The Sarnia Primary Control Group met via teleconference on March 17, 2020 at 9:00am regarding COVID-19.

The City is taking preventative measures based on discussions with Lambton Public Health and information received from both the Provincial and Federal Governments. These measures are in place as a result of collaborative discussions between concerned agencies.

New information, not communicated in previous media releases is bolded.

The City has established a COVID-19 Hotline and enhanced the City’s website with up to date messaging pertaining to closures, contact information for public health agencies, and contact information for other essential government services. The COVID-19 Hotline can be reached at 1-877-4-SARNIA (1-877-472-7642).

After careful consideration, the City has decided to impose additional cancellations related to meetings and events:

The following meetings and events have been cancelled:

  • Sarnia City Council Meeting – March 23, 2020
  • Public Hearing for Official Plan Amendment No. 20 (OPA # 20) Zoning By-law Amendment No. 13-2019-85 of 2002 (1249 London Road) – March 23, 2020
  • All Meetings for Advisory Boards and Committees (until further notice)
  • Licensing and Regulatory Framework for Short Term Accommodations Public Information Session – March 19, 2020 and March 24, 2020
  • Recreational Vehicle Parking Public Consultation Meeting – March 26
  • City of Sarnia Employee Long Service Awards Reception – April 2, 2020
  • City of Sarnia Volunteer Appreciation Reception – April 8, 2020
  • Dog Friendly Beach Public Consultation Meeting – April 9, 2020
  • City of Sarnia Easter in the Park – April 11, 2020
  • Sarnia Fire Mental Health Night – April 14, 2020
  • Community Parks Clean-Up Day – April 25, 2020
  • Civil Marriage Ceremonies (until further notice)
  • All Arenas (including all scheduled recreational and leisure programming), are closed until further notice.
  • All City Owned and Operated Recreational Facilities (including all scheduled recreational and leisure programming and private bookings), until further notice
  • All events scheduled in City Parks are cancelled until further notice
  • The Strangway Community Centre is closed until further notice
  • The Seaway Kiwanis Children’s Animal Farm is closed until further notice. Animals are being properly cared for during the closure.
  • The City of Sarnia March Break Day Camp at the Lawrence House

We recommend that you contact the third party organizers regarding any updates with respect to privately planned events.

Deadlines will be extended until further notice for all public consultations which are currently advertised on the City’s Public Consultation website www.speakupsarnia.ca

The City will continue to monitor the situation and update the citizens of Sarnia as soon as information is available.

Presently, City Hall and all other City services are being maintained.

Enhanced transit cleaning practices have been implemented which are consistent with other transit agencies.

Sarnia Fire Rescue will be temporarily suspending all non-essential public engagements. Fire Stations will have restricted access to staff only. All station tours, public education talks, etc., will be rescheduled at a future date. The pet food drive is also suspended until further notice.

Please refer to the Sarnia Police website www.sarniapolice.com and social media for further updates regarding Police Service matters.

Lambton Public Health Information:

If you are experiencing symptoms and have traveled internationally, please call your health care provider or Lambton Public Health (519-383-8331) or https://lambtonpublichealth.ca/ (Please do not call 9-1-1 unless it is an emergency).

The Primary Control Group will continue to meet daily to ensure that all new and relevant information is being taken into consideration going forward. Daily public notifications will be issued. Please visit the City’s website, Facebook, and/or Twitter for updates.

For further information, please contact:

City of Sarnia COVID-19 Hotline

1-877-4-SARNIA (1-877-472-7642) or 519-332-0932