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County will enforce accommodations related COVID-19 provincial orders

The government of Ontario announced last week revisions to the essential workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic, restricting access to short-term accommodations (STAs), seasonal trailer parks, and recreational campgrounds.

“We commend the province for listening to our council and other municipalities who have called for measures limiting all non-essential travel to our communities during this time of crisis,” said Mayor Steve Ferguson. “Many accommodation providers and operators have already heeded our call to cancel all bookings out of concern for the health and safety of our community. I want to thank them for their ongoing co-operation. We all have a role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19.”

Under the provincial order, STA rental bookings after April 4, 2020 are only allowed if they are provided to individuals who are in need of housing during the emergency period.

STA operators must email and notify the municipality if they are operating their accommodations in a way that conforms to the provincial order. Offering an STA to individuals in need is entirely voluntary and operators are under no obligation to do so. All other use of an STA is prohibited until the provincial order is lifted.

In addition, the province ordered the closure of seasonal trailer parks and recreational campgrounds.

“The provincial government recognizes that some parks and campgrounds might have opened early to accommodate returning snowbirds. For Ontarians whose only Canadian residence is at one of these seasonal trailer parks or campgrounds, they are permitted to continue their occupancy and complete their mandatory self-isolation as required by the federal government under the Quarantine Act.

People who fall into the above category must notify the County at All other uses of these facilities are prohibited until the provincial order is lifted.

The provincial measures went into effect as of Saturday, April 4 at 11:59 p.m. and will remain in place for 14 days, with the possibility of an extension as the situation evolves.

County bylaw officers are enforcing the provincial order. If you believe an accommodation provider or park/campground operator is violating the provincial order, you can call 613.476.2148 extension 1023 or email

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  1. Michelle says:

    Being kind is not allowing people disrespecting the emergency to break laws. To do so affects us all and our health. Reporting is necessary.

  2. Sabrina says:

    Naming and shaming? I think it’s a time when we could all remember to be kind and judge less 😎. Being kind is always cool!!!!

  3. Dennis Fox says:

    I really don’t like the idea of shaming or reporting on my neighbours or even strangers – it reminds me of the Nazi stories from the Second World War. I know, I am showing my age.
    However, this is not war time nor are we placing the lives of those who break the rules into jeopardy – instead they are placing our lives into danger and perhaps many others too.

    I know of a situation where a young man lives alone, but has his girlfriend come to stay over 2 or 3 times a week, he also has his buddies stop by daily – in and out of the house all day long. Obviously social distancing is not being practised by a large number of people – this guy has created his own petri-dish of potential virus growth right in his house! Despite the daily warnings, some people are ignoring common sense and could potentially keep this virus going and spreading it – so what to do?

  4. Jenny says:

    …wonder if naming and shaming would pose as a deterrent….

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