The Sarnia Primary Control Group met via teleconference on March 24, 2020 at 9:00am regarding COVID-19 and can confirm that, as of that time, there remains no confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections in the County of Sarnia-Lambton area. In the Sarnia-Lambton area, 40 completed tests have been returned with results all being negative.

The City of Sarnia would like to remind the public that City Hall is currently closed and that administrative services are being maintained online. Please visit our website to access a full list of the services that continue to be available online:

Please note that Regular curbside garbage collection will continue. The City is requesting that the following precautions are adhered to with respect to the disposal of garbage, recycling and compost:

  • Please ensure all waste is securely bagged and tied;
  • To assist in the protection of workers, avoid using garbage bins if your garbage is tightly stuffed in the container, as the bags may rip upon removal;
  • Large item collection will also continue as scheduled for the first full week of each new month;
  • If there is reason to suspect recycle items may be contaminated with COVID-19, please put these recycle items in the garbage – bagged and securely tied;
  • Please ensure all non-recyclable material such as tissues, paper towels, napkins, Styrofoam, and plastic bags are put in the garbage;
  • PLEASE DO NOT PUT FLUSHABLE WIPES IN THE TOILET. These wipes will not break down in the sewer system and will overload the system;
  • Ensure all recycle material is free of liquids and food waste;
  • Please prevent recycle from being blown out of the recycle container by:
    o Placing heavier recycling items on top of the lighter items;
    o Keep recycle items below the rim of the recycle container;
    o Use a lidded blue box

In order to better coordinate the city’s response to this pandemic emergency, we would like to request that members of the public direct all inquiries to the City of Sarnia’s emergency hotline at 1-877-4-SARNIA (1-877-472-7642) or visit our web site at for updates on the latest information available.

All health related questions should be directed to the County of Lambton Public Health at (519-383-8331) or

The City is taking preventative measures and regularly reviewing these measures based on continuing discussions with Lambton Public Health and the latest information received from both the Provincial and Federal Governments.

The City of Sarnia would like to remind the public the extreme importance of social distancing. While the amount of actual cases is unknown at this time, operating under the advice of the Chief Medical Officer, we must act as though the virus is already here and social distancing and proper hygiene practices are the only ways for us to curb the spread and reduce the burden on the health care system. Too many members of the public are ignoring these recommendations and it is of growing concern to our community. Please limit your trips to essential matters only.

In order to protect public health, the City is requesting that members of the public avoid using any of the playground equipment in our local parks because the equipment cannot be properly sanitized at this time. Signage is posted throughout our parks as a reminder of this requirement.

To listen to a detailed listing of City of Sarnia closures and disruptions, you are encouraged to call our City of Sarnia Services Update Line at 226-778-4611 which will be updated daily. 

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

Please refer to the Sarnia Police website 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 (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.

Please continue to utilize the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-877-4-SARNIA (1-877-472-7642) and the City’s website to keep up to date on any and all information pertaining to the city’s current status.

For further information, please contact:

City of Sarnia COVID-19 Hotline

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

Andrea Lane, Customer Service Manager or 519-332-0330 ext.3231

City of Sarnia, Customer Service or 519-332-0330 ext.3131