The Sarnia Primary Control Group (SPCG) met via teleconference on June 6, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. regarding developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Sarnia would like to remind citizens that with the warmer weather upon us physical distancing and other safety measures, aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19, should not be eased. Staying home and avoiding close contact with others outside of your household still remains the most effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Citizens are encouraged to get out for fresh air and can walk or bike through the City’s parks and trails, while maintaining a physical distance of six feet from others.

The Sarnia Police Service and Sarnia By-Law want to ensure that the “Cove,” located beyond the west end of Canatara Beach, remains a safe place for citizens of Sarnia to enjoy. There will be zero tolerance regarding alcohol, excessive noise, indecent acts, or any other violations.  Throughout the summer, this area will be patrolled to ensure it remains safe and enjoyable for use.

Sarnia Transit continues to operate for essential trips only, within a modified Sunday service, and capacity is limited. Fares will be reinstated effective June 15th 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.

Transit tickets and passes are available for purchase online and at local retail outlets. Visit the link provided below for further details: https://www.sarnia.ca/transit-updates/

As a result of the City’s COVID-19 Cost Mitigation Strategy student and seasonal staff hiring is suspended; the City’s ability to reopen and maintain certain indoor and outdoor sports facilities have been impacted. 

Currently the City of Sarnia has cancelled spring and summer programs until at least July 3rd, 2020. This includes arena and facility bookings, waterfront programming, summer concerts, festivals and events outlined in the Summer Activity Guide such as summer camps, recreation programs and swimming lessons.

Ensuring facilities and amenities are safe for citizens, while respecting provincial orders and public health guidelines is a shared responsibility. We all have a role to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

As of 9:00 a.m. on June 6 the SPCG can report that:

Summary of COVID-19 cases in Lambton County

Test Results Received (as per last available daily update) 7861
Percent of Test Results Positive 3.4%
Confirmed Cases 267
Recovered Cases 223
Number of Related Deaths 24
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 1090
Total number of emails received 902
Total number of phone calls received 188
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 Orders

Following A Framework for Reopening our Province the list of essential workplaces continues to be updated, and can be viewed here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces.

The Government of Ontario has extended the Declaration of Emergency until June 30, 2020.

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 www.sarnia.ca, Facebook, and/or Twitter for updates.