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County prepares for long weekend

May 21, 2021

The County has taken several measures in preparation for the Victoria Day long weekend. While the province-wide Stay-at-Home order is still in effect, The County is aware that many people are moving freely throughout the province, despite the province’s direction to stay close to home.

Many of the initiatives of The County’s Tourism Management Plan come into effect this weekend including:

Members of the security company Maxama Protection will be moving around the County throughout the weekend with a focus on monitoring illegal parking and camping. County by-law officers will also be on duty over the weekend, focusing on the downtown areas and responding to complaints.

Public washrooms are open throughout the County. The municipality has staffing in place to check and clean each washroom multiple times every day during the long weekend. View a digital map of washroom locations. In addition, two crews will be out during the weekend collecting garbage from the 300 bins located across the County.

Boat launch fees will continue to be collected via the drop boxes at each launch this weekend. The municipality will transition to the new boat launch parking system in early June. The County is also reminding boaters that the Belleville Street launch in Wellington is closed for 2021 season due to safety concerns.

Operational changes to the Wellington Rotary Beach will not take effect this weekend. Access is free and County residents do not have to show a Day Use pass to access the beach. Staff will be on site to monitor capacity of the beach and ensure it remains clean and tidy. Residents who wish to pick up a Wellington Rotary Beach Day Pass for future use are able to do so only through pre-arranged curbside pickup from County libraries. Contact your local branch for details. Please note: Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has posted the beach as unsafe for swimming

Residents are encouraged to check out the County’s Summer Hub for more information. The online tool will help residents navigate the busy summer season and the changes to boat launches, parking, beaches, enforcement and more. The hub also contains contact information if residents have a concern or issue.

Stay-at-Home order remains in effect

While some outdoor recreation facilities, including the Picton skate park and the municipal tennis courts will re-open on Saturday, May 22, The County is reminding residents and visitors that the province-wide Stay-at-Home order remains in effect. This means you should only go out for necessities.

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, please 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 2050 or (7 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.

For more information contact the County of Prince Edward at 613.476.2148 extension 1023, 613.962.9108 extension 1023, or

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