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A Message from the Mayor!

To:  Dutton Dunwich Community Members

While respecting Privacy Laws, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you as much information as possible.

Dutton Dunwich has been hard hit by COVID-19; including, two deaths, others in hospital and numerous confirmed or presumptive cases; that are not yet included in SWPH (South West Public Health) statistics.

Frankly, it is worse than you might realize.

It is a reality that community members can transmit this nasty bug simply by being friendly, checking in on others or celebrating family.  This virus does not care how it travels.

To some it may seem that the Dutton Dunwich Emergency Management Team have taken drastic measures; including closures, facility lockdowns and restricting your travel or ability to work.

Although it may feel like you are losing your personal freedoms and liberty, you are in fact protecting your family, friends and neighbours.

All these measures are being implemented to save lives!  We cannot relax these measures now - too much is at stake.

Please, stay at home, as much as possible & if you must go out, even for groceries, think about what you can do to contain the spread of COVID-19.


Please avoid touching multiple grocery items to get just the right loaf of bread, bunch of bananas or package of meat at the right price.

We all can do our part, by obeying any restrictions in place, designed to starve this virus and make it difficult to jump to a new host. 

“Please, do your part to keep our community safe and healthy!!”



NEWS RELEASE - Elgin County Encourages Residents to Avoid Heading to Cottages.

April 2, 2020
For immediate release

Elgin County encourages residents to avoid heading to cottages

COUNTY OF ELGIN – The County of Elgin is urging all residents and cottagers to avoid any non-essential travel, including heading to rural cottages and properties. The County of Elgin recognizes that while cottagers might like to socially distance themselves at their cottage during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, now is not the right time. Cottagers, who are usually welcome in Elgin County, are being asked during this time to refrain from staying at their cottages and to consider the impacts a higher, unexpected presence can have on rural populations.
“We must work together during these times to maintain our community’s strength and resiliency,” said Warden Dave Mennill. “Normally, we welcome seasonal friends. During this time we are encouraging cottagers and rural property owners to stay safe at home where supplies are much more easily accessible and medical treatment facilities are better equipped to handle higher volumes.”
For those who are already at their cottage, rural property or seasonal residence, the Federation of Ontario Cottagers has the following advice:
  • Make sure you have obtained several weeks’ worth of provisions before leaving your community. Should you need anything urgent such as prescription medications, call ahead and see if there are 
  • options for a safe delivery or pick-up;
  • Continue to maintain social distancing;
  • Consider where your health needs can be best met in an emergency situation.
On March 29, 2020, Dr. Theresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, noted “Urban dwellers/Cottagers should resist the urge to head to the cottage and rural properties as these  communities have less capacity to manage COVID-19.”
On March 27, 2020, Ontario Premier Doug Ford also asked residents in urban areas to avoid heading to their cottages and rural properties across the province during the Coronavirus pandemic, adding 
that rural areas may have more difficulty replenishing essential items if there is an added demand.
To stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Elgin and Oxford Counties, please visit the Southwestern Public Health website at: www.swpublichealth.ca or Elgin County’s dedicated 
For additional information, please contact:
Warden Dave Mennill  dmennill@elgin.ca

NEWS RELEASE - All Outdoor Recreational Amenities Across the Province Now CLOSED

News Release

Ontario Extends Emergency Declaration to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

March 30, 2020

All Outdoor Recreational Amenities across Province Now Closed

TORONTO — In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep people home, the Government of Ontario has extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures, including the closure of non-essential workplaces and restrictions on social gatherings. In addition, Ontario is issuing a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to close all outdoor recreational amenities, such as sports fields and playgrounds, effective immediately. These actions are based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

"I made a commitment to be open and upfront about what we need to do as a province to beat this virus," said Premier Ford. "Based on the best medical advice available, we are taking further steps today to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians by closing outdoor recreational amenities, like sports fields and playgrounds, and extending our emergency orders to save lives. We all need to work together and do our part to stop COVID-19 by staying home, practising physical distancing, and avoiding social gatherings."

This new order would close all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities everywhere in Ontario, including but not limited to playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and gardens, and other outdoor recreational amenities. Green spaces in parks, trails, ravines and conservation areas that aren't otherwise closed would remain open for walkthrough access, but individuals must maintain the safe physical distance of at least two metres apart from others. Ontario's provincial parks and conservation reserves remain closed.

"We are acting on the best advice of our Chief Medical Officer of Health and other leading public health officials across the province" said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. "We will continue to take decisive action to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect Ontarians' health and wellbeing."

"The health and well-being of Ontarians is a top priority of our government as we navigate through the COVID-19 health crisis. I know our municipal partners are already taking action locally to protect their residents," said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "This order makes the rules around closing shared outdoor recreational amenities consistent across the province."

To ensure the province is able to continue its extensive efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, Ontario will also extend the March 17, 2020 declaration of emergency and subsequent emergency orders, regulations and amendments issued under s.7.0.1 and 7.0.2(4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

The following declaration and orders have been extended and will be in effect until April 13, 2020:



SURVEY - Measuring Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Elgin County businesses

Elgin County Economic Development (in partnership with several other organizations) is encouraging people to complete the following survey in an attempt to measure the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Elgin County businesses:


This is in an effort to collect important data so that advocacy at all levels of government can be done by this collective.

Elgin County Economic Development also has many resources posted on its website for businesses affected by the pandemic:


COVID-19 Support for Local Businesses | Elgin County Directory

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 Pandemic, below is a link to  business resources that have been created thus far. Please share these with your networks to help ensure that businesses are prepared to manage through this challenging time. Economic Development and Tourism Staff will update these resources as they become available. Government of Canada Resources


Ontario Prohibits Gatherings of Five People or More with Strict Exceptions

News Release

Ontario Prohibits Gatherings of Five People or More with Strict Exceptions

March 28, 2020

Stronger action required to stop the spread of COVID-19

TORONTO — Today, the Ontario government is taking immediate and decisive action to further stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and well-being of all Ontarians. 

Based on the best advice of Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is issuing a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people, effective immediately.

This order would not apply to private households with five people or more. It would also not apply to operating child care centres supporting frontline health care workers and first responders provided the number of persons at each centre does not exceed 50 people. Funerals would be permitted to proceed with up to 10 people at one time.

"If we are going to stop the spread of COVID-19 now and keep our communities safe, we need to take extraordinary measures to ensure physical distancing," said Premier Doug Ford. "I strongly encourage everyone to do the responsible thing and stay home unless absolutely necessary. I can assure everyone that we will do everything in our power to stop this virus in its tracks."

"We are acting on the best advice of our Chief Medical Officer of Health and other leading public health officials across the province," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. "These are extraordinary times that demand extraordinary measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect our people. Nothing is more important."

Organized public events include parades, events including weddings, social gatherings and communal services within places of worship. This order replaces a previous emergency order which prohibits organized public events of over 50 people.

Ontario declared a provincial state of emergency on March 17, 2020 and has issued orders to close non-essential workplaces, recreational programs, libraries, publicly funded schools, private schools, daycares, provincial parks, churches and other faith settings, as well as bars and restaurants, except those that may only offer takeout or delivery. Essential services, such as grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, public transit, manufacturing facilities, and supply chain companies remain open and operational.


  • Everyone in Ontario should be practicing physical distancing to reduce their exposure to other people. Avoid close contact (within 2 metres) with people outside of your immediate families.
  • On March 25, 2020, the federal government announced an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that requires any person entering Canada by air, sea or land to self-isolate for 14 days whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19. They should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days.
  • Take everyday steps to reduce exposure to COVID-19 and protect your health: wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer; sneeze and cough into your sleeve; avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; avoid contact with people who are sick; stay home if you are sick.



Ivana Yelich
Premier’s Office

Hayley Chazan 
Minister Elliott’s Office
416 726-9941

Office of the Premier

OPP News Release - Quarantine Act in Effect

(ELGIN COUNTY, ON) - "On March 17, the Government of Ontario declared a State of Emergency through the authority granted under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Emergency orders were issued under the direction of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of Ontario. The Government of Canada has also invoked the Quarantine Act to further support protecting everyone's health and well-being during the COVID-19 crisis.

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have been properly trained to respond to high risk incidents during this current health crisis. I can assure you that our officers are equipped with personal protective equipment that enables them, when necessary, to respond to the myriad of calls for service that we regularly see in Elgin County.

As this health care crisis continues to evolve, our policing personnel conduct regular screening measures during the course of their duties to identify potential risks of COVID-19. Members of the public entering our Elgin County OPP Detachment will be asked a few questions specific to those symptoms identified by public health experts in order to ensure everyone's safety and well-being.

I strongly urge all citizens, businesses and establishments to voluntarily comply with all of the short term restrictions that Governments have imposed. For allegations of non-compliance with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, or any other non-emergency request for service, please call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. In case of an emergency, call 911. The OPP encourages the use of Online Reporting which enables responses to a large number of non-emergent requests by a police officer over the telephone.

 The OPP extends its appreciation to all Health Care Professionals, fellow First Responders and our local Municipal Governments as we respond together to the current State of Emergency declared in Elgin County. We understand the impacts of COVID-19 on our area businesses and citizens. And, while I trust everyone's good judgement to exercise compliance, the OPP will apply discretion whether to launch any investigation or enforcement actions." - Inspector Brad Fishleigh, Elgin County OPP Detachment Commander.

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Contact: Provincial Constable Adam Crewdson,
Email: adam.crewdson@opp.ca


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