The Sarnia Primary Control Group (SPCG) met electronically with staff from Lambton Public Health (LPH) and Point Edward regarding developments related to COVID-19.

Local

The Re-Opening of Our Community Arenas has begun and working with Lambton Public Health we look forward to welcoming regular ice season users and community members back to local Arenas.

City Staff continue to work with local event organizers to ensure the success of their events, following the provincial framework. In Step 3, event organizers are permitted to host organized events of up to 100 people outdoors.

Following the Province of Ontario’s gathering limits, Sarnia’s Labour Day parade, where roughly 3,500 participants and spectators generally take part, was recently postponed, with organizers noting plans to reschedule some time in the future.

The City Hall building remains closed, however staff are available to assist Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by phone (519 332 0330 x. 3131) or email: customerservice@sarnia.ca, and through available Online Services.

LPH has begun offering third doses of COVID-19 vaccine to individuals with highest-risk medical conditions, and residents living in long-term care, high-risk retirement homes and First Nations elder care lodges.

Provincial Update

To further protect Ontarians as the province continues to confront the Delta-driven fourth wave of the COVID-19, Ontario’s provincial government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, will require people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain businesses and settings starting September 22, 2021. 

As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities. This approach focuses on higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and includes:

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
  • Sporting events;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
  • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).

The Province is currently in Step 3 of its Roadmap to Reopen. Please view the regulation for the full list of public health and workplace safety measures that need to be followed. For a complete list of public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in Step Three, refer to O. Reg. 364/20.

COVID-19 Resources

Business owners/operators are not expected to engage in confrontations with members of the public who are not wearing a face covering. We suggest business owners/operators politely remind patrons of the By-law requirement.

Businesses also have the right to create additional standards over and above this by-law, pursuant to the Trespass to Property Act and their responsibilities under the Occupier’s Liability Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Residents must supply their own face covering. Some business owners/operators will supply masks but they are not required to do so.Residents must supply their own face covering. Some business owners/operators will supply masks but they are not required to do so.As of 11:30 a.m. on September 7 the SPCG can report that:

Summary of COVID-19 cases in Lambton County from LPH

Confirmed Cases 3,698
Resolved Cases 3,618
Deaths 69
Active Cases 11
Current Active Outbreaks 0
Incidence Rate per 100,000 – Week of August 22 – August 28, 2021 12.2
Percent Positive – Week of August 22 – August 28, 2021 1.24
Immunizations – as of September 1, 2021
Total immunizations given 172,948
First Dose 89,615
Second Dose 83,333
% Adults with ≥ 1 dose 78.3
% Adults fully vaccinated 73.2
% Youth with ≥ 1 dose 23.9
% Youth fully vaccinated 20.4

By-Law Enforcement COVID-19 Reporting System

Total number of complaints and inquiries received 2,153
Total number of emails received 1,803
Total number of phone calls received 350
Total number of charges issued 13

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For further information, please contact:

City of Sarnia, Customer Service
customerservice@sarnia.ca or 519-332-0330 Ext. 3131