COVID-19 ESSENTIAL INFO
Update: Province-Wide Shutdown and Stay-at-Home Orders
In addition to the Provincewide Shutdown in effect until January 23rd, 2021, the Province of Ontario has declared a State of Emergency with Stay-at-Home Orders beginning Thursday January 14th, 2021. Ontarians should only leave their homes for essential purposes. Please explore our website and make plans for a visit in the future when it is safe and fun to travel again.
Si vous envisagez de nous rendre visite avant le 23 janvier 2021, veuillez ne pas voyager et planifier votre visite pour une date ultérieure.
- As of December 26th, 12:00 am, short term accommodations (cabins, cottages, Air BnBs) are not permitted to accept new reservations for dates during the shutdown. Stays booked before this date may be honoured. Hotels, inns, and motels are not subject to this rule. Check with your accommodation to verify if they will honour bookings during the shutdown; many are choosing not to.
- Restaurants are offering take-out/curbside/delivery ONLY. No dine-in or outdoor dining is permitted.
- Retail (including wineries, breweries and cideries) are offering curbside pick-up/delivery ONLY.
- Some businesses are closed outright during the shutdown (or are closed for their annual winter break).
- Outdoor recreational spaces like trails, parks and playgrounds remain open with physical distancing rules in effect.
We ask all visitors and potential visitors to review the following advice and information before Visiting The County during the pandemic:
- If you must come to The County for essential travel, restrict your travel group to people within your immediate family. Prepare for a quiet visit, take-out, curbside pick-up and time outdoors in nature.
- Some businesses are doing more than is required by public health 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 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
- Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is asking visitors to the region to visit their Digital Guestbook to assist with contact tracing.
- When dine-in is permitted, 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. When not in the Province-wide Shutdown, capacity at restaurants, wineries, events and shops is greatly reduced. Accommodations are booking up quickly. Some businesses are restricting indoor service to residents of Prince Edward and Hastings County only. 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.