The Sarnia Primary Control Group (SPCG) met via teleconference on May 10, 2020, at 9:00 am regarding developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As today is Mother’s Day, we would like to remind citizens that it remains imperative that we stay the course and practice health measures that remain in place, such as the requirement to maintain physical distancing and not gather in groups of more than 5 people.
We recognize that this is a difficult time for everyone, especially those that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Please stay strong and remind yourself that we will beat this virus through the sacrifices we are making as a community as we move through the phases of “The Framework to Reopen Our Province” in order to get back to a form of normalcy.
The Government of Ontario has announced they are reopening provincial parks and conservation reserves for limited day-use access. Please note the first 520 provincial parks will open on May 11, with the 115 remaining areas opening on May 15. For the time being, recreational activities will be limited to walking, hiking, biking and birdwatching. All buildings and facilities including washrooms, water taps, campgrounds, backcountry campsites, roofed accommodations, playgrounds, and beaches will remain closed. The Premier is encouraging citizens to get outdoors but wants to ensure that everyone is doing so in a responsible way in order to continue our fight and stop the spread of COVID-19.
We encourage anyone planning a day trip to visit: ontarioparks.com, in order to check the status of specific parks.
Park Amenities and Public Beaches
We would like to remind the public that all outdoor facilities, their associated parking lots, and public beaches will remain closed until the Government of Ontario rescinds its ban. This includes:
- sports fields, playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, and condo parks.
As of 9:00 a.m. on May 10 SPCG can report that:
Summary of COVID-19 cases in Lambton County
|Number of Related Deaths||17|
|Current Institutional Outbreaks||1|
By-Law Enforcement – COVID-19 Reporting System
|Total number of complaints and inquiries received||849|
|Total number of emails received||710|
|Total number of phone calls received||139|
|Total number of fines issued||5|
Lambton Public Health
- 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 current State of Emergency will remain in effect until May 12, 2020
https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-extends-emergency-orders-to-help-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19.html 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.