08 May
2020

NOTICE: Wellington Beach, Sandbanks remain closed

The municipality is reminding the public that Wellington Beach is currently closed and public gatherings are not permitted.

Walking along the waterfront at the Wellington Beach is permitted but congregating on the beach is not allowed and fines will be issued. The fine for failing to comply with the provincial order is $750. Failing to give the by-law enforcement officer your name is considered obstruction and carries a fine of $1,000. 

The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders that have been put in place to-date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until May 19, 2020. That includes the closure of all outdoor recreational amenities including but not limited to beaches, playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, benches, skateboard parks, and picnic areas. 

Municipal by-law enforcement is working to ensure the public complies with the provincial-wide emergency order closing all outdoor recreational amenities. To discourage gatherings at Wellington Beach, the parking lot at the beach will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Barricades will be in place on Beach Street to prevent vehicles from coming into the parking area. Bulk water haulers will be allowed through to access the bulk water station. 

The boat launch at Beach Street will be blocked. Boaters looking to get on the water in Wellington can use the other boat launch at 151 Wellington Main Street. 

County by-law enforcement officers will be monitoring all recreational facilities to ensure compliance with the order. They will also be enforcing the order limiting public gatherings to fewer than five people. 

In addition, Sandbanks Provincial Park, North Beach Provincial Park, and Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park are all closed until May 31, 2020. This includes car camping, backcountry camping, roofed accommodations, day use opportunities, access points, and all public buildings. Learn more on the Ontario Parks website

Up to date information on the County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is posted on the County website: www.thecounty.ca/county-residents/covid-19.

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