ask all visitors to review the following advice and information about Visiting The County during covid-19:
- Restrict your travel group to people within your immediate family or bubble. As recommended by the Province, limit travel outside of your region if you live in a region of the Province that is in modified Stage 2. Please be aware that many restaurants & wineries will not accept groups of more than 6.
- 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 meters/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 you can book in advance.
- During peak summer months, visit beaches in the 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. Many washrooms will be closed as of October 31st. We will post updates when they are available.
- 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.