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Prince Edward County asks people to respect stay-at-home order this Victoria Day weekend

(UPDATED) The County of Prince Edward is reminding the public to respect the stay-at-home order this Victoria Day long weekend.

“We have seen some encouraging progress in lowering the number of cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. However, we must work hard not to let our guard down and slip back,” said Mayor Steve Ferguson. “Making these sacrifices for a few additional weeks will reduce the strain on hospital resources and buy us some time to get the vaccine in more arms. If we can do that, I am hopeful we can start to get back some of the things we enjoy this summer.”

People are not to travel outside their region or province unless absolutely necessary. Short-term accommodation rentals can only be provided to individuals who are in need of housing. If you are asked to house emergency guests/essential workers or if your STA is currently owner-occupied, contact the County’s STA department. Let them know in advance to avoid unnecessary enforcement calls by emailing

If you suspect an STA operator is violating this provincial regulation, you can contact the STA Licensing Team at 613.476.2148 extension 2052 or (seven days/week 9 am – 7 pm).

Seasonal campgrounds and campsites are only to be made available for trailers and recreational vehicles that are used by individuals who are in need of housing or permitted to be there by the terms of a full season contract.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is strongly discouraging relocation to seasonal residences at this time. If individuals choose to relocate to their seasonal residence for the entire summer season, they must plan to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

Ontario provincial parks remain open for day use, with some modifications or restrictions. Ontario Parks is asking the public only to visit and enjoy a provincial park or conservation reserve close to home and only with members of their own household.

In response to the extension of the province-wide stay-at-home order, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is extending the temporary closure of campground and back-country campsites and roofed accommodations, like cabins, yurts and cottages in Ontario Parks up to and including June 2, to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and support Ontario’s current restrictions.

The government of Ontario has announced that beginning May 22, outdoor recreational amenities will be allowed to reopen with restrictions in place. These include golf courses, tennis courts, skateboarding parks, sports fields, shooting ranges and archery ranges, and horse riding. Outdoor gatherings limits for social gatherings and organized public events will be expanded to five people, including members of different households. All other public health and workplace safety measures under the province-wide emergency brake will remain in effect.

The province-wide Stay-at-Home order will remain in place until at least June 2. You should only go out for necessities, such as:
Groceries or pharmacy prescriptions
Health-care services (including going to medical appointments or getting vaccinated)
Outdoor exercise or walking pets in your community
Work that cannot be done remotely
Child care or school

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  1. Dee says:

    Adam – and it only cost just over $600K for the plan and implementation. This was never a tourism plan to address quality of life for residents, but for Q of L for tourists.

  2. Adam says:

    Looks like this worked flawlessly.

    There were hundreds of city people at the Wellington farmers market and even more at the beach today. Well done.

  3. Sheila says:

    Why is Wellington market open when there is a stay at home order? Certainly will attract tourists.

  4. angela says:

    Uh, oh. Doesn’t look as if we are getting much respect. Hope the tourism management plan is more successful than the futile plea to obey the stay-at-home order. These people feel entitled. They want the wine, the beaches, and the scenery with no thought for the locals. We just live here.

  5. Dee says:

    Does the County advertise this message to the urban centers? Because as of last night, I do not think the message is being received. Travelers from outside our region, in the grocery stores shopping etc. What are the odds that these persons are going to self isolate for two weeks… they have already visited our stores, gas stations etc. We have residents 70+ whose vaccination appts were cancelled, still trying to secure appts for FIRST shots, and 85+ who fell through the cracks with no #2 appt after returning home from respite in retirement homes. They are locking down for their protection, but out of region visitors ignore the rules. How is the County going to enforce? We do not have the staff to enforce our current bylaws let alone Covid. Once again locals will carry the burden and pay the price.

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