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Considerations for sale of second-hand items and/or yard and garage sales

Southwestern Public Health Guidelines

It is important to note that the emergency order issued by the Government of Ontario currently prohibits public and social gatherings of more than ten people (June 12, 2020). Anyone hosting or attending an event that would exceed this number of persons at any given time on your property is subject to the penalties set out within this order.

As well, many municipalities have prohibited yard/garage sales, these bans may be enforced by by-law officers or local police. Check with your local Municipality for information on this before organizing a yard/garage sale.

At this time, large scale, collective street/community sales are not recommended, however, if individuals choose to participate in second-hand item exchanges, individual yard/garage sales, here are some key considerations:

Key considerations for hosting a yard sale


  • Have a plan to reinforce limiting number of people to adhere to the Provincial orders. This may include designating a person to monitor the numbers and/or posting signage at the end of your property asking people to wait if there are ten individuals already shopping.
  • Position tables as far apart as possible to allow for physical distancing of 2m (6’).
  • Identify a specific traffic flow so that customers are moving in one direction by posting signs or taping arrows on pavement
  • Have hand sanitizer available for yourself and customers’ use
  • For cash exchange ensure that you wash/sanitize your hands before and after touching the money. *New bills are made of plastic so can be sanitized as well as any coins
  • Designate a cash box space for customers to set their money down and retrieve change from rather than directly exchanging money
  • If physical distancing is difficult, it is recommended that a non-medical mask/face covering of 2 layers be used
  • Limit the handling of items as much as possible once your sale has begun – sanitizing hands before and after adjusting items
  • Food should not be an item sold at street/yard/garage sales.


  • Do not go out if you have any of the following symptoms
  • Clean your hands regularly and often (think before, during, after) when you arrive and leave the garage sale
  • Stay 6 feet from others while shopping
  • Have only one member of your household do the shopping
  • Look for the direction to follow the specific flow of traffic the seller has laid out for the sale
  • Consider wearing a non-medical mask especially if you are unable to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. If you are unable to wear a mask and physical distancing will be difficult to maintain consider sending a friend/relative to shop for you.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes or mouth
  • Limit the handling of items as much as possible – sanitizing hands before and after, post signage to remind people of this.
  • Wipe down the inside of your vehicle where the item was stored or take a bag to put the items you purchase in so you can discard or clean upon return home
  • For cash exchange ensure that you wash/sanitize your hands before and after touching the money. *New bills are made of plastic so can be sanitized as well as any coins

The virus causing COVID-19 cannot grow on inanimate objects (such as money) or surfaces. However, the virus can survive for hours to days on different surfaces, although the levels will decline over time.  Sanitize any objects you can prior to bringing them into your home after a sale/purchase (i.e. plastics, metals, wood, washing of fabrics) and for objects that cannot be disinfected (i.e. cloth furniture) leave them in a quarantined area for a 48hr timeframe.

Be kind. Be Patient. These are extraordinary times that we are all going through together. For more information on COVID-19 and how to stay healthy visit: www.swpublichealth.ca or call the Southwestern Public Health ‘COVID-19 Callfor assistance at: 1-800-922-0096 x 9

How to Report a Crime Online - OPP

FROM/DE:  Front Line Support Unit                           DATE: June 8, 2020


99 Per Cent Increase in Online Reports

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) encourages citizens to report even more crime online. From January 1 to May 20, 2020, there has been a 99 per cent increase in online reports, compared to the same period last year. As Online Reporting usage has grown, the OPP has expanded the system to include more options for citizens.

Previously, reports made online were limited to crimes under $5000. Now crimes regardless of value; where there is no evidence or suspects, are eligible for Online Reporting:

  • Theft;
  • Mischief / Damage to Property;
  • Mischief / Damage to Vehicle;
  • Theft from Vehicle;
  • Lost / Missing Property;
  • Stolen License Plates and/or Validation Tags; and
  • Driving Complaints (after the occurrence)


To see the list of less serious incidences for Online Reporting and to access the system, a user can go to opp.ca/reporting, choose their location and start the report. This will take the user to a secure link where they will be given precise instructions on how to fill out the report.

The OPP would like thank the public for using Online Reporting. The increased use of Online Reporting helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 by limiting direct contact between police and members of the public, while allowing front line officers to focus efforts on urgent calls and crime prevention strategies within our communities.


View the Online Reporting video at: youtube/jop9IN2ePOY To report a crime online and for more information: opp.ca/reporting



Changes to passport services during COVID-19

Changes to passport services during COVID-19

Passport services continue to be available if you need to travel urgently. If not, please wait until Services return to normal. If you applied and do not need to travel urgently, your application will be processed when services resume.

For valid reasons to travel urgently and how to apply see:

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PRESS RELEASE - Ontario Celebrates Local Agri-food Heroes

News Release

Ontario Celebrates Local Agri-food Heroes

June 3, 2020

Local food report highlights those who are keeping food on store shelves and kitchen tables during COVID-19 outbreak

TORONTO - The Ontario government is celebrating local agri-food heroes who have stepped up to ensure the province's food supply chain remains strong during the COVID-19 outbreak. Individuals, businesses and organizations are highlighted in 2020 Local Food Report: Ontario Spirit - A Celebration of Local Food Collaboration.

"Ontario's agri-food supply chain is one of the strongest in the world and COVID-19 has just reinforced that fact," said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "The commitment shown by our farmers, food processors, grocery store workers, truck drivers, restaurateurs, and everyone across the agri-food sector during the COVID-19 outbreak is inspiring."

The 2020 Local Food Report demonstrates the importance of local food for Ontario consumers and communities, while recognizing farmers and those who keep food on our plates. Highlights include:

  • Breweries and distilleries adapting their production facilities so they can produce hand sanitizer to help address the supply shortage;
  • Organizations promoting local food literacy through online resources, virtual experiences and recipes that focus on locally-sourced ingredients;
  • Food banks, industry partners and local communities working together to create and distribute emergency food boxes to those in need;
  • Local public health units and agencies, along with industry and community food organizations, collaborating to offer weekly meal packages to families in place of school food programs that aren't currently operating.

"Over the last two months, we have heard stories of hard-working and dedicated people that have adapted to these challenging times and gone above and beyond to ensure access to local Ontario food, and we are pleased to have an opportunity to celebrate them," said Hardeman.

Ontario is home to nearly 49,600 farms and 4,400 food processing facilities that contribute over $47 billion to the provincial GDP, making the agri-food sector a key economic driver of Ontario's economy. Now more than ever, buying and supporting local food creates jobs and economic growth in communities across the province.


  • Ontario celebrates Local Food Week annually during the first week in June.
  • The Local Food Report is a cornerstone of Local Food Week in Ontario.
  • To learn more about Ontario’s local food system, please visit our website.
  • For more than 40 years, Foodland Ontario has helped consumers identify and purchase all the good things that are grown and made in Ontario.


Avi Yufest
Minister’s Office

Christa Roettele
Communications Branch

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

PRESS RELEASE - All Elgin County beaches remain closed to the public

May 29, 2020
For immediate release

All Elgin County beaches remain closed to the public

COUNTY OF ELGIN – All public beaches in Elgin County, including those in Port Burwell, Port Bruce, Port Stanley and Port Glasgow, remain closed to the public under public health restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 emergency pandemic. “The first heat advisory of the year this past week has increased the temptation to visit our beautiful beaches in Elgin County but we still cannot take the risk of opening them to the public at the present time” stated Elgin County Warden Dave Mennill. “Beaches are by their nature congregant spaces and we just cannot take the risk of encouraging such gatherings.” All public beaches in Elgin County remain closed under the following considerations and regulations:

  • Gatherings of more than five people are still prohibited according to the Province of Ontario’s emergency order in response to the pandemic.
  • Public safety cannot be compromised. Lifeguarding and other safety measures have not been fully deployed to permit safe opening at the present time.
  • The Ontario Provincial Police and Municipal By-law Enforcement will be conducting regular patrols of all Elgin County beaches.  Any use of public beaches will be rigorously enforced and charges may be issued for any violations.

Circumstances are subject to change based on on-going advice from the Province of Ontario and Southwestern Public Health (SWPH). Municipalities are working towards re-opening beaches safely in consultation with SWPH but no date has been set. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Elgin County by visiting the SWPH website. “If we remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19, and continue our successful efforts to date, we could see these restrictions lifted soon but that time is not now” stated Warden Mennill.

For additional information, please contact:
Warden Dave Mennill
Tel: 519-200-0279

PRESS RELEASE - Municipality Supports the Reopening of Local Businesses


For immediate release:  Thursday May 21, 2020

The Ontario government recently allowed retailers, seasonal businesses and health and community service providers to reopen or expand their services on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., provided that the general trend on health indicators continues to improve as part of the first stage of the government's reopening framework.

The Municipality is supporting this measured approach which will ensure businesses and workplaces are safe for staff, customers and the general public.

To ensure that these first actions to reopen local businesses is a success the Municipality is encouraging all safety precautions suitable to individual business locations/properties be implemented and clearly posted for customers to follow.

The cooperation of the public is sincerely requested.  Customers must abide by all safety procedures and protocols of individual local businesses and residents must also continue to adhere to public health measures, including practicing physical distancing or wearing a face covering when physical distancing is difficult or not possible, as well as regular handwashing or hand sanitizing and staying home when ill.


For further information contact:
Heather Bouw, Clerk - hbouw@duttondunwich.on.ca.  Telephone, 519-762-2204




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