The Sarnia Primary Control Group (SPCG) met via teleconference on June 10, 2020, at 9:15 a.m. regarding developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government of Ontario has confirmed that child care centers across the Province, regardless of Stage, can reopen if ready Friday, June 12, 2020 with strict public health measures.

The County of Lambton Social Services division is working closely with Lambton Public Health and child care operators to review new guidelines and develop a reopening strategy.

The YMCA and London Bridge Child Care Centres will continue to provide emergency child care for essential workers until June 26, 2020. Additionally, Little Friends Child Care Centre will be opening to provide emergency child care for essential workers on Monday, June 15, 2020.

Sarnia Transit continues to operate for essential trips only, within a modified Sunday service, and limited capacity. Fares will be reinstated June 15, 2020 at a new rate of $1.50, half the normal rate. For the safety of drivers and passengers, traditional transfers will not be issued due to pandemic measures.  

For regular transit users, purchasing a monthly pass or sheets of tickets is still the most economical method. Monthly passes for June have been pro-rated to $40.00, and seniors passes have been pro-rated to $32.00. Cost of a sheet of 20 tickets has been reduced to $30. Anyone needing to exchange tickets purchased prior to the pandemic can do so by contacting Sarnia Transit at or (519) 336-3271. A pass for use in July and August, called a Summer Savings pass, is available for $114, which works out to $57 per month. For more details visit:  

As of 9:15 a.m. on June 10 the SPCG can report that:

Summary of COVID-19 cases in Lambton County

Test Results Received (as per last available daily update) 8,474
Percent of Test Results Positive 3.2%
Confirmed Cases 270
Recovered Cases 233
Number of Related Deaths 25
Current Active Long Term Care and Retirement Home Outbreaks 1
Resolved Long Term Care and Retirement Home Outbreaks 6

By-Law Enforcement COVID-19 Reporting System

Total number of complaints and inquiries received 1,109
Total number of emails received 918
Total number of phone calls received 191
Total number of fines issued 5

Lambton Public Health

  • If you are in distress (e.g. significant trouble breathing, chest pain, fainting, or have a significant worsening of any chronic disease symptoms), do not go to an Assessment Centre. Call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest Emergency Department.
  • If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has symptoms, please self-isolate and use the Ontario Self-Assessment Tool to determine if you need to seek further care.

Provincial Updates

Following A Framework for Reopening our Province the list of essential workplaces continues to be updated, and can be viewed here:

The Government of Ontario has extended the Declaration of Emergency until June 30, 2020 and has extended all emergency orders currently in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until June 19, 2020.

At this time, the Government of Ontario has excluded Sarnia-Lambton from Stage 2 re-opening. Lambton Public Health will be asking the Province to reconsider Sarnia-Lambton’s position on entering Stage 2 of Ontario’s plan to reopen.

Effective Friday, June 12, 2020, the Province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to ten people, regardless of whether a region has moved to Stage 2 for reopening. All places of worship in Sarnia-Lambton will be permitted to open with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30 per cent of the building capacity.

The Sarnia 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.