Click HERE for COVID-19 updates and resources for business 


Closures and Reopenings


The Province of Ontario announced on Thursday, May 14 additional workplaces that can reopen. View the list of Stage 1 openings. This list is effective May 19, 2020, and may be updated when the corresponding emergency orders are amended.

Sandbanks Provincial Park is open with limited day-use access as of May 15, 2020. At this time, recreational activities will be limited to walking, hiking, biking, and birdwatching. Day visitors will also be able to access all parks and conservation reserves for free until the end of the month. Learn more on the Ontario Parks website.

Shire Hall (332 Picton Main Street) is open 8:30 am-3 pm, Monday to Friday, and the Picton fire hall (8 McDonald Drive) is open 8 am-8pm, seven days a week. Limited services are available at these locations. You can pay a bill, purchase a burn permit, or buy garbage bag tags at Shire Hall. You can buy a burn permit and garbage bag tags at the Picton fire hall.

The following recreation amenities have reopened: 

  • Outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, including baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis/pickle ball courts, the skate park in Picton, and basketball courts
  • Off-leash dog areas
  • Outdoor picnic sites, benches, and shelters in park and recreational areas

People who use these recreation amenities must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from any other person using the amenity (unless they are part of the same household). Gatherings of more than 5 people are not allowed. More details are posted online.

Green spaces such as trails, shoreline, and boardwalk areas are open for walkthrough access provided that individuals maintain the safe physical distance of at least two metres apart from others.

All branches of the Prince Edward County Public Library are offering curbside pickup. Visit the PEC Public Library website for more details on reserving and picking up books.

Short-term accommodation rentals including lodges, cabins, cottages, homes, condominiums, and B&Bs are allowed to resume operations in Ontario starting Friday, June 5 at 12:01 am.


Wellington Beach is closed to public gatherings. Walking along the waterfront is permitted but congregating on the beach is not allowed and fines will be issued.

Municipal offices other than Shire Hall and the Picton fire hall, arenas, museums, and town halls are closed. Use of municipal facilities for community support services will be permitted on a case-by-case basis.

The municipality encourages residents to pay bills online and complete other municipally related activities. Services previously offered at municipal offices are also available through the phone, email, postal mail, or where necessary, by appointment. Deliveries and mail will continue to be accepted at Shire Hall.

H.J. McFarland Memorial Home is only allowing essential visitors into the facility. Essential visitors are those who have a resident who is dying or very ill. These visitors will continue to be actively screened before entering H.J. McFarland Memorial Home and will not be allowed to enter if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

Provincial Offences Administration (POA) Court is adjourned until May 29, 2020. All Provincial Offences Act matters scheduled from Monday, March 16, 2020 through to and including Friday, May 29, 2020 will be rescheduled to a later date. If you have a matter scheduled during this time, you do not need to attend court. This applies to all POA courts in Ontario.

County COVID-19 Help Line

Residents can call 1.833.676.2148 from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday to speak directly with County staff, who can connect them with:

• Volunteer delivery of food and other essentials

• Critical community services

• Transportation options

• Sources of accurate and reliable public health information about the COVID-19 virus 

Impact on services

Municipal taxes

The County is deferring June and September property tax due dates by 90 days to help ease the economic impact of COVID-19.

The tax instalment due dates of June 15 and September 15 have been deferred to September 15 and November 16, respectively. The municipality will mail out tax bill notices in August.

Click here to learn more

Garage and Yard Sales

Garage and yard sales are temporarily prohibited. The restrictions are expected to remain in place until the municipal declaration of emergency is lifted.

Residents who need to sell or give away items are encouraged to create ‘online garage sales’ through platforms like Kijiji and Facebook MarketPlace and coordinate contactless sales and pick-ups.

Municipal by-law officers will enforce the measure, which is punishable by fines starting at $750 for failing to comply with the provincial orders for social distancing or being charged under the Provincial Offences Act for hosting a garage or yard sale.

If you believe an individual or business is violating this by-law, call 613.476.2148 extension 1023 or email

Garbage and recycling 

You can put out one untagged bag of garbage per week until June 30, 2020.

If you are self-isolating for 14 days due to recent travel or potential exposure to COVID-19, the municipality asks that you store your garbage and recycling during that time. This measure is intended to protect the health and safety of garbage and recycling collectors and recycling sorting staff.

Bag tags can be purchased at Shire Hall, the Picton fire hall, and several locations. Please call ahead to determine if the merchants are open and still selling tags. You can also receive your bag tags by mail. Send your request and a cheque payable to The County of Prince Edward to: Shire Hall, 332 Picton Main Street, Picton ON, KOK 2T0

Merchants looking to restock their bag tag inventory can call 613.476.2148 extension 1023 or 613.962.9108 extension 1023 and make an appointment to pick them up at Shire Hall. 

The Picton, Ameliasburgh, and Milford landfill and transfer sites will be open on Wednesdays from 8 am until 4 pm through June 30, 2020. The municipality is opening the Ameliasburgh and Milford sites on Wednesdays to help alleviate traffic and wait times.

All of the municipality’s landfill and transfer sites are open on Saturdays.

The Quinte Trash Bash is postponed until further notice to help ensure the safety of residents and volunteers.

Boat Launches and Marinas

All municipal boat launches are open, with the exception of the Wellington boat launch, which will remain closed given that the Wellington Beach is closed under provincial orders. Access to the boat launch at that location will be blocked. The boat launch at the Wellington Marina (151 Wellington Main Street) is open.

Municipal marinas in Picton and Wellington are closed. A proposal will come forward at the May 26 Council meeting that will inform the approach to reopening the municipal marinas.  

Burn Permits

Burning is currently permitted in the County with a valid burn permit. Property owners can now visit the County website to purchase a burn permit for the 2020 season. Before going online to pay for your permit, you will require a burn permit number. 2019 burn permit holders can use their previous number. Call 613.476.2602 if you require assistance retrieving your 2019 number.

You can visit the Picton fire hall to purchase a burn permit. Completed burn permit applications can also be mailed along with a cheque payable to The County of Prince Edward to: Prince Edward County Fire & Rescue Administrative Office, Station 1, Picton - 8 McDonald Drive, Picton, ON K0K 2T0

Building Department

Applications for various building-related permits can be downloaded from the County website and emailed to or mailed to: County of Prince Edward Building Department, 332 Picton Main Street, Picton, ON, K0K 2T0

The municipality will continue to accept short-term accommodation licence applications by email at or mail (County of Prince Edward Building Department, 332 Picton Main Street, Picton, ON, K0K 2T0.

Dog Tags

Mail completed dog tag application forms and a cheque payable to The County of Prince Edward to: Shire Hall, 332 Picton Main Street, Picton ON, KOK 2T0.

Clerk's Office

Services offered by the Clerk’s Office are available by appointment. Please call 613.476.2148 extension 1023 or 613.962.9108 extension 1023 or email


Free parking in Picton will continue through June 30, 2020.

Payment is not required at the parking stations, which will help reduce the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) through the high-touch surfaces.

Glenora Ferry

To ensure the continuing operations of the ferry service, the Ministry of Transporation (MTO) has implemented new rules to comply with Government of Canada and Transport Canada restrictions:

  • All common areas are closed. This includes washrooms.
  • No walk-ons will be accepted for boarding. This is applicable to all foot traffic, bicycles, and motorcycles.
  • All passengers must remain in their vehicles.
  • All passengers are asked to undertake a health screening self-assessment, which will be comprised of answering four questions posted at the boarding entrance.
  • Any passenger showing any symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied boarding and directed to report to the appropriate medical facility to seek further guidance.

The Ministry of Transportation is asking all passengers in vehicles on-board ferries to carry non-medical masks or face coverings large enough to cover their mouth and nose.

MTO continues to monitor the evolving situation and will provide updates, as needed. Follow the Glenora Ferry Twitter account for updates.

Latest Video Update and News Releases

Enjoy nature responsibly this weekend — May 29

Update on parking, waste services — May 29

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is the lead agency for information to Prince Edward County residents on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Visit the HPEPH dashboard for information about the number of cases in the region. The online dashboard provided by HPEPH provides the number of confirmed and probable case counts based on data recorded in the province’s integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS). HPEPH is makin every effort to update this list daily by 11 am.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 visit Hastings Prince Edward Public Health at

Travel Advisory

If you have returned from travel anywhere outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days and immediately contact Hastings Prince Edward Public Health or your local health care provider if you develop symptoms of COVID-19.

Earlier this month all travellers were asked to self-isolate when they returned to Canada. Effective March 25, the federal government made this isolation mandatory under the Quarantine Act to better protect our most vulnerable citizens. Each of us must make the responsible decision to follow the advice of health authorities. It’s in everyone’s best interest to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.

If symptoms of COVID-19 develop, individuals are strongly advised to call HPEPH at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-257-2803, for further direction and guidance.


The best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses such as COVID-19 is to:

  • Avoid all close contact with people unless necessary
  • Never shake hands
  • Cancel/avoid all travel


Common signs include fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia and acute respiratory distress.

As with other illnesses, you should connect with a health care provider if you experience: 

  • A high fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble breathing

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, contact Hastings Prince Edward Public Health at 613.966.5500 or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

More information

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Province of Ontario – Ministry of Health

Public Health Ontario

Government of Canada

News Release Archive

Additional recreation amenities reopen — May 21

Shire Hall and Picton fire hall to re-open May 19 — May 15 

County to monitor parking during long weekend — May 15

Wellington Beach, Sandbanks remain closed — May 7

Municipality to open boat launches on May 8 — May 7

Ameliasburgh and Milford landfill sites to remain open on Wednesdays through June — May 5

Planning adapts services during COVID-19 — May 4

Garage and yard sales temporarily prohibited due to COVID-19 — April 30

HPEPH issues guidelines to support safe operation of community gardens — April 30

Municipal closures extended to July 31 — April 29 

Residents, staff to be tested for COVID-19 at H.J. McFarland Memorial Home — April 22

Mayor names members of COVID-19 economic recovery team — April 21

Municipality committed to financial restraint during COVID-19 — April 21

Team to lead economic recovery from COVID-19 — April 17

Municipal facilities to remain closed until June 15 — April 17

Residents reminded to limit non-essential trips to landfill and transfer sites — April 17

One untagged garbage bag extended to June 1 — April 16

Quinte Trash Bash postponed – April 15

Fire service promotes safe use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer – April 15

Community rallies to support food needs during COVID-19 – April 15

Municipal boat launches closed due to COVID-19 – April 14

Council to meet electronically on April 15 – April 9

Municipality to allow access to boat launches – April 9

PELASS offering emergency child care to health-care providers and essential workers – April 9

Public urged to limit trips to landfills and transfer sites – April 8

Enhanced safety measures remain in effect at H.J. McFarland Memorial Home – April 6

County to enforce accommodations-related COVID-19 provincial order – April 6

Prince Edward County Covid-19 Assessment Centre launched – April 5

County enforcing closure of all outdoor recreational space – April 3

County offers tax payment deferral to residents – April 1, 4:30 pm

Free parking extended in Picton to June 1 – April 1, 9:04 am

County supports expanded tax-filing program as part of COVID-19 response – March 30, 4:55 pm

New website supports ‘shop local’ during COVID-19  – March 27

Playground equipment closed due to COVID-19 concerns – March 26

County to allow one free garbage bag at curb – March 26

County of Prince Edward declares state of emergency – March 26

Municipal offices closing March 24 – March 24

Mayor calls on accommodators to cancel all bookings – March 24

Landfill and transfer sites remain open with additional safety procedures – March 20

Consider local options when possible during COVID-19 pandemic – March 20

Mayor forms task teams to support COVID-19 response – March 20

New work restrictions for staff, councillors returning from travel — March 19

County easing financial burden in response to COVID-19 — March 19

Update on short-term accommodation, building, and fire inspections in response to COVID-19 — March 18

County takes further action to limit risk of COVID-19 while ensuring continuity in key areas — March 18

Council enacts temporary special measures to facilitate COVID-19 response — March 17

Mayor calls special Council meeting — March 17

Expanded public transit delayed due to COVID-19 — March 17

Municipality urges travellers to self-isolate for 14 days — March 16

All Library branches closed effective March 17 — March 16

Committee of Adjustment / Planning Public Council meeting moved to alternate location — March 16

Mayor’s statement regarding COVID-19 update from Hastings Prince Edward Public Health — March 15

All recreation facilities, museums, and town halls closed — March 15

H.J. McFarland Memorial Home is only allowing essential visitors into the facility — March 14

Community health update #4: COVID-19 — March 13

Community health update #3: COVID-19 — March 11

Community health update #2: COVID-19 — February 6

Community health update #1: COVID-19 — January 30